Q and A with Andrea Bernholtz, Ronan Andrea.jpg

This week we have a Q & A with the very glamorous Andrea Bernholtz, Founder (along with Michael Ball) of Rock & Republic and now the new denim and sportswear brand Ronan.

1) It’s a new decade and you are starting a new brand, can you explain what you hope to achieve with Ronan.
We have created a collection for the individual who is a style leader and plays by his or her own rules. The collection is fresh, clean and innovative. It is both wearable and versatile with amazing fits and washes for a wide range of customers, while also filling a void in the market for attainably priced, trend-forward denim.

2) Rock & Republic was (and is) one of the most well know denim brands in the world. Many people will want to know – are you and Michael still involved and if so in what capacity.
We are still tying up a few loose ends and finishing out the season, but as of this summer VF will take over Rock & Republic and our focus will be fully on RONAN. We are so excited about this launch and ready to take everything we’ve learned from R&R to make RONAN a success.

3) You and Michael were some of the most high-profile founders. Can we expect to see you front and center with Ronan or will you be more behind the scenes this time?
We truly believe in RONAN and are so excited to be involved in every aspect of the brand.

4) For me R&R was an unashamedly big, loud, sexy, glamorous brand, will Ronan be the same or are you aiming for something different this time.
The world is a different place. We are aiming for a sexiness that is less aggressive. This is a new line with a broader, fresher, perspective for a new feel and a new look.

5) What did you learn from your experiences at R&R (specifically during the recent difficult economic climate) that you will be applying with Ronan.
I learned how to create a prestigious product while maintaining the sweet spot for retail world.

6) What should we look out for in your first collection?
This collection has a wide range of versatile styles and washes with details that make each piece really stand out in the market. We are working with new materials and washes to give the customer a wide variety of quality pieces that are both stylish and comfortable; from basic to fashion pieces, and most importantly under $200.

7) Can you explain where the name Ronan comes from?
The name stems from the Japanese word “ronin”, which describes a fearless, masterless samurai, tying in well with the brand aesthetic that reaches the individual who isn’t afraid to be a fashion leader and show his or her own style.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I cant believe that these two have not gone in hiding after the mess they created in the denim industry! They ripped off $60Million in debts, laid off 85 people, got sued by more than a dozen companies, and treated everyone like hell around them, but at the end, they took all that money for themselves, why would anyone in their right mind want to invest in their new line and/or write a review for them, maybe the author should of done her diligence before posting crap like this

  2. I cant believe that these two have not gone in hiding after the mess they created in the denim industry! They ripped off $60Million in debts, laid off 85 people, got sued by more than a dozen companies, and treated everyone like hell around them, but at the end, they took all that money for themselves, why would anyone in their right mind want to invest in their new line and/or write a review for them, maybe the author should of done her diligence before posting crap like this

  3. I always liked Rock & Republic and the style they had with both the Men’s and the women’s jeans. the name and logos were all cool, I just hope this time around that Micheal Ball can keep his hands off all the women that work for the company, and stop taking all the money from the company and buying Ferrari’s,Lamborghini’s and shit like that. hey mike go to work then go home………….STOP all the partying crap and stick to Business ok??????

  4. I always liked Rock & Republic and the style they had with both the Men's and the women's jeans. the name and logos were all cool, I just hope this time around that Micheal Ball can keep his hands off all the women that work for the company, and stop taking all the money from the company and buying Ferrari's,Lamborghini's and shit like that. hey mike go to work then go home………….STOP all the partying crap and stick to Business ok??????

  5. They are liars They are thieves. They screwed EVERYBODY out of millions from Victoria Beckham to the website designer. She even screwed over her own partner. Got him to invest in the company when Andrea & Mchal Ball were tapped out, got him to buy her a fancy house then screwed the guy over. Interesting that when her Britsh husband left everything went to hell at R&R.

    Gross people!

  6. They are liars They are thieves. They screwed EVERYBODY out of millions from Victoria Beckham to the website designer. She even screwed over her own partner. Got him to invest in the company when Andrea & Mchal Ball were tapped out, got him to buy her a fancy house then screwed the guy over. Interesting that when her Britsh husband left everything went to hell at R&R.

    Gross people!

  7. I know I am late to the party commenting on this article. But really????? Do we need to have these two people in denim? The up-side the Shoppers of Kohls will have another brand to look out for next year. 

  8. I know I am late to the party commenting on this article. But really????? Do we need to have these two people in denim? The up-side the Shoppers of Kohls will have another brand to look out for next year.

  9. Wow, didn’t know Andrea’s British husband left her.  Her husband was an amazing guy with a big heart and very talented too. 

  10. Wow, didn't know Andrea's British husband left her.  Her husband was an amazing guy with a big heart and very talented too. 

  11. Wow, didn't know Andrea's British husband left her.  Her husband was an amazing guy with a big heart and very talented too. 

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