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Trendland in collaboration with smartwater is pleased to present a series of short video interviews in which we were given inside access to the people who make the CFDA fashion awards happen. Our first interview is with Steven Kolb, the figurehead and chief executive officer of the CFDA, to get some inside tips on how to make it in the New York fashion industry and how the CFDA came to be.
As the CEO of the CFDA , Steven Kolb oversees all operations of the organization and is the center of all things fashion in America. Kolb’s background has not always been in the fashion industry as one would expect. Working with non-profit organizations including MTV’S Staying Alive Foundation and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, his background in business made him the perfect candidate for his current position.
“Non-profits are my background, and I was hired because of that. When Peter Arnold left, they were interviewing a lot of people—key fashion people—but they weren’t really striking on anybody that they thought could run the organization like a business, which it is.”