Gordon has worked in residential children’s summer camps for over 15 years. He started his career in the camp industry at Indian Head Camp in Pennsylvania before directing a four-week summer camp in New England. In 2000 he and his wife Fran bought their own summer camp in West Virginia named Camp Twin Creeks. Gordon grew up in Scotland and attended Telford College in Edinburgh where he studied physical education and sports coaching.
Abigail Breslin – Emily Bache
Emily and Abigail began their career as fashion bloggers in the Fall of 2010 in New York City. Their site captured their personal style, event coverage, and the latest and greatest designers. In just a year, Bache and Breslin’s unique edgy style gained massive exposure and readership, and turned the heads of many important industry professionals.
Through an organic journey of doing what they love, WanderLust morphed into a fully functioning fashion company offering styling, personal shopping, modeling, consulting, photography, personalities, and now some of their very own designs! Anything related to fashion is of intense interest to “The WanderLust Girls.”
These two creatives have brought their brand to life, and are always plotting the next best way to inject their vision in the fashion scene.
I was born on the beach (well, a block away), so naturally I love our planet and everything that it has to offer. Growing up in New York we were a beach family, every summer we would go out to Fair Harbor on Fire Island and live the simple life. Each year, 50 billion plastic bottles are used and discarded after just one use in the US alone. At Fair Harbor Clothing we embody what we love: living presently and maintaining awareness of our impact on our planet. We make board shorts that are artfully and thoughtfully crafted out of plastic waste from the environment.
Fran Della Badia
With over 20 years of experience in retail, Fran’s career began as a merchant in great American brands such as the Gap, J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret and Coach. Most recently, Fran was the CEO of Bonobos, a digitally native men’s brand.
Prior to Bonobos, Fran was the President of North America Retail for Coach where she was responsible for the business in over 500 retail stores. Fran joined Coach in 1999 and was a member of the team that transformed the brand from a classic American house of leathergoods to a women’s fashion brand which defined a new segment: the “accessible luxury” market.
As a leader of the women’s global merchandising organization at Coach, Fran worked on creating product strategies and developing creative and innovative ideas with the design and development teams. This included diversifying the assortment of bags and accessories as well as expanding development into shoes, outerwear, jewelry, eyewear and watches.
Fran and her son Alexander live in Westchester County, New York. In addition to her love of fashion, Fran is involved in the New York Academy of Art, Human Rights First, a number of women’s organizations and is passionate about interior design, cooking, and running.
LaForce landed his first PR job with the legendary publicist Eleanor Lambert. Though she was in her 80s by that time, Miss Lambert offered daily lessons in mixing business with pleasure. He went on to work at big agencies for global clients and when he finally opened my firm, it was the logical next step. That was 21 years ago, but he feels just as enthusiastic about his business today as he did then. His current roster includes Target, 3M, Banana Republic, Veuve Clicquot, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Grand Hyatt and LinkedIn, among many others. Most of these companies have been his clients for more than 10 years and he considers them part of his family.
Joel is a buyer at TJX Canada/Winners Merchants International L.P. in New York City. He excels at trend analysis, merchandising and retail.
Kate Kirilcuk is a New York City based fashion designer with a solid background in creating and developing collections from concept through production. Her career spans from designing high end designer apparel at Elie Tahari to designing clothing for the mass market at Macy’s and Walmart.
Kate is the owner and creative director of Not Blue Designs, which creates fashionable medical accessories, including gorgeous arm slings, cast covers and arm brace covers.
Kate graduated from Parsons School of Design with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design.
Slowik is the founder of 3DIY, which focuses on product design in 3D. She has continued to develop resources for 3D printing through Shapeways, which creates tutorials for spreading knowledge of 3D printing throughout the community.
Bespoke strategic integrated marketing and PR agency that represents Maverick and Iconic brands from the worlds of luxury, fashion, beauty and design.
Margret Avery, a truly renowned makeup artist, has traveled a hard won path from her childhood in the mid-west to the streets of New York City. Her loving and calm demeanor has endeared her to many. Major stars of stage, screen and print have asked for Margret by name. Barbara Streisand, Isabella Rossellini, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Iman and Naomi Campbell are some of the phenomenal icons whose faces she has painted. Major brands including L’oreal, J.Crew and Revlon rely on Margret to beautify their subjects and fulfill their artistic visions. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview Magazine and some of the most accomplished fashion photographers have referred to Margret as one of their “favorite make up artists of all time.” Margret studied fashion design at Parsons The New School of Design in NYC.
Quart is president and founder of Madison Avenue Consortium. She has 15+ years of brand-building experience together with an MBA in Strategic Management, which has established her as a leading expert on branding, product messaging, and corporate communication. Her passion for branding and her in-depth knowledge of consumer trends and insights have made her a valued asset/partner to a wide range of clients, from traditional corporation, to new, up and coming brands. Miriam is often quoted in trade publications and in the press.
Clinic is a boutique retouching house that caters to the advertising and editorial photography industries. We are known for our expertise with skin, hair, beauty, product, and fashion. Through color, retouching techniques and compositing we can assist with editing as well as create a “mood” for images. Clinic achieves the highest standarts of quality through an efficient workflow tailored to the specific needs of each client and deadline.
Armarium is a luxury styling service that allows women to access top fashion brands on a borrowed basis for a fraction of the retail price. The on-demand wardrobe for the jet set elite, the service will be piloted with a series of pop up shops prior to launch Spring 2016 with an invitation only mobile app.
Publishing executive with experience in magazines, books, events, conferences, digital and social media.
Co-Founder of Aeline
Alicia was raised in Northern California and always had a knack for crafting and fabrics. Learning sewing skills from her grandmother, she decided fashion was the career path she wanted to take. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 years old to pursue her dreams where she attended FIDM for her Merchandise Product Development degree. Since wrapping up her studies there, she has worked in the industry as a Technical Designer for well known companies. She loves spending time with her dog, road trips, being active outdoors and learning new things!
Co-Founder of Aeline
Raised in Ohio before transplanting to LA nearly a decade ago. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising completing multiple degrees there and then quickly immersing herself in the fast-paced Fashion Industry. She has worked for numerous companies over the years, designing for big companies and small ones. She has designed children’s, men’s and women’s – but currently her favorite items to design are women’s contemporary and activewear. She loves ecologically friendly products and companies, along with deep roots in belief of being sustainable – so Pliable Pattern hits those points. Natasha believes in the next generation and doing what she can to help facilitate their creativity and growth for young designers.
Executive VP, Kirk Palmer Associates
Relentlessly pursuing the top talent, she’ll always get them to the table. “I shoot for the top. I love turning a strong ‘no’ into an eventual ‘yes’.”
Jaimee Marshall knows fashion and retail brands. She brings the unique insider insight that comes with a diverse career in apparel and publishing to her high-level search assignments in the specialty retail, luxury and fashion arena. Her history of strategic roles and approach lend a laser focus when dealing with the private equity community, founders and global multi-divisional corporations. Jaimee has strong experience in the front end of the business and has created a deep and trusted network in the C-Suite, merchant, marketing and stores communities.
Jaimee started her career at Escada in 1985, becoming Vice President of Operations in 1991, and then Vice President of Marketing in 1993. She then launched a consulting practice helping top international and domestic luxury brands make strategic and operational changes. In 2001, as General Manager of Fairchild Publications Internet, she was hired to launch WWD.com. During this time she repositioned Fairchild Summits, hosting the first WWD/DNR CEO Summit in New York City. In addition, she worked on a host of strategic projects for the CEO of Fairchild, including ones directly related to best practices in talent management.
When she’s not staffing the world’s top fashion and retail companies, you can find Jaimee shopping their stores. She loves traveling with her family to exotic locations around the world. She is a consumer of all things pop culture and has become a human IMDB. Known for giving unfettered counsel to people on a broad range of topics, Jaimee’s fantasy career was to be the next Oprah. Working at Kirk Palmer Associates has given her a similar platform without having to be swarmed by paparazzi.
Director of Business Development
CLO Virtual Fashion
CLO is a company that focuses on providing cutting-edge 3D garment visualization technologies that help build a more creative and sustainable landscape for the fashion and apparel industries.
Prior to joining CLO Virtual Fashion, Seo worked as a menswear designer for a variety of brands — including Joe Fresh and Calvin Klein. Today, he applies his industry background to develop the user experience design of the program as well as enrich his client relationships at CLO.
Chief Engagement Officer
Bravo Media is a creative studio providing video, animation and experiential services for brands and agencies. Capabilities include VR, AR, projection mapping and LED displays.
Prior to joining Bravo, David was the head of feature film and web series development at Crossroads Films.
David holds an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University and is a proud alumni of Hampshire College.
Product Development Associate, Handbags at Nine West Group
Megan Melofchik is in the product development team at Nine West Group managing the discounter handbag line. She previously worked in the jewelry department for Nine West. She has also held previous internships in various departments at PVH, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Bonomo and Co, and Dany Atrache haute Couture. Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware. She recently completed the Product Development Manager Certificate at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Founder, The Fashion Foundation
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Amanda started the nonprofit The Fashion Foundation as a platform for designers and retailers to donate excess inventory and samples. With the funds raised from the their online store and donations, The Fashion Foundation buys school supplies for students in need around New York. Amanda has combined her love for fashion with charitable giving, in an effort to help local students and reduce waste in the fashion industry.
Salvatore Ferragamo, New York Flagship Store Director
The last 12 years have been in high-end luxury fashion retail management. Companies include LVMH, Louis Vuitton, Henri Bendel Flagship Director (Limited Brands), Chanel Flagship Director, and Salvatore Ferragamo 5th Avenue Flagship Director (4 years). Additional experience as an Adjunct Professor LIM, Where Business Meets Fashion – classes include Management and Direct Marketing. Volunteer for NY Cares last 15 years. Current Project with Ally Books – recording/voice over of High School Textbooks for Dyslexic/Blind Students. Personal passion in fitness. I am an 8 time marathon runner since 2011, including 4 NYC Marathons.
From day one, students are immersed in the fundamentals of make-up artistry with aspirations of working in the fashion, entertainment or retail cosmetic industries. MUD gives future artists the opportunity to discover their own unique style under the training of licensed instructors with professional expertise in film, television and fashion. Their vision begins to come alive as they infuse their talent with skill whether it be within the intricacies of prosthetics or the delicacy of beauty make-up.
Fashion Week Make-Up Artist
Working in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, J has accredited clientele in fashion, print, theater, television, and red carpet makeup industries. Born in South America of Spanish and Brazilian descent, GUERRA spent most of his time growing up in New York City. Self-taught without any formal training, GUERRA began his career freelancing and assisting top makeup artists such as Sergio Corvacho. As one of the youngest and most elite makeup artists backstage, GUERRA has worked on shows at Mercedes-Benz New York and Paris Fashion Weeks for several years. Known for his wide range of skills, innovative techniques, and interests in all areas of makeup, GUERRA is now a sought-after makeup artist creating runway looks for designers, producing an array of editorial and commercial looks, and working with many celebrity clients.