Culture: The New Currency of Retail
Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Everything a consumer could possibly need is available (often at a better price) at the click of a button. Retail has officially gone digital. But unofficially, the shop experience is still indispensable. One by one, ecomm powerhouses are returning to the ground.
Modern retailers are prioritizing hubs for culture and community over boxes to transact sales. Traditional retail spaces are no longer being treated as just a place to sell product. Instead retailers are creating an environment where brand values can be experienced and shared with like-minded peers. The brick-and-mortar experience is transforming into a cultural hot spot for building community.
Frank & Oak
As the cofounder, CEO, and Creative Director of menswear retailer Frank & Oak, Ethan enhances all customer facing aspects of the brand, including product, marketing campaigns, and online shopping e...Show the rest
As the cofounder, CEO, and Creative Director of menswear retailer Frank & Oak, Ethan enhances all customer facing aspects of the brand, including product, marketing campaigns, and online shopping experience. His vision of creating a simple and innovative company at the nexus of fashion, technology, and retail makes him an inspiration to his team and those around.
Originally from China, Ethan has traveled and worked on most continents, including more pronounced stints in Shanghai, Paris, and Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and professionally performed and studied drama and dance for several years.Hide the rest
Head of Retail
Kit and Ace
After receiving a business degree with a focus in marketing, Lacey began a career that afforded her the opportunity to be creative within her work and explore unique opportunities and experiences v...Show the rest
After receiving a business degree with a focus in marketing, Lacey began a career that afforded her the opportunity to be creative within her work and explore unique opportunities and experiences via the world of retail and design. After a 10 year career with Lululemon in roles that spanned across a variety of departments that ultimately finished up by establishing and running the companies design and ideas incubator called “the lab”. In 2014, Lacey joined Kit and Ace as the Head of Retail for North America and has been working to develop and design in shop experiences that connect people to brand and our culture.Hide the rest
VP of Retail
Prior to joining TOMS, Rick held senior level talent/HR strategy positions with Starbucks, Wyndham Worldwide and Corporex. If you ask Rick, he'd tell you that his career actually began at a very yo...Show the rest
Prior to joining TOMS, Rick held senior level talent/HR strategy positions with Starbucks, Wyndham Worldwide and Corporex. If you ask Rick, he'd tell you that his career actually began at a very young age when he began washing dishes at his parent's restaurant. There he learned the value of hard work and an interest in the hospitality industry that lead him to earn both master's and bachelor's degrees from Johnson and Wales University.
Rick currently resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where you will typically find him catching early waves before work.Hide the rest
Robbie Myers is the editor-in-chief of ELLE, the #1 fashion magazine brand in the world, which reaches more than 28 million across all mediums, including print, digital, mobile, and social. Since M...Show the rest
Robbie Myers is the editor-in-chief of ELLE, the #1 fashion magazine brand in the world, which reaches more than 28 million across all mediums, including print, digital, mobile, and social. Since Myers became editor-in-chief, Elle has experienced unprecedented success—including a 53% increase in readership—while maintaining its reputation for covering fashion, beauty, culture, and social and political issues from a unique perspective. Under her editorial leadership, ELLE created the largest issue ever published in Hearst’s 128-year-history, in September 2015, and became the first fashion magazine to: capture an immersive 360-degree virtual reality fashion shoot experience; feature content on the Google Glass app; debut an interactive tablet edition; introduce a social shopping platform; and partner with a reality TV show.
She’s expanded ELLE’s “Women In” editorial and event series, which celebrates the powerful contributions women in a variety of fields are making to our culture, to include Women in Hollywood, TV, Music, Politics, Tech, Art, and Comedy. And in 2015, she launched an initiative called “the Agenda” to bring together a board of 43 trailblazing women—including Shonda Rhimes, Melinda Gates, Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Kerry Washington and more— to join forces under the common goal of improving the lives of women and talking about the issues that matter.
Myers is a former vice president of the American Society of Magazine Editors and has been recognized for her accomplishments throughout the media and fashion industries, including receiving four National Magazine Award nominations over her career, and being honored by the National Breast Cancer Coalition and by New York Women in Communications, to name a few.
Previously, Myers was editor-in-chief of Mirabella, and held senior editorial positions at InStyle and Seventeen. She started her career at Rolling Stone and worked under Andy Warhol at Interview.