A collective of industry experts dedicated to propelling emerging fashion and lifestyle brands via bespoke business solutions that set the wheels of success in motion.


Belinda Bank

Belinda believes that a loyal and engaged community is the corner stone of a successful brand. Leveraging over 15 years in marketing, Belinda works closely with brands to craft and implement strategies that drive brand awareness and generate engagement amongst their target customers.

Current status


Past Life

Vogue, Polyvore, J.Crew, Dannijo and Melissa Joy Manning (and a few others!)

Trade Secret

Invest in digital, it’s where it’s at (right now)

Best Advice You’ve Ever Been Given

Don’t tell me you have a problem, tell me you have a solution

Advice You Always Give

Prioritize, you can’t do everything at once

Favorite Style Moment

Cindy Crawford Pepsi Commercial ‘92

Best Risk You’ve Ever Taken

Leaving Vogue to work at a startup

Favorite Instagram Accounts

@cleowade, @traceeellisross, @heymamco

Three essentials you can’t live without

My family, a pair of vintage Levi’s and my phone

Steve Frank

Steve draws upon his experience as a fashion startup CEO, as well as 20 years working with fashion's largest retailers and brands, to help creative entrepreneurs set their business on a course for success.

Current status

Partner/Strategy and Finance

Past Life

I’ve spent over 20 years in retail across merchandising, planning, consulting and was most recently CEO of a jewelry startup

Trade Secret(s)

Start small, stay laser focused and let growth happen organically

Best Advice You’ve Ever Been Given

Remember to stretch

Advice You Always Give

Practice the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid)

Guilty Pleasure(s)

Chocolate almond croissants

Hidden Talent

I’m basically a walking Zagat guide

Best Risk You Have Ever Taken

Leaving NYC for Miami to take a job running a startup

Favorite Real Housewife

Bethenny Frankel


Katia Protsenko

Katia’s financial acumen and understanding of the creative process provides clients with sustainable, scalable and efficient financial and operational structures.

Current status


Past Life

Accounting and operations in the Bay Area

Trade Secret(s)

Save your receipts

Best Advice You’ve Ever Been Given

Having to be honest doesn’t mean having to be unkind

Advice You Always Give

Make sure you’ve read and understand a contract before signing

Favorite Instagram Account

@diddy and @ralphthecorgi

Favorite Style Moment

Posh Spice, always and forever

Three songs that would be on the Soundtrack To Your Life

R. Kelly - Ignition (Remix); Ice Cube - It was a good day; George Michael - Freedom!)

Essential wardrobe item

All black everything

Rob Spira

With a comprehensive background in merchandising, trend research, development and production, Rob specializes in all aspects relating to buying, planning and product.

Current status

Partner/Product Development and Production

Past Life

Investment banker-turned-merchant at Abercrombie & Fitch, Club Monaco and Ralph Lauren

Wardrobe essentials 

Fitted sweaters and painfully-broken-in APC jeans

Fashion Trend You Hope Never Comes Back

Kitten Heels

Advice You Would Give Your Younger Self

Wear more sunblock

guilty pleasures 

McDonald’s and Diet Coke

If A Biography Was Written About You It Would Be Called

Clothes Not Carbs


I'm an amazing bowler