There are a number of lucky millennials who have climbed the ranks quickly and made it to the top. Of course, this hasn’t come without shedding blood, sweat and tears, determination, a clear vision and a whole lot of coffee. Below are some of the top millennial entrepreneurs in fashion and the retail industry right now:
Lee Bloor & Matthew Newton – LavishAlice
Lee Bloor and Matthew Newton are the founders of LavishAlice.com, a successful fashion line. They started the company when they were both 21-years-old. They had nothing but a laptop and printer and started the dream in their living room. Their clothes have been worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner and the 30-year-old duo turned over 8 million pounds last year.
Umar and Adam Kamani – Pretty Little Thing
It’s all in the family! Brothers, Umar and Adam Kamani, sons of Boohoo founder, Mahmud Kamani, launched Pretty Little Thing (PLT) in 2012. Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner have worn their dresses and sinceHenry and George Graham – Wolf & Badger 2014, PLT have seen an online traffic rise by 700 %. The brothers are very strong about listening to the customer and believe that the future is in the young people.
Marie Claire St John – DressShirt
Marie Claire St John’s empire, Dresshirt, came from the idea that it should be as easy for women to get dressed in the morning as it is for men. St. John is based on clean-lined dress shirts. Surrounded by the fashion world as a child, St John grew up in Milan. After sharpening her skills at Ralph Lauren and Parsons, she launched Dresshirt in 2014. In 2017, St. John was named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 Honourees for Dressshirt’s strategy and success.
Adam Frisby – In The Style
Frisby, 29, the owner of In The Style, did not come from a world of fashion. He left school at the age of 15 to work at Burger King. He had always loved fashion and in 2013, after being made redundant from his job at Avanta, this dream became a reality. He invested 1000 pounds into his new company and is now worth around 15 million pounds.
Oliver Tezcan – The Idle Man
CEO of e-tailer, The Idle Man, Oliver Tezcan, has always had a deep love for fashion. As a kid growing up in London he would dress in Moschino and Iceberg, going on to graduate in Gucci loafers. He decided his best skill was ‘fashion buying’ after he left university. In 2014, he launched The Idle Man and since then, it has only kept growing.
Olivia Hegarty – Percival
Irish fashion mogul, Olivia Hegarty is one of the founders of Percival Clothing, a brand for the modern eccentric British gentleman. Hegarty studied fashion for two years in London. She had always had a strong interest in men’s fashion and joined forces with her male roomies and created Percival Clothing. Since then, the company has grown and is a well-known name in the fashion world.
Jo Sindle – Goodhoodstore
Jo Sindle is one half of the dynamic duo who founded Goodhood, one of the UK’s most well-stocked lifestyle stores. Sindle’s experience in fashion design and her dream to start her own company is what drove Goodhood to be born. Sindle’s main focus is to keep growing the business as well as bringing a young, fresh team on board.
Julia Gudish Krieger – VillageLuxe
VillageLuxe – an ‘Airbnb’ concept for clothes and accessories. Julia Gudish Krieger, 27, is the founder of the company. It allows women all over NYC to rent out their designer handbags, shoes and dresses to other women in the city. Village Luxe was born in 2014 and Krieger has hundreds of women on the site who rent out their designer items for around $200 a week. Krieger is expecting a revenue of more than $1 million this year.
Henry and George Graham – Wolf & Badger
Brothers Henry and George Graham are the founders behind fashion success, Wolf & Badger, a company that stocks a wide range of emerging designer labels. The brothers wanted to bring something different to the high streets and open up an outlet where emerging designers could showcase their work. They opened up two UK stores and recently launching the business into the US, opening up a store in SoHo, New York.
Christina Dean – Redress
Dentist-turned-journalist-turned social activist, Christina Dean is the founder of Redress, a not-for-profit organisation that is focused on sustainable fashion. In 2012, Dean found herself standing in Hong Kong on a landfill, watching trucks continuously dump textile waste. Redress was born. The organisation finds garments that have been thrown away and they transform it into something beautiful. Vogue nominated Dean as part of the U. K’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’.
Nish and Sach Kukadia – Secret Sales
Founded in 2007 by brothers Nish and Sach Kukadia, SecretSales.com is one of the largest flash discount websites in the UK. The brothers wanted to offer something different in the online retail industry and give high street labels the chance to still sell out-of-season stock. Secret Sales has 4.5 million members, all having the opportunity to grab big name bargains for between 30-70% off the normal prices. In 2015, they turned over 47 million pounds.
Nitin Passi – Missguided
Nitin Passi started up Missguided at the height of the 2008 global recession – it has now grown to an $80 million-dollar business. In 2008, his father (who was also in the fashion business) loaned him 50,000 pounds, Missguided was born. Missguided launches new collections every day. They have collaborated with celebrities such as Nicole Scherzinger and are continuing to grow at a rapid speed.
Probably the youngest on our list, Ben Francis, one of the founders of Gymshark – a fitness apparel and accessories brand – created this company in 2012. It started off as a screen printing operation in a garage and has since grown to be one of the biggest names in the fitness fashion industry. The revenue of the company is set to hit $120 million this year.
Clare Nesbitt – Footasylum
At 30, Clare Nesbitt is the youngest boss in Britain of a listed company – Footasylum. She took over the family company in 2015 from her father and has been working for the past few years in the company. Footaslyum’s main market are 16-24 year olds and that is one of the reasons why they are so successful. These young people still have a discretionary income.
Candice Galek – Bikini Luxe
Former model, Candice Galek fell in love with swim wear and launched her own brand, Bikini Luxe. While this bikini company is a young company, they are quickly growing by the day. Galek is looking to expand their merchandise and has a really positive feeling about Bikini Luxe.
Morgan Curtis – Morgan Lane
Morgan Curtis, daughter of renowned fashion designer, Jill Curtis, has certainly come from the fashion world. Morgan started her own lingerie and pyjama line in 2014, Morgan Lane. She had always had a love for lingerie and had worked as a designer for a few years for her mother, so knew the ins and outs.
Jake Rosenberg – The Coveteur
Launching in 2011, The Coveteur started off as a passion project, exploring the closets of big names in the fashion industry. The Coveteur works with luxury brands to help them create content for their social media platforms. Jake Rosenberg, founder of The Coveteur was 23 when the company was launched and started mingling right away with fashion icons such as Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.