6. Serge Azria
Azria backs trouser label Joie; more recently he has invested in the relaunched Equipment (shown on Carine, left), as well as Current Elliott.
7. Jeffrey Aronsson, Aronsson Group
In the past, former Donna Karan CEO Aronsson has invested in Ginny H.–Ginny Hilfiger’s collection. (She’s the sister of Tommy Hilfiger.) He also partnered with Traub to invest in Matthew Williamson and Rachel Roy.
8. Seventh Capital
This New York-based investment firm’s main focus is small and mid-sized companies. The interest is in e-commerce, so if you’re not a designer but have an idea for an online retailer, or if you sell your goods primarily on the web, it might be worth looking into.
This London-based private equity firm picked up the Valentino Fashion Group a few years ago, along with Proenza Schouler, but have had difficulty selling off both.
10. Bartel Family
This European family made its fortune off of a travel website, but now it’s making loftier investments. First up? Lanvin and Devi Kroell. Who’s next? Who knows….