Best of Boston

2016 Best Game Changers

Ben Fischman and Maria Gangemi, M.Gemi

After striking gold with Lids and Rue La La, Ben Fischman’s latest business endeavor feels like his most authentic and personal yet. The Boston entrepreneur launched the e-commerce footwear boutique M.Gemi with chief merchant Maria Gangemi. The idea? Commission craftsmen and family-owned Italian factories to make luxury shoes by hand, then sell directly to the customer, cutting out markups from mass retailers.