Designers, when you left college, a lot of doubts arose, right? Where to start, what are the first steps, how to build a successful career… Well, Keith Lissner came to enlighten your journey. Bringing a current view of the market, Vera Wang’s VP of Design demystified the reality of the fashion market.
Speaker: Keith Lissner, Executive Vice President of Design at Vera Wang
Moderator: Rachelle Hruska, CEO & Founder of Lingua Franca
Keith Lissner is a highly accomplished designer, creative visionary and fashion executive with over two decades of experience in the fashion industry. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Design for Vera Wang. In this position Keith oversees all apparel with Vera including Ready-To-Wear, Celebrity Made-To-Order, Bridal, Simply Vera Vera Wang at Kohl’s, Vera Wang Bride at Pronovias and more. Prior to this role, Keith had his own eponymous womenswear brand, and worked as a designer for Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis. Keith was educated in fashion design at The London College of Fashion in England. Keith is a Chicago native who currently resides in New York City with his husband Paul Vinci and their dog Louise.
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson is the Founder of Lingua Franca, a company founded on starting meaningful conversations. Their first collections feature a line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters, all hand-stitched by women in NYC. She is also the founder and CEO of Guest of a Guest, a NYC based website that covers events, people, and places. She has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, WWD, W and Vogue. Hruska was named 13 under 30 by the NYPost, and the Most Influential Women In Technology in 2011 by Fast Company.
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