Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui, Vice President & PR Director of Michael Bastian & Assistant Designer, Women’s Wear, of Gant By Michael Bastian
Background: I was the public relations coordinator at Bergdorf Goodman; Michael was the men’s fashion director.
Typical day: I travel about four months out of the year, so I am constantly on the go.
Proudest accomplishment: We have been nominated for a CFDA award every year we’ve been in business and finally won it this year!
Designer’s quirk: His infamous eye roll.
Other favorite labels: Chanel, Juan Carlos Obando, Proenza Schouler, Haider Ackermann.
Current obsession: My discontinued Rumeur perfume by Lanvin. I have a back stock that will last me 10 years.
Wen Zhou, CEO & President of 3.1 Phillip Lim
Background: I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology to study fashion merchandising in the evenings and worked during the day for a high-end fabric agent. Before I knew it, I owned my own fabric business. Phillip was a client of mine.
Proudest accomplishment: That we are able to play a small, but impactful, role in the lives of hundreds of Chinese seamstresses by offering them clean, safe, and happy working conditions in our factories.
Designer’s quirk: He spends way too much!
Other favorite labels: Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin.
Current obsession: BDDW furniture designer Tyler Hays.
Caitlin DiStefano, Vice President of Communications for Prabal Gurung
Background: For almost five years I worked at Paul Wilmot Communications, where I met Prabal.
Typical day: I manage all media relations and work with Prabal and our director of operations on business development.
Proudest accomplishment: The fall 2010 collection was when we went from literally showing the collection in my apartment to becoming a more recognized operation.
Designer’s quirk: The random outbursts of song and dance in such a small office are always…fun.
Other favorite labels: The Row, Chanel, Céline, Monique Péan.
Current obsession: Perricone MD products.
Tammy Kane, CEO & Creative Adviser of Christopher Kane
Background: I have a degree in fashion design management and have worked in retail, as an art therapist, and in a design and textile studio.
Typical day: Production, accounts, shipping, and sales, then collaborating with Christopher on his collections. The most productive time is when everyone leaves—I usually work until 9 p.m.
Proudest accomplishment: To have increased sales and staff in the economic downturn.
Designer’s quirk: Christopher draws and draws—not the worst problem, but it does leave me with the job of editing.
Other favorite labels: Versus, Versace, Miu Miu, Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Jil Sander, Céline. Current obsession: Cash flow. I never stop thinking about how I can improve it.
Maria Borromeo, CEO & Business Partner of Thakoon
Background: I worked at Barneys, then with Narciso Rodriguez, Etro, and Alexander McQueen. In 2004 [retailer] Ikram Goldman introduced me to Thakoon.
Typical day: Sales, production, and finance. I then spend some quality time with my budgets.
Designer’s quirk: He is obsessed with his dog, Stevie. We go clothes shopping for her on business trips!
Other favorite labels: Junya Watanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen.
Current obsessions: My kids, the Scrabble app on my iPhone, the new Bon Iver album, my platform wedge Balenciaga motorcycle boots.