Today I’m rounding up a list of 5 kick-ass women who have taken the fashion world by storm and worked their stylish little butts off to build their own successful empires.
Whether it be online retail, product design, or brand and business development, these women have taken charge of their mission and built multi-million, and billion, dollar businesses…and look ridiculously fabulous doing it!
- Sophia Amoruso – founder and CEO of Nasty Gal
From dumpster diving and thievery to running an online retail empire all before the age of 30, Sophia is certainly a fashion entrepreneur to admire. Starting with an eBay store selling second hand vintage finds, Sophia has grown her business to a multi-million dollar success with over 300 employees in only 8 years, making it one of the fastest growing retail companies ever.
- Sara Blakely – founder and owner of SPANX
When Sara was getting ready for a night out and wasn’t happy with her options of undergarment, she whipped out the scissors, cut up her panty-hose, and Spanx was born! Now a billion dollar business selling all sorts of shape-wear, bras, jeans, active-wear and more, Sara’s hard work, creative ideas, and refusal to accept rejection has certainly paid off!
- Tamara Mellon – co-founder of Jimmy Choo, & creator of the Tamara Mellon brand
With a net worth of around £180 million, Tamara is one of the wealthiest people in the UK who built their own fortune. She was working at Vogue magazine where she met cobbler, Jimmy Choo, and after borrowing money from her father to fund the start up, the brand was born. In 2011, after 15 years of working on the Jimmy Choo brand, Tamara sold the business and started her own label ‘Tamara Mellon’.
- Tory Burch – Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch
This incredible designer/businesswoman started out as a fashion writer, but knowing that she wanted to make her own mark on the industry, she started designing clothes in her kitchen and in 2004 opened her first store in NYC. After only 4 years in business, Tory was out-performing fashion heavyweights such as Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs, being named as accessory designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. 11 years on, and her company is now worth more than $3.5 billion (US).
- Natalie Massenet – founder of the Net-a-Porter group
After working as a journalist, this extraordinary woman had the idea of building an online platform that looked like a fashion magazine with the ability to purchase the clothes right then and there. In the year 2000, at a time when designers weren’t interested in the idea of online retail, Natalie used her powers of persuasion, got designers on board, and has since taken her business to incredible heights. With the additions of Mr. Porter (men’s fashion) and Outnet (discount fashion), the Net-a-Porter group is a global operation with about 2,600 employees.
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