New York Summit
Metropolitan West, November 18-19, 2014


A Global Summit on Wearables & Retail Innovation

Meet 100 Speakers and Mentors in the Premier Summit Series Connecting Fashion & Retail with New Technologies.

Attendees Include

Rebecca Minkoff

Designer, Rebecca Minkoff

An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young women and celebrities alike. This year, Rebecca received industry recognition when she was awarded Designer of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, and has previously been awarded the Breakthrough Designer Award by the Accessories Council in 2011.

Uri Minkoff

CEO, Rebecca Minkoff

Uri founded Rebecca Minkoff in 2005 with his sister, Rebecca Minkoff, out of her apartment, and has built one of the fastest growing brands in fashion. Today, Rebecca Minkoff has grown into a full lifestyle brand distributing both accessories and apparel under the Rebecca Minkoff label. Uri has also helped create, lead, curate and provide artistic direction for the Ben Minkoff brand, which debuted for men in 2011.

Mary Beech

CMO, Kate Spade & Company

Mary Beech is Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Kate Spade & Company.
She is responsible for providing leadership and direction on all marketing and brand creative
strategies across kate spade new york, Jack Spade and Kate Spade Saturday.
Mary began her career at Ann Taylor in marketing and then spent several years at Ralph Lauren.

Olivia Kim

Director of Creative Projects, Nordstrom

Olivia Kim has served as the Director of Creative Projects for Nordstrom since February 2013. In her role, Olivia focuses on creating energy, excitement, and inspiration throughout the retailer’s national locations through specially curated partnerships, pop-up shops. A prominent figure in the fashion industry, prior to joining Nordstrom Olivia was a founding member of and VP of Creative at Opening Ceremony.

Bre Pettis

Co-Founder, MakerBot

Bre Pettis is dedicated to creating infrastructure that empowers creativity. He founded Bold Machines, The Innovation Workshop at Stratasys; where he and his team are pushing the edges of fabrication technology with Stratasys, MakerBot and Solidscape 3D printers.
Bre is the former CEO of MakerBot, leading the next industrial revolution to empower creative explorers to make anything. He is also a founder of Thingiverse and NYC Resistor.

Aliza Licht

SVP Global Communications, Donna Karan Int'l

Aliza Licht is the SVP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International and DKNY PR GIRL (@dkny on Twitter), the company’s award-winning social media personality. Licht was listed as #30 in The New York Daily News “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York,” she is a an inaugural TEDx Times Square speaker, has been profiled by The New York Times in “PR Girl Revealed as PR Executive,” E! News “A Day in the Life,” among many more.

Matthew Woolsey

EVP Digital, Barneys

Matthew Woolsey is the Executive Vice President, Digital for Barneys New York. He manages e-commerce, technology, marketing, design, merchandising, content, social media, operations, fulfillment and customer service for,, Barneys Mobile and Barneys New York’s content site The Window (

@mbwoolsey on Twitter

Jennifer Hyman

CEO & Co-Founder, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a fashion company disrupting the way women get dressed.

She co-founded the company in 2009 with Jennifer Fleiss, and has since raised $54 million in venture capital. With over 5 million members, 300 employees and 270 designer brands, Rent the Runway is the largest rental platform in the world, democratizing luxury for women everywhere.

Dirk Standen

Editor-in-Chief ,

Dirk Standen was named Editor-in-Chief of in September 2005. Under his direction, the website has received widespread industry recognition, including Magazine Publishers of America digital awards and Webby Awards.

Andrew Fletcher

Director, Strat & Business Dev, VF Sportswear

Andrew is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for VF’s Sportswear Coalition, which includes Nautica, a leading global lifestyle brand, and Kipling, a global fashion handbag, backpack, luggage and accessories brand. He thrives on acting as an agent of change across the brands he works with to drive innovation and adoption of new ideas, technologies, and processes.

Ryan Craver

SVP, Strategy, Lord & Taylor

Ryan’s natural fascination with the intersection of retail and technology has led to a career of inspiring and leading retailers to be on the forefront of the evolving "connected retail" environment. He enjoys changing consumer dynamics and defining how retail organizations can leverage technology to strengthen their competitive position. Most recently, Ryan is in charge of the core department store strategy at Lord & Taylor.

Veronica Song

VP, Customer Strategy & Intelligence , Macy's

Veronica Song is the Vice President of Customer Strategy & Intelligence at Macy's Inc. Since joining Macy’s in 2009, Veronica introduced the idea of pioneering the use of customer purchase data in enhancing traditional Merchandising, Planning, and Store decisions, developing a start-up team that has tripled in size.

Elizabeth Holmes

Senior Style Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Elizabeth Holmes is a senior style reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, writing fashion, beauty, and lifestyle trend stories. Since joining the Journal in 2006, Elizabeth has also covered the corporate retail beat and the 2008 national presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and John McCain and Sarah Palin. Elizabeth holds degrees with honors from St. Olaf College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Alice Kim

VP, Merchandising & Retail, DVF

Alice Kim is Vice President of Retail and Merchandising – Asia Pacific & South America at Diane von Furstenberg. She is responsible for managing the overall business for 62+ retail stores and wholesale accounts including expansion plans, pricing strategy, globally integrating online channels, etc. Prior to DVF, Alice worked at Halston, Prada USA and Victoria’s Secret Direct.

McKenzie Ogrodnik

Omnichannel Buyer, Saks Fifth Avenue

McKenzie worked in Product Development for Limited Brands for two years before spending five years at Bloomingdale's in both Buying & Planning through their Merchant Executive Training Program. McKenzie moved to Saks three years ago to start the FashionFIX flash sale business on, and last year helped to launch their new website: Today, McKenzie is an Omni-channel Buyer for Saks Off 5th in Women's Ready-to-Wear.

Simon Collins

Dean, Parsons the New School for Design

Simon Collins is Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons the New School for Design. He is a design thinker, a creative provocateur and a fashion insider whose practice brings together design, strategy, communication, business and innovation. His expertise and collaboration are globally sought by brands, corporations, governments and institutions alike.

Myf Ryan

Marketing Director UK & Europe, Westfield

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Myf moved to Moscow for two years before returning to Sydney in 2003 where she joined Nestlé Australia as Group Marketing Manager. Myf returned to Sydney in 2008 to join Westfield Australia Ltd as Head of the Fashion category. In 2011 she was transferred to the UK to take on the role of GM Marketing for Westfield UK. In July 2013, Myf took on the role of Director of Marketing for Westfield UK & Europe.

Elaine Chang

CMO, Tibi

Elaine is the Chief Marketing Officer of Tibi, an advanced contemporary womenswear line and is responsible for global marketing, branding, e-commerce, and overall strategy. Prior to Tibi, Elaine has held senior operational roles at MTV Networks, Wenner Media and Gilt Groupe. Elaine received a MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Amy Tran

E-commerce, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Amy Tran is the e-commerce manager at 3.1 Phillip Lim. She focuses on combining best online retail practices with an authentic brand experience by leveraging data and technology. Prior to 3.1 Phillip Lim, Amy consulted at Trendalytics, a start-up visual analytics platform, launched Alexander Wang's e-commerce business in 49 countries, managed REISS London’s U.S. online business and helped launch Amazon Fashion’s

Francis Bitonti

Designer, Francis Bitonti Studio

Designer Francis Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his sui generis blend of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. Blurring the lines between fashion and technology, Bitonti’s trademark process merges cutting edge digital design and manufacturing technologies, aimed to transform mass production.

Vanessa Kincaid

Design Director, Donna Karan Int'l

Vanessa Kincaid is currently the Design Director at Donna Karan International where she oversees digital design globally for all brands, including e-commerce, social media, mobile, in-store, email marketing, and brand initiatives. Vanessa graduated from Parsons the New School for Design, where she studied Design & Management.

What they are saying

  • This is where it is going. We need our designers to be more tech-savvy.
    Coco Rocha,
    Top Model
  • It's an amazing event that has done something really revolutionary for both the startups and the fashion industry.
    Cathy Han,
    Founder, 42Debut,Hackathon
    Finalist 2013, YCombinator 2014
  • They bring together fashion and tech so everyone can collaborate to create solutions.
    Tracy Yaverbaun,
    Facebook, Director of Retail,
    Luxury & Fashion Partnerships
  • It's just a really great event.
    Henry Holland,
    House of Holland
  • I don’t think you’ll find another event which brings
    together both the industry, the entrepreneurs and the right mindset.
    William Kim,
  • Fashion and Tech
    is not something that
    will happen. It’s already
    Franca Sozzani,
    Vogue Italia
  • I was delighted to attend. There’s people from every
    country here. You feel that you’re in the place that you should be.
    Lulu Guinness,
  • The fashion industry
    is not moving so quickly in
    technology. With this event we can understand it all better.
    Renzo Rosso,
    CEO, Diesel, OTB


Wearables devices have captured everyone’s attention in the Fashion industry this year, as technologies are becoming beautified and more consumer-friendly. The market is accelerating rapidly and much in unknown.

We have the opportunity to be the platform first revealing the most beautiful wearables ready for the market today. Only one winner will be announced – as the most beautiful wearable fashion of 2014.

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Mentorship Hub

At the Mentorship Hub, entrepreneurs can sign up for a limited number of face-to-face meetings with various executives from the Fashion & Retail industry.

See our growing list of attending mentors:


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