Don’t miss this opportunity to talk Fashion with industry insiders and discover exciting prospects for investment and collaboration.
Tuesday December 8th, 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
1114 Avenue of the Americas
5:30- 6:15 p.m. Cocktail and networking reception
6:15 – 6:25 p.m. Introduction, Kilpatrick Townsend
6:25 – 6:55 p.m. Keynote Presentation:
7:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Keeth Smart, COO, Physiclo
Sandy Saccullo, Founder, One Clique
John Goldstone, CEO, Hayward Hopper Holdings (Hayward Luxury)
7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Networking
Keynote Presenter: Giovanni Lepori
Giovanni Lepori is senior leader with over 20 years of experience in building global premium and luxury lifestyle brands, as a CEO, Board Member, and investor.
Born in Italy, Mr. Lepori was until recently the General Manager of the Americas at Aesop, a manufacturer of products for the skin, hair and body. In this role he formulated and executed the overall strategy for the Americas including overseeing the budgeting process, managing P&L, marketing and PR strategy, and leading the development of the retail, wholesale, corporate gifting and e-commerce channels. He was responsible for launching the brand in the Americas and built the business from nothing to $20M, he opened 20 stores, shop-in-shops, a new office and grew the operations from one person to a team of over 100 people in 3 years.
Prior to establishing Aesop USA, he was a Vice President for a middle-market private equity and financial advisory firm focusing on investments in the retail and branded goods sectors.
Previously, Mr. Lepori was responsible for launching and building the global footwear business for Dior (part of LVMH), in Paris. During his tenure he grew the retail and wholesale footwear business fivefold, and distribution threefold.
Mr. Lepori also worked as a Director of Business Development for North America and Duty Free at Bally, a footwear manufacturer, and Sales and Marketing Manager for North America at Prada. Mr. Lepori began his career at Malo, a manufacturer of high end knitwear.
Mr. Lepori is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and French. He earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Business School with a full scholarship, and a BSc in Business with Honors from the Università degli Studi di Firenze.
HAYWARD is a luxury accessories brand created by Marin Hopper.