Find & Follow Your Passion: A Full Day Fashion Career Conference in partnership with LIM College on Saturday, April 5th is your chance to network with and gain insights from more than 30 creatives and business executives from top New York City fashion companies.
Looking for internships, new opportunities, mentors, friends and a foot in the door? Then this event is for you!
We’re thrilled to introduce you to one of our speakers, Christopher Wong.
Christopher Wong is a retail innovator with a strong understanding of today’s global luxury consumer. He has broad experience establishing and growing luxury fashion businesses both domestically and internationally, e-commerce and stores. Mr. Wong is currently the Director of Men’s Merchandising at Ralph Lauren for Asia Pacific where he oversees the buying team for owned and licensed stores in over seven countries. He has led an explosive double-digit growth of Ralph Lauren’s luxury labels in new Asian markets and the opening of 10+ freestanding stores in the last two years, including Ralph Lauren’s first men’s-only luxury flagship store in Hong Kong.
Prior to Ralph Lauren, Mr. Wong was the 20th employee of Gilt Groupe (the pioneering members-only, flash-sale site), where he co-launched the men’s division in April 2008. In a short three years period, Mr. Wong was able to build the business from $0-$100 million in revenue, assemble a men’s team of over 20 employees, establish partnerships with over 400 designers and brands, and create the men’s online shopping phenomenon with over three million male members logged in daily. In 2011, Mr. Wong started ‘Park & Bond’, the men’s only full-price e-commerce site from Gilt Groupe. In this capacity, he was in charge of creative direction, building a merchandising team, assorting all products, financial plans and budgets, and working cross-functionally with tech and operations on creating systems and processes. He was recognized by Details magazine as one of 2010’s Mavericks for the success of Gilt.
Before Gilt Groupe, Mr. Wong worked as a Buyer of Women’s Designer ready-to-wear at Saks Fifth Avenue and began his retail career as a Sales Associate at Barneys New York. He received his BA in Art History from Tufts University.
#1 Career Tip from Christopher Wong?
“Two things: be prepared and know your audience. Whether it’s an interview or business meeting, it is crucial to fully know what you are talking about, have the materials to support it, and speak to it in a way your audience will understand. Strong presentation skills gained through practice and experience will bring validity to your voice and this can help you get what you want. To succeed in retail and fashion requires both a business and creative mind – the way you speak to the CEO or CFO of a company is going to be different than you speak to a Designer or Creative Director – so it is important to understand their objectives and be relatable. Sometimes you only have one chance to make a strong impression.”
Join Christopher and over 150+ attendees, speakers and recruiters for a full day of discussions, hands on workshops, networking and fun – all aimed to get you closer to the fashion job of your dreams. Meet the coolest creative and business execs from the most exciting companies in New York City, learn about the ins and outs of the fashion industry, and make valuable connections with peers and professionals.
Public tickets are extremely limited. Register today: findspark.com/findpassionlim
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