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Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A. is an Italian luxury goods company, with headquarters in Florence, specializing in shoes, leather goods, and ready-to-wear for men and women. It is the parent company of the Ferragamo Group. The company also licences eyewear and watches.
With about 2.600 employees and a network of over 550 mono-brand stores, the Ferragamo Group runs operations in Italy and worldwide, which provide the brand with a broad footprint in Europe, America and Asia.
Salvatore Ferragamo emigrated from southern Italy to Boston and then California in 1914. He opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923, and made shoes for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, as well as for films such as Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. He returned to Italy and set up a shoe shop in Florence in 1927. However the modern shoemaking company regards 1928 as the date of its foundation and so celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2008. Salvatore filed for bankruptcy in 1933, during the Great Depression, but by 1938 he was in a position to buy the Palazzo Spini Feroni, one of the great palaces of Florence, which now houses the company's flagship store and a museum dedicated to
John Charles Galliano CBE, RDI (born 28 November 1960) is a Gibraltar-born British fashion designer who was head designer of the French fashion companies John Galliano S.A. (1993 to April 2011), Givenchy (January 1996 to October 1996), and Christian Dior (October 1996 to March 2011).
He was born in Gibraltar to a Gibraltarian father, Juan Galliano, and a Spanish mother, Anita, and has two sisters.Galliano's father was a plumber. His family moved to England in pursuit of work when Galliano was six, and settled in Streatham, South London, before moving to Dulwich and later to Brockley. He was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family. Galliano, who was shy and diffident, often spoke of his struggle to fit in. Recalling his early days, he once admitted: "I don’t think people here understood where I was coming from." His mother, a flamenco teacher, would dress him in his "smartest" outfit even for a trip to the local shops. This, combined with his creative sensibilities, saw him frequently bullied at the London boys' grammar school he attended.
After attending St. Anthony's RC School and Wilson's Grammar School in London, Galliano went on to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art
Sixpack France, (also known as Sixpack), is a French clothing brand, created in 1998 by the couple Lionel Vivier and Fanny Baglieto.
Born into the French Graffiti Scene, the brand became well known for their clothes (mostly T-shirts), coming from collaboration with famous designers and artists such as Parra, Ryan Waller, Kid acne, Gaspard Augé and also music artists and DJs such as The Bloody Beetroots, TTC, Surkin and A-Trak.
In 2009, the label produced its first movie "It Was On Earth That I Knew Joy" directed by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier.
The film was presented at SCION installation, Los Angeles, on February 20th 2010.
Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc. (EBH) is a holding company that operates the Eddie Bauer clothing store chain, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, United States. EBH was formed after Eddie Bauer's former parent company, Spiegel, Inc., went bankrupt in 2003. Eddie Bauer currently operates three independent sales channels:
The company was first established in 1920 in Seattle by Pacific Northwest outdoorsman, Eddie Bauer (1899 – 1986). In 1940 Bauer patented the first quilted down jacket. He went on to patent numerous other designs, and his was the first independent company that the United States Army hired and allowed to use a logo on the Army-issued uniform.
Bauer retired and sold the company in 1968. General Mills bought Eddie Bauer in 1971, and Spiegel bought it from General Mills in 1988. In 2003, Spiegel, Inc., entered bankruptcy. The Spiegel catalog and all other assets were sold, except for Eddie Bauer. In May 2005, Spiegel, Inc., emerged from bankruptcy under the name "Eddie Bauer Holdings" and is owned primarily by Golden Gate Capital. In addition to the three sales channels the company operates a distribution and fulfillment center in Groveport, Ohio; an IT facility in
Bill Blass Limited is a fashion house founded by American designer Bill Blass. It is known for its highly priced, beautifully cut womenswear, notable for its inventive combinations of patterns and textures. Among its honors were seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded to designer Bill Blass in 1999.
Designer Bill Blass began his New York fashion career in 1946. In 1970, after two decades of success in menswear and womenswear, he bought Maurice Rentner Ltd., which he had joined in 1959, and renamed it Bill Blass Limited. Over the next 30 years he expanded his line to include swimwear, furs, luggage, perfume, and chocolate. His fame and income grew, and by 1998 his company had grown to a $700-million-a-year business. In 1999 Blass sold Bill Blass Limited for $50 million and retired to his home in New Preston, Connecticut.
In a time when other designers were designing clothes which were known more for being a work of art, designer Bill Blass set his line apart by designing clothing which any women could wear day or night. According to Ellin Saltzman in the New York Times, "He took American sportswear to its highest level … giving
DKNY (Donna Karan New York) is a label of fashion designer Donna Karan. It is also the name of a clothing store in New York City featuring Donna Karan's associated line.
Inspired by her daughter Gaby, Donna Karan founded DKNY in 1989 in New York as a younger, more affordable diffusion line to run alongside her existing Donna Karan New York label. DKNY became a publicly-traded venture in 1996, and 2001, was purchased by French corporation Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey.
Stores opened in London in 1997 and New York City in 1999. The DKNY headquarters is located at 550 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, New York. There are currently seventy Donna Karan collection and DKNY stores globally, including twenty stores in China including Hong Kong and Shanghai, two stores in Canada including Vancouver, B.C. and Montreal, four in Dubai. DKNY has also opened some stores in Wales. Since 2005, Donna Karan has offered online shopping of its DKNY and associated lines at the label's web site. Products range from DKNY and DKNY Jeans womenswear, accessories, underwear, shoes, baby clothing, the PURE collection to DKNY menswear. The latter was available up until the spring 2002 season. Since then only the
Perry Ellis International is an international clothing company that includes a portfolio of brands distributed through multiple channels. The company focuses primarily on sportswear and casual clothing for niche markets. It is headquartered in the Miami, Florida, USA suburb of Doral.
July 1, 2005: Weeplay LLC will extend the popular Original Penguin brand to newborn, infant and toddler sizes.
July 21, 2005: Lupo International for the manufacture and distribution in the United States and Canada of Mondo di Marco men’s dress and casual shoes.
July 22, 2005: South Pacific Apparel Pty Ltd. for the manufacture and distribution of Savane and Farah men’s and boy’s dress and casual trousers and shorts in Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific islands. On this day, PEI also went into agreement with Cardinal Clothing Canada, Inc. for the manufacture and domestic distribution of Perry Ellis and Perry Ellis Portfolio men’s top coats.
April 2006: Levi Straus & Co. for the manufacture and distribution of Dockers men's cloth outerwear in the United States and Mexico.
May 22, 2006: JAG Licensing LLC entered into a license agreement to manufacture and distribute JAG men's and women's
Marni is an Italian fashion label founded by Consuelo Castiglioni in 1994, who remains as the label's designer.
The fashion line started in 1994, when Castiglioni became known for her contributions to the design of fur, stemming from her husband's family fur business. At the time, fur was at its most unpopular and typically designed in an old-fashioned manner, but Castiglioni instead treated it as a normal fabric to make modern, wearable clothing. Her fashion line, named after her sister Marni, grew as her customers needed something to wear under or with their fur.
Today, the company produces a full array of ready-to-wear clothing, handbags, jewelry, and eyewear. Marni has recently changed from "a well-kept secret among like-minded aesthetes to a label followed for its own sake." Jenna Lyons, senior vice president of women's design for J.Crew, attributes Marni's rise to the "post-Tom Ford era," saying that women are lately being bold through color, print, and shape rather than through overt sex appeal and are dressing more for other women than for men.Marni launched its first menswear line in Fall 2007, creating a stir by introducing leggings as standalone bottoms for men.
Rolex SA is a Swiss watchmaking manufacturer of high-quality, luxury wristwatches. Rolex watches are popularly regarded as status symbols and BusinessWeek magazine ranks Rolex No.71 on its 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands. Rolex is also the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day, with estimated revenues of around US$3 billion (£1.75) (CHF3.02 billion) (2003 figures).
In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded "Wilsdorf and Davis" in London. Their main business at the time was importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback.
In 1908, Wilsdorf registered the trademark "Rolex" and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company name "Rolex" was registered on 15 November 1915. The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling says that the name was just made up. One story,
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (operating as H&M) is a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children.
H&M exists in 43 countries and as of 2011 employed around 94,000 people. It has 2,325 stores at end of 2011 and 2,629 stores at end of August 2012. It is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer, just behind Spain-based Inditex (parent company of ZARA), and leads over third largest global clothing retailer, United States based GAP Inc.
The design team in the company’s Sweden office controls the steps of production from merchandise planning to establishing specifications, and production is outsourced to approximately 800 factories in Europe and Asia. These facilities are used for horizontal division of labor rather than being integrated.
Number of stores as of 30 November 2011
The company opened its first Asian store (also the company's first franchise) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2006. It followed with a store in the Salmiya district of Kuwait City, Kuwait.
The first Israeli store was opened in Tel Aviv in 2010, followed by five more stores across the country. More stores are expected to open,
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent (French pronunciation: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃], August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008), was a French fashion designer, one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable." He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women, became the first designer to use ethnic models in his runway shows, and referenced non-European cultures in his work.
Three documentaries have been made about Saint Laurent's life: David Teboul's "Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times" (2002), "Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris" (2002), and Pierre Thoretton's "L'Amour Fou" (2009).
Yves Henri-Donat Matthieu-Saint Laurent was born on August 1, 1936, in Oran, Algeria, to Charles and Lucienne Andrée Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. He grew up in a villa by the Mediterranean with his two younger sisters, Michelle and Brigitte. Yves liked to create intricate paper dolls, and
Agent Provocateur is a British lingerie retailer founded in 1994 by Joseph Corré and Serena Rees. The company spans 13 countries with 30 stores. In 2007 3i, the private equity firm, purchased 80% of the company for £60m.
Agent Provocateur was founded by Joseph Corré, the son of Vivienne Westwood, and his now ex-wife Serena Rees in 1994 with their first store on Broadwick Street, London. The first store was opened in Soho with the goal of selling high-end lingerie.
The couple initially set out to sell colourful and fashionable lingerie from around the world; however, after not finding enough of what they liked, the couple decided to create their own brand.
Rees, along with Corre, developed a strict confidentiality agreement to protect their clientele. Since its inception, the brand has been widely received by the celebrity community, and as a result, it uses celebrity models for most of their advertising campaigns.
After Corre's and Ree's divorce in 2007, Agent Provocateur was purchased by the private equity firm 3i for £60m. The company is currently run by Garry Hogarth.
Following the takeover, the company expanded into 13 countries with over 30 stores. By March 2008, Agent
Etro is an Italian fashion house that produces textiles, home decor and perfumes. Founded in 1968 by Gimmo Etro, it remains to this day a family business.
The entrepreneurial venture began in 1968, when Gimmo Etro, the brand’s founder, launched a range of fabrics using noble and natural fibres, which he embellished with original designs and innovative colour ways. In 1981 the furnishing textiles line made its debut. The Paisley motif used to enrich the first collection was set to become the Etro mark of identity.
Leather goods were added to the product range in 1984 with a bag and travel bag collection in Paisley jacquard fabric. In 1986 Etro launched the home accessories and complements collection, thus consolidating the brand’s lifestyle concept. The 1990s saw the unveiling of the first men’s and women’s prêt-à-porter collections, their inventive and recherché style earning the label instant recognition.
The materials, the workings and a special talent with prints are what make Etro unique and inimitable.
The Etro family began using textiles and fashion as a mode of art rather than a mode of expression. Etro is identified primarily with Gimmo (born Gerolamo), the founder, but
Fiorucci is an Italian fashion label founded by Elio Fiorucci in 1967. The first shop exposed Milan to the styles of Swinging London and American classics such as the T-shirt and jeans. By the late 1970s and early 1980s this would be reversed, and the New York store would become famous for the fashions it introduced to the United States. Known as the "daytime Studio 54", it attracted trendsetters from Andy Warhol to a young Madonna.
As a leader in the globalisation of fashion Fiorucci would scour the globe, introducing a newly affluent mass market to underground trends such as thongs from Brazil and Afghan coats. The label popularised camouflage prints and leopard-skin prints before creating the designer jean market with the invention of stretch jeans. The iconic advertising usually featured a woman's buttocks in skin-tight denim, or in one case obscured by pink fluffy handcuffs, whilst the company logo is two cheeky angels modelled after Raphael's cherubs. However, mismanagement of the company led to receivership in 1989, and since then the brand has been dogged by legal battles over the trademarks, and several relaunches have failed to make much impact.
Elio Fiorucci was born in
Balmain (French: [balmɛ̃]) is a fashion house that was founded by Pierre Balmain.
In the period following World War II, Pierre Balmain was "a king of French fashion" and outfitted stars including Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot and the Nicaraguan first lady Hope Portocarrero. His most famous client was Queen Sirikit of Thailand. After Pierre Balmain's death in 1982, the house was led by Erik Mortensen, described by Vogue as Pierre Balmain's "right hand." Oscar de la Renta led the house between 1993 and 2002. Under Pierre Balmain, Mortensen, and de la Renta, the house was known for its classic, luxurious designs. Until 2011, the house was led by designer Christophe Decarnin, whose vision for the house is more modern and edgier. In April 2011, the fashion house announced that Decarnin was succeeded by Olivier Rousteing (pronounced: [ɔ.li.vje ʁus.tɛɲ]).
Around 2008 and 2009, the clothing line became extremely popular both among fashion magazines, runways and celebrities. His 2010 collection, shown during Paris fashion week, was said to be "totally retro" and "[brought] back the glitz and glitter of the 1970s disco era."
In the song, Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? by Peter Sarstedt he
Camp Beverly Hills is an American US-based clothing line founded by Jeffrey A. Stein It hit a pop-culture phenomenon that began in the 1980s, the Camp Beverly Hills vintage clothing line is making comeback with a full re-launch of the brand.
Beverly Hills' glitzy name has helped Camp Beverly Hills turn its fashion products into gold mines money-making ventures It began in 1977, as an inexpensive alternative to the stores of Rodeo Drive. During the next decade, the line became popular after introducing some of the first casual clothing to use pastel colors. Recently, due to the recent wave of 1980s nostalgia, the company has been relaunched.
In 2004, Adina Levin and Raquel Krouse re-launched the line into high end department stores and boutiques. Their success was very quick and they sold the brand to a company and moved on the new projects.
Sean John Clothing Inc is a clothing and fragrance company owned by hip-hop mogul Sean Combs . The apparel company takes its name from Combs' first and middle given names.
People representing the brand include Combs himself, musicians such as Nelly, T.I., Fabolous, Game, Dolla, Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes, athletes including Dwyane Wade, plus fashion models Tyson Beckford and Kevin Navayne Lamban .
In 1998, Combs decided to launch a signature collection of sportswear under his name Sean John(Stage name Puff Daddy). Since its launch, Sean John has enjoyed critical and commercial success with revenues now exceeding $100 million annually. Sean John has often appeared at the award ceremony for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held annually in New York. For five consecutive years since 2000, Sean John has been nominated for its excellence in design. In 2004, Sean John was awarded the CFDA Men's Designer of the Year award.
In February 2001, Sean John produced the first nationally televised runway show during Fall Fashion Week when it simultaneously aired live on E! Television and the Style Network. During fashion week in February 2002, the New York Times ran a front page
Trands is a Chinese clothing brand under the clothing maker Dayang Group. Trands' market is currently domestic and they target the mid-to-high end menswear market in China. The brand was launched in 1995.
Trands is also a US brand owned and operated by American Exchange Apparel Group, a New York based company. The company designs, produces, markets and sells boys and girls suits, dresses and accessories under the Trands label as well as other well-known brands owned by the company.
Trands is known for being worn by billionaires Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Charlie Munger and the President of China Hu Jintao.
In a video released by the company on 29 August 2009, Buffett praised the brand, saying he had thrown away all his other suits (including suits from Ermenegildo Zegna) and only wears Trands. Buffett now has 9 Trands suits and a tuxedo. In the days following the Buffett video, Trands stock climbed over 200%.
Jean Paul Gaultier (French: [ʒɑ̃ pɔl ɡotje]; born 24th Of April 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France) is a French haute couture fashion designer. Gaultier was the creative director of Hermès from 2003 to 2010. In the past, he has hosted the television series Eurotrash.
Gaultier never received formal training as a designer. Instead, he started sending sketches to famous couture stylists at an early age. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970. Afterwards he worked with Jacques Esterel in 1971 and Jean Patou later that year, then returning to manage the Pierre Cardin boutique in Manila for a year in 1974.
His first individual collection was released in 1976 and his characteristic irreverent style dates from 1981, and he has long been known as the enfant terrible of French fashion. Many of Gaultier's following collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his Haute Couture collections, are very formal yet at the same time unusual and playful.
Although most people found his designs decadent at the time, fashion editors, notably Melka Tréanton of Elle, Claude Brouet and Catherine Lardeur of
Stella Nina McCartney (born 13 September 1971) is an English fashion designer and rare environmentalist in the fashion industry. She is the daughter of former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney and the late American photographer and animal rights activist, Linda McCartney.
Stella Nina McCartney was born in Lambeth, London, England on 13 September 1971, the second child of Beatles bassist Paul McCartney and American photographer Linda McCartney. She is named after her maternal great-grandmothers (both of Linda McCartney's grandmothers were named Stella). As a young girl, McCartney traveled the globe with her parents and their pop music group Wings, along with her siblings: older half-sister Heather (who was legally adopted by Paul McCartney), older sister Mary, and younger brother James. According to her father, the name of Wings was inspired by Stella's difficult birth. As his daughter was being born by emergency caesarean section, Paul sat outside the operating room and prayed that she be born "on the wings of an angel." Wings toured from shortly after her birth in 1971 until 1980.
Despite their fame, the McCartneys wanted their children to lead as normal a life as possible, so
Dean and Dan Caten (born Dean and Dan Catenacci) are a Canadian creative fraternity design duo are identical twin brothers, fashion designers, founders and owners of the DSQUARED, an international fashion house. Celebrities wearing their designs have included Bill Kaulitz, Lenny Kravitz, Karl Lagerfeld, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Britney Spears and Madonna
Dean and Dan Caten were born in 1964 as Dean and Dan Catenacci in Toronto, Ontario. And grew up in the Willowdale area. They are the youngest of nine children. Their parents were from Naples, Italy.
In 1983, they moved to New York to study fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, but stayed only one semester before returning to Toronto. Finding a financial backer in 1986, they launched their first signature womenswear collection, DEanDAN. By 1988 they had signed on to label Ports International (currently Ports 1961) as creative directors to bring the company more fashion forward and upscale. At the same time, Dean and Dan designed for their lower-end, leisure brand, Tabi International. In 1991, the brothers moved to Milan, Italy where they worked as designers for the house of
Luciano Soprani (1946–23 October 1999) was an Italian fashion designer known for his tailored, colorful men's suits and silk evening gowns.
Soprani was born in Reggiolo in 1946 to a family of farmers in the province of Reggio Emilia. After studying agriculture, he decided that he was more interested in fashion, and in 1967 he joined the local firm of Max Mara in Reggio Emilia. He stayed there for nearly eight years, before moving to Milan in 1974. As a freelancer, he worked with labels such as Heliette, Basile, Nazareno, Gabrielli and Gucci.
In 1982 he set up his own label, while continuing to work for other houses such as Gucci. He was also wardrobe designer for the 1990 film Wild Orchid.
In 1992 Soprani fell out with his Japanese business partner, Onward Kashiyama Co., Ltd., who owned 70% of Luciano Soprani SpA. Soprani dissociated himself from the company, whilst seeking to regain use of the trademark.
He died of throat cancer in a hospital in Milan, on 23 October 1999.
His friend Dilio Ortigoza succeeded him as designer at the company, to be followed by Alessandro Turci in 2002. Studio Soprani was acquired by the perfume company Satinine S.p.a., and renamed Luciano Soprani
Oxxford Clothes is a high-end suit and sport coat manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded in 1916 by Jacob and Louis Weinberg.
In 2001, Forbes Magazine rated Oxxfords the best American suit. In 2007, Robb Report magazine named Oxxford the Best Suit in their Best of The Best issue.
Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK), is an American company based in Huntington Beach, California, one of the world's largest manufacturers of surfwear and other boardsport-related equipment. Its logo, designed by the company founder Alan Green and John Law in Torquay, Victoria, Australia in 1969, inspired by Hokusai's woodcut The Great Wave off Kanagawa consists of a large wave with a mountain on a red background.
The company also produces a line of apparel for young women, under the brand Roxy. Its logo consists of two copies of the Quiksilver logo, one reflected, forming a heart. Quiksilver has another line of apparel for women under the brand Quiksilver Women.
The company's DC and Hawk brands are also synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, and its beach- and water-oriented swimwear brands include Raisins, Radio Fiji and Leilani. Quiksilver also carries a line of high-end apparel and accessories under its QuiksilverEdition brand.
In 2005, the company launched The Quiksilver Foundation, a charitable foundation which works to provide environmental, educational, health and youth-related projects to boardriding communities around the world.
Liam Fahy (born 26 October 1984) is a shoe designer from Zimbabwe. His eponymous company specializes in luxury ladies shoes, and is famous for its conceptual design ethos.
Liam was born to Peter and Jane Fahy in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. While studying on the prestigious Footwear Design course of De Montfort University Liam was awarded several design awards including Drapers Student Designer of the Year, The Linea Pelle Young Designer, the UUFA and many others. After a First class graduation with honors, Liam won the first ever Fashion Fringe Accessories award, judged by Manolo Blahnik and Chairman of The Costume Society of Great Britain, Colin Mcdowell. Previous winners to this award include Erdem and Basso & Brooke. As a result Liam became the first ever protégé of BFC British Fashion Council Accessory designer Rupert Sanderson.
Moxon Huddersfield Ltd is a high-end British textile manufacturer of luxury worsted and woollen suiting fabrics. It is located at Yew Tree Mills, Holmbridge, near Holmfirth, Kirklees in Yorkshire.
The company was incorporated in 1924 but claims it can trace its roots to the 16th century. In the 1910s, it traded under the name of "B. H. Moxon & Sons" and was located at Springfield Mills, Kirkburton, near Huddersfield. At that time it patented an improvement to the dobby loom. It was incorporated in 1924 In the 1930s, it was exporting to Japan and the United States. In 1950, it moved to a new 60,000 sq ft (5,574 m) site in Kirkburton. In the 1950s, it was noted for its fancy worsted fabrics, In the 1980s, it was specialized in worsted mohair and silk blends aimed primarily at the Japanese market.
Moxon was one the first British weavers to replace British Dobcross looms with wider Swiss Sulzer looms. In the early 1960s, after the retirement of Matthew Moxon, it was part of the Tulketh Group, which went into receivership in the early 1970s. It was acquired in 1971 by the Allied Textiles group.
The company was acquired in 1993 by Firas Chamsi-Pasha, a Syrian former agent of Hield. Mr
Cerruti 1881 is a brand of the famous fashion house Cerruti founded in 1967 in Paris by the Italian stylist and fashion producer Nino Cerruti.
The Cerruti house designs, manufactures, distributes, and retails luxury ready-to-wear, jeans, fragrances, sportswear, leather goods, watches, and accessories. The brand markets these products under several, highly-specialized sub-labels including Cerruti 1881, Cerruti 18CRR81, Cerruti Jeans, Cerruti Parfums,... The Cerruti name has become synonymous with high-fashion and couture worldwide and is considered one of the most prestigious names in the fashion industry.
In 1967 the Cerruti label was officially launched with the opening of the flagship store, at 3 Place de la Madeleine in Paris, France, in order to be closer to the international fashion capital. The place is also the headquarters of the firm.
The Cerruti brand is illustrated by 120 years of Italian tradition, with the modernity and elegance of a firm, typically parisian.
In August 2006, the company became property of the American firm MatlinPatterson Global Advisors.
The Cerruti house offers three lines, each for men and women: Cerruti (top line), Cerruti 1881 (diffusion line) and
Jil Sander AG is a fashion house founded by Ms. Jil Sander in Germany in 1968. It belongs to the most expensive clothing brands in the world, and its competitors are mainly companies like Loro Piana which are in the same pricing category. Its minimalist trademarks include striking silhouettes, high-end fabrics, and meticulous detail, emphasizing quality over flash. Its designs descends from that of Coco Chanel, as opposed to the bleeding-edge esthetic of Karl Lagerfeld and Jean-Paul Gaultier or the trendiness of sportswear design, as exemplified by the like of Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein.
Jil Sander's trademark look, a somewhat new look for women conquering executive positions in the 1980s, was that of a perfectly cut pantsuit, a form-fitting simple but elegant coat or a slim blouse made of the most luxurious materials in plain grey, black, blue or white leaving out any unnecessary details, extravagant ornaments or loud colors. The fact that her creations were coordinates which could all be easily combined with each other became a popular characteristic. She created the so-called onion look (Zwiebel-Look) layering various pieces of clothing in one outfit. She has been described
Tomas Maier (1957-) is a German-born designer who is currently Creative Director at the Italian luxury lifestyle brand Bottega Veneta, which is part of the Luxury Division of PPR. Tomas Maier joined Bottega Veneta as Creative Director in June 2001. In the years since, he has established Bottega Veneta as one of the world’s top luxury goods houses. In that same time, Maier has transformed the luxury goods business, offering a thoughtful and increasingly important argument for the primacy of quality, craftsmanship, and individuality.
Born in April 1957 in Pforzheim, Germany, at the edge of the Black Forest, Maier was raised in a family of architects and attended a Waldorf school as a child. From there he headed to Paris, where he trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. His professional experience includes designing for some of the most prestigious fashion and luxury goods houses in France, Italy, and Germany, including Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel, where he designed men’s wear for eight years, and Revillon, where he spent four years as creative director. For nine years, Maier was a women’s ready-to-wear designer at Hermès, where he also designed some leather goods and
Emilio Pucci, Marquis of Barsento (Italian pronunciation: [eˌmiːlio ˈpuʧːi]), (20 November 1914 – 29 November 1992) was a Florentine Italian fashion designer and politician. He and his eponymous company are synonymous with geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Emilio Pucci was born in 1914 of one of Florence’s oldest noble families, and would live and work in the Pucci Palace in Florence for much of his life. He was a keen sportsman, who swam, skied, fenced, played tennis and raced cars. At the age of 17 he travelled to Lake Placid as part of the Italian team at the 1932 Winter Olympics, but did not compete.
After two years at the University of Milan, he studied agriculture at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA, where he became a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society. In 1935 he won a skiing scholarship to Reed College in Oregon, received an MA in social science from Reed in 1937, and was awarded his doctorate (laurea) in political science from the University of Florence the same year. At Reed he was known as a staunch defender of the Fascist regime in Italy.
In 1938 he joined the Italian Air Force, and served as a S.M. 79 torpedo bomber pilot during
Giordano, International Limited (Chinese: 佐丹奴, Jyutping: Zodaannou, Pinyin: Zuǒ dān nú; SEHK: 0709) is a Hong Kong-based retailer of men's, women's and children's quality apparel founded in 1981 by Jimmy Lai. Giordano, as of January 2008, employs more than 11,000 people and operates 1800 stores worldwide in 40 countries and online through Giordano Australia.
As of 1996, Jimmy Lai no longer owns the company and its current Chairman and CEO Peter Lau. Although based in Bermuda the company's principal global operations run out of Hong Kong. The company is Asia-Pacific's most successful retailer and sells its name under the brands of "Giordano", "Giordano Concepts", "Giordano Junior" and "Giordano Ladies". Giordano has been publicly listed since 1991 and since then trades on the Hong Kong stock exchange under the ticker symbol 709.HK.
Giordano has its own manufacturing division where many of its own clothing styles are produced. Giordano also makes basic and practical men's, women's, and children's T-shirts and trousers, especially denims. In comparison, Giordano is very similar to the American based retailer The Gap.
Jimmy Lai was born into poverty in mainland China's Guangdong
Reem Acra is an internationally known Lebanese fashion designer. She studied in Beirut, Paris, as well as New York. She is known for her bridal designs. Her designs are sold in famous clothing boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. She has been on several popular magazines including In Style, Town & Country, Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, Sayidaty [English] and W. Her fine evening gowns are also sold all over the world.
The Reem Acra flagship store is located at 730 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Born in Lebanon, Reem was introduced to the intricate world of art by her grandmother, who had a skilled hand for creating handmade silk flowers. According to her biography, Reem Acra studied design in both Paris and New York at the Esmod Ecole de Mode of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
After her studies and practical design experience, she returned to New York where her atelier quickly gained international recognition. Her collections are carried in more than 100 of the most exclusive retailers in the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as her flagship Manhattan boutique.
As a wedding gown designer, Reem Acra began her
Rick Owens (born 1961) is an American fashion designer hailing from California, celebrated for his avant garde and subversive eye.
He is married to Michele Lamy. Since 2003, Rick Owens has lived in Paris.
Born and raised in Porterville, California, Owens studied fine arts at Otis/Parsons (now known as Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles for two years before dropping out and taking pattern-making and draping courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College leading to work in the garment industry doing knock offs of designer clothing. His own label, begun in 1994 found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years. In 2001, he signed with Italian sales agent Eo Bocci Associati for worldwide distribution, and his production moved to Italy. His birth name is Richard Saturnino Owens.
He began to receive attention when an image of Kate Moss shot by Corinne Day appeared in Vogue Paris, featuring one of Owens' fitted distressed leather jackets. He showed his first runway collection in September 2002 during New York Fashion Week. The show was sponsored by American Vogue and Anna Wintour, who also
Vera Ellen Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; pinyin: Wáng Wēiwei, Mandarin pronunciation: [u̯ɑ̌ŋ u̯éɪ̯u̯éɪ̯]; born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite ladies figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitions.
Vera Ellen Wang was born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese descent. Her parents were born in Shanghai, China, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s. Her mother worked as a translator for the United Nations, while her father owned a medicine company. Wang has one younger brother, Kenneth. She graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, attended the University of Paris and earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. Wang began figure skating at the age of six. While in high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the January 9, 1968 issue. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.
Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) is an American retailer that focuses on casual wear for consumers aged 18 to 22. It has over 300 locations in the United States, and is expanding internationally. The company also operates three offshoot brands: Abercrombie kids, Hollister Co., and Gilly Hicks, in addition to a post-collegiate brand, Ruehl No.925, that closed in early 2010.
Although generally more expensive, Abercrombie & Fitch main competitors are Aéropostale and American Eagle Outfitters. Its younger subsidiary, Abercrombie kids, competes with Aéropostale's P.S. from Aéropostale, and American Eagle Outfitters's 77kids.
There have been three retailers called Abercrombie & Fitch and the current A&F shares only its name with the original business. Founded in 1892 in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, by David T. Abercrombie and Ezra H. Fitch, the original Abercrombie & Fitch was an elite outfitter of sporting and excursion goods, particularly noted for its expensive shotguns, fishing rods, and tents. In 1976, Abercrombie & Fitch filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, finally closing its flagship Manhattan store in 1977.
The name was revived shortly thereafter, when in 1978–79,
Ann Demeulemeester (born 1959, Waregem, Belgium) is a fashion designer whose eponymous label 'Ann Demeulemeester' is mainly showcased at the annual Paris Fashion Week.
Ann Demeulemeester was born in Waregem, a city in the Flemish province of Belgium in 1959, and later lived in the city of Bruges. Her father, a chicory professor, and her mother both currently live in Waregem. Initially, Demeulemeester showed no interest in fashion. She attended art school for three years, where she discovered her fascination with people and portraiture, which led her to begin thinking about clothing attire. From this, Ann went on to study fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp from 1978 to 1981. In 1986, Demeulemeester, along with her fellow students from the Antwerp Royal Academy, went to London to showcase their collections. As a result, she is often referred to as a member of the 'Antwerp Six', the radical and distinctive Belgian designers of the 1980s. This group of avant-garde designers are known for their decontructivist styles of creating untraditional clothing lines. Other notables from the group include Dries van Noten and Walter Van Beirendonck.
After graduating from
L'eggs is a popular brand of pantyhose introduced in 1969 by Hanes. The hosiery premiered a unique trade dress by placing its product in white plastic oversized chicken-egg-shaped containers and garnering shelf space in supermarkets and drugstores, most frequently on revolving carousel L'eggs displays (called the "L'eggs Boutique"), designed to draw customer attention to the product.
The L'eggs name, package and logo were created by designer Roger Ferriter, working in the design studio of Herb Lubalin Associates in New York City in 1969. On the morning of the scheduled presentation of the marketing and packaging ideas to the Hanes Corporation for the new low-cost pantyhose launch, Ferriter was not satisfied that the work was sufficiently creative. In an effort to revisit the name and packaging one last time, he attempted to "experience" the product in some new way, hoping that the exercise would suggest a new creative direction for the branding. Among his efforts, he attempted to compress a pair of pantyhose in his fist, wondering how compact the product could become. Staring at his clenched fist with the pantyhose inside he was struck with the possibility that the package could be
MaxMara, or The House of MaxMara, is a luxury Italian fashion house known for its ready-to-wear clothing. Established in 1951 in Reggio Emilia by Achille Maramotti (7 January 1927 – 12 January 2005). By March 2008, the company had 2,254 stores in 90 countries.
Achille Maramotti began designing couture clothing in 1947, and officially established the House of Max Mara in 1951. The "Mara" came from his surname, while "Max" referred to Count Max, a local character who was seldom sober but always stylish. Maramotti was one of the first to see that the future of fashion lay in the mass production of designer-quality clothes. He was also keen to emphasise the brand of Max Mara ahead of the names of individual designers, even though he employed future big names such as Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Dolce & Gabbana and Narciso Rodriguez. The company remains in the hands of the family and they like to maintain a veil of secrecy about the activities of the company.
Max Mara has spawned 35 labels, although Max Mara womenswear remains the core of the company. Other brands include Sportmax, Sportmax Code, Weekend Max Mara, Marella, Pennyblack, iBlues, Max & Co. (the trendy, youth
Swarovski (/swɒrˈɒfski/sworr-OFF-skee) is the brand name for a range of cut crystal and related luxury products produced by Swarovski AG of Wattens, Austria. The company is split into two major industry areas, the Swarovski Kristall business unit that primarily works with luxury items and design crystals and the Tyrolit Schleifmittel business unit that manufactures related tooling and machinery.
Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that a young Swarovski served an apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.
In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co. The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.
The Swarovski Crystal
Derek Lam is an American fashion designer. He was born in San Francisco, California and is of Chinese American parentage. Lam is the youngest of three children in his fourth-generation family. His parents had a business that imported clothes from Asia, and his grandparents ran a successful garment factory in San Francisco that specialized in bridal and wedding dresses. As a child he would sit with the seamstresses, "adoring the wedding gowns."
Lam graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990. Lam began working as an assistant for Michael Kors in the 90s and worked there for four years. Lam then moved to Hong Kong to work for a large retail brand. Following his Hong Kong experience, Derek returned to New York and was appointed vice President of Design for Michael Kors' Kors line.
In 2003, he launched his own label. He debuted at the New York Fashion Week in September 2003. In 2005, Lam won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for new designers and started his own line of clothes. In addition to clothes, Derek Lam also has a line of shoes and jewelry. In February 2010, Derek Lam launched an e-commerce website selling an edited collection of ready-to-wear and accessories.
American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1977 by brothers Jerry and Mark Silverman as a subsidiary of Retail Ventures, Inc., a company which also owned and operated Silverman's Menswear. The Silvermans sold their ownership interests in 1991 to Jacob Price of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The brand targets 14- to 25-year-old males and females, with 900+ retail locations in the U.S. and Canada and an online store. On March 16, 2010, American Eagle Outfitters opened its first store in the Middle East at Mirdif City Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
American Eagle Outfitters opened its first store in Africa in City Stars Center in Heliopolis district, Cairo, Egypt
Some of the brand's more popular products are low-rise jeans, polo shirts, graphic T-shirts, henley shirts, boxers and briefs, outerwear, and swimwear.
When the Silvermans first opened an American Eagle Outfitters store in 1977, they were looking to diversify their menswear business. Stores were set up in shopping malls and a catalog was established. The chain grew for much of the 1980s. In 1989, the owners decided to refocus their
Commonwealth Utilities is a men's fashion label based in New York City. Its name is derived from the fact that designers Anthony Keegan and Richard Christiansen are originally from the Commonwealth of Nations (Canada and Australia, respectively).
Ice hockey player Sean Avery worked with Commonwealth Utilities for Fashion Week 2009 in New York City.
Jimmy Choo is a British high fashion house specializing in luxury shoes, designer bags, and accessories. The company, J. Choo Limited, was founded in 1996 by couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo OBE and Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon OBE. In April 2001 Equinox Luxury Holdings Ltd. bought out Jimmy Choo's 50% ownership of the ready to wear business. The company was bought by current owners Labelux in 2011. It is worn by many celebrities such Victoria Beckham, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Hurley, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
J. Choo Limited was founded by Malaysian-born couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo OBE and Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon OBE in 1996, and registered as such on the United Kingdom register of companies. The company began by making shoes and opened shops in several locations over the following five years, marketing their products as the "Jimmy Choo London" line.
Choo sold his 50% share in the company to Equinox Luxury Holdings Ltd. in 2001. Lion Capital acquired a majority shareholding in November 2004, and the company was sold in 2007 to
Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. (NYSE: KCP) is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. He originally named the company Kenneth Cole Incorporated in September 1982 and planned to showcase his new line of shoes during market week at the Hilton New York Hotel. Finding that he could not afford to purchase a hotel room or showroom to exhibit his line, he borrowed a truck and asked the mayor’s office for permission to park two blocks away from the Hilton Hotel in front of a fancy shoe building. Upon learning that permits were only granted to utility companies and production companies shooting full-length motion pictures, Cole changed the name of the company to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and applied for a permit to shoot a full-length motion picture entitled “The Birth of a Shoe Company”.
With Kenneth Cole Productions painted on the side of the truck, they opened for business on December 2, 1982, in front of 1370 Avenue of the Americas. They had a fully furnished forty-foot trailer, klieg lights, a director, a rolling camera, models as actresses, and two NYPD policemen as doormen. A velvet rope allowed a limited number of people into the trailers and in two and a
Angelo Litrico (1927 – 13 March 1986) was an Italian fashion designer. He dressed many world leaders on both sides of the Cold War, and is credited with introducing fashion shows for men's clothing. The company he founded continues to this day, under the control of his nephews.
Angelo was born in 1927, the eldest of 12 children, the son of a fisherman in Catania in Sicily. He started work with a tailor in Catania, but realised that to fulfil his ambitions he would have to move to Rome, which he did in 1952. Walking down Via Sicilia, he saw a tailor's workshop and asked for a job, which he was given. His success was ensured by a silk jacket he wore to the opera that was noticed by Rossano Brazzi, the actor best known for Three Coins in the Fountain. With Brazzi as his first client, Litrico's fame spread and eventually he bought the shop where he had started as an apprentice. One of his innovations was putting on a men's fashion show, previously only women's wear had been shown on a catwalk.
But Litrico really made his mark when he was invited to participate in a 1957 export drive to Russia by the Italian fashion industry. Litrico used photos to make a coat as a gift for Nikita
Ana González (born 26 August 1970) is a Spanish fashion designer. She was born in Toledo and educated in Madrid.
In 1997, Ana Gonzalez founded with Óscar Benito Locking Shocking, a ready-to-wear label claiming to maintain "strong ties with other artistic disciplines". The team received accolades: in 2003, the young designer's Premio L'Oreal and in 2004, from the Spanish Marie Claire, a Gran Prix de la moda. Their partnership lasted until 2007, when the label disappeared further to the decision of their business partner, Humana Cultura y Comunicación.
In 2008 she launched alone a new ready-to-wear label, Ana Locking, which also received accolades: in 2008, the Premio L'Oréal and in 2009, the Premio Mujer Fun Fearless Female, awarded by the Spanish Cosmopolitan.
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Dirk Bikkembergs (born January 2, 1959) is a Belgian fashion designer.
Dirk Bikkembergs was born in Cologne, Germany, as his dad was in the Military (Belgian Army). He lived most of his younger years in Diepenbeek, Limburg, Belgium. In 1982, Bikkembergs graduated, together with other Belgian designers Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk van Saene, Walter van Beirendonck and Marina Yee. In 1996, the Bikkembergs label was introduced as a label to address a wider market. Bikkembergs early decided in his designer career to focus on football dress, considering it the universal language par excellence of the 21st century. The Belgian fashion designer is renowned for his unique capacity to confront the exclusivity of fashion with the universe of football. He was the first fashion designer ever who received permission to hold a fashion show in a football stadium.
Dirk started using the team as his laboratory for styling and fabric technology. From exclusive jackets to high-performance underwear, all his designs are now tested and promoted by football players. The Dirk Bikkembergs Group’s sponsorship of the team, now re-christened F.C. Bikkembergs Fossombrone, involved not only
Kiton is a luxury custom-fit clothing company founded in 1968 in Naples, Italy by Ciro Paone. It opened its New York flagship and showroom on East 54th Street in 2004. Like many other fashion brands, Kiton has diversified to include sportswear, footwear, fragrances, furnishings and a women's collection. Kiton fragrance is a brand of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc..
The company makes about 20,000 suits per year. It employs 330 tailors. Most suits take approximately 25 hours of labor, with at least 45 tailors contributing to each one. There are two lines of ready to wear suits, the "classic line", which retails for approximately US$ 7,000 to US $8,000, and the "CIPA 1960" line, introduced in 2010, starting at US$5,500. Made to measure suits reach above US $20,000 and up to US$ 50,000 for the "K-50" line, so called because of the number of production hours per piece and the number of units produced per year. Kiton dress shirts are also hand finished, as are Kiton's sevenfold silk neckties.
Paone inaugurated a tailor's school in Kiton's factory in a suburb of Naples.
Roberto Coin is a high-end brand of Italian jewellery and watches. The company was founded and based in Vicenza, Italy.
Founded in Vicenza in 1977, Roberto Coin was first established by its eponymous creator to produce for internationally acclaimed jewelry brands. Many years later, the Roberto Coin brand was introduced in 1996 and within six years the brand reached the upper echelons of the jewelry world, ranking third internationally and first in Italy. Roberto Coin jewelry espouses the eternal search for beauty expressed through the seductive art and nature of the pieces. The signature of Roberto Coin is the use of rubies and rubellite in almost every jewelry creation. Ancient Egyptian legend holds that the when touching the skin the ruby is to bring its wearer health, happiness and good fortune throughout their lives.
Roberto Coin has 7 boutiques worldwide, of which all are flagship stores. The first boutique opened in Dubai at Wafi City in July 2007. Many other boutiques opened that same year in Atlanta, Rome, Macau, and Baku.
In addition, Roberto Coin sells his line of jewellery at hundreds of authorized dealers, as well as upscale department stores.
Top advocate, entrepreneur
Rochas is a fashion, beauty, and perfume house founded in 1925 by French designer Marcel Rochas, born in 1902 and died in 1955, first designer of 2/3-length coats and skirts with pockets. It is currently owned by the multinational Procter & Gamble.
Rochas had been known primarily for its signature perfume, "Femme," which was packaged in a pink box with black lace.
The company found recent recognition for its fashion design when it chose Olivier Theyskens as its creative director in 2002. (In the years leading to his appointment, its clothes had not been considered notable.) Theyskens, within his first few months, created an "entirely new silhouette for the house" that was French-influenced and elegant. His first full collection, for Fall 2003, was praised by style.com as "ravishing" and "nothing short of magnificent."
For the next several years, Rochas continued to garner praise among fashion critics and to attract loyal followers. Rochas' clients included Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Weisz, and Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2006, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Theyskens the International Award. However,
Roland Mouret (born 1962 in Lourdes, France) is a French fashion designer.
His fashion training consisted of three months in a Parisian fashion college in 1979. In the 1980s Mouret worked as creative director with Gai Pied Hebdo, a Paris-based gay publication, and was an Act Up activist. When he left school to begin designing, he lacked skill in garment construction yet had "a native awareness of sensuality" that allowed him to create "irresistible" clothing. Sharai and André Meyers bought his line in 1998. After seven years and a move to New York, Mouret introduced his Galaxy dress in his Spring 2006 collection. Called the "dress of the season" by many, its ubiquity was such that Vogue magazine would later write that "for weeks you [couldn't] open a newspaper or magazine without seeing another young Hollywood A-lister wearing" it. Less than two months after the dress's runway debut, Mouret split with his backers in a move that shocked the fashion world. Mouret cited "managerial differences", but neither he nor the Meyerses has ever elaborated on the cause of the break-up.
After Mouret left his label, he took a two-year hiatus. He found a new backer in Simon Fuller and launched a
Viktor & Rolf is an Amsterdam-based fashion house. The company was founded in 1993 by designers Viktor Horsting (born 1969, Geldrop) and Rolf Snoeren (born 1969, Dongen).
Viktor Horsting (1969) & Rolf Snoeren (1969) met while studying fashion at the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design in The Netherlands. They began working together upon graduation, relocating to Paris in 1993 to launch their careers. Their first collection 'Hyères' (1993) based on distortion, reconstruction and layering won three prizes at the Salon Europeen des Jeunes Stylistes at the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie. The subsequent presentation of four collections in experimental art spaces led them in 1998 to show their first Haute Couture collection (Spring/Summer 1998).
Viktor & Rolf returned to ready-to-wear in 2000, with 'Stars and Stripes' (Autumn/Winter 2000-01). The menswear line 'Monsieur' was added in 2003 (Autumn/Winter), modelled entirely by Viktor & Rolf in a mirrored performance. The Viktor & Rolf range has since grown to include shoes, accessories and eyewear.
In addition to their own lines, Viktor & Rolf have collaborated with a number of other well-known brands, including Samsonite
Abaeté embodies the spirit of its designer and founder, Laura Poretzky: it captures French femininity, Brazilian sensuality, and American simplicity. Abaeté (pronounced ah-BYE-ah-tay) is Laura's family name and translates roughly to "person of virtue." The logo is the original Portuguese family crest, which was awarded to her great-great grandfather in the mid-1800's for his work as a leading abolitionist and service as the President of the Brazilian Senate.
Laura began Abaeté in 2004 with a well-received, Japanese-influenced resort collection for the 2005 season, which debuted in stores such as Kirna Zabete and Linda Dresner. Several months later Abaeté held its first fashion show for the Spring 2005 Collection during New York Fashion Week at the Altman Building.
The Spring 2006 Collection was sponsored by UPS, and for the first time Abaeté took part in IMG/Olympus New York Fashion Week in the Tents at Bryant Park. The collection, based on the movie Black Orpheus, was immediately hailed a “stellar debut with a selection of richly colored, beautifully trimmed (pieces)” by the New York Post, and received much attention from both major national and international press.
Soon Abaeté was approached by Payless ShoeSource in an effort to create their first-ever designer shoe collection. The first Abaeté for Payless Collection hit the runway during the Fall 2006 Show in February of 2005, this time in the Atelier at Bryant Park. While garnishing much attention from the Wall Street Journal, WWD, USA Today, and most of the major fashion publications, it also experienced extremely high sales figures with many styles selling out, prompting a continuation and expansion of the collection.
Abaeté is now sold in higher-end department and specialty stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Intermix, and Henri Bendel. Abaeté has also been seen on celebrities and society girls such as Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, Nicky Hilton, Mischa Barton, Rihanna, Ashanti, Vanessa Minnillo, Kate Moss, Christina Applegate, and Jessica Alba.
Collections can be viewed on Style.com, Elle.com, Vogue.co.uk, and has been seen and featured in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, InStyle, WWD, W, New York Post, as well as many other regional, national and internal publications.
Damani Dada began as a hat and T-shirt company, in 1995, which was aimed at urban basketball youth. The company quickly converted to marketing athletic apparel and following a deal with Daviano Antonio Bruno, President and CEO of Structure International Clothing Company, the DaDa Footwear line was launched providing shoes for basketball, running, and casual wear.
In 2001 DaDa Footwear introduced a new line of shoes titled Spree's, named after endorser and NBA players Latrell Sprewell They also had a shoe deal with Chris Webber.
The clothing is very popular among members of the hip-hop community.
It is known by the labels Dada, Dada Supreme, Dada Footwear and Damani Dada.
Ermenegildo Zegna (Italian pronunciation: [eɾmeneˌʤildo ˈʣeɲɲa]) is an Italian luxury fashion house, specialized in men's clothing. Founded in 1910, it is now managed by the fourth generation of the Zegna family and remains in family ownership. As well as producing suits for its own labels, it manufactures suits for labels such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Tom Ford. Effective July 1, 2011 Ermenegildo Zegna has signed an agreement with Estée Lauder Companies Inc. The new license provides Estée Lauder Companies Inc. exclusive global rights to market fragrances and develop new cosmetics under the Ermenegildo Zegna Group's brands, thereby replacing the previous partnership with YSL Beauté. As one of the biggest global producers of fine fabrics (2.3 million metres per year), Zegna has been active in promoting improvements in wool production around the world.
Ermenegildo Zegna founded the company in 1910 in Trivero in the Biellese Prealps. Zegna quickly gained a reputation for producing fine quality wool suits, and by the end of the 1930s, the Wool Mill employed 1,000 work ers. In 1938 the Zegna Woollens Corporation was set up in New York although exports were not helped by the
Hermès International S.A., or simply Hermès (French pronunciation: [ɛʁmɛs]; /ɛərˈmɛz/) is a French manufacturer of quality goods established in 1837, today specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods, and ready-to-wear. Its logo, since the 1950s, is of a Duc carriage with horse.
Designers throughout the company's history have included Lola Prusac, Jacques Delahaye, Catherine de Karolyi, Monsieur Levaillant, Nicole de Vesian, Eric Bergère, Claude Brouet, Tan Giudicelli, Marc Audibet, Mariot Chane, Martin Margiela, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Véronique Nichanian (current men's-wear designer), Christophe Lemaire (current women's-wear designer).
The Hermès family, originally Protestant Germans, settled in France in 1828. In 1837, Thierry Hermès (1801–1878) first established Hermès as a harness workshop on the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris, dedicated to serving European noblemen. He created some of the finest wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade. Monsieur Hermès's earned citations included the first prize in its class in 1855 and the first-class medal in 1867 at the Expositions Universelles in Paris.
Hermès's son, Charles-Émile Hermès
Miu Miu is a high fashion brand of women's clothing and accessories from the Prada fashion house. Miu Miu opened in 1993 and is headed by Miuccia Prada. The name of the collection is taken from her nickname.
There are Miu Miu boutiques situated in Paris, Milano, Firenze, Rome, Venezia, Forte dei Marmi, Porto Cervo, Bologna, Cannes, London, Glasgow, Madrid, Zurich, St. Moritz, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Moscow, Istanbul, New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Bal Harbour, Beverly Hills, São Paulo, Honolulu, Melbourne, Jakarta, Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Yokohama, Hiroshima, Macau, Busan, Bangalore, Seoul, Sydney, and Incheon.
Miu Miu also opened its first independent store in China in the MIX in the city of Shenzhen in 2009.
A new North American store will open in Houston in The Galleria during the summer of 2011 and in Short Hills, New Jersey in the Fall of 2011. Miu Miu has also opened their first Australian boutique at Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne. A second will open at Westfield Sydney in 2011
A branch of the Miu Miu chain opened in Glasgow, Scotland in 2010 and is
Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) (known colloquially as Tiffany or Tiffany's) is a luxury American multinational jewelry and silverware corporation, with headquarters in New York City. Tiffany sells jewelry, sterling silver, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, personal accessories, as well as some leather goods. Many of these goods are sold under the Tiffany name at Tiffany stores and through direct-mail and corporate merchandising. Goods are also sold wholesale to third-party distributors. Tiffany is renowned for its luxury goods, especially for its diamonds: diamond jewelry, and especially its diamond engagement rings. Tiffany markets itself as an arbiter of taste and style.
Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium," the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as Tiffany, Young and Ellis in Lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Co. in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control, and the firm's emphasis on jewelry was established. Tiffany & Co. has since opened stores in major cities all over the world. Unlike other stores at the time in the 1830s, Tiffany clearly marked
Cacharel (French: [kaʃaʁɛl]) is a French brand of ready-to-wear clothing, perfume and accessories. It was created in 1962 by Jean Bousquet, in Nîmes, who founded the company of the same name in 1964. Cacharel is named after the local name of the garganey (Anas querquedula, a small duck) in the Camargue (cacharel, standard French sarcelle d’été).
Jean Bousquet was the son of a sewing machine salesman; he was immersed in the world of clothes making since childhood. He trained to be a tailor at a technical college and worked for two years as a designer before returning to Paris to found his own fashion house in Le Marais. The success of his first collection inspired him to create Cacharel.
Cacharel designs are characteristic for their youthful style, femininity, lightness, refinement and use of bright colours. The presentation of the first blouse collection in Paris brought attention for its cheerfulness and the modern vision of women that it represented. The introduction of the seersucker blouse and a front cover in ELLE magazine in 1963 launched Cacharel onto the international stage.
In 1975 Bousquet commissioned L'Oréal to create a perfume for his brand; the successful Anaïs Anaïs
Women's Ready-to-wear label established in 2005 by Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate in Paris.
Commuun has been presenting during Paris Women's Ready to Wear Fashion Week since 2005. Since the first collection, Spring Summer 2006, Commuun maintained its critical acclaim among some of the highest regarded stores around the world such as Maria Luisa in Paris, Dover Street Market in London, 10 Corso Como and Isetan in Tokyo etc. Commuun was announced the winner of LVMH award and Longchamp award for ANDAM 2007.
Commuun's approach to designing comes largely from the structural aspect of nature, such as the balance and tension within them. The collection attempts to reconstruct this with simple but strong shapes and fine detailing. This same idea is also reflected in the exclusive use of natural and organic fabrics in the collection. A detailed research into fabric takes place before each collection in order to determine the best possible fabrics to work with. The carefully chosen materials are further refined with the traditional French pattern cutting technique to create garments that has timeless balance and functionality. Commuun's garments are known for its fine combination of simplicity
Eley Kishimoto, is a British fashion and design company with headquarters in London, UK. Founded in the early 1990s by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, the company is primarily known for its print design. The principal commercial activity of the company is womenswear fashion and accessories.
Eley Kishimoto established its reputation within the fashion industry through work with design houses such as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander.
In the mid-1990s the partnership created their first womenswear collection and exhibit a catwalk collection each season at London Fashion week.
The company has also created numerous products to display their print designs, such as wallpaper, furniture and furnishing fabrics, glassware and crockery. The company also operates in areas usually ignored by fashion designers including the automotive industry, architecture, phone/computer technology and packaging, and artist and gallery collaborations.
In 2008 Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto were appointed as creative directors of French based fashion house Cacharel.
Moschino (Italian pronunciation: [mosˈkiːno]) is an Italian fashion design house and manufacturer of women's, men's and children's fashion.
The brand was originally created in 1983 by the late Franco Moschino (1950–1994). Moschino and his fashion label became famous for his innovative, colorful - sometimes eccentric - designs, for his criticisms of the fashion industry and for his social awareness campaigns in the early 1990s. After Moschino's untimely death, Rossella Jardini, his former assistant, became creative director. The brand has been part of the Aeffe fashion group since 1999. In 2006, Moschino designed the outfits for the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Moschino also designed outfits for Kylie Minogue's 2005 Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour and Madonna's 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour.
Moschino occupies an important position on the international fashion stage, complete with its own history, consistency and continuity. The Moschino, Moschino Cheap and Chic and Love Moschino, creations make their mark by expressing its creativity that makes irony and elegance its strength through the reinterpretation of the classics.
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Reem Alasadi (Arabic: ريم ألسدي) is an internationally known Iraqi haute couture fashion designer. She is based in both London and Tokyo, and is very popular in Japan, with her style being described as "British punk and recycled materials molded into voluminous and voluptuous Victorian-inspired dresses".
Born in Iraq and of Arab origin, Reem was raised in London, England, and at the age of sixteen, she was working for Karen Millen in Kent.
Alasadi was accepted to London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and by the age of 21 she had set up her first label and a 1,000 sq ft (93 m) studio.
At the start of her career, Reem had sold top of the range vintage clothing in Notting Hill. Her stall was at Portobello road market, where she would practice her flair for displaying classic pieces restyled thus widening the appeal of the garment to more than just collectors of vintage fashion. Reem is renowned for her wildly eclectic style which combined a growing underground reputation. She has worked with several British designers such as John Richmond, Robert Cary-Williams, and Stella McCartney, who have all courted her services, which has led to highly
Safilo Group S.p.A. (BIT: SFL} is the world's second-largest eyewear company. It designs, produces and distributes prescription frames, sunglasses, sports eyewear, ski goggles, ski and cycling helmets under its own five “House” brands and about thirty licensed brands. Their products are primarily manufactured in three Italian facilities with an additional plant in Slovenia, one in USA and one in China, and are marketed in 130 countries worldwide. Based in Italy, Safilo's major competitor includes Milan-based Luxottica SpA, which is the world's biggest eyeglass maker.
Safilo Group S.p.A. was founded in 1934 after Guglielmo Tabacchi purchased Italy’s first industrial complex for producing lenses and frames in Pieve di Cadore. Exports in the 1930s expanded to many European countries, North Africa, the Middle East and South America. In the 1940s, operations expanded and new construction allowed 300 office and factory-floor employees to operate. However, Safilo was forced to produce only one type of eyewear, a celluloid frame in two colours, amber and reddish Havana brown, that were all sent to Germany. After the war, exports to other European nations resumed and operations expanded to
Shanghai Tang (Chinese: 上海灘; pinyin: Shànghǎi Tān) is an international clothing chain company, founded in 1994 by Hong Kong businessman David Tang. In 1998, Richemont acquired David Tang's controlling stake in the business.
David Tang stated that Shanghai Tang is a Chinese label that set out to rejuvenate Chinese fashion of the 1920s and 30s. The fundamental design concept is inspired by traditional Han Chinese clothing combined with the modernity of the 21st century. The brand is noted for its use of bright colours.
The original Shanghai Tang store was on the ground floor of Pedder Building, Central, Hong Kong; this was followed by 24 outlets worldwide, including Bangkok, Beijing, Honolulu, London, Miami, New York, Las Vegas, Madrid, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Macau. They are often located in well-known areas such as Bangkok's Sukhumvit Road, and Shanghai's Xintiandi.
After 17 years, the 6,300sqft flagship store in Hong Kong's Pedder Building closed in October 2011, with rising rents being cited as the main reason. In the meantime, the company set up several project units to continue its presence in Central, namely “A New Journey as a Nomad of Central,” in a series of Mongolian
Victoria's Secret is the largest American retailer of lingerie with over 1,000 Victoria's Secret stores in the U.S., annually mailing out 375 million catalogues and with sales in 2006 of over $5 billion with an operating income of $1 billion. Additionly the company sells women's wear and beauty products and is the largest segment of its parent company; the publicly traded Limited Brands company.
Victoria's Secret is known for its annual fashion show, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and its catalogs, both of which feature top fashion models.
Victoria's Secret is recognized as having transformed the norms around underwear making "lingerie mainstream entertainment" and being instrumental in "the increased cultural acceptance of shopping for undies" in the United States.
Victoria's Secret was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1977 by Tufts University and Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, and his wife Gaye.
Most women across the United States during the early 1980s purchased "pragmatic" underwear from mass retailers in packs of three--including brands Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and Jockey..
Department stores lingerie is reported to have been "dowdy" in
Caraceni was founded in Rome in 1913 by the father of Italian tailoring, Domenico Caraceni. At one point in the 1930s, Domenico and his family operated ateliers in Rome, Milan and Paris. The Paris atelier was operated by Domenico's brother, Augusto, who closed his atelier when Mussolini declared war on France.
Today, there are several businesses going by the name "Caraceni" in operation. The original shop operates out of a small location in Rome with a very small workforce. This is run by Tommy and Giulio Caraceni, nephews of Domenico. There are three branches in Milan, all founded by offshoots of the clan, one even claiming to be the "real Caraceni." However, the cognoscenti consider A. Caraceni, currently operated by Mario Caraceni (son of Augusto) to be the best of the Milan branches. These suits are what is known as "bench bespoke," meaning they are made one at a time, by hand, to a pattern specifically drawn for each individual customer.
Gianni Campagna, once an apprentice at Sartoria Domenico Caraceni in Milan, acquired the Sartoria Domenico Caraceni label in 1998. Under this name, his company makes expensive made-to-measure suits out of the Palazzo Bernasconi in Milan. This
7 For All Mankind (often referred to simply as Seven, Seven Jeans or 7FAM) is a brand of designer jeans founded by Michael Glasser, Peter Koral, and Jerome Dahan in 2000 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Since 2007, it has been owned by the VF Corporation.
7 for All Mankind began by designing women's jeans. A men's jeans line was introduced in fall 2002, and its Children Denim Collection for boys and girls in fall 2005. In addition to jeans, 7 for All Mankind produces other clothing items such as skirts, shorts, and denim jackets. The brand is sold in over 80 countries including Europe, Canada, and Japan.
Dahan and Glasser, denim designers who had worked in the apparel industry for years, created the company in response to what they saw as a void in the contemporary denim market. Focusing on women's denim lovers, the company enjoyed near-overnight success because of the fit, fabrics, washes, attention to detail, and the iconic swooping logo that adorned the product's back pockets. A myriad of designer denim upstarts followed 7FAM in Los Angeles, making it the world center for casual fashion. 7 For All Mankind's proximity to Los Angeles makes the brand popular with
Wet Seal is a young women's clothing retailer headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California. It carries moderately priced brand name and company-designed apparel and accessories. The company was founded in Newport Beach, California by Lorne Huycke in 1962 as "Lorne's." The "Wet Seal" name comes from a comment Lorne Huycke made during a fashion show commenting that a model wearing a bathing suit looked like a "wet seal." The company was incorporated as Wet Seal in 1990.
In 1995, Wet Seal acquired 237 Contempo Casuals stores from the Neiman Marcus Group. Contempo Casuals would continue to use its own name until 2001, when the remaining stores were converted into Wet Seal stores. The company then launched the Arden B. brand in November 1998 and changed most of the remaining Contempo Casual names to Arden B. In June 2010 the Blink by Wet Seal concept was announced. As of November 22, 2006, Wet Seal has 428 locations in 48 states and Puerto Rico . The company reported to expand 50 new stores in 2011.
The Wet Seal, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate as a specialty retailer of apparel and accessory items for women in the United States. It operates three mall-based chains of retail stores
Costello Tagliapietra is a fashion house, established in New York, founded and directed by Jeffrey Costello (born in Bristol, Pennsylvania) and Robert Tagliapietra (born in New York).
They met in Manhattan in 1994, and after eleven years working together they presented their first collection for the spring 2005 season at New York Fashion Week, and won the 2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.
From its inception, Costello Tagliapietra has had a prêt-à-porter clothing line for women.
The brand has stores in USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Lebanon, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Kay Unger is an American fashion designer, currently she is the creative head and public face of Phoebe Company LLC and its brands; Kay Unger New York, Phoebe Couture, Unger by Kay Unger and Kay J’s by Kay Unger. Kay resides in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood where her two sons often come by to visit.
Kay was born in Chicago, IL and first studied painting in the Fine Arts Program at Washington University (Missouri) before switching to design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Upon graduation from The Parson’s New School for Design in the late 1960s, Kay worked as one of three apprentices for Geoffrey Beene. After a year, she decided to develop her own line. Modeling the client after herself, Kay set out to fill a void in the fashion industry for “clean dinner dresses.” In 1972, along with her two business partners, Howard Bloom and Jon Levy, she founded The Gillian Group. Kay sold her dresses under the Gillian label, where the group and its many divisions quickly became one of the largest suppliers of women’s apparel in America. They grew into a $125 million company before going bankrupt in 1994.
15 days after closing the Gillian Group, Kay and the former
Kenzo Takada (高田賢三 Takada Kenzō, born 27 February 1939 in Himeji, Japan) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is also the founder of Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products and clothes.
Kenzo's love for fashion developed at an early age, particularly through reading his sisters' magazines. He shortly attended the University of Kobe, where he felt bored and eventually withdrew, against the will of his family. In 1958, he joined a fashion school, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College, which had then just opened its doors to male students.
After earning his diploma, he settled in Paris in 1964. He was trying to gain a place in the fashion environment; attending shows, making contacts with the media and selling sketches.
Kenzo's first designs started because he could only afford to buy his fabrics from flea sales. As a result, Kenzo had to mix many bold fabrics together to make one garment.
Kenzo's success started in 1970: during this year he presented his first show at the Vivienne Gallery; his first store, "Jungle Jap" was opened; and one of his models appeared in the cover of ELLE. His collection was presented in New York and Tokyo in 1971. The next year, he won the Fashion
Lancôme Paris is a French luxury cosmetics house. Owned by L'Oréal since 1964, Lancôme is part of the Luxury Products division, which offers skin care, fragrances, and makeup at higher-end prices.
Founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean in France, Lancôme celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010. Petitjean’s motive was simple: to create a beauty brand that would deliver French elegance around the world. The name “Lancôme” was inspired by the ruins of a castle, Le Château de Lancosme, while the roses in the area inspired the company’s symbol of the single golden rose.
The brand is represented by actresses, global supermodels, makeup artists, and perfumers. Emerging fashion designers have collaborated with the brand, including design duo Proenza Schouler, who created a dress inspired by Lancôme's Hypnôse fragrance.
Lancôme launched its first five fragrances in 1935 at the World's Fair in Brussels - Tendre Nuit, Bocages, Conquete, Kypre and Tropiques. Lancome fragrances are made in association with perfumers Alain Astori, Annick Menardo, Daniela Roche-Andrier, Christian Biecher, Jacques Cavallier, Calice Becker, Pauline Zanoni, Maurice Roucel, Thierry Wasser, Christine Nagel, Armand
Luis Antonio (born approx. in 1966) is a fashion designer and businessman.
Antonio launched his first collection in 1983, and two years later, he moved to New York, where he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied fashion design. He graduated high school in 1984 from Nuestra Senora de la Merced High School in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. He showed a keen eye for fashion then when attending different school functions.
During the 1990s, his work went through a boom, and he became a popular designer in Puerto Rico, Latin America, Europe and the United States. He was hired by such companies as Pepsi, Budweiser, CoverGirl, Coors, Heineken International, etc., to dress their models. In addition, his designs were shown in top magazine covers, and he has worked as the personal designer for stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Astrid Munoz, Paulina Rubio, Myriam Hernandez, Luis Fonsi, Raymond Arrieta and many more.
On the business side, he opened a store in Miramar; San Juan, and has had his fashion designs sold in Tokyo, many European cities and in the United States.
He is currently the creative force behind the urban fashion brand GRNappletree know for its bold and unusual
Movado is a Swiss luxury watch company whose name is Esperanto for "continuous movement". Movado was founded in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Achilles Ditesheim.
The company was purchased by arts enthusiast Gedalio Grinberg of New York in 1983. His son, Efraim Grinberg, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Movado Group, Inc. The North American President of Movado and ESQ by Movado is Alan Chinich.
Movado commissioned the design and installation of "Time Sculpture". This unique clock sculpture was designed by world renowned architect Philip Johnson. It is located outside Lincoln Center in New York City. In 2006, Movado celebrated its 125th year of watchmaking.
Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ by Movado, Coach, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Juicy Couture and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide.
Movado is known for its iconic Museum Watch which is defined by a single gold dot symbolizing the sun at high noon, the hands suggesting the movement of the earth.
The original Museum Watch was the first wrist watch to be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and was designed by the American designer Nathan George Horwitt in 1947,
Nooka Inc. is a New York fashion design company founded by artist/designer Matthew Waldman. The ethos of Nooka is universal language, which guides the creation of products with enhanced functionality and a futuristic philosophy. Most prominently known for its line of timepieces, Nooka has expanded their range, creating a Mindstyle™ brand with the addition of innovative accessories and a fragrance. With headquarters in New York City and an office in Tokyo, Nooka produces a line of wristwatches and other fashion accessories.
Founded in December 2004 as somewhat of a side project, Waldman started Nooka as an opportunity to incorporate his graphic design skills in manufacturing a watch he designed for Seiko which had unfortunately been discontinued. Thus, the early Zoo model was born, and with the encouragement of fellow designers and his first client, the Museum of Modern Art, Waldman pursued Nooka designs as a full-time venture.
For Waldman the concept of Nooka began in London - "My inspiration was a memory. I was sitting in a hotel in London waiting for a client when i noticed a large clock on the wall. It somehow reminded me of the clock on the wall in first grade. This brought
The Petrodvorets Watch Factory (Russian: Петродворцовый часовой завод) is the oldest factory in Russia. Founded by Peter the Great in 1721 as the Peterhof Lapidary Works, to make hardstone carvings, since 1962 it has manufactured the Soviet Raketa watches. In almost 300 years of history, the factory has changed name several times. Petrodvorets is located in Saint Petersburg
Initially, the factory produced luxury objects in semi-precious and precious stones for the palaces of the Tsars. We find these objects now in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, but also in most of the palaces of Europe, like Versailles, the Louvre or Sanssouci.
In Soviet times, the plant has continued to work on precious stones. This plant has produced among others, the Mausoleum of Lenin in 1924 and the Kremlin stars in 1935.
In the prewar years, the skilled workers began manufacturing precision and measurement instruments for the Red Army and the new industry of Russian watches.
Destroyed by Nazi troops during the Siege of Leningrad, the plant was rebuilt from 1944 at the liberation of the city. In 1945 Joseph Stalin - who wanted to reduce USSR's dependence on imports from the West - gave the order to
Martin Margiela (born April 9, 1957 in Genk, Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer. He studied at Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts along with the legendary avantgarde fashion collective the Antwerp Six. Many still consider him to be the "7th" member of the collective.
After graduation in 1980 he worked as a freelance designer for five years. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier, before showing his first collection under his own label in 1989. Between 1997 to 2003 he became, despite his non-traditional design, the creative director of the Hermès women's line.
During the 1980s, the Japanese avantgardists, with Rei Kawakubo—creator of the label Comme des Garçons—had turned the fashion scene upside-down with their eccentric and ground-breaking designs. Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six would carry on the work, revolting against the luxurious fashion world with garments of oversized proportions such as long arms, and with linings, seams and hems on the outside. The concept of deconstruction, also embraced by the aforementioned Rei Kawakubo, is important for the understanding of Martin Margiela's fashion statement. Margiela famously redesigns by hand objects such
Baby Phat is an urban fashion line of clothing and other items for women and girls. Besides clothing, the brand also includes accessories for phones, jewelry, shoes and fragrances. It is the corporate "sibling" of the clothing brand Phat Farm created by Russell Simmons. Baby Phat uses a sleek cat as the brand logo. Baby Phat began in 1998.
There is also a division of Baby Phat called Baby Phat Scrubs. The line sells medical uniforms such as scrubs and lab coats in various prints and designs featuring the Baby Phat cat logo.
Kimora Lee Simmons announced her split from Baby Phat via Twitter in August 2010. She admits the split was less than amicable. "It's over. It's absolutely over. It was very abrupt and sudden. I was shocked," she told the Daily News at Macy's Herald Square. She wouldn't confirm that she was pushed out, but said: "It's very, very sad for me. It was totally unexpected."
FrostFrench is a fashion label established in 1999 and run by the British movie actress Sadie Frost and Jemima French.
Sadie Frost and Jemima French match contemporary innovative design with striking attention to detail and as a result FrostFrench made a substantial impact in the UK and created worldwide interest in major markets such as the United States and Japan. The success of the brand grew and the name FrostFrench become something of a cult label.
They won the 2004 Elle Magazine's 'Designer Of The Year' Award and they have also appeared on Project Catwalk season 1, episode 3. However in 2008 the company went into administration with millions of pounds worth of debt, but was rescued by a consortium of foreign investors.
Hugo Boss AG is a German luxury fashion and style house based in Metzingen, Germany. It is named after its founder, Hugo Boss (1885–1948).
Hugo Boss currently has at least 6,102 points of sale in 110 countries. Hugo Boss AG directly owns over 364 retail stores with over 1,000 stores and shops owned by franchisees.
Products are manufactured in a variety of locations, including the company's own production sites in Izmir, Turkey; Radom, Poland; Morrovalle, Cleveland, United States; and Metzingen, Germany.
There are two core brands, BOSS and HUGO:
Hugo Boss has licensing agreements with various companies to produce Hugo Boss branded products. These include agreements with Samsung and HTC to produce cell phones; C.W.F. Children Worldwide Fashion SAS to produce children's clothing; Procter & Gamble Prestige to produce fragrances and skincare; Movado to produce watches; and Safilo to produce sunglasses and eyewear.
In 1985 the company was floated on the stock exchange. In 1991, the Marzotto textile group acquired a 77.5% stake for $165 million. Marzotto spun off its fashion brands into the newly created Valentino Fashion Group in 2005.
In 2009, BOSS Black was by far the largest segment,
Marina Rinaldi is a ready-to-wear, plus-size women's clothing brand of the Italian Max Mara Fashion Group, one of the best known of the company’s 35 different labels. It has more than 300 stores worldwide, including ones located in the high fashion shopping districts of several major cities: Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, Madison Avenue in New York, Old Bond Street in London, and Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.
Founded in 1980, Marina Rinaldi Group takes its name from the great-grandmother of the founder of Max Mara Fashion Group, Achille Maramotti, who in 1850 owned a fashion atelier in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Since 1984 its collections have been available internationally from stores in such cities as Paris, Tokyo, Moscow and Düsseldorf. Until the founding of Marina Rinaldi there was no fashion group concerned with the fashion needs of curvaceous women.
Marina Rinaldi began advertising in 1981. From its very first advertising campaigns, developed together with Emanuele Pirella, the brand developed a pioneering concept in an area where advertising aimed at plus-size women was nonexistent. The first idea was to present a line of clothing that could satisfy the needs of women
TechnoMarine was founded in 1997, by French entrepreneur Franck Dubarry in Geneva, with the launch of the "Raft", a chronograph on a transparent plastic strap, selling 50,000 models in its first year and creating an entirely new category of luxury fashion timepieces, one which triggered a revolution in the luxury watch industry. Initially conceived as a "vacation souvenir watch", the "Raft" paved the way for a new generation of fine timepieces.
Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (Voghera, Italy, May 11 1932), best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company. His main lines include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma, and R.E.D. Valentino.
In 1959 Valentino left Paris and opened a fashion house in Rome on the posh Via Condotti with the backing of his father and an associate of his. More than an atelier, the premises resembled a real "maison de couture," it being very much along the lines of what Valentino had seen in Paris: everything was very grand and models flew in from Paris for his first show. Valentino became known for his red dresses, in the bright shade that became known in the fashion industry as "Valentino red."
On July 31 1960, Valentino met Giancarlo Giammetti at the Café de Paris on the Via Veneto in Rome. One of three children, Giammetti was in his second year of architecture school, living at home with his parents in the haut bourgeois Parioli section of Northern Rome. That day Giammetti gave Valentino a lift home in his Fiat and a friendship, as well as a long-lasting partnership, started. The day after, Giammetti was to leave for Capri
Alpinestars is a manufacturer of technical, high performance protective gear for motorcycle and auto racing (MotoGP, Motocross, Formula One and NASCAR), as well as action sports such as Mountain Biking and Surfing.
Alpinestars has also established a fashion division with design centers in California and Italy, which draws upon Alpinestars' heritage in motorsports.
The company takes its name from the English translation of the Italian mountain flower "Stella Alpina" which grows high in the mountains around the area where the company was founded.
Founded in 1963 by Sante Mazzarolo in Asolo, Italy, the company started out making hiking and ski boots, but quickly shifted its focus to making boots for motocross racing as well as road racing boots shortly thereafter. Having enjoyed great success with many world champions such as Roger DeCoster, Kenny Roberts and Mick Doohan, the 1990s saw the company branch out into manufacturing all types of technical protective gear for motorcycling ranging from gloves and jackets to full leather suits.
Today the company is headed by Sante's son, Gabriele Mazzarolo and has offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo while the original headquarters and main
Jasper Alexander Thirlby Conran OBE (born 12 December 1959) is a fashion designer from England, United Kingdom (UK). He is the son of designer, Sir Terence Conran, and the author, Shirley Conran.
Conran's birth parents filed for divorce when he was two years of age.
Conran was educated at Port Regis School and Bryanston School in the 1970s; he also studied at the Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, United States (US).
Conran's first collection was for Henri Bendel in New York, US. In 1979, aged 19, Conran designed his first womenswear collection under his own name. The following year he was elected to be part of the London Designer collections. Conran designed his first menswear collection in 1985.
In 1994, Conran designed the wedding dress of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.
In 1999, he began designing a signature range of stemware for Stuart Crystal and later for Waterford. In 2001, he launched a fine bone china tableware collection for Wedgwood.
In 1996, Conran launched a womenswear range for the Debenhams chain of department stores in the UK. He has subsequently designed women's accessories, lingerie, hosiery, menswear, men's accessories, childrenswear, homeware and
Narciso Rodriguez Fashion Designer, Ogden
One of the foremost American designers during the last two decades, Narciso Rodriguez plays a singular role in global fashion. As Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue has said, "No one but Narciso has ever made a simple line look more stunning."
In 1996, Rodriguez received international acclaim when he designed the bias-cut sheath wedding dress that his close friend Carolyn Bessette wore when she married John Kennedy, Jr.
On November 4, 2008, Narciso Rodriguez became part of American history. To celebrate her husband Barack Obama’s victory as the first African American president of The United States, Michelle Obama chose to wear a dress from the designer’s Spring 2009 Collection. “It was both emotional and exhilarating,” Rodriguez said. “To be part of this memorable moment in history was a great honor.”
Today, Narciso Rodriguez’s fashion house is based in New York City where he shows his women’s ready-to-wear collections.
Narciso Rodriguez was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Kearny, New Jersey. He received his formal education at Parson’s School of Design in New York. Following freelance work in New York’s
Created in 1999 by Roc-A-Fella Records co-founders Damon Dash and Jay-Z, Rocawear has annual sales of $700 million. Rocawear expanded its brand through licensing pacts to develop lines for children and juniors; socks and sandals; leather, suede, and fur outerwear; handbags and belts; lounge wear; big and tall; headwear; jewelry; and sunglasses; as well as co-branded product with Pro-Keds, State Property, and Team Roc.
On April 20, 2007, allegations were made of raccoon-dog (tanuki) fur being used in two styles of jackets; Rocawear pulled all of the garments from the department stores where this product was shipped. A representative of Rocawear stated the company was unaware the fur was being used and had notified manufacturers it was not permitted. The items, in addition to being pulled from department stores, were also removed from the brand's official website.
R&B superstar Ciara has signed to be the new face of Rocawear.
In March 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand to Iconix Brand Group for $204 million. Jay-Z will retain his stake in the company and will continue to oversee the marketing, licensing, and product development.
In March 2009, Rocawear launched its
Wrangler is a manufacturer of jeans and other clothing items. The brand is owned by the VF Corporation, who also own Lee, JanSport, and The North Face, among others. Its headquarters is in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States, with production plants in a variety of locations throughout the world.
Wrangler Jeans were first made by Blue Bell, who acquired the brand when they took over Casey Jones in the mid-1940s. Blue Bell employed Bernard Lichtenstein ('Rodeo Ben'), a Polish tailor from Łódź who worked closely with cowboys, to help design jeans suitable for rodeo use. This was the origin of Wrangler Jeans. The 13MWZ style, introduced in 1947 as lot number 11MWZ, is still available worldwide. In addition to this, Wrangler has since introduced several other lines that are more designated towards a specific group or demographic. Some examples of this are 20X, Riggs, and Aura.
Wrangler also has a line of music accessories targeted toward country music fans.
Wrangler also has a series of football commercials with Brett Favre playing a game of touch football in the mud.
1897: Twenty-year-old C.C. Hudson leaves Spring Hill Farm in Williamson County, Tennessee, and
Alice + Olivia is a contemporary women's clothing brand designed by founder Stacey Bendet.
Alice + Olivia has grown into 50 million dollar brand including a mens line and a children's line since its launch at Barneys in 2002. The collection is sold in over 800 stores around the globe such as Bloomingdale's, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Scoop, Saks, Harrods and Coin Exclesior. Alice + Olivia has five free standing stores located in New York City, Los Angeles, Malibu, Greenwich, and Southampton. The collection is worn by many celebrities, such as Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sophia Bush, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, and Mena Suvari.
Designer Stacey Bendet, designs the Alice + Olivia women's and kids collections in addition to a shoe collection for Payless. She has been on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed list for two years in a row. She was married to Eric Eisner in 2008, and the couple had their first child, Eloise Breckenridge Eisner, on November 24, 2008.April 8, 2011 the couple welcomed their second daughter, Scarlet Haven Eisner, via C-section in New York City.
Belle & Bunty is a London based womenswear designer label, founded by Alice-Louise Shreeve and Hannah Coniam in April 2003. The label specializes in bright and vibrant designs.
Shreeve and Coniam met on their first day at the London College of Fashion in 1999, where both were studying for a BA (Hons) in Surface Textiles. Whilst still at college Alice was nominated for both the Graduate Fashion Week Textiles and Portfolio Awards, and has international design and manufacturing experience working for labels including Paul Smith, Pepe Jeans and ICU India. Meanwhile Hannah gained invaluable experience working with Tracey Boyd and has since acted as a consultant in the fields of womenswear, menswear, textiles and accessories design for major brands including GAP, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.
Graduating in 2002, the girls briefly designed for the high street before deciding to establish their own label. Taking their name from a combination of their childhood nicknames, Belle (Alice) and Bunty (Hannah) launched at Doll's On/Off schedule as part of London Fashion Week in 2003. They have since gained media attention, featuring on the pages of Vogue, Elle, Victoria Beckham's That Extra
Burberry Group plc (LSE: BRBY) is a British luxury fashion house, distributing clothing and fashion accessories and licensing fragrances. Its distinctive tartan pattern has become one of its most widely copied trademarks. Burberry is most famous for its iconic trench coat, which was invented by founder Thomas Burberry. The company has branded stores and franchises around the world, and also sells through concessions in third-party stores. HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales have granted the company Royal Warrants. The Chief Creative Officer is Christopher Bailey. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
According to Business Weekly, Burberry is the 98th most valuable brand in the world.
Burberry was founded in 1856 by travelers when 21-year-old Thomas Burberry, a former draper's apprentice, opened his own store in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. By 1870, the business had established itself by focusing on the development of outdoors attire. In 1880, Burberry introduced in his brand the gabardine, a hardwearing, water-resistant yet breathable fabric, in which the yarn is waterproofed before weaving. Burberry was the
The Helmut Lang fashion brand was created by Austrian fashion designer Helmut Lang (born 1956) in 1986. The Helmut Lang brand still exists today, but has been carried on without Lang's involvement since 2005.
Lang is known for his minimalist, deconstructivist, and often severe designs. His fashion house became famous in the late 1980s for its simple but refined designs, its slim suits in black or white, its denim collection, and the use of high-tech fabrics. Helmut Lang fashions were sold in upscale department stores and through select retailers, as well as in signature Helmut Lang stores around the world. In 1999, Lang entered into a partnership with Prada Group which resulted in the acquisition of the Helmut Lang brand by Prada in 2004, and Mr. Lang's departure from the label in 2005. Prada consequently sold it to Link Theory of Japan in 2006. Link Theory re-launched the Helmut Lang label with new designers in 2007. Since then, Helmut Lang fashions have been available again at upscale department stores and signature Helmut Lang boutiques worldwide.
Lang, a fashion autodidact, set up a made-to-measure fashion studio in Vienna in 1977 and opened a boutique there in 1979, at the age
Raketa (Russian: Paкéтa; IPA: [rɐˈkʲetə]) watches have been manufactured since 1962 by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg. The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is Russia's oldest factory, it was founded by Peter the Great in 1721 as the Peterhof Lapidary Works to make hardstone carvings. Raketa watches were produced for the Red Army, the Soviet Navy, for North Pole expeditions, as well as for civilians.
April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first flight in the history of mankind in outer space on the rocket Vostok 1. In honor of Yuri Gagarin the Petrodvorets Watch Factory named its watches "Raketa," or "rocket" in Russian. At the height of the Cold War, however, the name "Raketa" was perceived negatively in the West, as the word was associated with the latest generation of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles, the R-16.
Before the Petrodvorets Watch Factory began to produce watches, it produced objects made of precious and semi-precious stones for the Tsar and his family. Later, it began to produce goods for military manufacturers as well as jewels" for the watch industry. In 1949 the factory released the first watches under the names Zvezda ("Звезда", star) and
sass & bide is an Australian female fashion label. The label is known best as being worn by Sex And The City lead actress, Sarah Jessica Parker and, in more recent times, Madonna and Beyoncé.
The label was founded in the late 1990s by Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke when they commenced selling customised jeans in a stall on London's Portobello Road Market. Motivated by a love of vintage clothing and markets, Clarke and Middleton claim that they commenced modifing jeans purchased from retail outlets, and cutting to meet their own tastes in fashion.
Clarke (sass) and Middleton (bide) first met in 1992, whilst in secondary school in Brisbane, Queensland. They followed different paths; Clarke studying to be an accountant, while Middleton studied at the Queensland College of Art and Griffith University, prior to becoming an art director. However, they reunited and together went to London in the late 1990s.
After their initial success in the markets, Clarke and Middleton returned to Australia in 1999, based in Sydney, they developed an underground following that led to their first seasonal collection at Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in 2001. Subsequent collections were shown at
Veronique Branquinho (born 1973) is a Belgian-born fashion designer who studied at the Flanders Fashion Institute in Antwerp.
She is famous for her attention to detail and use of fabrics. She graduated 1995 and extended her brand with a 2003 fall men's collection.
Veronique is based in Antwerp but shows in Paris.
In 2008, a magazine curated by Veronique Branquinho was published followed by the exhibition at the MoMu – Antwerp's Fashion Museum – MOI, VERONIQUE. BRANQUINHO TOuTe NUe, marking the tenth anniversary of the Veronique Branquinho designer label.
Ralph Rucci is an American fashion designer and artist. He is known in particular for Chado Ralph Rucci, a luxury clothing and accessories line. Rucci's clothing designs have appeared in a number of major exhibitions, and he has won some significant fashion-industry awards. He is the subject of a recent documentary, and he and his clothing have received positive critical response in the fashion press.
Rucci was born and raised in Philadelphia, and holds a degree in philosophy from Temple University. At the age of 21, he moved to New York to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology and later trained under Halston and a Balenciaga patternmaker. He had his first formal show at New York's Westbury Hotel in 1981, but launched Chado Ralph Rucci over a decade later, in 1994, and began showing at New York Fashion Week in 1999. In 2002, Rucci became the first American designer in more than 60 years to be invited to show in Paris by the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (the only other designer to be so honored was Mainbocher), and he showed his haute couture collections in Paris for the next three seasons. He has twice been nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of
Hollister Co., sometimes advertised as Hollister or HCo., is an American lifestyle brand by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. The concept was originally designed to attract consumers aged 14–18, at a lower price point than the parent brand through its SoCal-inspired image and casual wear. Goods are available in-store and through the company's online store. It was ranked as the second most preferred clothing brand of US teens on a long list of actual West Coast companies in 2008 by Piper Jaffray.
All of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.'s spin-off brands have an elaborate pseudo-history (including RUEHL No.925 and Gilly Hicks) to give meaning and feeling to the brand image of the Hollister conceptional character named John M. Hollister. An adventurous youth, he spent his early days practicing sports in the waters of Maine. He graduated from Yale University in 1915 at the age of 21. Not wanting the high-life his father established for him in Manhattan, the young man boarded a succession of steamboats, finally arriving in the Dutch East Indies by 1917. There, he bought a rubber plantation from the fictitious Gregory Van Gilder, and soon came to know and love Gilder's daughter, Meta. Afterwards, Hollister
Hussein Chalayan MBE (English: /huˌseɪn ˈʃʌləjɑːn/; given name Hüseyin Çağlayan, Turkish: [hyseˌjin ʧaːlaˈjan]) (born 1970) is a British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer. He has won the British Designer of the Year twice (in 1999 and 2000) and was awarded the MBE in 2006.
Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia in 1970 and graduated from the Türk Maarif Koleji of his hometown. He moved with his family to England in 1978, obtaining British citizenship. He first studied for a National Diploma in fashion and clothing at Warwickshire School of Arts, and proceeded to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. His graduate collection in 1993, titled "The Tangent Flows", contained clothes which he had buried in his back yard and dug up again. An instant sensation, the whole collection was purchased and displayed in luxury designer store Browns in London.
In 1995, Chalayan beat 100 competitors to clinch a top London fashion design award. In the contest, organised by the company "Absolut", Chalayan, aged 25, won financial backing to the tune of £28,000 to develop creations for the British capital's Fashion Week in October 1995.
Also in 1995 Chalayan
Shiatzy Chen (夏姿) is a Taiwanese fashion house, whose founder and brand innovator Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia (王陳彩霞) is often referred to as the Chanel of Taiwan,and is the eponym of her luxury goods brand. She was born in 1951 in Changhua, Taiwan and founded the company in 1978. The brand spirit for Shiatzy Chen is "neo-Chinese chic", which transfers historical Chinese aesthetics into modern fashion design. Shiatzy adopts Chinese aesthetics in combination with western cuttings and Chinese handcrafting techniques.The brand is known for its distinctive design features drawn from Chinese culture such as qipao collars, knot buckles, or patterns in a Chinese ink painting.
Changhua-born Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia was not formally educated in the industry but learned her trade by working at her uncle's factory. She met her husband Wang Yuan-hong (王元宏), a smart businessman in the textile trade, and together they founded Shiatzy International Company Limited in 1978, over which they maintain total control. For over 30 years Wang worked on making her name in the local market and had built a client list of nearly 25,000 people, in 2011 sales reached about US$60 million, according to the company. Wives of
Andrew Marc is an American luxury fashion brand. The company originated as a leather goods label established by the husband-wife team Andrew Marc and Suzanne Schwartz in 1982. Andrew Marc is headquartered just south of Times Square, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The company's mission is to deliver quality product, based on innovation, luxury materials, and technology while supporting the latest style trends.
Founded by Andrew Marc and Suzanne Schwartz in 1982.
In November 2004, GB Merchant Partners partnered with company's founders as part of a leveraged recapitalization, in order to enable the brand to expand its reach. However, in February 2008, the brand was acquired by the G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GIII). The G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., led by Morris Goldfarb, made its acquisition of Andrew Marc official on Feb 11, 2008. The procurement of Andrew Marc provided G-III with a luxury brand, an expanded mid-tier presence through the Levi's and Dockers licenses, and opportunities for incremental leverage and economies of scale.
In an effort to increase the brand's footprint and product classifications, G-III promoted then EVP Kathy Glynn to the position of President
Blufin S.p.A is an Italian fashion house founded by Anna Molinari and her late husband Gianpaolo Tarabini. The core brand is Blumarine, which they started in 1977, followed by Miss Blumarine (1987, 8-14 year old girls), Blugirl (1995, for teenagers) and Anna Molinari (1995), which is being repositioned as their luxury brand. Blumarine has been described as catering "for that brand of Italian miss for whom no dress is too small nor any diamond too big".
Blumarine was established by Anna Molinari and Gianpaolo Tarabini in 1977, in the town of Carpi in the province of Modena. The name was inspired by the couple's favourite colour and their love of the sea. In 1980 they made their first appearance at Modit in Milan, where Blumarine was named Designer of the Year, which led to their first show at Milan Fashion Week the following year. The 1986 Milan Fashion Week saw the first collection wholly designed by Anna Molinari.
As the brand took off and they started to license it to other companies, Blufin was set up in 1988 to act as a holding company. By 2006 royalties accounted for €5.5m of their income. The first Blumarine boutique was opened in the Via della Spiga, Milan in 1990; the
Chrome Hearts is an American luxury lifestyle brand, founded in 1988 by motorcycle enthusiast Richard Stark, that specializes in high-end .925 silver, 22k yellow gold and 18k white gold jewelry, leather and cashmere clothing and ebony wood furniture with gothic rock motifs. It is known for its jewelry items which feature fleur-de-lys, dagger and floral cross designs. The boutiques sell Rolex watches with one-of-a-kind Chrome Hearts bracelets in place of the stock band or strap. They offer sunglasses and clothing with their signature designs. All items are made in Hollywood, USA. Chrome Hearts pride themselves on making the highest quality goods money can buy.
There are Chrome Hearts boutiques in: 159 East 64th Street (first opened in 1996) & 870 Madison Avenue in New York, Los Angeles, Malibu, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Paris, Taipei and Seoul.
KangaROOS are an American brand of sneaker originally produced from 1979 through the 1980s, with a later revival that continues in present. They were notable for having a small zippered pocket on the side of the shoe, large enough for a small amount of loose change, keys, or more recently, condoms.
KangaROOS were designed by American architect and jogging enthusiast Bob Gamm. Gamm was a running enthusiast who would go ten kilometers a day, but preferred light athletic clothes without pockets. He designed the sneakers for his own personal use as a place to store his keys and money, then marketed them effectively. His marketing design was successful, leading to sales in excess of 700,000 pairs a month by the early 1980s.
Further refinements on the original design led to several significant innovations in athletic footwear. One such innovation, the Dynacoil, was a patented energy release system designed in the mid-1980s by former Nike designer Ray Tonkel and consultant Al Gross and tested by NASA. Many other athletic shoe manufacturers would later incorporate similar designs into their shoes. In the early- to mid-1980s many USA professional athletes wore ROOS football and baseball
Lanvin is a high fashion house founded by Jeanne Lanvin.
Lanvin made such beautiful clothes for her daughter that they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris. 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturière.
From 1923, the Lanvin empire included a dye factory in Nanterre. 1920s, Lanvin opened shops devoted to home decor, menswear, furs and lingerie, but her most significant expansion was the creation of Lanvin Parfums SA in 1924 and the introduction of her signature fragrance Arpège in 1927, inspired by the sound of her daughter's practising her scales on the piano. A later perfume, "My Sin," is widely considered a unique fragrance, an animalic-aldehyde based on heliotrope.
One of the most influential designers of the 1920s and '30s, Jeanne Lanvin's skilful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a Lanvin
Neil Barrett (born Neil Barrett Barber in 1965 in Devon, England) is an English fashion designer, based in Milan, Italy. He gained his reputation and built his business around minimalist menswear.
Both Barrett's grandfather and great grandfather were master tailors, inciting an early interest in tailoring. Following his graduation from the Central Saint Martin's School of Art and Design, Barrett earned his Master’s degree in men's fashion design at the Royal College of Art in London. His designs caught the attention Gucci, where he began his professional career.
Working in Florence for Gucci in the early 1990s, Barrett gained commercial and industrial experience and was quickly promoted to senior menswear designer. After five successful years, he presented a project to Prada, proposing the launch of the company's first designer menswear collection. Under Barrett's direction, Prada became renowned among fashion insiders as the forerunner of "minimalist" menswear.
In 1999, Barrett launched the Neil Barrett brand with his men’s collection. The first, free-standing Neil Barrett brand store opened in the central Tokyo Aoyama shopping district in 2001. Barrett joined the Milan Fashion
PAPER RAIN is an international fashion group. The company designs and manufactures products in several categories including fashion accessories, apparel, cosmetics, fragrances, and eyewear under several labels including DAMIR DOMA, SILENT, COTEetCIEL.
DAMIR DOMA is a Paris based avant-garde designer brand named after the Collections designer Damir Doma. The brand was created in 2006, after a meeting between Stephan Wembacher, the CEO of Paper Rain and Damir Doma. Doma joined the group and a label bearing his own name was launched in the same year. The Menswear collection debuted at the Paris Fashion Week in June 2007. Today DAMIR DOMA is known for his intellectual and poetic look which inspires many other Designers. International celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Patterson are among the labels customers.
In 2009, the first DAMIR DOMA Store opened in a hidden street in the Parisian art and fashion district Marais. In the same year, DAMIR DOMA launched a first fragrance in collaboration with the New York based Six Scents Parfumes. In March 2010, the first DAMIR DOMA women collection will be presented during the Paris Fashion Week.
SILENT is an organic
Zara (Spanish: [ˈθaɾa]) is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer based in Arteixo, Galicia, and founded in 1975 by Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera. It is the flagship chain store of the Inditex group; the fashion group also owns brands such as Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Oysho, Uterqüe, Stradivarius and Bershka.
It is claimed that Zara needs just two weeks to develop a new product and get it to stores, compared to the six-month industry average, and launches around 10,000 new designs each year. Zara has resisted the industry-wide trend towards transferring fast fashion production to low-cost countries. Perhaps its most unusual strategy was its policy of zero advertising; the company preferred to invest a percentage of revenues in opening new stores instead. This has increased the idea of Zara as a "fashion imitator" company and low cost products. Lack of advertisement is also in contrast to direct competitors such as Uniqlo and United Colors of Benetton.
Zara was described by Louis Vuitton Fashion Director Daniel Piette as "possibly the most innovative and devastating retailer in the world." Zara has also been described as a "Spanish success story" by CNN.
The founder of
Benoit Pierre Emery (pronounced: [bə.nwa pjɛʁ e.mə.ʁi]) (born July 9, 1970) is a French art director and a fashion designer based in Paris, France.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art and of the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Benoit Emery began his career as a freelancer, working as an art director for Canal + and Louis Vuitton.
His experience also includes stints with Paco Rabanne, Kenzo, Cabane De Zucca, The Cartier Foundation, Arte and Paris Première among others. In May 2000, he co-founded with Marc Nguyen Tan, the creative agency "le cabinet. paris""
In October 2003, he set up his own company "Les Soieries Modernes" and launched his first silk scarf collection.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the introduction of 24, Faubourg in 1995, Hermès issued in 2005 a limited edition of the perfume, in a bottle designed by Serge Mansau to imitate the lines of the silk scarf issued at the same time. The carré de soie was designed by Benoît Pierre Emery and stylizes the spirals of the flacon and the light shining through the perfume. The fragrance is a creation of Maurice Roucel.
Luxottica Group S.p.A. is the world's largest eyewear company. Its best known brands include Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley, Inc.. It also makes sunglasses and prescription frames for a multitude of designer brands such as Chanel and Prada, whose designs and trademarks are used under license. Luxottica also makes sunglasses branded Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tiffany, Versace, Vogue, Miu Miu, Tory Burch and Donna Karan. Its prime competitor is the Safilo Group S.p.A.
Leonardo Del Vecchio started the company in 1961, in Agordo north of Belluno, Italy; today the company is headquartered in Milan.
Del Vecchio began his career as the apprentice to a tool and die maker in Milan, but decided to turn his metalworking skills to making spectacle parts. So in 1961 he moved to Agordo in the province of Belluno, which is home to most of the Italian eyewear industry. The new company was Luxottica s.a.s., a limited partnership with Del Vecchio as one of the founding partners. In 1967 he started selling complete eyeglass frames under the Luxottica brand, which proved successful enough that by 1971 he ended the contract manufacturing business.
Convinced of the need for vertical
Marimekko is a Finnish company based in Helsinki that has made important contributions to fashion, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. They are particularly noted for brightly-colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women's garments and in home furnishings.
Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia, after the former's oilcloth factory project failed and was converted to a garment plant. Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric. It came as an early recognition of fashion as an industrial art and of Marimekko's role in the process when Finland's leading industrial designer Timo Sarpaneva invited the company to present a fashion show (albeit canceled at short notice) at the 1957 Triennale in Milan. The garments were eventually showcased in the nearby Rinascente upscale department store under its then store display manager Giorgio Armani.
Two pioneering designers set the tone for Marimekko: Vuokko Nurmesniemi in the 1950s, and Maija Isola in the 1960s. Nurmesniemi designed the simply-striped red and
Balenciaga (Spanish pronunciation: [balenˈθjaɣa]) is a fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Basque designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. The house of Balenciaga is now owned by the French multinational company PPR.
Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in San Sebastián, Spain in 1918, which expanded to include branches in Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but when the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores, Balenciaga moved to Paris.
Balenciaga opened his Paris couture house on Avenue George V in August 1937, and his first runway show featured designs heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance. Balenciaga's success in Paris was nearly immediate. Within two years, the French press lauded him as a revolutionary, and his designs were highly sought-after. Carmel Snow, the editor of Harper's Bazaar was an early champion of his designs.
Customers risked their safety to travel to
Dries Van Noten (born 1958) is a Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. In 2005, the New York Times described him "one of fashion's most cerebral designers". His style is said to be "eccentric", and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid 2000s, culminating with Van Noten's winning of the International Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2008. On the same year, he dressed actress Cate Blanchett for the Academy Awards, and has continued to dress her for other red carpet events since. Other notable customers include Princess Mathilde of Belgium, and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Van Noten was born into a family of garment makers and traders: his father owned a menswear shop and his grandfather was a tailor. He graduated from the Antwerp Academy in 1980, and began his career in 1986, when he presented his first menswear collection in London as part of the The Antwerp Six collective. That led to a small order from Barneys New York, a store that still stocks his merchandise regularly. Van Noten currently creates four collections a year (men's and women's, both for
TAG Heuer S.A. (English pronunciation: /ˌtæɡ ˈhɔɪ.ər/ TAG HOY-ər) designs, manufactures and markets luxury TAG Heuer-branded watches, chronographs and fashion accessories and markets Swiss luxury TAG Heuer-branded eyewear and mobile phones manufactured under license by other companies. TAG Heuer traces its roots to the 1860 foundation of Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland. The company was purchased by TAG Group (Holdings) S.A. in 1985 and the Heuer brand became TAG Heuer. In 1999, TAG Group sold TAG Heuer to French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton.
Notable wearers and brand endorsers of TAG watches include Barack Obama,Lewis Hamilton,Leonardo DiCaprio, Tiger Woods and Brad Pitt
TAG Heuer is based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and is led by President and CEO John-Christophe Babin. Jack Heuer, the great grandson of the founder, is the Honorary Chairman. TAG Heuer maintains a watchmaking workshop in Cornol, Switzerland and a watchmaking factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The TAG Heuer slogan is "Swiss Avant-Garde Since 1860".
TAG Heuer traces its roots to 1860 when Edouard Heuer founded Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG (English:
Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury goods house best known for its leather goods. Founded in 1966, it was purchased in 2001 by Gucci Group, now a part of the French multinational group PPR. Bottega Veneta is headquartered in Vicenza, in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy.
Bottega Veneta was established in 1966 by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. The name Bottega Veneta means “Venetian atelier” and the company was begun to produce artisanal leather goods. The company’s artisans developed a leather-weaving technique, called intrecciato, that remains a signature of the brand.
Over time Bottega Veneta’s renown grew, thanks to the quality of its craftsmanship and the appeal of its discreet, no-logo design. In the 1970s the company began advertising with the tag line “When your own initials are enough”. By the early 1980s Bottega Veneta was a favorite of the international jet set. Andy Warhol, who did his Christmas shopping in the New York boutique, made a short film for the company in 1980s. Renzo Zengiaro left Bottega Veneta in the late 1970s. Michele Taddei departed a few years later. Vittorio and Laura Moltedo (Laura had previously been married to Taddei) moved from New York
Gieves & Hawkes are a bespoke gentleman's tailor located at №1 Savile Row, London.
Founded in 1771 and owned by Hong Kong conglomerate Trinity Ltd. they are one of the oldest continual bespoke tailoring companies in the world.
The company holds a number of Royal Warrants, and provides ready-to-wear as well as bespoke and military tailoring.
Gieves & Hawkes' business was originally based on catering for the needs of the British Army and the Royal Navy, and hence by association the British Royal family.
After coming to London in 1760, Thomas Hawkes set up his first shop in 1771 in Brewer Street. Catering for gentlemen, his main clients were commanders of the British Army, through which King George III became a customer. Having expanded his retail operation by moving to No.17 (later number No.14) Piccadilly in 1793, Hawkes gained the first of many Royal Warrants in 1809.
In 1835, James Watson Gieve was employed by 'Old Mel' Meredith, a Portsmouth-based tailor by appointment to the Royal Navy. Meredith tailored the uniform Admiral Lord Nelson was wearing when he was killed in action aboard HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. In 1852, Gieve partnered with Joseph Galt, and in 1887,
Gravati is a family-owned company founded in 1909 that manufactures men's and women's dress shoes in Vigevano, Italy. Although Gravati uses a variety of shoe construction methods, including Bologna and Goodyear construction, the majority of their production uses Blake construction. The shoes are hand-crafted entirely within the factory by skilled artisans and technicians. Every pattern of every Gravati shoe is hand-cut. Unlike most modern shoe manufacturers, Gravati does not maintain stock—retailers must specify the patterns, lasts, leathers, soles, and construction methods that they want; and only then will the factory make the shoes. Their production methods are typical of many upper-echelon shoemakers in that the uppers are cut (or clicked) and lasted and the shoes finished by hand, but that all sewing is done by machine.
Gravati's American retailers include Stanley Korshak, Davide Cenci and Wilkes Bashford.
Christian Dior S.A. (French pronunciation: [kʁis.tjɑ̃ djɔːʁ]) (more commonly known as Dior) (Euronext: CDI) is a French luxury goods company controlled and chaired by businessman Bernard Arnault who also heads LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton - the world's largest luxury group. Dior itself holds 42.36% shares of and 59.01% voting rights within LVMH.
Founded in 1946 by the eponymous designer Christian Dior, today the company designs and retails ready-to-wear, leather goods, fashion accessories, footwear, jewelry, timepieces, fragrance, make-up, and skincare products while also maintaining its tradition as a creator of recognized haute-couture (under the Christian Dior Couture division). While the Christian Dior label remains largely for women's offerings, the company also operates the Dior Homme division for men and the baby Dior label for childrenswear. Products are sold throughout its portfolio of retail stores worldwide, as well as through its online store via dior.com.
Competitors to the House of Dior include, among many, the fashion houses of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Versace, Prada.
The House of Dior was established on 16 December 1946, in "a private house" at 30
Corneliani is an Italian clothing manufacturer best known for its suits and sportcoats. The house style is less aggressive than Brioni but more structured than "soft" Neapolitan tailors such as Kiton.
The family-owned firm was founded in the 1930s, and its flagship store is in Milan.
Corneliani offers three lines: "Corneliani," "Trend" and "CC Collection." "Corneliani" represents the firm's highest-quality work; "Trend" features trendier styling; and "CC Collection" offers a lower pricepoint to target younger consumers.
House of Deréon is a ready-to-wear fashion line introduced by singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles and her mother/stylist Tina Knowles. The style and concept is inspired by three generations of women in their family, with the name "Deréon" paying tribute to Beyoncé's maternal grandmother, Agnèz Deréon (Mother of Tina Knowles). As of 2012 the junior line Deréon has been discontinued.
Expanding the brand, Beyoncé and her sister Solange Knowles launched the less expensive junior line Deréon. Deréon was introduced in 2006. The tag line for Deréon is "Where the sidewalk and catwalk meet". This line includes more casualwear, such as sweatpants and embroidered hooded sweatshirts. Both women are models for both clothing lines and are featured on most marketing campaigns. In 2007, members of Beyoncé's touring band, Suga Mama appeared in print ads.
House of Deréon was announced to the media in September 2004, by Tina and Beyoncé Knowles. House of Deréon's tagline is "Couture.Kick.Soul" which represents the three generation of women. Agnèz Deréon is the "soul," Tina Knowles is the "couture," and Beyonce is the "kick." While Beyoncé was performing in the group Destiny's Child, her mother Tina
Turnbull & Asser is a British clothier established in 1885. In addition to its flagship store on Jermyn Street in London, England it also has two United States locations, one in New York City and one in Beverly Hills, California.
Turnbull & Asser has dressed figures such as Prince Charles, Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, John Kerry, Charlie Chaplin and Picasso. Although extremely traditional outfitters, the company is known for its particularly vivid colours in shirts, knitwear, socks and ties, with the vast majority of items Made-in-Britain.
Turnbull & Asser was founded in 1885 by Reginald Turnbull, a hosier, and Ernest Asser, a salesman. Together, they opened a hosiery under the name "John Arthur Turnbull" in St. James's in the West End of London. As the neighborhood was the site of numerous gentlemen's clubs and high-end haberdashers, Turnbull's business flourished. The name was changed to "Turnbull & Asser" in 1895.
In 1903, after continued success, Turnbull & Asser moved to its present location at the corner of Jermyn Street and Bury Street. In 1915, during World War I, Turnbull & Asser developed a raincoat which doubled as a sleeping bag for the
Goyard, established in 1792, is the oldest Parisian trunk maker still in business. It has been passed down from generation to generation up until today under the successive names of Martin, Morel and finally Goyard. It was François Goyard (1828-1890) who made box making, packing and trunk making the family’s trade when he purchased Maison Morel, successor to Maison Martin, purveyor to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Berry. Edmond Goyard (1860-1937) proved a visionary, and steadily expanded his business from 1885 to 1937. Robert Goyard (1893-1979), a man about town, was the face of the brand during the booming post-war years. François Goyard played a significant role in further increasing the firm’s growth with his daughter Isabelle Goyard (1959-). Jean-Michel Signoles bought Goyard in 1998, and turned it into an internationally renowned name.
Maison Morel was the official purveyor of Marie Caroline de Bourbon-Siciles, an honour that granted it the title of “box maker, trunk maker and packer of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Berry”. Maison Martin’s store sign featured references to the three traditional crafts of “box making, trunk making and packing” that were at the core of
Badgley Mischka /ˌbædʒli ˈmɪʃkə/ is an American fashion label designed by Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
James Mischka began at Rice University as a biomedical engineering major and ultimately graduated with degrees in art history and managerial studies in 1985. Badgley and Mischka met at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, and found a common vision. The two launched the label Badgley Mischka in 1988, though their bridal business launched in 1993. Badgley and Mischka are partners in life and business. Their clothes have been worn by many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Etheridge, and Tammy Lynn Michaels.
Badgley Mischka's looks are described as "red-carpet-destined evening wear" but generally produced with lighter fabrics and less construction. They are also known for fragrance, handbags, shoes and eyewear.
In September 2006, Badgley Mischka announced that Sharon Stone would replace Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as spokesperson. In August 2007, it was announced that Teri Hatcher will be in the Fall 2007 campaign.
Badgley Mischka is also responsible for designing the second wedding dress worn by Kristin Davis as Charlotte York on Sex and the City.. They also designed
Bontoni is a third-generation Italian family company that produces a line of handmade men's dress shoes. The company produces fewer than 10 pair a day. Bontoni's bottega, or workshop, is located in the Marche region of Italy. It takes about twelve weeks to complete a pair of ready-made and five months for a pair of custom shoes. Ready-made shoes are available at a selected number of exclusive clothiers throughout the world. Bontoni's North American retailers include Bergdorf Goodman, Wilkes Bashford, Mario's, Stanley Korshak as well as several others.
Brioni is an Italian fashion house founded in 1945. It specializes in the sale of handmade suits. PPR acquired the company in 2011.
Master tailor Nazareno Fonticoli and his business partner Gaetano Savini opened their first suit shop in Rome's Via Barberini at the end of World War II. The company was named after the Italian name for the Croatian island group, the Brijuni islands.
Brioni's first fashion show was held in 1952 at the Pitti Palace, Florence. The show gave the company exposure to clients worldwide. In 1954, Brioni held a fashion show in New York City, followed by shows in eight other American cities. That year, Brioni opened new shops on both sides of the Atlantic.
Umberto Angeloni took over as Chief Executive Officer in 1990, and started an expansion plan which saw the introduction of a womenswear line, and shops opening in locations such as Mumbai, St. Petersburg, and Baku. He also arranged for Brioni suits to appear in James Bond movies from 1995. However in 2006 the family replaced Angeloni with three joint CEO's: Antonella de Simone (descended from Fonticoli), Andrea Perrone (a descendant of Savini), and finance man Antonio Bianchini. Francesco Pesci was nominated
Forever 21 is an American chain of clothing retailers with branches in major cities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East that offers trendy clothing and accessories for young women, men, and girls at low, affordable prices.
Forever 21's marketing image is based around made-in-the-USA merchandise produced in California, however most product pages indicate items are imported. It sources its designs from hundreds of Southern California suppliers. Forever 21’s merchandise does not have uniform specifications, quality, patterns or even sizes; these details vary by supplier.
The chain, originally known as Fashion 21, was intended at first mostly for middle-aged women. The store was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1984 by Do Won Chang (Hangul: 장도원) and his wife Jin Sook Chang (Hangul: 장진숙). The first Fashion 21 store opened on April 21, 1984. It was located at 5637 N. Figueroa St. in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles. The store sized at only 900 square feet (84 m). It is still in operation and bears the chain's original name. Trendy designs seen in South Korea were sold and targeted to the Los Angeles Korean American
Franck Sorbier (pronounced: [fʁank sɔʁbje]) is a Paris fashion house that achieved haute couture status in 2005.
After working successfully for Chantal Thomass and Thierry Mugler, the French fashion designer Franck Sorbier, who was born in 1961, presented his first collection in 1987. Then, some major stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus in the United States, Seibu in Japan, noticed him. In 1995, The renowned French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier gave him the opportunity to present his winter 95/96 collection in a prestigious place, the "Carrousel du Louvre". In 1996, he became a member of the French Federation of Couture and Ready-To-Wear, supported by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel. In 1999, Franck Sorbier designed glasses for Vuarnet sunglasses. He presented his first Couture collection this same year.
Pringle of Scotland is a luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer. The brand is worn by the likes of Madonna, David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, Sophie Dahl, Claudia Schiffer, the television character Alan Partridge and British bands such as The Kooks, Dirty Pretty Things and The Twang. The company has stores in London’s Bond Street, Sloane Street and Bluewater Shopping Centre as well as in Japan and Taiwan and is sold by retailers in New York and Milan.
Robert Pringle established 'Pringle of Scotland' in 1815 in the Scottish Borders. Initially the company simply produced hosiery and underwear, and have been producing cashmere since as early as 1870. Otto Weisz was appointed as the first full-time designer in the knitwear industry in 1934. The twinset and the ancient-Scottish Argyle adapted pattern were designed under Weisz's creative direction, which became very popular with several celebrities and screen stars including Jean Simmons, Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly.
In 1967, 'Pringle of Scotland' was acquired by Joseph Dawson (Holdings) Limited, who were later renamed Dawson International Plc. The company pursued an international expansion program in the early 1990s; however, they
Matthew Williamson is an English fashion designer. He counts celebrities such as Björk, M.I.A., Cat Deeley, Will Buckhurst, Sienna Miller, Kelis, Jade Jagger and Plum Sykes amongst his friends.
He was born in 1971 in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England, and studied in Manchester until he was 17. He then moved to London to attend school at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994.
Graduating from Central St Martin's in June 1994 with a BA in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles, his first job following graduation was a freelance design project with Marni. Williamson was then employed by British fashion companies Monsoon and Accessorize.
The luxury fashion house, Matthew Williamson, was founded in February 1997 by Williamson (designer) and Joseph Velosa (CEO). In September 1997, Williamson showed his infamous debut collection, 'Electric Angels', during London Fashion Week. Bias-cut dresses and separates in exotic shades of tangerine, fuchsia and magenta were worn by models Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger. This peculiar collection of bright, intricately detailed pieces defined and set the pace for the highly recognisable Matthew Williamson
Akris is a Swiss fashion label specializing in luxury goods for women (ready-to-wear, leather accessories), founded by Alice Kriemler-Schoch.
Akris was founded in 1922 by Alice Kriemler-Schoch; the word “Akris” was derived from the letters of Kriemler-Schoch's name. The company initially made simple, dotted aprons that were crafted by Kriemler-Schoch on a single sewing machine. Each piece is still designed in Switzerland and honors Alice with hidden polka-dots in the lining.7 In 1944, Kriemler-Schoch's son Max Kriemler took over the business. The company grew significantly and began producing ready-to-wear clothing., Following the lead of Max Kriemler, Akris also produced clothes for French designers Givenchy and Ted Lapidus.
However in 1980, Max Kriemler’s right-hand man died. Though Max’s son Albert had planned to travel to Paris to study fashion and apprentice at Givenchy, Max asked Albert to postpone his education for two years to assist in the company’s transition. He agreed. Albert would never complete his fashion education; within those two years, he had already begun to take over the company. Peter Kriemler, Albert’s brother, joined Akris in 1987 after studies at St. Gallen
"De Roemer" is a luxury fashion label created by Tamsin de Roemer, known for her association with Jean Muir, Koji Tatsuno, Jade Jagger, and Asprey & Garrard. "De Roemer" was launched in 2007 with Justin Packshaw. The label comprises collections of cashmere for men and women, original, handbags and jewellery.
"De Roemer" has a shop in Connaught Street,London, W2 and also sells online.
Elie Saab (Arabic: إيلي صعب) (born July 4, 1964), sometimes known simply as 'ES', is a Lebanese fashion designer.
In 1982, Saab launched his Beirut-based fashion label when he was 18 years old. His main workshop is in Lebanon. He also has workshops in Milan and Paris.
Born to Maronite Catholic parents in Beirut, Saab is self-trained. He started sewing as a child and knew that one day he would make a living out of it. In 1981 he moved to Paris to study fashion, but ended up returning and opening his workshop in 1982. In 1997 Saab was the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda, and in 1997, showed his first collection outside Lebanon in Rome. In 1998, he started ready-to-wear in Milan, and in the same year, he held a fashion show in Monaco which was attended by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
He became an overnight success after he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry, in 2002. Berry wore a burgundy gown by Saab to the 2002 Academy Awards when she won for Best Actress. Berry later wore another dress by Saab, this time a gold dress, to the 2003 Oscars.
In May 2003, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute
Heatherette is a fashion company and design house run by Traver Rains and former Club Kid Richie Rich, located in New York City. Heatherette came out with a bang in 1999 when they began collaborating on t-shirts and leather goods as a hobby on their living room floor. They were discovered when Richie Rich wore one of their leather tops to a party and a buyer at the downtown Patricia Field store noticed and ordered 20 on the spot.
Many celebrities have worn Heatherette fashions in public. Paris Hilton, Lydia Hearst, Amanda Lepore, Anna Nicole Smith and Jenna Jameson have modeled their fashions in runway shows.
Heatherette has received editorial credits in a variety of different genres of magazines. An especially wild Heatherette fashion show, which featured Anna Nicole Smith and Boy George, is chronicled in the Glenn Belverio's 2006 nonfiction book, Confessions from the Velvet Ropes. Heatherette has also been featured at New York Fashion Week.
Heatherette was featured on the third cycle of America's Next Top Model as the designer for a fashion show contest. They were guest judges on Project Runway Canada for the "When It Rains It Pours" challenge and also on Project Runway when
Missoni is an Italian fashion house based in Varese. It is notable for its knitwear designs, made from a variety of fabrics in colourful patterns. The company was founded by Ottavio ("Tai") and Rosita Missoni in 1953.
Aside from the main Missoni line, the company has diversified into a variety of luxury goods. Missoni Sport was initially licensed out but production and marketing was brought in-house in January 2002 and has since been discontinued. M Missoni is a less expensive line introduced in 1998, manufactured and distributed by Marzotto (now Valentino Fashion Group S.p.A). It has achieved remarkable success in being able to reach a larger number of consumers and is now being sold at premier department and specialty stores across the world.
The Missoni Home collection has its roots in furnishing fabrics produced in 1981 in collaboration with Rosita's family firm. They launched their first perfume in 1982, although that product has nothing to do with the license now held by Estée Lauder.
In November 2005, Missoni and the Rezidor Hotel Group signed an agreement to create Hotel Missoni, a lifestyle hotel chain, with plans to have 30 hotels open or in development by 2012. As of
Walter Van Beirendonck (Brecht, 4 February 1957) is a Belgian fashion designer. He graduated in 1980 from the Royal Arts Academy in Antwerp. Together with Dirk Van Saene, Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee (graduated in 1981) and Dirk Bikkembergs (graduated in 1982) they became known as the Antwerp Six.
Since 1983, he issues his own collections. They are inspired by the visual arts, literature, nature and ethnic influences. His unusual color combinations and a strong graphic influence are characteristic for his collections. In 1997, he designed the costumes for the U2 "PopMart Tour". In 1999, he was awarded the honorary title of "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders". In 2001, he curated the 'Fashion 2001 Landed-Geland' project in Antwerp. Next to five large exhibitions, a new magazine was launched: N°A magazine, published by Artimo, now called A MAGAZINE curated by.
CoSTUME NATIONAL is an Italian fashion house founded in 1986 by Ennio Capasa, Creative Director, and his brother Carlo, CEO of the Maison, which has its head offices in Milan. The company produces clothing under the brands Costume National, Costume National Homme (for men) and C’N’C (an ‘avant garde “street-couture” line’) as well as scents including The Trilogy, Scent Gloss, Scent Cool Gloss, Intense, 21, and Homme.
The company was founded in 1986 in Milan by Ennio Capasa, fresh from working in Japan as an assistant to Yohji Yamamoto, and by his brother Carlo. Its first womenswear collection was presented in Milan in the same year. In 1991 the ‘Woman Collection’ was presented in Paris. Between 1995 and 1998 the fashion house opened stores in Milan, New York, Rome, Los Angeles and Paris.
In 2000 a menswear collection was streamed online in collaboration with Kataweb. Over the following three years the company extended its range of products to include perfumes, eyewear, ready to wear apparel and footwear, plus accessories tageted at the younger generations.
In 2010 the Japanese-Chinese merchant bank Sequedge acquired a 17% stake in the company, with an option to double that holding
Nina Ricci is a fashion house founded by Maria "Nina" Ricci and her son Robert in Paris in 1932, and owned by the Spanish beauty and fashion group Puig since 1998. Nina Ricci designed gowns while Robert managed the business and finances. She worked with the fabrics directly on the mannequin to ensure they had shape once they were finished. Nina Ricci designs soon became known for the refined, romantic, always feminine feeling Maria adds to all of her collections.
In 1945, with the war over, designers were casting about for a way to revive the infatuation women had formerly had with haute couture, while raising money for war relief. Robert Ricci had an idea which Lucien Lelong, President of the Chambre, put into action. Over 150 mannequins from 40 Paris couturiers, including Balenciaga and Madame Gres, were dressed in the labels' best fashions and were placed in an exhibition held at the Louvre, in Paris. After a huge success in Paris it toured Europe and then the USA.
In 1946 Robert created his first fragrance, Coeur Joie. In 1948 Robert came up with another fragrance, L’Air du Temps, the brand's most popular fragrance, which continues to be a top seller today. Several Flight
Thom Browne (born 1965) is an American fashion designer. He is the founder and head of design for Thom Browne, a New York City-based menswear and womenswear brand. Browne was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year in March 2006 and named the GQ Designer of the Year in November 2008.
Browne grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from William Allen High School. He then attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received a degree in economics. He was also a member of the swim team. Following an attempt at acting in Los Angeles, Browne moved to New York City in 1997 for a job as a salesman in Giorgio Armani’s showroom.
Browne was picked up by Club Monaco, a brand of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, to lead its creative development team. He worked with the American fashion designer Ralph Lauren in this capacity. Browne spent several years at Club Monaco leading its design department before launching his own label.
Browne’s menswear line was created as a response to the broad acceptance of business casual in lieu of formal attire.
A Thom Browne suit is distinctive in structure and fit. The suits are composed of flat
"Aquascutum" is a UK-based luxury clothing manufacturer and retailer. In April 2012 it was sold by Jaeger to YGM Trading, a Chinese fashion retailer.
Aquascutum was established in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition, when tailor and entrepreneur John Emary opened a high quality menswear shop at 46 Regent Street. In 1853, after succeeding to produce the first waterproof wool, he had his discovery patented and renamed the company ‘Aquascutum’, Latin for ‘watershield’. In 1901, Emary moved to 100 Regent Street in the heart of London. In September Austin Reed had moved into that location at 100 Regent Street after it was announced that Aquascutum was in trouble.
Coats for officers in the Crimean War (1853–1856) were made from Aquascutum’s waterproof fabric, as were the trench coats worn by soldiers of all ranks in both world wars.
Domestic and fashion applications followed, promoted in the 19th century by royal fashion leader King Edward VII. His majesty was Aquascutum’s first royal client, ordering an Aquascutum coat in the Prince of Wales check. In 1897, Aquascutum was granted a royal warrant, the first that would mark the British royal family’s long patronage of the company.
Hield Bros ( /ˈhiːld/), or simply Hield, is a British textile manufacturer and retailer of men's clothing and luxury goods. The company was established in 1922. In addition to manufacturing cloth for its own suits, Hield produces cloth for many labels and has supplied the upholstery used in Queen Elizabeth II's custom Bentley State Limousine.
Originally founded as the Hield Brothers by David and Hugh Hield in 1922 in West Yorkshire, England, Hield Bros. is based in Briggella Mills, West Yorkshire. The company manufactures cloth for both apparel and furniture, suits, shirts, neckties, knitwear, scarves and throws, shoes, luggage, small leather goods and accessories. Forbes magazine lists a $ 21,000 set of 7 Hield suits as one of the "best ways to blow your bonus".
J.Lindeberg (operating as JL), is a Swedish clothing company marketed as a 21st Century lifestyle brand. Currently, J.Lindeberg is distributed in over 20 countries and available at flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Stockholm, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hong Kong.
J.Lindeberg's clothes are popular among golfers, and are worn by PGA stars: Jesper Parnevik, James Heath, Hank Kuehne, José-Filipe Lima, Camilo Villegas, Victor Dubuisson and Richard S. Johnson. In addition, J. Lindeberg sponsors LPGA golfer and model Anna Rawson. The brand also sponsored Swedish professional skier Jon Olsson. Brad Pitt wore black tie, white shirt, shoes and cuff links made by J.Lindeberg to the 63rd Golden Globe Awards in 2006.
Famous former models of the brand include Juliette Lewis, Carl Barât, Alison Mosshart and Dave Gahan.
Johan Lindeberg founded the J.Lindeberg brand in 1996. Johan who previously had been the marketing director of Diesel resigned from his duties at the Italian denim brand, fatigued from constantly restraining his own visions, and decided that he wanted to create something of his own. Whilst traveling through Europe on his motorcycle he visualized a fashion brand that reflected
Norton & Sons is a Savile Row bespoke tailor founded in 1821 by Walter Grant Norton. The firm is located on the East side of the street, at No. 16.
In 1859 George James Norton was granted the freedom of the City of London. At about this time the company became the tailor and Royal Warrant holder to William I, German Emperor. The firm specialized as a sporting tailor.
During the 1970s the firm absorbed Hoare & Tautz, formed by the merger of E. Tautz & Sons, a sporting tailor, and J. Hoare & Co, a tailor.
In the early 21st century the company makes fewer than 200 suits per year. It was acquired from the Granger family in 2005 by Patrick Grant, graduated the same year from Saïd Business School, and his investors. Grant asked Moving Brands to design a "new identity", and has "forged links with young British Fashion Designers".
Norton & Sons is a comparatively small outfit, making about 300 bespoke suits a year (the largest probably makes about 1,000 per year) and employing seven tailors and just two cutters.
Rado is a Swiss luxury manufacturer of watches, with headquarters in Lengnau, Switzerland. It is noted for its use of scratch-proof materials, a field in which it is considered a pioneer. Today the company produces about half a million watches a year with a staff of about 470 in total. Rado's watches are obtainable in more than 150 countries, at over 5900 points of sale. The most important markets are Southeast Asia, Japan, China, Middle East as well as countries within Europe (Switzerland, Germany, Italy) and the USA.
Formed in 1917 as [Schlup & Co.], Rado initially produced watch movements only. In 1957 the company launched its first collection of watches under the Rado brand. In 1962 the Rado Diastar, the world's first scratch-proof watch, was launched. It has been in production ever since, now sold as DiaStar The Original.
In 1968, Rado became part of the ASUAG, which merged 1983 with the SSIH to the SMH group, renamed in 1998 as the Swatch Group. Rado's sister brands within the Group include Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Omega, Longines and Tiffany & Co., among others.
RADO's differs from the traditional Swiss watch makers in that it leans towards innovative uses of
Vivienne Tam (Chinese: 譚燕玉; pinyin: Tán Yànyù) is a fashion designer based in New York City. She was born in Guangzhou, China and moved to Hong Kong at the age of three. She attended Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Tam's fashion brand is named after her and is inspired by Chinese culture, design and modern fashion; East meets West. The theme of her first collection was EAST WIND CODE. Her shops can be found in most major cities around the world. She authored China Chic, a book on Chinese style meeting Western style. She has worked with Hewlett Packard on a special Vivienne Tam range of designer netbook computers, such as a version of the HP Mini 1000 and the HP Mini 210. Tam also appeared on Stardoll.com where she has her own suite and brand name. She has also designed dresses for the characters in the Animax movie LaMB.
The designer debuted her collaboration with Chinese jewelry brand TSL at her Spring 2013 fashion show.
Created in 1991, Armani Exchange (often A|X) is a subsidiary brand of Giorgio Armani. It is geared towards younger customers and features urban style, prￃﾪt-ￃﾠ-porter products, especially T-shirts, jeans, polos, and sports coats.
Armani Exchange is the most affordable of all the Armani lines and mainly targets the American market. It is geared toward older teens and young adults with a contemporary fashion style.
The line features 55 retail and 6 outlet stores in the United States and 36 stores internationally, including Honolulu, HawaiiSanta Monica, CANew York, NYLos Angeles, CABoston, MAHouston, TXSan Francisco, CASan Jose, CAAventura, FLLas Vegas, NVDallas, TXAustin, TXSan Diego, CAAtlanta, GAWashington, D.C. San Antonio, TXOrlando, FL West Palm Beach, FL Troy, MI Chicago, IL andKansas City, MO Vancouver, BC, Canada
The United Kingdom's first stores opened in Bluewater Kent, and in the Metquater Liverpool.
The Mexico City store will open fall 2007.
Brooks Brothers is the oldest men's clothier chain in the United States. Founded in 1818 as a family business, the privately owned company is now owned by Retail Brand Alliance, also features clothing for women, and is headquartered on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City.
On April 7, 1818, at the age of forty-five, Henry Sands Brooks opened H. & D. H. Brooks & Co. on the northeast corner of Catherine and Cherry streets in Manhattan. He proclaimed that his guiding principle was, "To make and deal only in merchandise of the finest body, to sell it at a fair profit, and to deal with people who seek and appreciate such merchandise." In 1850, his three sons, Elisha, Daniel, and John, inherited the family business and renamed the company "Brooks Brothers."
In its early history, Brooks Brothers was most widely known for introducing the ready-to-wear suit to American customers. In the late nineteenth century, Brooks Brothers tailored many distinctive uniforms for elite regiments of the New York National Guard, as well as uniforms for New York state troops during the Civil War. These contracts for uniforms were notorious as an example of corruption in how they were obtained and the
Escada is an international luxury fashion group in women's designer clothing. The company has a presence in about 60 different countries. Its main sales markets are North America, western and eastern Europe and Asia. It filed bankruptcy in August 2009, and was acquired by Megha Mittal, in November 2009.
Escada was founded by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley in 1978 in Munich. The company soon stood out, with its distinctive creations featuring unusual combinations of colors and patterns, exclusive embroidery and elaborately designed knitted fashions. Escada saw a rapid upswing and continually extended its collections and its creative work.
In the course of its international expansion, Escada SE went public in 1986. In 1994, the company launched the Escada Sport label, established its own accessories collection including bags and shoes and granted major licenses, collaborating with such partners as Procter & Gamble.
In 2007, the artist Stefan Szczesny created a new Escada collection in Saint-Tropez.
Since July 2008, Dr. Bruno Sälzer is the acting CEO with responsibilities for design, marketing, and sales.
On August 11, 2009, Escada filed insolvency, as an exchange offer for the
The House of Gucci, better known simply as Gucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡuttʃi]), is an luxury Italian fashion and leather goods house, part of the Gucci Group, which is owned by French company PPR. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921.
Gucci generated circa € 4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to BusinessWeek magazine and climbed to 41st position in the magazine's annual 2009 "Top Global 100 Brands" chart created by Interbrand. Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. Gucci operates about 278 directly operated stores worldwide (as of September 2009) and it wholesales its products through franchisees and upscale department stores.
From modest at the end of the 19th century, the Gucci company became one of the world’s most successful manufacturers of high-end leather goods, clothing, and other fashion products. As an immigrant in Paris and then London, working in exclusive hotels, young Guccio Gucci (1881–1953) was impressed with the luxurious luggage he saw sophisticated guests bring with them. Upon returning to his birthplace of Florence, a city distinguished for high-quality materials and skilled artisans, he established a shop in 1920
Kirribilla was created to make every girl feel like the prettiest one in the room. Childhood friends Amanda Thomas, Faye Davison Rexing and Phoebe Davison craved the dresses they couldn't find -- the ones that turn everyone's head and steal all the compliments --- and so they set out to create them, launching their first collection in Spring/Summer 2007.
Nine West (also 9 West) is a fashion wholesale and retail company best known for quickly translating runway trends into styles attainable by mass consumers.
Initially founded as a fashion footwear brand, Nine West has since expanded into handbags, sunglasses, legwear, outerwear, jewelry, belts, watches, cold weather accessories, hats, scarves and wraps, and eyewear.
Fred Allard has served as Creative Director since 2006.
Named for its founding location in the Solow Building at 9 West 57th St in New York City, Nine West opened its first specialty retail store in 1983 in Stamford, Connecticut. It has since become an internationally-recognized brand located in over 800 global locations in 57 countries. The corporate headquarters are located in White Plains, New York, with estimated employee size 390 & overall employee size over 10,000.
In 1999, Nine West was acquired by Jones Apparel Group.
Nine West was founded in 1978 by Jerome Fisher and Vince Camuto, after their wholesale shoe business Fisher Camuto Corporation was incorporated. Nine West was one of the first companies to utilize the expertise in leather and shoemaking in Brazil. By 1979, Camuto and Fisher had already sold over 1
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is an upscale American lifestyle company and fashion retailer founded by American designer Ralph Lauren. The company focuses on high-end clothes for men and women, as well as accessories, footwear, fragrances, home (bedding, towels) and housewares; presents media content of its lifestyle; and it also runs a line of restaurants. Widely recognized for its Polo Ralph Lauren flagship label, RL Corporation also manages several other brands, based on the Ralph Lauren concept, under which it retails its merchandise. It also carries its subsidiary, Club Monaco. The company's media content is presented by its division, Ralph Lauren Media, LLC. RL Corporation is headquartered on the Upper East Side of New York City.
The origins of the RL Corporation lay with launch of Ralph Lauren's collection of men's ties – Polo Ralph Lauren – in 1967. Born in 1939 as Ralph Lifshitz in The Bronx, New York, to Ashkenazi Jewish parents from Eastern Europe, Ralph Lauren pursued a career in menswear and had gained background working for Datrian Riser. He received a US$50,000 loan to realize his vision for men' ties. By 1969, he had a boutique store within the Manhattan
Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford (born August 27, 1961) is an American fashion designer and film director. He gained international fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label before directing the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man.
Tom Ford was born August 27, 1961 in Austin, Texas, to realtors Tom Ford and Shirley Burton. He spent his early life in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and in San Marcos, outside Austin; his family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he was 11. In Santa Fe, he entered St. Michael's High School and later moved to Santa Fe Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1979. Ford left Santa Fe at age 16, when he enrolled at Bard College at Simon's Rock, but quickly dropped out. He then moved to New York City to study art history at New York University.
Ford dropped out of NYU after only a year, preferring to concentrate on acting in television commercials; at one time, he was in 12 national advertising campaigns simultaneously. Ford then began studying interior architecture at The New School's famous art and design college, Parsons The New School for Design. During his time in New York, Ford became a fixture at the
Vokál is a Hip Hop fashion brand launched in 1997 by Yomi Martin, Cornell "Nelly" Haynes Jr, and Nick Loftis. Vokál's team began selling t-shirts, jerseys, and custom clothing from their homes and car trunks. Nelly and his group St. Lunatics started performing in the area of St. Louis and with Nelly’s first solo album release both became known nationwide. The brand essentially grew right along with the career of Nelly and the St. Lunatics.
Vokál was launched in 1997 as a Hip Hop Fashion brand by Yomi Martin, his cousin Cornell “Nelly” Haynes and Nick Loftis. They wanted to launch a new brand which was not driven by big marketing budgets and that did not have standard logos and designs. Yomi and Nelly were looking for a new innovative brand with daring and unique designs where the clothes speak for themselves.
For their first production they each paid $100 to have 30 T-shirts made featuring the St. Lunatics. The St. Lunatics are a rap crew from St. Louis, Missouri formed by rapper Nelly and his hometown friends. Yomi Martin sold the shirts for $20 each at a concerts of the St. Lunatics. With these sales of these shirts and jerseys at concerts and out of car trunks Vokál began