NEW YORK — Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, whose Mise en Scene collection for Anthropologie was launched at an event at the Rockefeller Center flagship Thursday evening, said the apparel, hosiery and home products they designed are just the tip of the iceberg.
The duo signed a two-year contract with the retailer after a serendipitous meeting with Wendy Wurtzburger, Anthropologie’s chief merchandising officer. “It really came about because of Wendy,” Wolk said, explaining they met through mutual acquaintances after she admired one of their art installations. “We started chatting and found that we had very similar approaches in terms of how we operate and how we’re both very concept-driven,” Wolk said. “I said, ‘Ruffian is a small company that thinks like a big company,’ and Wendy said, ‘Anthropologie is a big company that thinks like a small company.’ We loved each other from the first meeting and got along famously.”
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