Recognizing the growing value of independent designers and boutiques, Philippe started Refinery29 in 2005 alongside co-founder Justin Stefano. Their goal was to provide editorials and shopping guides to readers who sought a more organized assortment of fashion and retail information from any given city. With Creative Director Piera Gelardi, Refinery29 has become one of the most renowned and visited fashion sites with a strong and forward aesthetic.
A five time nominee of the Webby Awards, Refinery29 has made its mark on the online fashion world. In addition to supplying the world with current fashion trends, R29 SHOPS was recently launched to give Refinery29 an important aspect of 21st century Internet: e-commerce. This allows readers to access to members-only steals, new discoveries and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from some of the most renowned young brands, such as Steven Alan, Rag & Bone, and Rebecca Minkoff.