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The Fashion Industry’s Top Leaders

August 10, 2017 BlogFast Fashion

Pablo Isla (Inditex): Before he became CEO of one of the biggest fashion companies in the world, Pablo Isla studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid. After serving a number of management positions, he was appointed to chair Inditex. As chairman, he has committed stopping the emission of harmful chemicals during production. He has also spearheaded an eco-efficient store model, to be fully implemented by 2020. According to their website, Inditex prides itself in creating “beautiful, ethical, quality products.)

 

Bernard Arnault (LVMH): LVMH is a French luxury fashion company. It was formed following a 1987 merger between Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy. Its CEO, Bernard Arnault, is the richest person in France and the 8th richest in the world, with a net worth of 51.7 billion dollars. After some time working for Férinel and Christian Dior, Arnault took the helm at LVMH. This past April, LVMH increased its holding, acquiring the Christian Dior label in a $13 Billion deal.

 

Mark Parker (Nike): Nike is an American sportswear and sports equipment company headed by CEO Mark Parker. Originally founded as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964, Nike takes its name after the Greek Goddess of victory. They are the biggest athletic apparel company in the world. Parker, a graduate of Penn State University, joined Nike as a footwear designer and worked his way up the ranks to CEO. He still helps design some shoes.

 

Simon Wolfson (Next): Next, a United Kingdom-based company, is the largest clothing retailer in the UK, larger than Marks & Spencer for almost half a decade. They have 700 stores across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, of which 500 are in the UK and Ireland. Simon Wolfson inherited his position from his father, David Wolfson, the Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale, who was chairman of Next from 1990 to 1998.

 

Les Wexner (L Brands): Les Wexner was born in Dayton, Ohio majored in business administration at Ohio State University. He began working at his parents’ clothing store in Ohio, where he took to analyzing the inventory and taking note of what sold and what did not. Realizing that lower-priced clothing sold faster than more expensive clothes, he got a $5,000 loan from his aunt and began The Limited, which focused on a small amount of clothing with a high turnover. The Limited grew into L Brands, which includes the brands Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works.

 


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