Biggest influencers in retail fashion: The top ten

1. The Business Of Fashion (@BoF)

The Business of Fashion provides news and fashion business intelligence on upcoming designers, latest fashion, and global brands. It was founded in 2007 by Imran Ahmed, a fashion business advisor, writer and digital entrepreneur.

The company has offices in London, New York, and Shanghai. It was recognised as the top ten innovative companies in media 2015 by Fast Company.

Twitter followers: 1,840,661

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. The Fashion Law (@TheFashionLaw)

The Fashion Law is a blog that serves as an independent source for fashion law, business, and culture for lawyers, business executives, fashion insiders, and students. It was founded by Julie Zerbo, a lawyer, who also serves as the editor-in-chief of the blog.

The blog covers stories on the fashion industry from a legal perspective highlighting the lapses on part of major brands such as human rights violations and design theft. Articles covered by the blog have been cited in various leading publications and increased its popularity in the industry.

Twitter followers: 77,570

GlobalData influencer score: 87

3. Drapers (@Drapers)

Drapers is an online magazine that covers the latest news and trends in the fashion industry. It was founded in August 1887 as a weekly title to cover the latest news on women’s clothing retail industry.

The magazine covers a wide spectrum of the topics on the fashion through news stories, video coverage, and in-depth reports. The topics covered by the magazine include clothing, retailing, manufacturing, including digital transformation, and supply chain management.

Twitter followers: 67,000

GlobalData influencer score: 85

4. Thierry Bayle (@RetailFashion)

Thierry Bayle is the founder of Global Fashion Management, a fashion business consultancy specialising in brand and retail management. He has more than 25 years of experience in fashion and retail industry.

Thierry has worked with international brands including Alberta Feretti, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Moschino, Sergio Rossi, and Versace. He is the founding board member of CEO Mentoring in Confidence, which provides mentoring services to top executives and CEOs. He also serves as the executive committee member of Fashion Group International, a non-profit, professional organisation.

Twitter followers: 4,117

GlobalData influencer score: 79

5. Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia)

Nina Garcia is the Editor-in-Chief of ELLE magazine and serves as a judge on popular television reality show ‘Project Runway’ since its launch in 2004. She also serves as a style expert on programmes including Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN.

Nina has authored four New York Times best-selling books and has won various awards and accolades including the Fashion Group International’s Oracle Award, the Hispanic Federation’s Individual Achievement Award, and the Oliver Scholars’ Program Champion of Educational Excellence Award.

Twitter followers: 3,253,335

GlobalData influencer score: 78

6. Fashion for Good (@FashionforGood)

Fashion for Good is a public company that serves as an innovation platform to foster sustainability in the fashion industry. It aims to break the linear pattern in the fashion industry, which leads to wastage of resources into a circular pattern of ‘take-make-waste’ where waste is recycled and reused.

The company operates an Innovation Hub in Amsterdam, which houses the Fashion for Good Experience, an interactive museum showcasing innovation in sustainable fashion. The innovation hub also houses a co-working space for the circular apparel community. The company’s programmes are supported by the C&A Foundation, which is also the founding partner, and corporate partners including adidas, Galeries Lafayette Group,  Otto Group, PVH, Stella McCartney, and Zalando.

Twitter followers: 13,313

GlobalData influencer score: 67

7. FashNerd (@FashNerd)

FashNerd is a digital magazine that focuses on fashion, technology, and wearables. It was established in 2015 by Muchaneta Kapfunde, who serves as the editor-in-chief, and Mano ten Napel. Muchaneta Kapfunde founded the magazine based on her extensive experience in the fashion industry to provide readers with a view of the fashion and lifestyle space from a technology standpoint.

The magazine keeps its readers updated with the constantly evolving fashion technology industry covering the latest news and happenings related to the fashion technology, IoT, and wearable tech.

Twitter followers: 65,897

GlobalData influencer score: 67

8. WWD (@wwd)

Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) is a trade journal that delivers information, news, and intelligence on the latest trends in the fashion industry. It is a publication of Fairchild Fashion Media, which is owned by Penske Media Corporation.

The first newsprint issue of the magazine appeared in 1910. In 2015, the magazine moved to a daily digital version and a weekly print edition. The journal’s readers include fashion industry stakeholders such as retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, advertising agencies, and trend makers.

Twitter followers: 2,875,203

GlobalData influencer score: 63

9. Steve Dennis (@StevenPDennis)

Steve Dennis is an advisor, speaker, and writer on the retail and fashion industry. He is the President of SageBerry Consulting, a consulting firm specialising in creating growth and marketing strategies for retail consumer and fashion brands.

Steve has worked with various brands in industries such as retail and fashion during his 30-year journey in the industry. He is a contributor to various news outlets and is also regularly featured in the media. He was also named as one of the top five global retail influencers by two leading companies.

Steve previously held the position of senior executive at two Fortune 500 retailers, and chief strategy officer for the Neiman Marcus Group.

Twitter followers: 15,246

GlobalData influencer score: 57

10. Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney)

Stella McCartney is a fashion designer based in the UK. She launched her own fashion house in partnership with Kering in October 2001. Being a strong supporter of vegan lifestyle, Stella’s designs do not feature any leather or fur.

Stella’s collections are available through 51 freestanding stores located across the US, UK, France, Japan, and China. Her collections are also distributed in 77 countries through specialty stores and department stores.

Stella launched her first perfume named STELLA in 2003 and a new fragrance POP in 2016. She has created critically acclaimed sports collections under a long-term partnership with adidas.

Twitter followers: 1,024,852

GlobalData influencer score: 56