The Bruce Museum’s 4th Annual Art of Design Panel Discussion and Luncheon
Thursday, March 2nd
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Greenwich Country Club
As Senior Director of the Luxury Client Group at the RealReal, the nation’s largest authenticated consignment website, Rachel Vaisman is responsible for the company’s extensive source of consignment, driving a team of luxury managers that procure over 40,000 luxury items each month from private consignors. Prior to joining the RealReal, Rachel was a buyer for Gucci and Dior.
Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger is the co-owner, creative director, and global ambassador of Judith Leiber. Prior to this role, Mrs. Hilfiger founded and ran the eponymous handbag line, Dee Ocleppo. In 2016, Ocleppo Hilfiger successfully exited a portion of the Dee Ocleppo business with a sale to Kate Spade & Company. In recognition of her designs and achievements within the Accessories Category, Dee was awarded the coveted “Rising Star Award” by Fashion Group International.
VERONICA MIELE BEARD
Veronica Miele Beard’s career began on Wall Street in sales and trading. After a brief stint in the 1990s working at Vogue, Veronica returned to the world of finance and became a partner and COO for a premier technology hedge fund where she learned how to organically build and manage a business. Veronica’s quest to find and fill a void in the market led her to the fashion industry to create the perfect uniform for women-cool, sexy, and chic.
VERONICA SWANSON BEARD
Veronica Swanson Beard began her career in fashion working for Narciso Rodriguez and Alberta Ferretti in sales, before furthering her career in fashion as a buyer for a specialty store in Naples, Florida where she honed her skill for identifying market trends. Veronica’s understanding of both the wholesale and retail sides of the business, along with how women want to dress, have resulted in Veronica Beard becoming the brand that it is today.
Michael Bruno is a serial entrepreneur with a specialty in developing digital technology for the design industry. Michael is the founder of 1stdibs, Tuxedo Hudson Company, Housepad App, and Art-Design-Carta. As a passionate collector of historic homes and a dedicated land preservationist, Michael is currently redeveloping the commercial passageway of the historic 17 Corridor between the towns of Sloatsburg and Tuxedo, NY – with his vision of creating the Gateway to the Hudson Valley.
LESLEY JANE SEYMOUR
Lesley Jane Seymour was Editor-In-Chief of More magazine and prior to More, served as Editor-In-Chief for Marie Claire, Redbook and teenbook YM. In addition, Lesley was Beauty Director of Glamour and Senior Editor at Vogue. In July 2015, Seymour created history by having the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, guest edit an entire issue – leading to 8.5 billion media impressions worldwide. In 2009, she was named number four on the 2009 Most Powerful Fashion Editors List by Forbes. Currently, Lesley is the founder of a new media platform, Coveyclub.com, designed to help women lead their most authentic lives.