Evolution from Fashion Blogger to Designer with Danielle Bernstein, Founder of We Wore What
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by Ken Pilot
4d ago
Ken Pilot interviews Danielle Bernstein on this episode of The Retail Pilot podcast. Danielle is a native New Yorker and fashion influencer turned business mogul. She has a dedicated fan base of over 3.3 million followers and counting across her social media platforms. Danielle started her internationally recognized blog in 2010 as a daily dose of outfit inspiration for women everywhere, before growing the platform into an aspirational yet relatable home for all things coveted. Danielle has since launched her brand, Shop WeWoreWhat, a direct to consumer and wholesale business with millions of ..read more
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Suited for Success: Revolutionizing Tuxedo Rentals with Andrew Blackmon, Co-Founder & CEO of The Black Tux
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by Ken Pilot
2w ago
On this flight of The Retail Pilot, Ken Pilot interviews Andrew Blackmon, the co-founder and CEO of The Black Tux. He manages the company's day-to-day operations and leadership team. He is passionate about diligently creating a great team/culture to execute on the company's long term vision of revolutionizing the men's formal industry. He previously worked in technology and marketing. He earned an MBA from HEC Paris and a degree in English from Pepperdine University. Key takeaways from this podcast interview include: 1.    Identifying a Gap in the Market ..read more
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Live from The University of Michigan MFMS: Gettin' Happy with Peiman Raf, Co-Founder & CEO of Madhappy
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by Ken Pilot
3w ago
Ken Pilot interviews Peiman Raf, Co-Founder and CEO of Madhappy, for this 50th Flight of The Retail Pilot - Leaders & Legends podcast. This interview was conducted live at The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business at the Michigan Fashion and Multimedia Summit ..read more
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Michelle Wlazlo: Building a Merchandising Strategy for JCPenney's Savvy Shopper
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by Ken Pilot
1M ago
Michelle Wlazlo joined JCPenney in March 2019 as executive vice president, chief merchandising officer, reporting to Marc Rosen, chief executive officer. Wlazlo is responsible for leading the Company’s global merchandise strategy and operations including Merchandising, Planning and Allocation, Pricing, Product Design, and Development and Sourcing. Wlazlo brings more than 30 years of merchandising and stores experience from a variety of retailers. In her three years at JCPenney, she has led the charge in clarifying and defining the positioning of the Company’s private brands to give customers m ..read more
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“Shoe” Business: The Evolution of a Family Brand with Pete Nordstrom
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by Ken Pilot
1M ago
On this flight of The Retail PIlot, Ken Pilot interviews Pete Nordstrom, the President and Chief Brand Officer of Nordstrom. Throughout his career, Pete has helped Nordstrom innovate the customer shopping experience and redefine the role fashion plays in customers’ lives leading major strategic initiatives such as building the designer offering to a $1.5 billion business, evolving Nordstrom’s mix of brands and categories and bringing in limited distribution brands as exclusive partners.   Since taking over leadership of Nordstrom in 2000, Pete and his brothers grew the business from ..read more
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Beyond the Aisles: Inside Walmart's Fashion Revolution with Denise Incandela
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by Ken Pilot
1M ago
Ken Pilot interviews Denise Incandela for this flight of The Retail Pilot. Denise Incandela is Executive Vice President of Fashion and Private Brands for Walmart U.S. In this role, Denise is propelling Walmart’s reputation as a fashion destination, helping democratize access to stylish, quality apparel for Walmart’s 140 million weekly shoppers. Before joining Walmart, Denise rose through the fashion industry ranks with roles as CEO of Aerosoles, President of Global Digital and Customer Experience for the Ralph Lauren Corporation and before that, EVP and CMO of Saks Fifth Avenue. Denise st ..read more
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In Her “Jeans”: The Denim Journey of Amy Williams, CEO of Citizens of Humanity
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by Ken Pilot
1M ago
Ken interviews Amy Williams, the CEO at Citizens of Humanity Group, for this Flight of The Retail Pilot. Amy joined Citizens of Humanity as the company’s President in 2009 and ultimately assumed the Chief Executive Officer position in 2015, overseeing the business for the company’s family of brands including Citizens of Humanity and AGOLDE. Williams previous experience includes Executive Vice President at Lucky Brand Jeans and Senior Vice President of Product Development and Design for Gap Inc. Williams serves on the board at Girls Inc of Greater Los Angeles and empowerHER. She is an advisor t ..read more
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Adding It Up With Simeon Siegel: A Top Analyst’s Perspective on Retail
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by Ken Pilot
2M ago
Ken interviews Simeon Siegel, Managing Director, Senior Analyst of Retail and eCommerce for BMO Capital Markets. Key takeaways from the interview include: 1.    Role as an Equity Research Analyst: Simeon's job involves assessing publicly traded companies within the retail sector. He emphasizes the importance of being objective in his analysis, even if it means delivering hard truths that may not always be well-received by company stakeholders. 2.    Divergence in Retail Performance: Despite macroeconomic fears and media narratives about the decline of re ..read more
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Tommy Hilfiger: The Blueprint for Building an Inclusive Global Brand
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by Ken Pilot
2M ago
On this Flight of The Retail Pilot Ken speaks with LEGEND, Tommy Hilfiger, Principal Designer, Tommy Hilfiger Global. Uplifting and inspiring consumers since 1985, Tommy Hilfiger has pioneered one of the world’s most recognized premium lifestyle brands. With Hilfiger’s vision and leadership as Principal Designer, his eponymous brand celebrates the essence of classic American style with a modern twist. Tommy Hilfiger offers premium quality and value to consumers worldwide under the TOMMY HILFIGER and TOMMY JEANS lifestyles, with a breadth of collections including men’s, women’s and kids’ sports ..read more
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Lori Coulter: Making Waves in Women's Swimwear and Beyond with Summersalt
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by Ken Pilot
3M ago
Ken speaks with Lori Coulter, Co-Founder and CEO of Summersalt, on this Flight of The Retail Pilot - Leaders & Legends. Lori Coulter is the Co-Founder and CEO of Summersalt, a generation-defining lifestyle brand known for its data-backed fit and designer quality products without the designer price tag. In 2020, she was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders. Lori and her Co-founder, Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin, launched Summersalt to change the conversation around swimwear and address a true market gap by creating designer swimwear without the designer price tag. Summersalt’s ..read more
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