Featured Mentors

 
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Eric Fitzgerald
Brand Consultant & Business Coach

Eric Fitzgerald is an accomplished fashion industry professional with an extensive background in luxury and contemporary apparel and accessories, with particular focus on sales, merchandising, business development and brand management.

In 2015, he founded Tailor Consulting Group to enable other entrepreneurs to find their own personal and professional success in the fashion industry. Prior to launching his consultancy, Eric held management positions at Calvin Klein, John Varvatos, Juicy Couture and Diesel, and managed the international expansion of American brands into global markets, including Ben Sherman and Ted Baker.

Eric is also the founder of Fashion Business Insider, a website committed to helping entrepreneurs navigate the business-side of the fashion industry.

 
 
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Annabelle Azadé
Founder, Wear the Future

Annabelle Azadé is the founder of Wear the Future, a fashion tech PR agency that represents international visionary designers with an environmentally-friendly ethos.

Annabelle Azadé started her career as a fashion and tech journalist in 2008, covering the industry for companies such as The Associated Press, BuzzFeed, and The Guardian. In 2018, Annabelle launched Wear The Future, combining her passions for communication, fashion and tech.

Annabelle comes to the Incubator to offer her expertise in brand management, celebrity and influencer outreach, social media campaigns and media relations.

Learn more about Annabelle in a recent article by Fashnerd.

 

All Mentors

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Alison Sizer   Owner, InsightfulOne Consulting  Expertise   : Go-to-Market Strategy, Product Marketing, Market Development & Expansion    Brands   : Nike, Apple, Old Navy

Alison Sizer
Owner, InsightfulOne Consulting
Expertise
: Go-to-Market Strategy, Product Marketing, Market Development & Expansion
Brands: Nike, Apple, Old Navy

Andria Brugioni   Sales Executive & Entrepreneur   Expertise: Brand Management, Account Management, Marketplace Trends Assessment, Product Development

Andria Brugioni
Sales Executive & Entrepreneur
Expertise: Brand Management, Account Management, Marketplace Trends Assessment, Product Development

Annabelle Azadé Journalist and Fashion PR     Expertise   : Brand Management, Celebrity and Influencers Outreach, Social Media and Media Relations    Brands   : Julia Koerner, Danit Peleg, Petit Bateau, Kickers, Histoires de Parfums

Annabelle Azadé
Journalist and Fashion PR

Expertise: Brand Management, Celebrity and Influencers Outreach, Social Media and Media Relations
Brands: Julia Koerner, Danit Peleg, Petit Bateau, Kickers, Histoires de Parfums

Betsy Nelson   Former VP Media Relations & Cause Marketing, Macy's, Inc.   Expertise: Merchandising, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Relations

Betsy Nelson
Former VP Media Relations & Cause Marketing, Macy's, Inc.
Expertise: Merchandising, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Relations

 
Catherine Bartels   former VP Trade Area General Manager, Bloomingdale's   Expertise: Omni-channel Retailing, Merchandise Localization, Multi-Store Leadership

Catherine Bartels
former VP Trade Area General Manager, Bloomingdale's
Expertise: Omni-channel Retailing, Merchandise Localization, Multi-Store Leadership

Charlene del Muro   Associate Director Campaign & Special Events, SFSU   Expertise: Event Planning & Marketing, Vendor Management, Negotiations, Fundraising

Charlene del Muro
Associate Director Campaign & Special Events, SFSU
Expertise: Event Planning & Marketing, Vendor Management, Negotiations, Fundraising

Dan Stevens   former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director, Fleishman-Hillard   Expertise: Media Relations, Brand Marketing

Dan Stevens
former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director, Fleishman-Hillard
Expertise: Media Relations, Brand Marketing

Dorothy Yuki Design and Production Consultant, Fashion   Expertise :  Development of production patterns and design

Dorothy Yuki
Design and Production Consultant, Fashion
Expertise: Development of production patterns and design

 
 
Eric Fitzgerald Brand Consultant & Business Coach  Expertise:    Brand Management, Brand Strategy, Product Merchandising, Product Line Extensions, Distribution     Brands:  Calvin Klein, Diesel, Ben Sherman, Ted Baker, Juicy Couture, John Varvatos, Han Wen

Eric Fitzgerald
Brand Consultant & Business Coach
Expertise:
Brand Management, Brand Strategy, Product Merchandising, Product Line Extensions, Distribution
Brands:
Calvin Klein, Diesel, Ben Sherman, Ted Baker, Juicy Couture, John Varvatos, Han Wen

Gym Tan   International Apparel & Lifestyle Advisor/ Consultant   Expertise: Branding Architecture, New Market Developments, Brand-Retail Relationships

Gym Tan
International Apparel & Lifestyle Advisor/ Consultant
Expertise: Branding Architecture, New Market Developments, Brand-Retail Relationships

Harold S. Brooks   Former President of Global Merchandising, DFS    Expertise   : Business Plan, Retail Strategy, Brand Strategy, Market Opportunities     Brands:   Louis Vuitton, Dior, Burberry, Gucci, Celine, Coach, Michael Kors, Cartier, Omega, Estée Lauder, L'Oreal Luxe

Harold S. Brooks
Former President of Global Merchandising, DFS
Expertise: Business Plan, Retail Strategy, Brand Strategy, Market Opportunities
Brands: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Burberry, Gucci, Celine, Coach, Michael Kors, Cartier, Omega, Estée Lauder, L'Oreal Luxe

Janice Paredes   Department Coordinator, Fashion Design, Product Dev, & Manufacturing, FIDM   Expertise: Line Editing/ Merchandising, Technical Design Direction, Garment Fit, Fabric Selection

Janice Paredes
Department Coordinator, Fashion Design, Product Dev, & Manufacturing, FIDM
Expertise: Line Editing/ Merchandising, Technical Design Direction, Garment Fit, Fabric Selection

 
Jeanine Silberblatt    Head Of Retail, Stockwell    Expertise   : Merchandising, Retail Strategies, AI    Brands:    Reformation

Jeanine Silberblatt
Head Of Retail, Stockwell
Expertise: Merchandising, Retail Strategies, AI
Brands: Reformation

Jeanne L. Allen   President at Jeanne Marc, Inc.   Expertise: Design, Merchandising

Jeanne L. Allen
President at Jeanne Marc, Inc.
Expertise: Design, Merchandising

Kathrine Nasteva Strategy & Sustainability Consultant - Ethical Fashion   Expertise: Marketing & Distribution, Brand Positioning, Crowd Funding, Grant Writing, Thought Leadership on Ethical & Sustainable Fashion    Brands:     Sustainable Fashion Alliance, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Jiamini, Konektid

Kathrine Nasteva
Strategy & Sustainability Consultant - Ethical Fashion
Expertise: Marketing & Distribution, Brand Positioning, Crowd Funding, Grant Writing, Thought Leadership on Ethical & Sustainable Fashion
Brands: Sustainable Fashion Alliance, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Jiamini, Konektid

Jennifer Johnson  E-Commerce / Business Strategy and Operations Consultant  Expertise:    business analysis, financial modeling, budgeting and forecasting, inventory management    Brands:   Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap

Jennifer Johnson
E-Commerce / Business Strategy and Operations Consultant
Expertise:
business analysis, financial modeling, budgeting and forecasting, inventory management
Brands: Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap

Lana Hogue   Director Supply Chain, Qhipas Shoes, Educator & Consultant  Expertise   : Product Development, Sourcing & Costing, Local & Offshore Production, Quality Assurance    Brands:    Betabrand, Gap, Esprit, Tea Living, Triple Aught, Byer

Lana Hogue
Director Supply Chain, Qhipas Shoes, Educator & Consultant
Expertise
: Product Development, Sourcing & Costing, Local & Offshore Production, Quality Assurance
Brands: Betabrand, Gap, Esprit, Tea Living, Triple Aught, Byer

Maureen Conners   Former Senior Executive, Gillette, Levi’s and Mattel   Expertise: Business Strategies, Consumer Products and Retail, AI, VR/AR, Wearables & Robotics.

Maureen Conners
Former Senior Executive, Gillette, Levi’s and Mattel
Expertise: Business Strategies, Consumer Products and Retail, AI, VR/AR, Wearables & Robotics.

Nancy T. Barrett   Senior VP and Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America   Expertise: Budgeting, Banking

Nancy T. Barrett
Senior VP and Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America
Expertise: Budgeting, Banking

Nicole Mason   Director of Marketing Strategy, Macy's.com   Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Brand Development

Nicole Mason
Director of Marketing Strategy, Macy's.com
Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Brand Development

Nikki Lindgren   Director of Marketing, Pennock    Expertise:    Branding, Performance Marketing, Organic Marketing, Creative Direction    Brands:     Ben Sherman, Quay Australia, Jessica Simpson, Ettika, Pottery Barn, Cost Plus World Market

Nikki Lindgren
Director of Marketing, Pennock
Expertise: Branding, Performance Marketing, Organic Marketing, Creative Direction
Brands: Ben Sherman, Quay Australia, Jessica Simpson, Ettika, Pottery Barn, Cost Plus World Market

Phil Jeudy Expert in Business Development   Expertise: Business Plans, Business Development

Phil Jeudy
Expert in Business Development
Expertise: Business Plans, Business Development

Sonia Lam   Regional Manager of Special Events, Macy's Inc.    Expertise: Marketing Plan, Business Goals

Sonia Lam
Regional Manager of Special Events, Macy's Inc.
Expertise: Marketing Plan, Business Goals

Tamara Samoylova   Director, Strategy and Planning, US & Canada Community Operations, Uber   Expertise: Retail Industry, Future of Retail, Business Strategy. Business Modeling

Tamara Samoylova
Director, Strategy and Planning, US & Canada Community Operations, Uber
Expertise: Retail Industry, Future of Retail, Business Strategy. Business Modeling

 
Tim Taylor   Strategic Business Development, Wine.com & Presentation Expert   Expertise: Presentations, Tactical Execution Plans and Strategy Creation, Financial Modeling

Tim Taylor
Strategic Business Development, Wine.com & Presentation Expert
Expertise: Presentations, Tactical Execution Plans and Strategy Creation, Financial Modeling

Vishal Kalia   Founder & CEO, Rogueline.co     Expertise   : Customer Acquisition, Growth Marketing,  Content Marketing,  Analytics

Vishal Kalia
Founder & CEO, Rogueline.co
Expertise: Customer Acquisition, Growth Marketing, Content Marketing, Analytics

 

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