Global Gatekeepers

Top L-R: Monica Mendes, Miroslava Duma, Omoyemi Akerele, Melvin Chua, Susan Sabet, Bandana Tewari | Illustrations by Clym Evernden

The gilded key to the world’s most dynamic emerging economies is a combination of on-the-ground intelligence and loyal contacts. Six in-demand emissaries in global fashion sat down with BoF to share a few home truths about the markets on their doorstep.

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Ex factor, Nigerian catwalks, Hong Kong real estate, Emerging retail, Greg Chait wins

Tory and Chris Burch | Source: Business Week

Tory Burch’s Ex Factor (Vanity Fair) “In a brief eight years, Tory Burch has become one of fashion’s biggest names, the golden girl with the golden brand. Is it thanks to, or in spite of, her former husband Chris Burch, who has launched his own, Tory-esque line of shops, C. Wonder, while still sitting on her company’s board?” Nigeria, on the Fashion Catwalk (IHT) “The Nigerian people, upbeat and enthusiastic,

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Retail theatre, Nigerian lace, Hilfiger eyes Michael Kors investment, Ferragamo IPO, Giles’ playful disposition

Anthropologie on London's Regent Street | Source: Styleguide

Retailtainment: the future of shopping? (Independent) “An extension of previous high-concept… These concept stores provide the kind of entertainment designed to make you – or at least your children – leave the premises grinning from ear-to-ear as you reel from your experiential day out. This is Retailtainment.” In Nigeria, ‘Lace’ Market Reflects Rising Middle Class (WSJ) “No longer reserved for

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