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Brian Phillips

President & Chief Executive, Black Frame

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Brian Phillips is president of Black Frame , the public relations company that he founded in 2004, which represents clients from the worlds of fashion, architecture, performance and art.

Part of Black Frame’s success stems from Phillips’ ability to create unexpected and unique events, effortlessly combining disparate elements and individuals from the varying industries he represents. The company’s impressive roster of fashion clients includes Kenzo, Rodarte, Nicholas Kirkwood , Jason Wu , Matchesfashion.com, Nike and Delfina Delettrez .

Designer Hedi Slimane encouraged Phillips to found his company when the pair worked together in 2004. Prior to starting his own company, Cecilia Dean, Stephen Gan and James Kaliardos gave Phillips his first job at Visionaire magazine. Tellingly, Phillips’ first two clients at Black Frame were Slimane’s Dior Homme and Visionaire. In addition to its fashion clientele Black Frame has been engaged by the Frieze Art Fair and the Fondazione Prada in Milan.

Phillips’ understanding of digital communication has made him somewhat of a pioneer in its application. “We now think in terms of information streams. Temporal boundaries on news no longer exist because of the possibility to feed and fill websites, blogs and Twitter with information at all times. We determine with clients what comprises their stream and these decisions are happening around the clock,” he told BoF.

By doing so Phillips can justifiably claim, “Black Frame leverages our clients’ many assets to create a web of influence in the cultural sphere, unlike any other company.”

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