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The AVENUE A-List: Andrew Rosen

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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from the pages of AVENUE’s October issue…

The Most Influential New Yorkers of 2011

In New York, creating a “short list” of the most fascinating, powerful people

that make this city whirl and twirl is no easy feat. But once again we’ve done it—and narrowed down the names to a broad mix of personalities, many whose impact extends beyond the five boroughs. Some are mainstays, some are rising stars—whether they’re altering the skyline or a hemline—these people are the ones on top. Bottom line.

Andrew Rosen

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The former CEO of Anne Klein and a Calvin Klein executive, Andrew Rosen (a third generation fashion heir) is the co-founder and President of the major retail brand Theory—a force that generates more than $500 million a year in revenue. His fashion empire was built on the theory that clothes can be practical and stylish. With a keen eye for rising talent, Rosen enlisted the help of then-budding designer Olivier Theyskens to design for Theory and serve as Artistic Director of the entire brand, to add freshness and edge. Rosen is also an investor in a handful of fashion upstarts such as Alice + Olivia and Rag & Bone, while staying very involved with the re-launch of Helmut Lang. In July, Rosen and his business associate John Howard purchased a large stake in Proenza Schouler from the Valentino Fashion Group.


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