Magazine publisher and consultant Caroline Issa is well known as a perennial street style favourite, swarmed by photographers during fashion week for her effortlessly elegant, thoughtful ensembles, always topped off by a signature shoe. As fashion director of independent fashion biannual title Tank and editor of online magazine Because, the Montreal native is an established fixture on the fashion week circuit, often photographed by bloggers and photographers like Scott Schuman and Garance Doré. Earlier this year she also launched a line of ready to wear essentials with American retailer Nordstrom.
The wordly, well-heeled former management consultant bills herself as “a businesswoman who loves fashion”. With a Chinese mother and a Lebanese-Iranian father, Issa has lived all around the world, from Seattle to Texas to Singapore, although she has called London home for the last decade. Originally a retail and consumer goods consultant with a business degree from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, she met Tank founder Masoud Golsorkhi by chance while working on the Boots account for her former employer. He offered her a partnership in the company and she left consulting for the world of magazine publishing.
Since then, her visibility and profile has grown within the industry. Her statuesque frame and knack for mixing and matching wardrobe staples and suits with more on-trend pieces have landed her a modeling campaign for American brand J. Crew in 2012, followed by a capsule collection of shoes for British high street brand LK Bennett. Most recently, she fronted the campaign for American jewellery label Monique Péan. On the publishing side, she has forged ways for print magazines to embrace digital, such as apps that reveal new content alongside pages of existing information.