The 500 most influential fashion players in 2014
The BoF 500
The Business of Fashion inaugurates an interesting mix of international and emerging designers for its 2014 list, albeit this year with a slightly different approach to designers. "We were thinking about how to refresh and keep it up-to-date," says BoF founder and editor in chief Imran Amed. "It dawned on me that the best way to get input on who we might add would be to go back to last year's BoF 500."
And so the BoF team reached out to everyone from last year's 500 and asked for their input. "We got over 300 names of really interesting people from all over the world that we were able to consider and research," he said. "Certain names came up over and over again – and certain names as a team we'd never heard of before. We needed to do some research."
The new 500 is out now with many familiar names – Buro 24/7 founder Miroslava Duma, Tim Blanks and Tommy Ton for three, but there are also some interesting new additions, and among the most notable things about them all is the very international mix of new brands.
Here are five emerging designers who are new entries on the BoF 500 to watch for 2015:
1. Byron & Dexter Peart, Want Les Essentiels de la Vie: The Canadian twins have steadily grown their collection of utilitarian-chic accessories into a cult favourite.
2. Craig Green, Craig Green: His breakout Spring/Summer 2015 collection won acclaim for the British designer's poetic romanticism.
3. Fernando Jorge, Fernando Jorge: The Brazilian designer studied at Central Saint Martins and has become known for his sensual, laid-back jewellery.
4. Huishan Zhang, Huishan Zhang: The Qingdao native from China interned at Dior while studying at Central Saint Martins and launched his label based on a modern East-meets-West aesthetic.
5. Kunihiko Morinaga, Anrealage: A rising star in his native Japan, Morinaga's Anrealage brand is bringing his punchy prints and streetwise sensibilities to Paris.