Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx
The youngest self-made billionaire in the world, Sara Blakely launched Spanx from her home in Atlanta in 2000. Having had the idea while getting ready for a party, Blakely took her business to dizzying heights thanks to a savvy and determined spirit, one that saw her flying to Neiman Marcus’ corporate HQ in Dallas with a pair of Spanx in her backpack to pitch for space in his department stores. Having never formally advertised, today Blakely’s success is almost entirely the result of word of mouth.
Leandra Medine, Founder of Man Repeller
Launched in 2010, Man Repeller was a blog started by Leandra Medine to provide a humorous lens on the fashion industry. Today Man Repeller commands millions of loyal fans who count on the site – now with 15 employees – to deliver smart, sharp and stylish tips on how to wear the latest trends, alongside a host of other life advice. Medine’s capsule collection for Net-A-Porter this year hints at further expansion to come.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress and founder of SJP Collections
Having cut her teeth as Sex and the City’s Carrie, SJP has since gone on to launch her own successful collections of perfume, shoes and accessories. With her first flagship store opening in Washington DC., the actress-turned-designer (turned actress again, she is currently starring in HBO’s ‘Divorce’) is a leader for how to monopolise on personal brand, without compromising on integrity.
Katie Warner Johnson, Co-Founder Carbon38
A former ballerina and Harvard graduate, Katie Warner Johnson launched leisurewear brand Carbon38 in 2013, as the casual style was becoming ubiquitous, not only for work outs, but across all areas of daily life. Based in L.A., the company grew by 500% in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down.
Hannah Weiland, Founder of Shrimps
Launched in 2013 by London based designer Hannah Weiland, Shrimps started by specialising in bright and playful faux fur coats. The label has now expanded to include RTW and accessories, and is sported by the UK’s fashion elite, including Alexa Chung and Pandora Sykes. In spite of the label’s growth, outwear remains its most coveted offering.