Fashion and Merchandising Forum
This event starts on October 16th at 6:00 PM.
Alex Orley is an award winning American designer and creative director. From 2012 to 2017 he was the designer and creative director of Orley, an eponymous ready-to-wear collection he launched in New York City. Under Alex’s creative guidance, Orley was nominated for numerous awards including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the LVMH Prize, the FGI Rising Star Award for
Womenswear and CFDA Award for Menswear, which he won in 2015. As Creative Director, Alex was responsible for developing all aspects of the brand identity as well as overseeing all seasonal concepts and product design. Alex has led creative collaborations and consulted for a wide array of brands including MAC Cosmetics, W Hotels, Greats Shoes and Jordache Jeans.
Currently Alex consults for brands in the fashion and retail space on brand strategy, creative direction, product development, commerce and content.
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, David Hart began designing clothing at a young age. At seventeen, he received the Fashion Group International Scholarship Award and moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received his BFA in fashion design, with a specialization in evening wear and tailoring.
Over the next seven years, while designing for Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren, Hart refined his skills. There, he honed his eye for sartorial craftsmanship, explored his interest in the history of American sportswear, and continued to cultivate his own distinct aesthetic.
In 2009, Hart launched his independent neckwear line, David Hart & Co., a collection of luxury ties, bow ties, and pocket scarves. Expanding his focus over the following years, he debuted his first full ready-to-wear collection of menswear in 2013 under the label David Hart.
Hart prides himself on creating confident yet approachable clothing for the modern gentleman. With every collection, Hart consistently lends a modern eye with a nostalgic twist. Each piece is infused with history and classic details that come to life in a fresh way.
Dedicated to supporting New York City’s disappearing Garment District and other small family-run textile mills, Hart produces all of his clothing and fabrics in the United States, Italy, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
In 2015, David was named a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, one of the Best New Menswear Designers in America by GQ Magazine, and nominated for The International Woolmark Prize in Menswear for the USA region.
Jessie Randall is the Creative Director of Loeffler Randall, overseeing the design of the company's collections. She has been married to business partner Brian Murphy since 2003. Randall grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their three children.
ABOUT LOEFFLER RANDALL
Loeffler Randall was born out of designer Jessie Randall's quest to find the shoes that she wanted to wear but could not find - shoes that possessed an understated elegance, were well made, and innately functional for real women. While conceptualizing the brand, Jessie cut up her wedding invitation, laying out her last name and middle name together inside of a shoe; thus the company name was born. Loeffler Randall (pronounced leff-ler) officially launched in the fall of 2005, and quickly became a favorite among fashion editors and celebrities alike.
Loeffler Randall’s mix of refined sophistication and downtown sensibility filled a niche in the shoe market as the brand was embraced both critically and commercially, and implicitly trusted by fans. The importance of quality, authenticity and attention to detail remains at the heart of Loeffler Randall’s core philosophy.
In June 2007, Randall was honored to win the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. Since then, the brand has partnered with Target, Suno, Tucker and GOOP. In 2009, Loeffler Randall proudly launched its e-commerce website and in 2012, launched handbags as a supplement to its much-coveted line of shoes. In 2015, Loeffler Randall debuted a capsule collection of outerwear and in 2017, Loeffler Randall won Brand of the Year at the 21st Annual ACE Awards. The brand is now sold in over 250 fine retailers worldwide, including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harvey Nichols, and Net-a-Porter.
Designer and CFDA member Lisa Salzer-Wiles founded Lulu Frost in 2004 while a senior at Dartmouth College, where she studied Art History and Studio Art. Upon graduation, Lisa moved established Lulu Frost in New York City. Fourteen years later, the jewelry brand continues to be known for its unique blend of vintage inspiration coupled seen through a contemporary lens.
The brand’s namesake derives from Lisa’s childhood nickname ‘Lulu’ paired with the last name of Lisa’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Rock Frost, who worked in the estate jewelry business for
decades. Lisa spent years learning from and absorbing her grandmother’s passion for antique jewelry, an education that shapes the foundation of the Lulu Frost brand to this day.
From reworked one-of-a-kind pieces incorporating vintage elements to the celebrated Plaza Series to Zodiac and CODE fine jewelry collections, Lulu Frost jewelry is replete with symbolic
meaning. Often worn to commemorate life’s most special moments, Lisa is honored to create meaningful jewelry for her clients, to be treasured for generations to come.
Lisa currently works and resides in Manhattan.
Louise Camuto is the former Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group. Camuto Group was formed in 2001 as a footwear design, development and distribution resource for retailers. Today, the company has over 5,400 points of distribution in more than 70 countries.
In 2005, the company launched the Vince Camuto collection, expanding from footwear into more than 40 categories, including accessories, apparel, fragrance, home, menswear and children's. In 2012, Louise et Cie®, a cultivated line of shoes, handbags and jewelry, debuted, and continues to experience rapid growth.
As Chief Creative Officer, Louise directed the creative vision and design for the Vince Camuto and Louise et Cie lifestyle brands as well as Camuto Group’s portfolio.
Nicolas Topiol began his career as a bond trader and a treasurer for the French subsidiary of the Standard Chartered Bank. Subsequent to obtaining his graduate Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the private equity and mergers and acquisition departments at Société Générale before joining the French offices of Apax Partners.
Nicolas Topiol moved to the United States in 1994 to pursue his private equity expertise in developing a commodities investment and trading holding Company with a fellow Wharton alumnus. In 1999, Nicolas Topiol
made a direct investment and subsequently operationally joined the founders of two watch and jewellery e-commerce businesses in their inception (Timezone.com and then Ashford.com, Diamond.com and
Worldofwatches.com) to lead the fund-raising and development of those Internet ventures organically and thru further acquisitions.
Nicolas Topiol joined with the Family office of the Falic Family in 2002, when he was retained to restructure one of the family controlled portfolio company. The relationship expanded to the establishment of subsidiary duty free retail and distribution operations in Central and South America, the acquisition from LVMH of Hard Candy and Urban Decay Cosmetics and the subsequent restructuring and development of those companies. Urban Decay was sold to Castanea Partners in March 2009 and is now owned by L’Oreal.
In early 2005, Nicolas Topiol negotiated the purchase of the House of Christian Lacroix from LVMH and became its President. Under his leadership, the House of Christian Lacroix established stand alone back-office, sales, IT, warehousing and logistical infrastructures previously integrated within an LVMH subsidiary. A complete brand and product repositioning strategy was initiated to position the Company as a pure play luxury brand close to its Haute Couture roots. In May of 2009, as a result of the worldwide financial crisis, the Company was forced to seek protection under the French Commerce court. Nicolas Topiol took the leadership in driving this process which was successfully managed with an exit preserving ownership and with a restructured organization, refinanced debts and setting the basis for the redevelopment of the Company under a newly designed business model focusing on managing the “Christian Lacroix” brand through licensing contracts and partnerships. The Brand is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and has now expanded into multiple product categories worldwide.
Throughout his career, Nicolas Topiol has developed international expertise in various industries, as well as in acquisitions and direct investments in private companies and has further complemented this expertise with hands-on operational work in the United States and Europe and worldwide business development.
Nicolas Topiol is a member of the Alumni Executive Board of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Taylor Rettig is the CEO of Draper James, a Southern-inspired lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its Founder and Creative Director, Reese Witherspoon. In addition, he is a Consulting Partner at JH Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that invests growth capital in consumer and retail companies. Prior to Draper James, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Alex and Ani where he utilized his skills in general management, channel expansion, corporate finance and product development. Before joining Alex and Ani, he spent more than a decade as an investor with JH Partners and began his career as an investment banker in New York City. He has led investments in variety of brands including Alex and Ani, J. McLaughlin, FIGS, Image Entertainment/RLJ Entertainment and GREATS, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and attended high school at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.
Todd Kahn is the President, Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary, and Interim General Counsel at Tapestry Inc., where he is responsible for the strategic oversight of Tapestry’s IT, Supply Chain, Global Environments, Procurement, Legal, and Distribution. Todd joined Coach Inc. in January 2008 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Coach Foundation, Delivering Good, Step Up, and the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
Prior to joining Tapestry Inc., Todd served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Calypso Christian Celle from July to September 2007. He was also the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sean John, a private lifestyle apparel company from January 2004 until July 2007. From August 2001 until December 2003, Todd was President and Chief Operating Officer of Accessory Network, a private accessory company. He also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Salant Corporation, a public apparel company, which he joined in 1993 as Vice President and General Counsel. Before joining Salant Corporation, Todd was a corporate attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in New York from 1988 until 1993. Todd received a B.S. magna cum laude from Touro College in 1985 and a J.D. cum laude from Boston University Law School in 1988.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals with current industry leaders to help them become the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Our signature roundtable format was specifically designed to foster organic discussions about the future of fashion and merchandising, develop new long-term professional relationships, and allow our members to explore potential partnerships and professional opportunities. Join us for gourmet bites, signature cocktails and strategic networking as we convene with New York's top designers.
6:00 - 6:45 PM | Dinner & Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 8:15 PM | Roundtable Break-Out Sessions
8:15 - 9:00 PM | Post-Session Networking, Cocktails & Dessert
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