It took a fortuitous encounter in front of a bike shop in Bavaria for Damir Doma to find that rarest of things: the right deep-pocketed partner, willing to put in time, energy and resources to see the designer’s fledgling label through its difficult first years and get it off the ground. But six years later, with his own store, close to 9 million euros in sales and a new co-chairman, it is clear that Doma’s ascent up the tricky ranks of Paris fashion has been driven by more than luck. BoF reports.
Today, BoF examines Japan’s ‘madoguchi,’ the bicultural point people who play the critical role of scout, market researcher, mediator, cultural ambassador, interpreter and deal broker for Western businesses seeking out the most exciting niche labels in Tokyo’s often impenetrable fashion landscape.
A number of prestigious retailers have been squeezing young London designers on payment terms and, in some cases, failing to pay on time, which can be debilitating for emerging fashion businesses. These practices must be stopped.
With a sharp eye for new talent and an uncompromising creative vision, LN-CC’s John Skelton has become one of the industry’s most respected buyers. Here, we get to know a little about his personal and professional journey.
Today BoF founder Imran Amed examines the fruitful interaction between London’s rising technology and fashion scenes for Wallpaper* magazine, where a version of this article first appeared. LONDON, United Kingdom — London is a gilt-edged global hub for art and commerce. An undisputed heavyweight champ. But it is now also a genuine tech contender, a rise up the ranks that has been rapid and more than a little unlikely. When David