Rendez-Vous with Steven Kolb

The United States of Fashion

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What is the current state of American fashion? On Monday, November 26th, Polimoda welcomes Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, for an all-American Rendez-Vous on Florentine grounds. Interviewed by CFDA Editorial and Communications Director Marc Karimzadeh, the Q&A will explore how the trade association has steered the trajectory and image of American fashion, touching on its future and status in the global fashion landscape.

With a background in the nonprofit sector, Kolb oversees all operations and activities for the American fashion industry’s renowned group of over 500 American womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers, also managing its membership, trade association activities and long-standing philanthropic initiatives. Among his standout contributions, the CFDA leader is widely recognized for championing the next wave of American fashion talents, leading programs such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, a springboard for young designers seeking visibility and opportunities in today’s hyper-competitive industry.

Since being appointed CEO in 2011, Kolb has spearheaded the digital organization and acquisition of the Fashion Calendar and the launch of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, also heralding the CFDA Fashion Awards towards becoming the foremost spotlight on American fashion. Overseeing the implementation of some of the council’s most important initiatives, Kolb has worked to establish the Strategic Partnerships Group (SPG), the CFDA’s Health Initiative and the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, remaining one of the most celebrated and influential figures in American fashion today.

Marc Kazimzadeh - square portraitJoining Kolb on the Rendez-Vous stage will be Editorial and Communications Director of the CFDA Marc Karimzadeh, who oversees the content direction for, CFDA social media platforms and all public relations. Prior to joining the CFDA in January 2015, Karimzadeh spent 15 years at WWD reporting on the fashion world, interviewing designers and covering fashion weeks worldwide, from New York to Paris and Milan.

During the Polimoda Rendez-Vous, the CFDA duo plans to delve into the global status of American fashion, exploring the history of the CFDA, its role in shaping designer life cycles and what’s in store for the future of fashion in the USA.

Guests are kindly requested to arrive between 10:30 and 10:50 am.