Located in a 19th-century building that was once the University of Rome’s architecture school, near the Via dei Condotti, the Palazzo Borghese and a stone’s throw away from the Spanish Steps sits Rome’s best hidden secret – the five star boutique hotel JK Place Roma.
Moscow-born and Hong-Kong based online boutique owner Tania Reinert and her business partner founded “A Boy Named Sue” over lunch break in 2012. Being fed up with, as they call it, the “dirty business of fashion” and the lack of respect towards people who make our clothes they decided to bring together designers who create sustainable (and desirable) fashion.
Over the past five years, Italian-born and London-based designer Alessandra Rich has taken the industry by storm. It is an exceptional story of an exceptional woman, who started her career in real estate to become one of today’s most desirable fashion designers.
Munich-born and -based artist and photographer Christoph Stepan has taken a detour before making his passion a profession. Instead of studying photography, he graduated with a MA in Economics and learned his profession the hard way – from scratch.
Meeting New York-born and Los Angeles-based hat maker Nick Fouquet makes one thought come to mind immediately: this guy probably was one of the cutest and most charming little trouble makers back at school. And it is not such a wild guess….
Japanese-born and London-based latex couture designer Atsuko Kudo is a pioneer in her field – she has staged the first entirely latex runway show in the world in NY as part of her fashion label premiere, with Crystal Renn walking the final look.
Italian/Turkish-born and Paris-based shoe designer Alessandra Lanvin has launched one of the sexiest shoe brands of our time – Aperlaï. Alessandra, married to Hubert Lanvin, the grandson of couture designer Jeanne Lanvin, launched her brand in 2009 after having worked as a headhunter in the luxury industry for several years.
Australian fashion label VIKTORIA + WOODS was founded in 2005 by Margie Woods, who also runs the fashion agency ‘The Loft’ in Melbourne. After a short break away from running the label, Margie re-formed a partnership with Lisa Reynolds in 2010.