The Spotlight | JUMA

JUMA Inspiration | Source: JUMA

TORONTO, Canada — Following our piece on Vancouver’s Digital Olympics earlier this week, it only makes sense that the BoF Spotlight should focus on the Great White North for our monthly inspiration from emerging designers. This month I turned to long-time friends of BoF, Alia and Jamil Juma. The designer brother-and-sister duo are based in Toronto, not Vancouver, though they have called both cities home. They are of South

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The Spotlight | Fanny Boucher

Honorine Jewels by Fanny Boucher | Source: Honorine Jewels

  JAIPUR, India — As we head into the festive season, we thought we’d bring a bit of sparkle into your holiday, courtesy of Fanny Boucher of India-based Honorine Jewels. After spending a few years in the jewelry industry in Jaipur, the Pink city and capital of princely Rajasthan, India’s most colourful state, Boucher began making jewelry for her friends. These happy customers encouraged Boucher to create her own

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The Spotlight | Hermione de Paula

LONDON, United Kingdom — London Fashion Week has become a veritable laboratory for fashion print specialists who have made London a hotspot for new trends in print design. Many of these designers use fashion print to build an aesthetic signature and brand identity which then forms the basis for a full ready-to-wear collection. Eley Kishimoto and Jonathan Saunders were amongst the first print designers to use this approach, and

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The Spotlight | Saloni Lodha

Saloni Lodha at BoF's Inside the Studio launch, by Alistair Allan

NEW YORK, United States — If you opened up one of those celebrity magazines — like Grazia, People or US — or clicked on any fashion website around the time of the latest Harry Potter premiere in the summer, you will have seen Emma Watson’s photo beaming back at you, in a dress by the London-based Indian designer, Saloni Lodha. Countless magazines featured Watson’s chic look in a bold red dress, and soon enough,

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The Spotlight | Maria Francesca Pepe

MFP logo, courtesy of Maria Francesca Pepe

LONDON, United Kingdom — Fashion East, the London-based fashion incubator program, has become known by savvy fashion buyers and editors for serving up a cool crop of hot young design talent in London each season. And, beginning this year, The Business of Fashion is providing mentoring and support to these promising talents as they enter the fashion business for the first time. Amongst the crop of designers that we met in our first

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The Spotlight | Behnaz Kanani

Behnaz Kanani

LONDON, United Kingdom — Behnaz Kanani is the name to know for buyers in search of a shoe designer with an age-old emphasis on craftsmanship paired with a modern eye. This month, our BoF logo showcases her aesthetic which mixes contrasting colours, exotic skins, and luxe leathers in immaculately-constructed shoes that are designed to catch a bit of attention. After graduating from Cordwainers College in London in 1997, Kanani set

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The Spotlight | Justin Giunta

Justin Giunta

NEW YORK, United States — For the month of June 2009, The Spotlight is on Justin Giunta, of Subversive Jewelry. I first met Justin in the throes of a chaotic New York Fashion Week in February, after he was introduced to me by Mary Gehlhar, author of one of the must-read fashion books for any emerging designer, The Fashion Designer’s Survival Guide. Mary raved about Justin’s creativity and drive, and my late afternoon

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The Spotlight | Aganovich"

HONG KONG, China — This month’s spotlight is on Aganovich, the designer duo made up of Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, who split their time between their studio in London’s Whitechapel and an atelier at their factory just outside Hong Kong. Like many emerging fashion brands, Aganovich has had its ups and downs and a couple of false starts. But over the past year or so, I have watched as Brooke and Nana have

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