Rose Apodaca is a writer, text and exhibition editor, consultant and half of A+R, the source for modern design from around the world.
Rose and partner Andy Griffith founded A+R, the design retail lab and leading launchpad for modern designers to the North American market throughaplusrstore.com and a shopfront on Abbot Kinney in the seaside L.A. town of Venice. Before A+R opened in late 2005, Rose helmed the West Coast bureau of fashion-industry bible Women’s Wear Daily and was a contributor to W magazine for six years. She continues showcasing rising and undiscovered talent from around the world, and served as curator for the fashion category at the 2010 California Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Her features have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Style.com and Paper, and she spearheaded the launch of Image, the Los Angeles Times style section. Her first book, Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty & Everything Glamour, hit the New York Times bestseller list in September 2008 and continues selling well worldwide, appearing in several translations including Korean and Russian. Late 2011 saw the roll out of her seven-pound coffeetable biography on Fred Hayman, co-founder of Giorgio Beverly Hills and marketing architect of Rodeo Drive, which also serves as an exhaustive history of L.A. and Hollywood style, the evolution of the perfume and beauty industries and the retail business. She is currently writing a DIY beauty book with neo-burlesque queen and style icon, Dita Von Teese set for a late 2012 release.
Rose and Andy live happily with their daughter Nina somewhere on a hill in the L.A. enclave of Silver Lake.