Business of Fashion has unveiled their sixth annual BoF 500 list, which puts the spotlight on the most influential entrepreneurs and businessmen and women responsible for shaping the global fashion industry. Ahead, the nine Middle Eastern names that made the 2018 cut.
The Modist founder and CEO Ghizlan Guenez, who hails from Algeria but was raised between Dubai and Beirut tops the list for her contribution to the modest clothing scene. “Beyond honored to be included in the #BoF500. Thank you @imranamed @bof . A milestone,” she writes on Instagram.
Founder of Saudi’s leading luxury communications consultancy Nice Arabia, Marriam Mossalli – also known as Shoes and Drama – represents the Kingdom, along with Badr Al Deghaither, CEO of Saudi Jawahir Trading that distributes brands including Alexander McQueen and Givenchy.
Other names who graced BoF’s 500 2018 include Egyptian-born Anok Yai, who is the first black model to open a Prada show since 1997; Morocco’s Jamila Halfichi, the fashion editor for Asharq Al Awsat, and Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, CEO of the Aksal Group; and Al Tayer CEO Khalid Al Tayer and Yoox investor Mohamed Alabbar, who are both based in Dubai.