MBA News: Finding Success in E-Commerce Fashion

Last week, we posted an article featuring recent Harvard Business School (HBS) grad and Halsbrook founder Halsey Schroeder making strides in online fashion. Apparently, Ms. Schroeder is not the only one. The Financial Times has also reported on a growing trend of MBAs (many of whom, notably, are HBS graduates) finding success in e-commerce fashion, marketed to businesswomen. HBS classmates Wilkis Wilson and Alexis Maybank, for example, launched the popular discounted designer retail company Gilt Groupe in November 2007. Similarly, Alex Nelson and Christina Wallace, also HBS graduates, launched Quincy Apparel in September of last year. (We should note that Jennifer Hyman and Jenny Fleiss, also of HBS, launched Rent the Runway, targeted at a younger demographic.) If the future of business holds more and more opportunities for women, all the attention traditionally paid to men’s suits may have to make room for a new era of stylish women’s business wear.

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