Speaker - Eric Jennings

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Eric Jennings is responsible for forecasting men’s and home seasonal trends for Saks Fifth Avenue. He works closely with the merchant and marketing teams in analyzing and supporting the fashion selection for Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide. As the voice for up-and-coming fashion styles, Mr. Jennings attends fashion shows in New York, Paris, and Milan in order to scout the latest looks and runway trends. He is also responsible for developing the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection and other private brands. Mr. Jennings and his team play a key role in integrating the seasonal fashion messages into marketing concepts, advertising campaigns, store window designs, and social media strategies.

Mr. Jennings has more than 20 years of experience in the retail industry, having held positions at Hugo Boss Fashion Inc., Giorgio Armani Fashion Corp., and Nordstrom Inc. Prior to joining Saks Fifth Avenue in 2008, Mr. Jennings served as Brand Director of Hickey Freeman’s Hickey collection, reporting to the Group President. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic sales and marketing direction of the brand and worked closely with design and merchandising teams.

Mr. Jennings’ extensive background in retail has made him a well-respected fashion authority in the world of menswear. He is frequently quoted in print media such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, GQ, The Financial Times, and The Robb Report. His fresh take on fashion and seasonal trends has also been employed for NBC, CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg segments.

Mr. Jennings currently resides in New York City, where he is an active member of Fashion Group International and the CFDA.

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