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Cynthia Rowley

Though her name is synonymous with fashion design, her work now ranges from developing office supplies to supporting new entrepreneurs

LOOKING AHEAD In recent years, Cynthia Rowley has branched out to product design and startup investing. “I’m most proud of being just a tiny bit ahead of the curve on things,” she says.

How did you decide to design office supplies for Staples?

A lot of my friends work from home. I asked Staples what their top-selling items were, and they said boxes of copy paper. If you’re working from

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