Honoring the High-Growth D2C Brands Transforming the Future of Fashion, Retail, & Consumer
On March 22nd, The Lead hosted 150 CEOs, founders, and executives at The Dream Hotel Downtown New York for The Foremost 50 Forum. There, we honored The Foremost 50 and The Ones to Watch of 2021, break-out D2C companies reinventing & redefining the future of fashion, retail, & consumer.
The half-day, by-invitation event, designed for leaders from high-growth D2C brands and incumbent brands, was built on roundtable conversations, first-party research, and exclusive insights.
During the Alumni panel, CEOs from past years’ Foremost 50 lists (listed below) gave attendees exclusive insights on the state of the direct-to-consumer business model and how they are evolving their businesses as the model matures and competition heats up.
John Ballay, CEO, Knot Standard
Nate Checketts, Co-Founder & CEO, Rhone
Rich Fulop, CEO & Founder, Brooklinen
Savannah Sachs, CEO, Tula Skincare
Roundtable discussions enabled executives to create connections, dive deep, and share learnings and insights around common challenges. The Lead’s winning formula for curation brings together peers that can offer both similar and unique perspectives to business-critical discussions.
AWARDS & INSIGHTS
Together we looked back at the previous year’s list and examined innovation, growth, and financing trends. Then, we honored The Foremost 50 and Ones to Watch brands with an awards ceremony and presented select companies with standout awards —
- Challenger Award: Bev
- Icon Award: Thursday Boot Company
- Newcomer Award(s) I: Birdy Grey & Fair Harbor
- Breakout Award: The Citizenry
- Trailblazer Award: NAADAM
- Spotlight Award: PANGAIA
- Standout Award: Rowan
- Indicator Award: With Clarity
- Company 51 Award(s): Three Wishes & Veracity