Just two months in at his new position as CEO of the agency Laird + Partners, Patrick Yee has a clear idea of where he sees the industry heading -- and his team's role in making that happen. Yee, who left his post as Refinery 29’s evp of marketing and strategy to go agency-side, joined the Glossy Podcast to talk about the importance of knowing your end consumer, the parallels between media and retail, and the challenges facing CMOs today.
Tibi founder Amy Smilovic has seen a lot in the 20 years since she launched her brand, from the explosion of Amazon and Zara to the decline of the department store. Smilovic runs the Tibi brand, which she considers to be in the “advanced contemporary” market, with her husband. The company is self-operated, as Smilovic has intentionally steered clear of the demands of a higher-power board that would accompany an acquisition. Smilovic joined us on the Glossy Podcast to discuss her first two decades in fashion, and what it’s going to take for her to last another 20 years.
Bayard Winthrop, the founder of American Giant, is building out his apparel company at a snail’s pace compared to the quickening speed of fast fashion retail. That’s intentional. He joined us on the Glossy Podcast to discuss retail competition, the value of the in-store experience and the difficulties of scaling an American-made brand.
The areas of fashion and law don’t often intersect, but digital and social media’s proliferation has changed the game, with brands now more concerned about influencers, social media trolls and copycatting issues.
We hosted Julie Zerbo, who saw this as a gap in the market, and launched the Fashion Law six years ago. She has since become a keen observer of the vagaries of the market.