With new players and retail environments, the men's wear category has never been hotter. The new Fairchild Fashion Group Men's Wear Industry CEO Summit -- celebrating the 2011 expansion of FFG's now-quarterly Menswear magazine and the 2011 launch of Men's Week -- will bring the community together to focus on how to foster the creative thinking and develop the strategic plans required for continued success for all industry segments.
Dr. James Gardner is the Chief Strategy Officer at Spigit. Dr. Gardner is the author of a number of books including “Innovation and the Future Proof Bank”, “The Little Innovation Book”, and is finishing his most recent work entitled “Sidestep and Twist.” He is also the author of widely read blogs Innovator Inside & BankerVision and was nominated as the most “social media aware” executive in UK financial services in 2010. Dr. Gardner completed his doctorate in Innovation Management in Australia and moved to the United Kingdom in 2004.
Alex Gonzalez is co-founder & executive creative director at AR New York. Prior to founding AR, Alex served as Creative Director of GQ and Mirabella. Furthermore, on a special assignment for Condé Nast, he re-launched German Vogue, Manner Vogue, and L’Uomo Vogue, building a global reputation in the fashion community while forming alliances with top talent in the U.S and abroad.
Trey Laird is Chief Executive and Creative Officer of Laird+Partners, a leading creative agency specializing in fashion, beauty and related luxury lifestyle categories.
Laird+Partners works with clients on a range of initiatives, including strategic marketing, advertising, product development and positioning, digital and social media, corporate identity, and overall brand consultation.
Laird+Partners collaborates with global designers and brands including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Gap, Tory Burch, Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, St. John, Hermès, Juicy Couture, Rag & Bone, and Vera Wang, among others.
Laird+Partners' Beauty & Fragrance Group works with Coty on projects for designers and personalities, including Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Harajuku Lovers, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Halle Berry. The group also collaborates with Estee Lauder on Donna Karan, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger fragrance and beauty projects worldwide.
Laird+Partners serves as the creative agency for The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), where Mr. Laird serves as a mentor to several new emerging designers each year. The firm has also partnered with Vogue on branding and advertising initiatives for Fashion's Night Out.
Prior to founding Laird+Partners in 2002, Mr. Laird was Executive Vice President and Corporate Creative Director of Donna Karan International. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
With new players and retail environments, the men's wear category has never been hotter. The new Fairchild Fashion Group Men's Wear Industry CEO Summit – celebrating the 2011 expansion of FFG's now-quarterly Menswear magazine and the 2011 launch of Men's Week – brought the community together to focus on how to foster the creative thinking and develop the strategic plans required for continued success for all industry segments.