Max Azria

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Max Azria
Max Azria at the Spring 2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.jpg
Max Azria at the Spring 2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Born (1949-01-01) January 1, 1949 (age 68)
Sfax, Tunisia
Nationality Tunisian
Occupation Fashion designer
Spouse(s) Lubov Azria
Hervé Léger by Max Azria
Max Azria
Miley Cyrus & Max Azria

Max Azria (Arabic: ماكس عزرية) (born January 1, 1949) is a Tunisian fashion designer who founded the contemporary women's clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO of the BCBG Max Azria Group,[1] a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands.[2] He is based in Los Angeles.

Early life[edit]

Max Azria was born in Sfax, Tunisia[3] as the youngest of six children to a Tunisian Jewish family. As a child, Max was educated in southeastern France before his family relocated to Paris, France in 1963. His brother is Serge Azria,[4] founder of the women’s clothing lines Joie, Current/Elliott and Equipment.[5]


After 11 years of designing a line of women's apparel in Paris, Azria moved to Los Angeles, California in 1981[3] and launched Jess, a series of new-concept retail boutiques for women's apparel.

BCBG Max Azria[edit]

In 1989, Azria launched BCBG Max Azria,[1] named for the French phrase "bon chic, bon genre," a Parisian slang meaning "good style, good attitude".[1] Azria was credited for offering designer fashion at affordable price points and, as a result, was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1998.[6] The BCBG Max Azria Runway collection was first presented at New York Fashion Week in 1996.[7]

Azria also maintains two eponymous designer collections, Max Azria Atelier and Max Azria. Launched in February 2004, Max Azria Atelier[1] is a collection of couture gowns created for celebrity clients and red-carpet events. Sharon Stone,[8] Halle Berry,[9] Fergie[10] and Alicia Keys[10] have worn the label on the red carpet. In February 2006, Azria debuted Max Azria, a ready-to-wear collection with a directional aesthetic, on the runway at New York Fashion Week.[11] During the 2009 awards season, Angelina Jolie wore Max Azria to the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards[12] and the 2009 Critics Choice Awards.[13] The company bought out the bankrupt G+G Retail, which operated the G+G and Rave brands, in 2006.[14]

Azria acquired the Hervé Léger fashion house in 1998,[6] marking the first time in history that an American designer had acquired a French couturier.[15] In early 2007, Azria relaunched the Hervé Léger label with his own designs, which were quickly embraced by celebrities and trendsetters worldwide.[6]

In Fall 2008, Max Azria presented BCBG Max Azria Runway, Max Azria and Hervé Léger by Max Azria at New York Fashion Week, marking the first time an American designer produced three major fashion shows during one New York Fashion Week.[16]

Azria launched a young contemporary collection called BCBGeneration in 2008.[17] In June 2009, Azria teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create a line for Walmart called Miley Cyrus & Max Azria.[2] Azria also designed clothing for Cyrus' 2009 American tour.

Clean Concepts LLC and ZappLight[edit]

On May 31, 2017, ZappLight announced that Max Azria joins Zapplight and its parent co Clean Concept LLC as CEO and partner. [18] “Though fashion and technology are inherently different, they increasingly intersect as both are centered on pushing the boundaries of great design and in inspiring and delighting consumers. I am thrilled to be part of this new and exciting venture to grow ZappLight into a global brand, adopted in homes everywhere to prevent virus-carrying insects,” Max Azria said in a statement.[19]

Entrepreneurial at heart, it was only natural for the 68 year old to dive into a startup rather than retire.[20] ZappLight is a “2-in-1” LED light bulb and bug zapper. [21] ZappLight is disrupting the bug zapper industry that has been around since the 80’s.[20] The ZappLight’s new spin is combining an LED light that attracts bugs and mosquitoes and functions as an actual light bulb, along with the zapping technology of old.[20] The ZappLight is a bulb and not an entire fixture, meaning that homeowners can install them in any of their open bulb light fixtures outside.[20]

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Max Azria's Collection.


BCBG Max Azria Group is a global fashion house with a portfolio including more than 20 brands.[2] Max Azria is the CEO, chairman and head designer alongside his wife, Lubov Azria, who acts as chief creative officer.[1]

As of 2006, there are over 550 BCBG Max Azria boutiques worldwide, including locations in London, Paris, Tokyo, Santiago and Hong Kong.[1] Azria’s collections are also sold in specialty stores and major department stores across the globe, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, Macy’s, Dillard's, the UK’s Harvey Nichols, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford, Taiwan’s Mitsukoshi and Singapore’s Takashimaya stores.[1]

BCBG Max Azria Group campaigns regularly feature notable models, including Eva Herzigova,[22] Karen Elson[23] and Jessica Stam.[24] The company frequently works with internationally renowned photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier,[22] Paolo Roversi and David Sims.[25] BCBG Max Azria Group clothing are frequently featured in major fashion publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Vanity Fair,[26] and in online sites such as and iFashion Network.

Awards and honors[edit]

Azria has received many awards throughout his career, including the California Designer of the Year (1995), Atlanta Designer of the Year (1996), The Fashion Performance Award (1997), The Otis Fashion Achievement Award (2000), Hollywood Life’s Breakthrough Award (2004) and The Dallas Fashion Award (2005). Azria also received the Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award at the 2007 L.A. Fashion Awards[27] and the 2008 Fashion Excellence Award at the 33rd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards.[28] He received the latter in recognition of the successful relaunch of his Hervé Léger brand.

Personal life[edit]

Azria has been married twice. He is divorced from his first wife with whom he had three children: Michael John Azria (born 1974), Joyce Azria Nassir (born 1981), and Marine Azria (born 1984).[29] Azria remarried to Ukrainian-born Lubov Azria, chief creative officer for BCBG Max Azria Group.[30] They have three children together: Chloe (born 1993), Anais (born 1996), and Agnes (born 1997).[29] His daughter, Joyce Azria, was named creative director of BCBGeneration in 2009.[31] He and his family reside in a house designed by Paul Williams in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California.[32][33] It was formerly owned by Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007).[33]


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  2. ^ a b c Edelson, Sharon (June 3, 2009). "Miley Cyrus, Max Azria Sign Deal To Launch Line", Women's Wear Daily, 12.
  3. ^ a b Mustafa, Nadia (Fall 2006). "Bon Business", Time Style & Design, 82.
  4. ^ Elle Magazine: "Sole Mate - Florence Azria's Louboutin and Manolo addictions benefit charity" July 31, 2008
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Clothier Serge Azria expands operations at Vernon headquarters" By Roger Vincent March 21, 2014
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  9. ^ Souter, Ericka & Dowd, Kathy Ehrich (September 4, 2006). "Red Carpet Ready", People, 119.
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  18. ^ "BRIEF-ZappLight says Max Azria joins Zapplight and its parent co Clean Concept LLC as CEO and partner". Reuters. Wed May 31 13:38:32 UTC 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-05.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  19. ^ WWD, Kari Hamanaka | (2017-05-31). "Max Azria, BCBG Max Azria Group founder, named chief executive, partner of L.A. tech start-up". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Max Azria Joins Bug Zapper Of The Future Startup As CEO". Nibletz. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  21. ^ "BCBG founder Max Azria ditches fashion for bug-zapping startup ZappLight". Retail Dive. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
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  28. ^ Haber, Holly (October 31, 2008). "Azria Honored at Dallas Fashion Awards", Women's Wear Daily, 11.
  29. ^ a b People Magazine: "The Max Factor" by Julie K.L. Dam and Samantha Miller November 22, 1999
  30. ^ Zelevansky, Nora (August 2007). "Lubov Azria; On Schedule", C Magazine,30.
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  32. ^ Heyman, Marshall.:[12], Retrieved on 2010-07-27
  33. ^ a b Christina Binkley, Max Azria Faces Losing Control, The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2013

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