Global Committee of Experts
Born 1970 in Japan. Lived in Takarazuka, in Hyogo. Graduated from Osaka University for Foreign Language. Major was Italian Language. Joined Itochu Corporation soon after University. Posted Osaka Head Office, Brand Marketing Division. Worked for Many European Brands for Japanese market, like ‘’renoma,’’ ‘’Richard Ginori,’’ ‘’Roberto Cavalli,’’ ‘’Essential,’’ etc. Temporarily transferred to Itochu Fashion System co. Experienced to be a Marketing Consultant. In 2008 METI (Economic Ministry of Japanese Government) had appointed Mrs. Shinoda to be a Director International Affairs for Japan Fashion Week Organization. Japan Fashion Week Organization’s mission is to develop Japanese Fashion Industry. JFWO holds Tokyo Fashion Week, and biggest textile exhibition.
Catherine Bennett joined IMG in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, overseeing IMG’s global portfolio of fashion events and initiatives. In this role, Ms. Bennett manages 32 events a year, including fashion weeks in New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Toronto, Miami and Sydney; driving business relationships among designers, partners and the industry. Ms. Bennett joined IMG from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the leading not-for-profit trade association responsible for representing America’s foremost fashion designers, where she served as the Head of Business Affairs. During her four years at the CFDA, she was involved in all operations relating to the 400 members of America's apparel and accessories designers. She was responsible for identifying, negotiating and securing new revenue platforms and developing business opportunities for all CFDA programs.
As Head of Communications at the British Fashion Council, Clara Mercer has played a vital role in positioning London as a fashion capital. Clara is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of the annual marketing campaigns and PR activity for the BFC’s events and initiatives such as London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards. This includes all online initiatives, creative direction, brand management, communication to multiple audiences and social media. Clara joined the British Fashion Council in 2006 as Marketing Assistant and became head of the department in 2012. As Head of Marketing she launched a number of new initiatives for the BFC. Clara has overseen the inaugural London Collections Men, the three-day celebration of British menswear; launched the BFC’s first Digital Strategy, encouraging designers to develop their online presence through social media, live-streaming and e-commerce; and managed key projects such as the Olympic Celebrations for Fashion 2012 and Britain Creates, which encouraged collaboration between the creative industries in the UK.
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-commerce, technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.
DHL has been a committed partner to the fashion industry for many decades, and is proud to support this fast moving global business that relies on flexible and intelligent global logistics solutions throughout the supply chain – from the global sourcing of materials, international transportation to distribution centres and warehouses, to local delivery to stores and customers.
After graduating from the London College of Printing with a BA Journalism, Henry Holland was catapulted into the fashion limelight in 2006 with his irreverent 'Fashion Groupies' slogan tees featuring catchphrases such as "UHU GARETH PUGH" and "GET YOUR FREAK ON GILES DEACON". In February 2008, after 2 seasons showing with Fashion East, House of Holland held its first solo show on the London Fashion Week schedule to critical acclaim. Now the brand House of Holland is firmly establshed in the international fashion arena. Henry designs with a London girl aesthetic in mind and is continually inspired by the variety of attitudes, cultures and mindsets that exists throughout the UK capital. The House of Holland girl is cool, confident and savvy and wears labels without letting them wear her.
Hilldun Corporation, a privately owned factoring and finance company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, will make advances to its clients against purchase orders and invoices that are generated to their customers (typically from retailers) globally. Although Hilldun is active in all areas of the market, Hilldun typically works with high-end designers. As a result, Hilldun works with many designers who are selling to the same store base. Having multiple, prominent designers who are sought after by these stores is important to both Hilldun and their clients because this gives them enormous strength in collecting from these stores globally. A store can live without any one designer. But in Hilldun's case, representing 60-70% of the supply of the store means that these stores must pay Hilldun.
Lizza Monet Morales
Lizza Monet Morales has made a name for herself as one of the top 10 International multi-platform bilingual journalist and social media influencer as designated by The White House in 2014. This proud Latina, is a native Angeleno, who calls Los Angeles and New York home. Picking up her first copy of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter at the age of 8, Lizza immediately fell in love with the entertainment industry and the rest as they say is history. Lizza has been on-air for Access Hollywood, Telemundo, EXTRA, Univision, Celebrity Justice, The Insider and The TV-Guide Channel among others. In addition, she has reported for Us Weekly, People Magazine and was a featured columnist in Item Magazine. She has been featured on CNN, NPR and was Moda & Estilo Magazine’s cover girl for their 2013 holiday issue. You can also find her online reporting on the crazy adventures of her daily life on her Periscope channel under @xoxolizza and her blog, xoxoLizza.com.
Known for her signature graphic prints and innovative silhouettes, Nicole Miller is an iconic American designer with a modern, ageless aesthetic. With a degree in fine arts from The Rhode Island School of Design and a degree from L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, Nicole Miller combines her art traninig with couture technique. This, along with her Frech heritage, has given her a unique style and vision. In 2012, Nicole Miller expanded her brand from evening wear and bridal into the contemporary world with Artelier Nicole Miller: a collection designed for the versatile woman, encompassing classic pieces with a modern influence. Artelier is a natural evolution of Nicole's talent by fusing the two major influences in her creative process: her love of art and her iconic atelier in the NYF Fashion District where she continues to design today.
Sara Maino’s first experience in fashion began in the early 90’s while working at the newly opened Corso Como 10 boutique in Milan before joining “Vogue Italia” as an intern in 1994. She is now senior editor of Vogue Italia and the mind and the heart of Vogue Talents, project born in 2009 in support of emerging designers. Far from being a simple editorial project that comes out twice a year enclosed to Vogue Italia, Vogue Talents is a network that scouts and supports the best talents in womenswear, menswear, accessories and fashion photography through the section of Vogue Talents, part of Vogue.it. Vogue Talents is a platform that creates connections between designers and the fashion industry, supporting the growth of opportunities and new collaborations. A regular attendee at global talent spotting shows she has served as a judge in several fashion competitions, including the International Talent Support competition, the Designer’s Nest Show & Award, the H&M Award, the Berlin Fashion Film Award, the Scottish Fashion Awards, among others.