Women in Fashion: The Influential Leaders

A Look at the Leaders in the Fashion Industry

Models and major brand names are the first thing that come to mind when the fashion industry is brought up. While both are important, they are only a small piece of the industry. There are thousands of people who work behind the scenes to create incredible designs and to get the hottest style on millions.

Patricia Adams

Unless you work at Target, or know people in the industry, the name Patricia Adams might not mean much. As the Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Apparel and Home, she has introduced new lines of clothing to millions. In part, she is responsible for the Go International cheap chic line at the retail giant and helps the company to pull in more than $100 million in annual sales. Her recent work is with Joseph Altuzarra who will introduce a new line of clothing in the fall.

Francesca Amfitheatrof

If you’ve seen the Tiffany T collection and were impressed, Francesca is to thank. The design director at Tiffany & Co., she is responsible bringing new designs to the company. She also isn’t new to the world of jewelry or fashion. In the past she has worked with the likes of Fendi and Chanel.

Delphine Arnault

Daughter of Bernard Arnault, Delphine might seem like an individual who doesn’t have to work hard to become part of an empire. But Delphine has stepped out of the entitled heir role and worked hard to earn respect in the industry. She became the first female director at Louis Vuitton in 2004 and by 2013 she had worked her way to Executive Vice President. She is also keeping a careful eye on her father’s empire and will take over when he eventually decides to step down.

Sophia Amoruso

Not many 22 year olds can take a vintage clothing shop and turn it into a powerful ecommerce. But Sophia Amoruso did just that. She began her company in the basement of a relative and slowly began to post items on eBay. As she generated a healthy income, she began to create sexy, retro clothing at an affordable price and built a customer base. Today, she has expanded her empire to include being a motivational speaking and a New York Times bestselling author.

Cathy Beaudoin

Cathy Beaudoin has worked for some of the most impressive people in the industry. She helped to launch Gap’s Piperlime site and is currently heading the fashion department at Amazon. Here, she is always building the list of brands the company is working on. This includes Michael Kors, Catherine Malandrino, Jack Spade and Vivienne Westwood are among them. She is also responsible for the expansion of the Amazon brand into sites like Zappos and Shopbop.

Sara Blakely

Spanx has helped Sara Blakely to become one of the youngest Billionaires in the world. When she introduced her sensible undergarment solution, she was struggling as a fax machine sales woman. Those days are behind her and places like Forbes are genuinely fascinated by everything this woman has accomplished.

Each of these individuals has helped to further expand the reach of fashion in some way or another. They are powerful, sophisticated individuals who command respect and are true leaders in the industry.


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