Embeded pull quote Archive

Building Great Bowery, Fashion's Super-Agency

NEW YORK, United States — 190 Bowery is one of the most mythic buildings in all of Gotham. Erected in 1898 as the Germania Bank, it was abandoned and decrepit by the time the photographer Jay Maisel raised $102,000 — less than half of what it cost to build — to purchase the building in 1966. Maisel and his family lived and worked in its …

Where Have All the Unicorns Gone?

LONDON, United Kingdom — Privately-held start-ups valued at $1 billion or above were once as rare as unicorns, hence the label widely used for such companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. But in 2015, unicorns weren’t such an uncommon beast. In fashion alone, Warby Parker, Farfetch and Rocket Internet-backed Global Fashion Group earned a valuation of $1 billion or above for the first time last …

BoF Exclusive | Sacai Launches Handbags

PARIS, France — Sacai, the cult Japanese label founded by Chitose Abe, is expanding into handbags with the help of Katie Hillier, the accessories designer and consultant who helped create ‘It’ bags for brands including Victoria Beckham and Marc by Marc Jacobs. A protégée of Rei Kawakubo, Abe has built a reputation among fashion insiders for her couture-like craftsmanship and playful designs, which fuse elements of …

Op-Ed | It's Time to End Beauty As Usual

SANTA MONICA, United States — There is a clash happening in Washington, D.C., and it has nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election. Fuelled by an intense debate over the need for federal regulation of the questionable or potentially harmful ingredients used in many personal care and cosmetics products, the policy fight erupted onto the public stage this week in a New York Times editorial, which …

Misha Nonoo Shifts Sales Strategy, Plans Snapchat Show

NEW YORK, United States — In a strategic shift more than a year in the making, New York-based label Misha Nonoo has terminated its wholesale relationships and will sell exclusively through Mishanonoo.com, which re-launches on August 23. Previously, direct-to-consumer sales made up less than a third of the company’s overall revenue. To support the strategy, Nonoo is embracing Snapchat in lieu of a live presentation …

What Happened to Saint Laurent’s LA-based Team After Hedi Slimane Left?

LOS ANGELES, United States — When news broke that Hedi Slimane had exited Yves Saint Laurent, many wondered about the designer’s next move. Behind the scenes, Slimane’s right hands, as well as the junior and mid-level creatives and business executives he had recruited, were plotting their next moves too. However, many of these employees were based in Los Angeles, where Slimane lives and works most of …

Inside WorldzAcademy: ‘It’s Like a Harvard for Culture’

LOS ANGELES, United States — “We don’t call it a conference,” says Roman Tsunder, the entrepreneur behind Worldz. “It’s a year-round community.” Whatever you call it, a cadre of Millennials along with a sprinkling of Gen Xers convened on the grounds of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on August 2 and 3 for its inaugural event, chockfull of workshops, social gatherings and keynote …