We all love our dads unconditionally, but sometimes, we think it would be really cool if they worked in the fashion industry. Think of all the fly freebies they must have access to! We imagine our childhood and teenage selves would have been pretty stoked about daddy bringing home a little luxury gift that had been lying around the office unclaimed. Luckily for the children of this next crop of dads, this scenario is a reality.
So, in honor of Father's Day, we wanted to show fashion fathers a little love. These industry dads are some of the most influential names in fashion. Some are billionaires, some are still trying to become billionaires, but all possess an enormous amount of power that they're likely to pass on to their offspring. That is, if they haven't already.
As the CEO of LVMH, Bernard Arnault has many of the most influential fashion brands under his control. Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Céline are just a handful of the labels in the company's fold–not to mention Veuve Cliquot, Dom Perignon and of course, Hennessy. With a net worth of $36 billion, he's also the 10th richest man in the world. His oldest children also enjoy tremendous success in the luxury market. His daughter, Delphine is Louis Vuitton's executive vice president and Antoine is the CEO of Berluti. His younger children, Jean, Alexandre and Frédéric no doubt have bright futures in business ahead of them as well.
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New father Tom Ford sits at the helm of one of the most influential fashion brands today. He just scooped up the CFDA's Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award for his work shaping the fashion landscape over the years. His son Alexander, who he raises with partner Richard Buckley, is almost two.
Even as early as last summer, West would have been an unlikely contender for this list. He was definitely considered a lover of fashion and was a man about the scene, but his influence in the industry didn't really manifest itself in the way he hoped. His womenswear collections were both tepidly received, and no one would give him credit for inventing the leather jogging pant. But since West spent the latter part of 2013 firmly on his soapbox about his unfair treatment in the industry, he's actually managed to rant his way into gaining the type of influence he so craved. He's signed a lucrative deal with Adidas and is on his second collaboration with A.P.C. Before then, he boasted several shoe collabs with Nike, Louis Vuitton and Giuseppe Zanotti. But the jewel in his crown has got to be the Vogue cover he did with his now wife, Kim Kardashian. The two have an adorable one-year-old daughter, North West.
Could François-Henri Pinault be the luckiest man in the world? Not only is he married to the smokin' hot Salma Hayek, but he's the head of Kering, formerly known as PPR... or, the parent company of luxury brands like Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Stella McCartney and more. When you own the most searched fashion brand in the United Kingdom, you know you've got some clout in the fashion industry. And lording over so many luxury labels has its perks. He's certainly saved a lot of money on clothes for his daughter, Valentina, who is spied rocking Gucci threads on the reg.
Ralph Lauren has built his brand into a formidable presence on the fashion scene. His eponymous line has allowed him to amass the $7 billion-dollar fortune he enjoys today. While he's been building his fashion empire and counting his ever-growing pile of cash, he also raised three children: Dylan, Andrew and David.
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Stefan Persson is one of the richest men in fashion, as the chairman and main shareholder for H&M. His father, Erling is the founder of the fast fashion retailer, and it looks like Stefan is doing a great job of keeping the company in the Persson name. His son, Karl-Johan is the CEO of H&M.
David Beckham retired from soccer only to become a fashion star in his own right, though it doesn't hurt that his once-popstar wife Victoria has a wildly successful high-end label. David himself boasts a bodywear line for men and boys at H&M and a design collaboration with Belstaff. And who could forget his own branded fragrance? All this, and he still finds time to attend his wife's fashion shows with his youngest, Harper, or catch a soccer game with his sons Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz.
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We'd say being at the helm of an iconic American brand is a petty big deal. Tommy Hilfiger's red, white and blue logo has become a classic, thanks in part to hip hop's embrace of the preppy label in the 90s, when it adopted a streetwise aesthetic. With a net worth of about $250 million, Hilfiger had no problem providing for his five children Ally, Richard, Sebastian, Elizabeth and Kathleen.
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