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| FGI Atlanta presents CEO/Founder Patrick Herning of 11 Honoré

5:18 PMCapitol de Beaute Blog by Melanie Woodroffe

About Patrick Herning :
How a Tech Entrepreneur pioneered change in the fashion industry. 

Patrick Herning takes a truly modern and thoughtful approach to brand marketing and influencer engagement. From a robust, multi-level project to an intimate activation, Patrick immerses himself in a brand, becoming an organic extension of each client and their internal team. His impressive background spans from business development during the initial tech boom of Silicon Valley to fashion, lifestyle and philanthropic clients, projects and major marketing initiatives throughout the country.  

From 1996 to 2006, Patrick was one of the first 50 employees at Cybersource in Silicon Valley responsible for business development for their partner channels. After the company he helped build and grow IPO’d, he held two other business development positions at leading technology companies in Silicon Valley, ultimately culminating in VeriSign’s acquisition to PayPal. From there he relocated to Los Angeles where he formed Fathom Event Strategy, a marketing and communications agency.  

After building a successful boutique brand, global communications agency HL Group acquired Fathom. Now, after heading up business development efforts on the West Coast at HL Group for over 5 years, Patrick combined his vast experience, talent for business development and extensive client and influencer relationships to form PMH partners. 

In his influencer marketing and engagement practice, Patrick considers his clients, vendors and colleagues to all be true partners. He remains close to the work, understands the cultural nuances of each opportunity and undoubtedly leaves his mark on every project with which he is involved. 


Why Fashion Designers Are Finally Starting to Stitch Up High-End Apparel for Plus-Size Women

November 11, 2019 6:30 PM EST

11 Honoré x Diane von Furstenberg: Launch Event
At the launch party for DVF's extended range of sizes. From left: Patrick Herning, Diane von Furstenberg, Katie Sturino. COURTESY OF 11 HONORE
It took cult fashion blog Man Repeller profiling Katie Sturino, founder of Megababe beauty products, for the body-positivity influencer to finally see that when it came to finding clothes that fit, her size was not the problem—the fashion industry was the problem.
“I was reading the comments on it and women were saying how nice it was to see someone with their body shape represented,” said Sturino, who uses social media to encourage women to wear what they like and to call out fashion companies that offer a limited range of sizes.
Sturino's Instagram has 389,000 followers, and she runs recurring features like #supersizethelook, which shows a celebrity fashion look and the look recreated in a larger size, and #makemysize, which shows selfies of the influencer trying on too-small clothing in retail dressing rooms.
Historically speaking, luxury fashion has always been about exclusivity, say analysts like Marie Driscoll, managing director, luxury and fashion at Coresight Research, a global research and advisory firm.
“Luxury has had to incorporate inclusivity into their DNA and part of the way they’re doing that is through plus-size apparel,” said Driscoll.
Companies that don't pay attention are missing out.
The U.S. women’s plus-size clothing market will be worth $30.7 billion in 2019, growing around 4% to reach approximately $31.9 billion in 2020, and increasing by 3% to hit $36.3 billion by 2025, according to Coresight Research.
Even though the average size of U.S. women is 14 and above, luxury fashion apparel remains the market most resistant to plus-size fashion, making up just .6 % of luxury clothing sold online compared to plus-size mass-market fashion at 11%, according to Edited Retail Data. The firm defines plus-size as any size 14 and above.

DVF-Plus Size
Diane von Furstenburg's iconic wrap dress is now available in plus sizes. COURTESY OF 11 HONORE
“There has been a huge push for inclusivity in all areas of retail, whether it's dress sizes in apparel or skin tones in lingerie and beauty,” said Kayla Marci, market analyst at Edited. “Apparel is integral to day-to-day life and all consumers want to feel included. Demand for size-inclusivity has ramped up in recent years and it's only going to continue to grow.”
Diane von Furstenberg, maker of the iconic wrap dress, was the first brand Sturino called out on #makemysize. The designer listened. On Nov. 5, DVF celebrated the launch of her extended-sizes collection with retailer 11 Honoré and Sturino co-hosting the event.
"If an icon like Diane has welcomed more women into her brand, other designers will follow," Sturino wrote on Instagram about the DVF launch.
And DVF isn't the only luxury brand that stepped up its attention to plus-size consumers. This year, Italian luxury house Dolce & Gabbana announced it would extend its sizing, joining the growing company of fashion designers offering size-inclusive fashion like Tanya Taylor, Carolina HerreraVeronica Beard, Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, and Adam Lippes.

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