For the third consecutive year, businessoffashion.com presented the BoF 500 list, which contains the names of people who have greatly influenced the global fashion industry in more than 55 countries. The annual list of designers, models, photographers, stylists, fashion editors and creative directors included three Greek names this years: Mary Katrantzou, Tom Kartsotis and Panos Yiapanis.
Mary Katrantzou started her collection in 2008 and immediately won public attention and recognition for her unique designs. In 2010, she received the coveted Swiss Textiles award, and later the British Fashion Award as an emerging talent in women’s fashion. Her clothes are worn by several celebrities, such as Michelle Obama.
Stylist and fashion editor Panos Yiapanis was born in Greece and he is known for his advanced fashion editorials, following youth culture. He has had a long creative relationship with Rick Owens and Ricardo Tisci and he has worked on several campaigns for Owens and Givenchy. He has also worked in campaigns for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney.
Finally, Greek-American Tom Kartsotis left college in 1984 at the age of 24 in order to start his career in fashion, making cheap watches in Hong Kong under the name Fossil. His older brother Costas, a former Sanger Harris executive helped him sell his watches in stores. In less than ten years he developed from a small watch company to a worldwide brand, selling watches, handbags and clothing.
In 2011, he founded Shinola which currently produces 500,000 high quality watches a year, as well as bikes, leather products and handmade diaries.