Jennifer Fleiss ’05: Runway Revolutionary
If you’ve ever found yourself buried in a mountain of crumpled clothes and credit card debt, whining about having nothing to wear and maybe downing a bottle of Chardonnay, there’s a good chance Jennifer Fleiss ’05 could be your new best friend and/or the Messiah. (WEEKEND has had more of these moments than we’d like to admit.) Since Rent the Runway’s official launch in 2009, Fleiss and her business partner, Jennifer Hyman, have been eliminating pre-event sartorial angst with their revolutionary “designer-for-less” rental platform. Read on for the Co-Founder and Head of Business Development’s advice for young entrepreneurs, thoughts on why business plans are overrated, and the lunch conversation that started it all.
The French Sartorialist: Garance Doré’s Chic World
Ask anyone who’s anyone, and she’ll tell you: Garance Doré is fashion’s favorite (French-) girl-next-door. Since launching her eponymous blog in June 2006, the Manhattan transplant (originally from Girolata, Corsica) has cornered the online market on sartorially minded illustrations, enviable street style snaps, and down-to-earth vignettes about everything from yoga foibles to second-day hair. When »
Kate Manning’s Notorious Life
In a room populated by plush velvet armchairs and aspiring literati of all ages, Kate Manning YC ’79 spoke about novel writing, the inspiration behind her most recent book My Notorious Life (released this year), and her love of the English language. With platinum blonde hair and a ready smile, Manning isn’t exactly the poster »
The Secret Lives of Willoughby’s Baristas
While most Yale students snoozed through the typically sleepy Saturday morning of Sept. 21, Loria was abuzz with Manet mania. The center was in the midst of a conference — the aptly named “Olympiad” — commemorating the 150th anniversary of the painting of Édouard Manet’s “Olympia” and “Déjeuner sur l’herbe.” During this particular weekend, art »