Fashion and Merchandising Forum
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.
Claudia Cividino was appointed CEO of the Americas for Bally in February 2015, where she oversees all business functions for the U.S., Canada, and South America, and sits on the executive committee of the brand. She has held senior executive roles at PRADA SpA, Coach, and Yves Saint Laurent. Raised in both Italy and the U.S., Claudia received her an International MBA from IE, Instituto de Empressa in Madrid.
Of the many initiatives Claudia has implemented within Bally, she is most proud of her charitable work. In partnership with Frédéric de Narp, Global CEO for Bally, Claudia has developed a corporate philanthropic program, Bally Crafting Futures, which supports organizations that address the issues facing children and youth in need, from preschool through high school to vocational training and employment. Bally Crafting Futures’ mission is to help ensure that future generations have the opportunity to develop into healthy, successful and engaged global citizens.
In addition to being dedicated to the advancement of talent and professionalism within the Fashion industry, through the development of her teams, Claudia is deeply involved in the mentorship of female leaders and has created the Executive Women in Fashion Council at FIT, where she engaged conversations and workshops between executive leaders in fashion and related industries and rising industry professionals.
Claudia received the Creative Leadership Award by the Otis College of Art and Design. Otis provides students with the education and professional training to foster generations of young artists.
The Lupus Research Alliance awarded Claudia, Woman of Achievement Award, recognizing her distinguished career in fashion and her long-time commitment to the lupus cause. Lupus Research Alliance is the largest private funder of lupus research, dedicated to driving a difference for those living with the disease, which is a cause very near to Claudia.
She has spoken at various national symposiums and conferences.
Claudia currently resides in Westchester New York with her husband of over 20 years. In addition to being an avid practitioner of mindfulness meditation, her other hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, and cross country travel.
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.
Sarah Adelson is the co-founder and CEO of women’s designer ready-to-wear collection Sally LaPointe, based in New York City. Sarah, with a degree in Apparel Design, and LaPointe founded the brand in 2010 after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. In the eight years since it’s launch, the brand has acquired a loyal celebrity following including Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, Michelle Obama, Emily Blunt, Diane Kruger, Kristen Stewart, Olivia Culpo, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid. It has been featured in numerous fashion publications internationally and is sold in numerous luxury retailers online and around the globe.
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.
Charles Klein is the head of the fashion law practice at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, a fifty lawyer, midtown Manhattan business law firm, and a partner of the firm. Earlier in his career, Charles was a litigation associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a major Wall Street law firm and general counsel of the iconic Sergio Valente jeans company. Charles’s practice has, for more than 30 years, focused on the fashion, jewelry, accessories and home industries. His clients have included leading Seventh Avenue designers, one of America’s leading national luxury department store retailers, major urban clothing brands, as well as start-ups. Charles handles a wide variety of matters for his clients, including company formation, registering trademarks in the U.S. and throughout the world, handling U.S. and international license and distribution agreements, agreements with investors, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, store and office leases, and litigations.
Karen is CEO and Co-founder of Trendalytics, a product intelligence platform that boosts a retailer's competitive edge.
Karen has over 15 years of experience in consumer brands, retail and technology. At Goode Partners, she executed the firm’s investment in SkullCandy (NASDAQ: SKUL) and worked on the turnaround of a luxury specialty retailer. Previously she worked in Gap Inc.’s Corporate Strategy group, where she assessed acquisition opportunities and new retail concept opportunities. Karen started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs & Co. where she executed over $1 billion in technology and media transactions. Karen is a venture partner at Grace Beauty Capital.
Karen has spoken on commerce innovation at NRF, Shoptalk and Strata and has appeared on the Wall Street Journal, WWD, Forbes and the Sourcing Journal. Karen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from UCLA. Her research at Harvard included studies in multi-channel retailing, luxury diffusion brands and supply chain innovation for emerging brands.
A true entrepreneur of the computer age, Sam quit formal schooling (in computer science and mathematics) to pursue his vision. In 1985, observing long lines at the local Benetton store, he demonstrated the need for a computerized system for the franchisee. Unable to find one that met the retailer’s expectations, he created his own. From his vision for an affordable, PC-based solution for specialty retailers, Sam went on to develop the single-platform, feature-rich technology that is today’s leading enterprise-class, cloud-based system for the retail industry. Sam takes his clients’ success personally. He is a hands-on leader with an obsession for excellence, who guides every aspect of KWI. Married, with four children, he is a deeply committed family man and is active in charitable foundations.
Stuart leads the Consumer Products Group Practice. His clients include businesses engaged in apparel and footwear, accessories, home furnishings, health and beauty products, and other categories within retail, wholesale and distribution.
Stuart has more than 25 years of experience delivering accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services to companies. His expertise includes budgeting and forecasting, operations assessment, internal controls, benchmarking, and product and customer profitability. He also performs royalty and contract compliance examinations and consults on licensing arrangements and preservation of brand image and integrity.
Stuart graduated from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Trevor Sumner is the CEO of Perch, the leader in interactive Physical + Digital retail displays that can detect when customers approach, touch or pick up products and then respond with digital experiences that consistently drive 30-80% sales lift. Leading retailers and brands like Estee Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade New York, MAC, Fossil and Sunglass Hut rely on PERCH’s patented combination of 3D sensing technology, campaign management tools and device management to create magical in-store experiences that surprise and delight their customers. Perch has won numerous Clio, Digi Edison and retail design awards and was named one of the 15 tech companies to watch in 2018 by Forbes.
Trevor has been an investor, adviser and operator for cutting-edge technology companies for 15+ years with multiple successful exits and is a regular contributor to business and technology publications such as Inc, Forbes, TechCrunch and Mashable.
Trevor was previously the President, CMO and Co-Founder of LocalVox, a SaaS-based marketing technology platform that helps businesses with local presences drive online customers to in-store sales via social media, search engines, websites, email, directories and mobile -- all at the touch of a button. LocalVox has been named a top social media platform, top SEO tool, Best Manhattan Software Company and hottest NY Startup by organizations such as WIRED, Good Day New York, Business Insider, Social Media Today and Huffington Post. LocalVox has acquired several companies and had a successful exit in 2014, being acquired by a wholly owned subsidiary of the Blackstone Group.
Trevor is a native New Yorker, an avid fisherman (he caught a 600 lb Black Marlin), an amateur chef and an adventure scuba diver who has dived on every continent including Antarctica.
Anna is Co-Founder + Chief Brand Officer, Snap+Style Business, an engagement platform for brands and retailers to communicate with their customers in a personal, visually curated and truly-ominchannel way. The platform digitizes the in-store conversation consumers have store associates, now allowing for the conversation to continue via email or SMS. Anna oversees all aspects of the business including product design, business development, partnerships, brand awareness, recruitment and board communication.
Prior to Snap+Style Business, Anna ran point on Corporate Sponsorships and Events on behalf of ObjectVideo and Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s affiliated non-profit organizations. She focused on fundraising and sponsorship integrations, wearing dozens of hats across many channels. One of her greatest achievements in this role was reaching a D.C. record breaking non-profit total of $4.8 million raised in a single event.
Anna graduated from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville with a Bachelors Degree in Communications, and completed graduate course work at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology and General Assembly.
As her experience and education attest, Anna is driven and happiest when she finds herself busy in a way that would overwhelm most. She is now focused on building Snap+Style Business’ total customer experience: overseeing all communication efforts, stylist recruitment, as well as brand/consumer engagement. She loves spending time with family, friends, her chocolate lab, Dakota, traveling, reading and sailing.
Cullen is founder and “Chief of Good Thoughts” for DoneGood, the online platform where you can find thousands of products from hundreds of ethical and sustainable brands. A native Michigander and recovering politico (formerly serving as a senior communications advisor to members of Congress and in the Obama Administration), Cullen started DoneGood because he believes the world’s most powerful force for change is the dollars we all spend. That, and so he could avoid wearing suits every day. Cullen was a philosophy major and lives by the teachings of Camus, de Beauvoir and the Dude. When he retires he plans to "move to the jungle to write books.”
Dana Gibber is the Co-Founder and COO of Headliner Labs, the leading technology platform in chat marketing, enabling hundreds of retail brands to market to their customers via chat channels. Platform partners like Saks Fifth Avenue, Cole Haan, Sally Beauty and Kenneth Cole use Headliner to power AI-infused smart messages to their customers through channels like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Dana also writes a regular column on digital marketing for retail for Women’s Wear Daily. Dana worked as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. Dana received a J.D. from Yale Law School, and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Jordanna is CEO and Co-Founder of AMIDAH. AMIDAH is a brand of multifunctional handbags, inspired by minimalism, women, and English culture. The brand is a fully patented handbag that converts into a waistbag (fanny-pack), shoulder bag, and backpack. Founded in 2016 by British mother & daughter designers Lisa and Jordanna Cantor, AMIDAH sprang from the mother-daughter’s shared love for freedom, effortless beauty, and versatility. AMIDAH holds great pride in being a fully vegan brand. AMIDAH launched their website: www.amidah.us in August 2018.
Jordanna was born and raised in Manchester, England, and moved to Miami Beach, FL, at the age of 15. She eventually moved to New York City to further expand her born passion for design, and fashion. Jordanna grew up around a long generational line in manufacturing, design, and importing, and has always had an eye, as well as, gut instinct toward what will sell across specific markets.
From traveling around the world at a young age, the idea of self expression through creativity struck a chord, as she realized that creativity was the crux of all cultures, and ways of life, and that ultimately creativity is the science behind happiness.
In her senior year of college, Jordanna took a few week long sourcing trip to China (encouraged by her teachers) to kickstart her career. Following her graduation and receiving her degree in Textile Science and Fashion Merchandising, Jordanna pursued her career in manufacturing, designing/sourcing of home decor items for her family business. Working closely with retail buyers, frequenting trips to China and India for design and sourcing. Jordanna decided to combine both her life experience and learned knowledge to create AMIDAH.
Katie Smith is Retail Analysis and Insights Director at EDITED, the retail technology company whose software is used by brands and retailers around the globe to direct buying, inform merchandising and drive promotions. An advocate for analytics, her recent research includes denim retail, shifting activewear trends, new luxury and the impact of Gen Z consumers.
Kevwe was born in London to Nigerian parents and grew up in Allen, Texas. She started her career at Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst in the Tech, Media and Telecom group in New York City. At Credit Suisse, she devoted most of her time to analyzing the business models of a variety of technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 media conglomerates to high-growth technology companies.
Kevwe is passionate about the increasing amalgamation of fashion and technology. This led her to develop the idea for Koviem, an online atelier with the vision of introducing a feminine experience to custom suiting. She saw the rising number of women in management positions coupled with the lack of tailors that specialize in creating women’s suits and decided to address the need. Koviem’s philosophy is simple: utilize technology to curate beautiful pieces for the modern woman.
Kevwe holds a degree in Finance from The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. She also studied fashion and brand management at the Università Bocconi in Milan.
Lynn Husum is the Co–Founder of beloved kids clothing line Appaman, based in New York City. Kids fashion was not her original career path. Lynn started her professional life as a Nurse Practitioner after getting her Master’s in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. While working with the Mayan Indians in the jungles of Guatemala she met her husband, Harald. Five years later with no real fashion background the two launched Appaman with an idea and $5,000.
In 2003 Lynn and Harald Husum were people watching in Brooklyn when they were inspired to design a line of fun, irreverent t-shirts for kids. In their tiny apartment they designed, dyed and screen printed their first line of pop-culture and street art influenced tees. The line was named Appaman after Harald’s childhood companion, a cheeky (corduroy) ape he befriended while growing up in Norway.
Fifteen years, two daughters, and tens of thousands of clothes later, Appaman continues to create thoughtfully designed garments, drawing inspiration from childhood and current street style favorites. Appaman can be found in 500+ boutiques nationwide and at luxury department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, Barney’s and Nordstrom’s. Appaman offers a very wide range of products outfitting kids with outerwear, sportswear, boys suiting, girls dress-wear and accessories for all seasons. As an award-winning brand coveted by celebrities and influencers, Appaman has always been designed uniquely for kids but loved by all.
Nataliya Makulova is a conscious fashion business expert and futurist. She is here to bring a meaningful change to the world and contribute to a more balanced, loving and peaceful future. Nataliya has studied at the London College of Fashion, Parsons and FIT, and she has extensive experience in fashion and technology. When she was 19, she created an e-commerce platform to support independent fashion designers. She later worked as a sales and PR representative for dozens of international brands; her resume includes such influential names as Moda Operandi, Vince, Marc Jacobs, Tinker Tailor (a fashion customization start up), and SPRING. At SPRING, Nataliya managed platform integration tech team and contributed to creating an integrated marketplace with 2000+ brands. In 2017 she founded Balanced Fashion, a conscious business consulting company. Today she consults start ups and fashion brands, hosts monthly events in NYC and Europe, writes articles for her blog, curates a bi-weekly newsletter on fashion tech and sustainability, does spiritual coaching sessions and works on her own fashion tech platform for conscious shopping.
Robert Scheckman is an experienced executive with results driven leadership, strategic planning and team oriented business development organizational skills. After spending over a decade leading ad tech, influencer marketing, and Saas start-ups, Robert knows what it truly takes to build multi-million dollar businesses from scratch. “It’s all about bringing together a collaborative team of people, creating a winning culture and listening intently to your customer’s needs.”
Robert is currently VP Business Development at StyleSage, an AI- powered retail analytics solution that enables retailers/brands to increase their speed to market. Leveraging image recognition as a core competency, StyleSage also provides an E-commerce Smart Tagging solution that improves the customer shopper experience. Additionally, through StyleSage, Robert is an Inaugural NYC Cohort Member of SAP.iO Foundry.
Robert holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from NYU Stern and Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Alfred University.
This event starts on Tuesday October 16th at 6:00 PM.
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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