Elaine Gold’s entire career has been in the Accessory Industry. Elaine started with the Vera Industries in an entry-level position, and after holding many positions within the company rose to Vice President of Marketing. Elaine had the opportunity to start the popular Anne Klein scarf line and in 1978 she formed a fashion division for Totes, Inc. featuring Anne Klein and a scarf line designed by Kenzo. She was President of this division. In 1983, Elaine purchased the company now known as Collection XIIX, Ltd., producing a very successful line of accessories under her own label. In March of ’87, Collection XIIX, Ltd. introduced a new venture into the fashion accessory market – Ellen Tracy. Several years later Anne Klein and Elaine Gold were reunited, and introduced the Jones New York fall line for 2002. In 2003 Elaine sold Collection XIIX, Ltd., and embarked on a new and exciting venture and founded Elaine Gold Enterprise LLC. She is involved in all aspects of the business overseeing a “team” of professional in Sales, Marketing, Merchandising, and Design.
Her enthusiasm for the business has been shared with students of Garland Junior College, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, and Art Institute of Seattle. She was President of the Fashion Accessory Association, Chaired the Membership Committee and, was a member of the Board of Directors of The Fashion Group, and Founding Board Member of the Accessories Council. She was Vice President of Fashion News Workshop, and is a member of the Color Association of the United States. She serves on the Board at Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, and in addition is the Vice President of Shenkar College of Technology and Fashion (Israel). She has spoken before groups such as the American Women’s Economic Development Corporation, N.R.M.A., as well as conducting seminars for most major colleges and retailers throughout the country. Elaine Gold is a member of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals Directory of Business Leaders. She is also an Honorary fellow at Shenkar College of Technology and Fashion.
Elaine Gold has provided support to CARRIE PARRY since its inception and provides weekly feedback and support in the areas of merchandising, strategy and operations.
Industry veteran Michael Londrigan is the Dean of LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising department. He has a strong background in product development along with extensive executive sales, marketing and merchandising skills. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Professor Londrigan has held a number of positions throughout his career, including National Sales and Marketing Manager for Ulster Weavers, Sales Executive for Regal Menswear, Managing Director of U.S. Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, Vice President of Sales at Harper Industries, Account Executive at Oxford Industries, and Associate Menswear Buyer for J.C. Penney. He also served as Project Coordinator for Social Accountability International’s “New York City Factory of the Future Project.”
Professor Londrigan is advising and offering immense support in the areas of merchandising, marketing, sales and product and supply chain development.
From 1995 through 2007, Margaret Mager was employed by Goldman Sachs, most recently as Managing Director and Business Unit Leader – Retail Industry in the Global Investment Research Division, New York. Since 2007, Ms. Mager has been an exclusive corporate strategy consultant to the senior management of Liz Claiborne, Inc. (Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, Kate Spade, Mexx Europe, etc). WIth an independent point of view, she uses her competitor and equity market knowledge to evaluate strategic alternatives, providing frameworks for decision-making on business model evolution, financial management, valuation, and investor communications.
Ms. Mager has been recognized as a top analyst in surveys by Greenwich Associates, Reuters, Starmine, and The Wall Street Journal. She was named the #1 analyst in Clothing and Accessories in the Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street survey for 2007. While at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Mager was lead manager on the IPO's of Polo Ralph Lauren, Columbia Sportswear, Carter's Childrenswear, Coach, UnderArmour, Maidenform, J. Crew, and lululemon as well as other primary and secondary transactions.
Ms. Mager has been widely quoted on company and industry trends on CNBC, Bloomberg, Dow Jones Newswire, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Sporting Goods Business, as well as various trade publications and regional newspapers.
Ms. Mager has provided advice to CARRIE PARRY since its inception and offers support in the area of strategy and operations.
Dr. Marsha Dickson is professor and chairperson in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Apparel Initiative at the University of Delaware. Her Department offers undergraduate degrees in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising, as well as an innovative graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business and a master's degree in fashion and apparel studies.
Dr. Dickson is internationally known for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry. She is lead author of the book Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management. She has conducted research on social responsibility in the apparel industry in China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Dickson is President of the international consortium of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to improve working conditions in factories around the world. She also serves the FLA as executive committee member and chair of the monitoring committee. In 2009, Dickson was recognized for her academic and industry contributions in social responsibility with the All Star Award from Apparel Magazine. She is receiving the International Textile and Apparel Association's Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011.
Dr. Dickson has been Carrie's professor on the graduate certificate program in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business since 2009 and has been offering immense support and guidence on social repsonsiblity.