Andrew Rosen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Theory, and Edward Nardoza, Editor-in-Chief, WWD, are in conversation.
Edward Nardoza has been Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) since 1991. He is also Associate Editorial Director of Fairchild Fashion Media. Prior to WWD, he was Editor of Daily News Record, a business/fashion publication for the menswear industry. Mr. Nardoza joined Fairchild in 1978 as a general assignment reporter for Footwear News.
At WWD, Mr. Nardoza has expanded the paper’s international coverage, marketing, media, financial and technology beats, and has steered its reporting into varied distribution channels. During his tenure, the paper has launched new publications and special editions, including WWD The Collections, WWD Accessory and WWD Beauty Inc.
In 2008, WWD relaunched its website, WWD.com, with a paid-circulation, 24/7 news model. The site won Media Industry Newsletter’s 2009 “Best of the Web” award for design.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Nardoza is married with two children. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English.
Andrew Rosen a third-generation fashion industry leader: His grandfather, Arthur Rosen, founded women’s clothing company Puritan Fashions in 1910 in Boston. His father, Carl Rosen, built Puritan Fashions into one of the most prominent apparel companies of its time. He was an innovator in all aspects of the industry, and was one of the first to develop modern licensing, creating licenses with such names as Gloria Swanson, Mary Quant, Chris Evert, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Calvin Klein Jeans.
Mr. Rosen began his career at Puritan Fashions in 1977 and went on to become President and Chief Executive Officer in 1983. Calvin Klein and Barry Schwartz acquired Puritan in 1984, and Mr. Rosen continued working closely with them until 1989. He then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Anne Klein until 1995.
In 1997, Mr. Rosen founded and created Theory, which quickly became a marketplace phenomenon and led the explosion of contemporary fashion in America.
In 2004, Link, its Japanese licensee, acquired Theory in order to establish Link Theory Holdings. In March 2006, Mr. Rosen drove the Link Theory acquisition of Helmut Lang. Under Mr. Rosen’s guidance, Helmut Lang has grown into a flourishing global business.
In 2009, Fast Retailing, which had previously held a large stake in Link Theory, bought the remainder. Mr. Rosen continues to lead the company as Chief Executive Officer of Theory and Helmut Lang.