Having grown up on Seventh Avenue, Andrew Rosen, a third-generation industry leader, has seen the industry from many vantage points. His background includes roles as president and chief executive officer of Puritan Fashions and later president and ceo of Anne Klein. Today, as ceo of Theory and Helmut Lang and an investor in such companies as Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, and Alice + Olivia, among others, Rosen has developed an expertise in the contemporary and designer market and is viewed both as a strategic adviser and mentor to young designers.
WWD’s editor in chief Edward Nardoza sat down with Rosen to talk about his investment strategy, his own mentors, how the industry has changed over the years and where it’s headed.
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