Having spent more than twenty years at Elie Tahari, one of only fOUR fashion brands THAT ARE FOUNDER-STARTED and run, and still in business after forty years, Rory has seen and done it all serving as a Board Member, President and CMO.
From the emergence of fast fashion and the domination of online and mobile shopping, Rory saw around these corners of change to help grow Elie Tahari into a global brand from $50M in yearly sales to $500M in just twelve years.
Today Rory is THE co-founder of State of Mind Partners, a HIGHLY SPECIALIZED STRATEGY AND BRANDING GROUP that works with companies that are FOCUSED ON DISRUPTION, and invests in business models that are reimagining how the fashion industry goes to market, with a focus on concepts like 3D printing and robotic sewing. These are businesses that endeavor to change and solve for how the fashion industry will brand, market, design and produce products both economically and ecologically.
In addition, Rory sits on the board OF elie tahari LTD. and STEEL PARTNERS holdings (NYSE:splp). She is a member of ypo and the women’s forum of ny. As a seasoned fashion entrepreneur known for her candor, Rory is a SOUGHT-AFTER KEYNOTE speaker at industry and investing conferences, as well as LEADING academic institutions such as Harvard business school. She is passionate about the changes and realities the fashion industry must confront, as well as issues on women’s leadership and mentorship.
She has been featured in numerous publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Vanity Fair, WWD, and REGULARLY appears on various television programs on CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, and Martha Stewart.