Entrepreneurs to Watch This Fashion Week

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Space Man: Mazdack Rassi

Originally from Iran, Mazdack Rassi made a splash among New York City's fashion establishment by convincing the owner of a cavernous space in the meatpacking district to let him open and run a photo studio in the building. Celebrity photographer Herb Ritts was the first to shoot there; the space, Milk, was soon hosting thousands of shoots a year. So in 2009, when Rassi started holding runway shows, his venue became a welcome alternative to the (expensive, traditional) tents at Lincoln Center. This year Milk will host designers Michael Bastian, Sophie Theallet, and Mandy Coon, among others.