Letter From the Editor: Why We're Getting Fearless in June

I know a couple of fearless women. Their names are Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, the co-founders of Who What Wear, who decided to leave their coveted print magazine positions to start a website in 2006. For perspective, this was the same year the NY Times ran the story “AOL to Turn Netscape Site Into a Newspaper of Sorts.” Does it seem like that headline’s from a million years ago? Well in terms of the internet, it was. Their peers in the fashion industry thought this move was mental. As we all know, it turns out they weren’t crazy—they were just crazy smart.

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Kerr and Power didn’t let fear—What if it fails? What if we’re wrong? What if we run out of money?—stand in their way. They took a risk that has been paying off for over a decade (and allows this grateful editor to spend her time writing to you fine readers). This sort of bravery is what inspired our June theme: Fearless. We’ll be turning our lens on those in the fashion industry who have the confidence to take risks and blaze new trails. In an industry that thrives on change, those who push beyond the norm are essential. We honor them this month.