Our fifth annual "How to Make It in Fashion" conference (also known as FashionistaCon) is almost here — mark your calendar for Nov. 3 — and this year we've made it a priority to beef up our lineup with designers, editors and executives and more who are authorities in their fields within the industry. We're particularly excited to hear from our keynote speaker Sarah Rutson, one of the most influential behind-the-scenes (and sometimes in-front-of-the-scenes, via street style) figures in fashion.
Rutson was recently named chief brand officer of The Collected Group, the parent company behind the leading contemporary brands Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott. Before that, she was vice president of global buying at Net-a-Porter, which she preceded with a high-profile stint as Lane Crawford's fashion director. In both roles, Rutson developed a world-renowned reputation as a leader in identifying and building brands in the premium and luxury lifestyle markets, for established and emerging fashion houses alike.
In her role at The Collected Group, she will be responsible for using these well-honed curatorial skills to evolve the company's existing labels and to identify new brands as potential acquisitions. Rutson will also be focused on working with new and existing international partners to strengthen the company’s portfolio and expand the business globally. Effectively, she's leading the charge in what could become a great American luxury conglomerate, the likes of which we've really only seen succeed in Europe.
From how to push and advance one's career to new levels and being one of the few female executives in fashion, to what it takes for a fashion brand to be successful and how the retail landscape is changing, Rutson has a deep well of knowledge and experience to pull from and we know you (and we) will learn a lot from her talk.
If you want to hear her advice and insights, and even get the chance to ask her your questions, get your tickets today, right here.