Imran Amed

GQ Order of the British Empire ISBN (identifier)
Imran Amed

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupationentrepreneur, editor, lecturer, consultant, professional speaker
Known forFounding The Business of Fashion website
AwardsMBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), CFDA Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard

Imran Amed MBE is a Canadian-British fashion expert and founder and editor-in-chief of The Business of Fashion.[1] He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to fashion.[2][3]


Amed was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is of Indian descent. Amed attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and after graduation worked as a management consultant. In 2000, he enrolled at Harvard Business School to complete an MBA. Upon graduation in 2002, he moved to London to work for McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. He left McKinsey in 2006 to explore his interest in the fashion industry.

Editorial work

An industry outsider, Amed started writing a blog, "The Business of Fashion",[4] about the fashion business in January 2007 from his sofa at home in London in the evenings, while consulting for fashion brands and emerging designers during the day. Prior to that, Amed had set up a company providing capital to designers, which lasted for a year.[5]

New in the fashion world was his idea to keep readers up to date with an e-mail newsletter.[6] In 2018, his daily newsletter had nearly 500,000 subscribers.[7]

Amed has conducted interviews with some of the fashion world's biggest names, including Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Giorgio Armani, Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Franca Sozzani, Natalie Massenet, Nick Knight, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jefferson Hack.[8] He has also interviewed the CEOs of global fashion businesses including Kering, Chanel, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Nike, Benetton, Lacoste, and Marc Jacobs.[9]

Until 2013 Amed was main contributor to "The Business of Fashion" (BoF). Between 2013 and 2018 BoFs annual sales increased by more than 50 percent each year. BoF employs nearly 80 people in offices in London, New York and Shanghai.[10][11]

Awards and honors

In 2011, Amed was named one of the 100 most influential men in Britain by British GQ and one of the 50 most influential Global Indians by Indian GQ.

In 2012, he was featured on the Wired100 list of the most influential figures in Britain's digital economy and was ranked number one on Indian GQ's list of the 10 best-dressed Global Indians.

In 2015, he was named Honorary Professor of Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.

In 2016, at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, Amed was awarded the Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard.[12]


In 2011, Amed launched a bag design collaboration with British leather goods designer Bill Amberg.[13]



  1. ^ "Imran Amed Bio". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). December 31, 2016. p. N15.
  3. ^ "New Years Honours List 2017" (PDF). HM Government of the United Kingdom. December 31, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Verner, Amy (May 19, 2012). "Minding the Business of Fashion". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Business of Fashion boss: 'People on the inside don't see how exciting it is'". The Guardian. February 21, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Subscribe to read | Financial Times". Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  7. ^ Lewis, Tim (2018-09-09). "Imran Amed: meet fashion's most influential man". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  8. ^ Milligan, Lauren. "Fashion Pioneer". Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  9. ^ "CEO Talk Interviews". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  10. ^ Mohammed, Sagal (2018-11-04). "Is Imran Amed the most powerful man in fashion?". YOU Magazine. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  11. ^ Lewis, Tim (2018-09-09). "Imran Amed: meet fashion's most influential man". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  12. ^ "How Imran Amed became Canada's stealth player in global fashion". The Star. June 8, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Menkes, Suzy (February 17, 2011). "Cast your vote for Lam". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2012.