An intimate and powerful conversation with industry leaders. Hear a first-hand account of the journeys, successes, and tips that led these accomplished women towards industry leadership.
Queens-born Batsheva Hay started her eponymous label in 2016 after leaving her job as a lawyer and deciding to experiment with designing dresses for herself and her daughter. Growing up, Batsheva’s artist mother would often take her to flea markets and vintage shops, dressing her in antique calico dresses, which became Batsheva’s uniform throughout her time at Stanford University and Georgetown Law School. After leaving her job at a big law firm, she began to redesign some vintage dresses, which were worn to bits, and quickly became obsessed with the design process. She bought her fabrics on eBay and at quilting shops, and she still uses vintage and limited-run cotton quilting fabric to make her clothing.
Batsheva initially made a small collection of four matching mother-daughter dresses and set up a simple website. As her dresses got more attention from magazines and retailers, her collections grew. Now she is designing four collections a year.
Batsheva lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, photographer Alexei Hay, who she collaborates with on brand imagery, and their two small children, Ruth and Solomon.
Powerhouse designer Elizabeth Sutton (b. 1989) is a millennial entrepreneur-artist born and raised in New York City. Sutton is changing the world of interiors one unique and colorful design at a time. Known for her bright, bold stylings, and good vibes ethos, Sutton's distinctive creations have been recognized by many famous publications like Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Forbes, Ocean Drive, and the top tastemakers from New York City to Los Angeles.
Sutton's client luminaries include Kourtney Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Pippa Middleton, Pitbull, Andrew Bocelli, and Iris Apfel. In addition, Sutton has won multiple "Best in Show" awards at designer showcases, has been featured in Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, was dubbed as "the artist and designer to know right now" by Forbes, and was listed as one of their inaugural "Next 1000" list.
Sutton's portfolio includes original artworks, acrylic prints and paper prints of original artwork, dazzling clutches, bold patterned rugs, office chairs, and coloring books.
She is committed to shaping spaces and experiences, while continually on the hunt for strategic partnerships and licensing deals to bring her unique design vision to life. Sutton's recent creative collaborations include TileBar, Janovic, The Whale, a high concept office building in Brooklyn, NY; and ongoing projects with the Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barths.
Sutton's work spans diverse industries and media. Her relentless drive to pursue her dreams, and a profound dedication to lifting people up, make her an artist of our time.
New York-based designer Roxanne Assoulin has been in the fashion business for more than 35 years, from her early days of crafting wrap leather bracelets for Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale's to designing private label jewelry for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta to J.Crew and Club Monaco. However, it’s the 63 years old’s cult namesake jewelry line, which launched in 2016, made her an instant Instagram darling and the talk of today’s It girls. A brand founded on kindness and intended to make people smile, Roxanne’s offering of vibrantly colorful and unique bracelets, necklaces, earrings, anklets, and build-your-own kits continue to inspire editors and the industry alike, and are highly coveted by the likes of Eva Chen, Leandra Medine and Karlie Kloss and beyond.
Rachie was born and raised in New York City. She has always been surrounded by jewels and watched how her mother ran her own successful jewelry company for twenty years. Over the past few years, the market has become inflated and expensive, making it inaccessible for many. Rachie was inspired by the 'Warby Parker' approach and decided to create a line of fine jewelry (yes it is all real!) that is gorgeous, fun, timeless, rich, colorful, chic, relatable, sparkly and most of all accessible to everyone! We pride ourselves on being great gift givers so we want your gift buying and receiving experience to be the best possible. From the price to the packaging, we have got you covered! So for all of you jewelry lovers, cringe no more because Rachie Shnay is your go to, one stop shop for all things glitter. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a little lady, a friend, loved one, for yourself or for your mama, Rachie Shnay has it all.
Christina Carmona is the owner of Island to East Side, a custom handbag company based in NYC, founded in 2017. Christina is a native Staten Islander and founded ITES out of her apartment on the east side of Manhattan, hence the name. Two years later she quit her corporate job to run ITES full-time, after juggling both a demanding fashion career by day and start-up company by night.
From the start, Christina knew that ITES had the opportunity to grow into something far greater than an e-commerce platform. Not only has she worked to build a strong community, but she has built a company that values a balanced lifestyle and aims to show the world that work and life are not so separate after all, which is why balance and happiness in the workplace is so important.
As a brand, each day Island to East Side aims to create unique content that showcases the entrepreneurial journey, team dynamics, amazing products, and collaborations with other brands. Island to East Side's custom handbags have been featured in countless print and digital publications and worn by celebrities, reality TV stars, influencers, and many more.
Born in Israel as the fifth of nine children to Olga and Lev Leviev, Chagit graduated from Bar Ilan University, with a B.A. in Economics and Business administration. Following her graduation, Chagit worked as a financial advisor at Deloitte, advising on international real estate valuations and business planning which led her to a CFO position at the Memorand Group.
By 2012, Chagit relocated her family to New York City to head the U.S. arm of the multi-billion-dollar international conglomerate the Leviev Group of Companies founded by renowned businessman and philanthropist Lev Leviev with investments in a wide range of dynamic industries, including real estate, mining, energy, diamonds and jewelry.
Headquartered on Fifth Avenue, Chagit also runs the US branch of Lev Leviev Diamonds (LLD). LLD is one of the world’s largest diamond manufacturers and distributers. LLD is the only diamond firm in the world to control all facets of the diamond pipeline: from ownership in diamond mines, rough trading, manufacturing, and polishing, all the way to designing, and marketing prestigious diamond jewelry.
During this time, Chagit also manages the prominent real estate firm Africa Israel USA (AFI USA), where she serves as the firm’s CEO. AFI USA built a reputation of excellence in its residential developments by introducing some of the top brands in the real estate market over the past decade including District at 111 Fulton Street, 20 Pine - The Collection by Armani Casa, 15 Broad - Downtown by Philippe Starck, The Apthorp, 88 Leonard Street and The Marquis Residences on Brickell Avenue in Miami.
Chagit is currently a member of several Boards of Directors for a wide range of companies in Israel and in the US and has previously served on the boards of Fox-Wisel, an Israeli Public traded apparel company, holding such brands as Fox, Laline, Billabong, The Children’s Place and American Eagle among others; and she previously served as a Director for Israel’s TV channel 9.
Chagit, wife of Greg Sofiev and a mother to 4 young children, follows in the footsteps of her family’s philanthropic spirit with her time and resources, serving as President of select non-profit organizations that focus on Jewish education and the community.
Galit Winer is the owner & inspiration behind the Kidichic and Udel brands. With her passion for fashion and design, she and her team create beautiful clothing at modest prices for all.
Kidichic is most known for its affordable and stylish children’s clothing. Originally developed in Israel, the company has seen rapid growth in America — opening six stores and an outlet store upstate for the summer in less than five years.
Suzannah Raff is a New York native and mother of four who is committed to living an authentic life spiritually, physically, and professionally. Over the years she has earned both a Master’s degree in Business along with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Cleo+Coco was born out of a passion to learn more about toxic ingredients, the negative effect they have on our bodies, and the benefits of plant-based ingredients to create authentic products that are safe and effective. After years of listening, experimenting, teaching, and learning, Cleo+Coco’s next generation of natural was born.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Freida Rothman is a second-generation jeweler, a mother of four, and an entrepreneur handcrafting glamour for the modern empowered woman. Inspired by the legacy of four grandparents — all Holocaust survivors — Freida’s designs honor strength and resiliency through contemporary accessories that reflect her native Brooklyn. Every design elevates Brooklyn grit into effortless elegance for your everyday.
Lauren Turk grew up in North Jersey and could never bring herself to leave. After working in real estate for ten years, she decided to open The Hang Out, a designer consignment boutique in Englewood NJ that offers authentic, high-quality, designer clothing and accessories to all budgets. Lauren always loved consignment stores for their higher sustainability (financial and environmental) and loves to hunt for - and share - hidden treasures. She believes that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fashion, and she strives to connect her customers with items that make them feel their best. Her small business is a hangout for all to shop, share, and empower. (There’s also a lot of candy).
Daniella grew up in South Africa and emigrated to the US with her family at 17 years old. After completing her business degree at the University of Southern California, Daniella move to NYC to chase her fashion dreams.
Daniella worked for over 8 years on the digital marketing teams for brands like Shopbop & Rag & Bone before founding her own women’s footwear brand 3 years ago.
DANIELLA SHEVEL is a direct-to-consumer luxury footwear brand that focuses on comfort, functionality and uniquely beautiful design.
She has a store in the West Village and sells directly through her website online. All pairs are handcrafted in Italy and Brazil.