Every year, the Business of Fashion (BOF) identifies the fashion industry’s power players who are the top designers, executives, editors, fashion-tech pioneers, models, muses and other catalysts shaping the global fashion business and gathers them together to form a community known as The BoF 500.
Today, BoF revealed the fifth annual BoF 500 and we put together the Africans, both new and longstanding, on the list:
Omoyemi Akerele is the founder and Artistic Director of Style House Files, a creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers. She is also the brain child behind Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW).
Diana Opoti from Kenya is a television producer and fashion consultant. She launched Kenyas first fashion consultancy and PR firm.
Adrian Joffe of South Africa is the retail innovator behind Comme Des Garçons and Dover Street Market International.
Reni Folawiyo is the Chief Executive and Founder of Alara, she is Nigerian.
Edward Enninful is a Ghanian-born fashion stylist and editor-in-chief of British Vogue magazine.
Khanyi Dhlomo is a South African media mogul She is a TV Host and the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures.
Tayo & Ayo Amusan are Nigerian retail entrepreneurs who pioneered luxury retail in their country.
Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch is the founder and CEO of the Aksal Group, a Moroccan leader in luxury goods, department stores and shopping malls.