The Lead bridges the Fashion and Retail Industry with the Global Silicon Valley.

We’ve partnered with industry leaders to produce a quarterly publication, a series of events and to operate an executive network centered on emerging technology, and its adoption, across the fashion-retail-commerce value chain.

Our analysts track the emerging technology companies innovating at the intersection of these two industries. We produce three lists of innovation leaders that the Fashion Brand and Retail community must know: The Leading 100 B2B Start-Ups, The Leading 50 D2C Start-Ups, and The Defiant 25 Executives taking chances and pushing their businesses forward.

Our community is made up of fashion and retail executives, venture backed start-ups, investors and enterprise technology leaders.

Digital transformation in the fashion-retail-commerce space is a macro trend gaining in velocity. Our work is to reveal what is coming next, and to help our community get ahead of it.



The Lead connects a community of fashion and retail executives, Start-up CEO’s, the VCs who invest in them and the enterprise technology companies critical to the ecosystem.




Editorial Focus

Our editorial merit comes from our survey and analysis of the most impactful venture-backed start-ups across all areas of the Fashion-Retail-Commerce valu chain.





By understanding and curating the next wave of innovation – while investigating the needs of the fashion and retail industry, The Lead is uniquely positioned to structure meaningful relationships while exposing the industry’s future direction. 


We put our community first and operate from our key values of inspired learning, revealing dialog, elevated hospitality, structured connections and actionable outcomes.


The Lead’s purpose is to be the leading voice and a mission-critical organization for the fashion business’ transition to digital centricity.


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