Julie GilhartNew York, NY, United States
Fashion industry veteran, Julie Gilhart, is a creative business consultant for a concentrated, influential set of fashion clients that includes the world’s leading online e-commerce platform, Amazon.com, and the largest luxury goods group, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
Recently, she helped launch the inaugural LVMH Prize for Emerging Talent, engaging young, promising talent from all over the world in the most innovative design-focused prize ever established. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Fashion Director at Barneys New York for 18 years, where she oversaw creative, design, and business direction. She was also responsible for discovering new designers and building their businesses, including Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Rick Owens and many more. She has worked extensively with more established labels such as Goyard, Jil Sander, Prada and The Row.
Her interests and accomplishments are considerable in the areas of sustainability as well, including co-developing and launching with Christie’s the Bid to Save the Earth environmental auction and as an Ambassador for 1% for the Planet. She is a founder of Fashion Girls for Humanity, a non-profit focused on raising funds for immediate disaster relief. She serves on the boards of Parsons The New School For Design, Mulberry and Outerknown. Julie currently supports several philanthropic efforts which include Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard NYC, Waves4Water and serves on the board of The Montauk Oceans Institute and Surf Museum.
Ms. Gilhart has been recognized by her peers for her ability to identify and cultivate new fashion talent, as well as create interesting projects and collaborations that speak to both an established and a new customer. She is currently developing the means to leverage these capabilities for more responsible sourcing, production and consumerism in the world of fashion.