2013 February 8

Designers and Their Money Mavens!

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Jason Wu and biz partner Gustavo Rangel Jason Wu and biz partner Gustavo Rangel
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They buy the fabric, find the factories, and do all the math stuff. Can you ID the next generation of Pierre Bergés?
BY PAIGE REDDINGER

Jason Wu and…Gustavo Rangel
They met at a New Year’s Eve party in 2005. Six months later, friendship turned to love and they’ve been attached in every way ever since.  

Thakoon and…Maria Tomei Borromeo
In the early days, Panichgul would give his wingwoman the only chair in his tiny studio while he sat on a garbage can.  

Phillip Lim and…Wen Zhou
Nine years ago, Lim launched his collection with cash from this friend, who he met in Paris. She’s now his CEO.

Victoria Bartlett and…Kikka Hanazawa
Bartlett was consulting for Theory when she hooked up with this retail strat master.

Rebecca Minkoff and…Uri Minkoff 
This biz whiz made money in tech and was so confident in Becky’s talent he invested his hard-earned savings.

Nicolas Kirkwood and…Christopher Suarez
In 2005, he stumbled on Kirkwood’s booth at the Parisian accessories tradeshow Premiere Classe.