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These headline-grabbing individuals are making their mark today and are poised to be hot topics in the year ahead.
President, CEO; City Sports
The newly appointed head of the Boston-based chain is tasked with leading a rapidly growing company that opened four new locations over the past 12 months.
President, CEO; REI
Big things are in store for the outdoor retailer as it gears up for its 75th anniversary in 2013.
President; Ecco Group
The company's 2012 financials should get a boost from strong sales for its hybrid golf shoes. And the firm is securing its future with a new factory in Thailand.
Now distributed in 60 doors worldwide — including Harvey Nichols, Luisa Via Roma, Saks Fifth Avenue and Scoop — Lanvin's high-end Aperlaï label is expanding categories with a spring '13 line of wedges and a men's edition of its Gatsby loafer.
Aslaug Magnusdottir, Lauren Santo Domingo
CEO; Creative Director; Moda Operandi
Since launching their straight-from-the-runway e-commerce business in February 2011, the co-founders have netted at least 300 designers and 200,000 users.
Blogger; The Man Repeller
With a quirky and humorous take on fashion, Medine is cementing her influencer status through partnerships with designers such as Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff, and an e-commerce section on her site.
The son of Sergio Rossi launched a men's collection this year, opened a boutique in Asia and collaborated on runway shoes for Altuzarra.
Sales have doubled since 2011, and the designer picked up 30 new accounts this year, including Bloomingdale's, Shopbop and Intermix.
After lauching her line in fall '11, Tapia has secured distribution at Saks Fifth Avenue and Kirna Zabête, and recently added Bloomingdale's.
Nicholas Kirkwood's protégé has taken the fashion world by storm with her eponymous contemporary collection, signing major retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman for her debut spring season.