The Lead Forum 2020

A PREVIEW OF TOMORROW'S FASHION & RETAIL INDUSTRY BUILT ON RESEARCH, VISION TALKS, AND PEER CONVERSATIONS.

THE EXPERIENCE

On January 30th, The Lead Forum hosted 170 CEOs, founders and executives from iconic brands and retailers and high growth digital natives at the Four Seasons in downtown New York City. 
The Forum consisted of four parts — 1) Presentation of the Foremost 50 Insights Report, 2) The Foremost 50 List and Awards Presentation, 3) CEO Vision Talks, and 4) Structured Roundtable Conversations.

FOREMOST 50 INSIGHTS

We believe that by understanding these break-out digital-native brands, we can point to where the broader fashion and retail industry is headed.

Attendees were given an insider’s look at the research methodology, as well as the innovation trends being set by the 2019 Foremost 50. We also looked at the performance of last year’s Foremost 50 with analysis from Piper Sandler.

ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS

The program consisted of 13 round table discussions curated to address attendees’ individual business concerns. 
Roundtable topics included —Unpacking Sustainability, Channel Expansion, Optimizing Physical Retail,  Growth Vs Profitability, Understanding Demand, Next Innovation in Digital Customer Experience, Marketing Beyond Facebook, and Hiring for the Next Decade.

FOREMOST 50 AWARDS

The Lead, in partnership with SAP, presented a number of unique awards to The Foremost 50 of 2019.
Icon Award  — UNTUCKit
Newcomer of the Year — Enso Rings
Challenger of the Year — Stock X
Trailblazer Award (presented by eshopworld) — Bombas
Spotlight Award — Zenni
Company 51 — HATCH and STATE Bags
Breakout Company of the Year — Primary

ATTENDEES

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3.1 Phillip Lim
Act + Acre
Acuity Ads
Aerosoles
Afterpay
Ally Shoes
Andie Swim
Aurate
Baboon
Birdies
Brainbase
Brookfield Properties
Brooklinen
Burrow
Calvin Klein
Celine
Chanel
Choosy
CohnReznick
CUUP
Cynthia Rowley
Dagne Dover
Dia&Co
Diane Von Furstenberg
Draper James
Enso Rings
Equinox
eShopWorld
Estee Lauder
Eversight
Farfetch
Fashion Scholarship Fund
Feather
FitMatch
Flipp
Foley Hoag LLP
Footlocker
Forerunner Ventures
Frontir
Fuse Inventory
HATCH
Hawthorne
Helix Sleep
Impact Analytics
Intel
JBCHoldings
JP Morgan
Knot Standard
Kopari Beauty
Lalo
LVMH Inc.
Macy’s
Madewell
MakerSights
Marc Jacobs
Marchesa
Metapack
Michael Kors
Ministry of Supply
MMG Advisors
Moroccanoil
New York Fashion Tech Lab
Part & Parcel
Pink Shirtmaker
Piper Sandler & Co.
Primary
Pura Vida Bracelets
PVH
Ralph Lauren
Rhone
RIMOWA
Rockets of Awesome
Rosenthal & Rosenthal
SAP
Senreve
Sezzle
Smoke x Mirrors
SNOWE
Stadium Goods
Stance
STATE Bags
Stock X
Summersalt, Inc.
Supergoop!
Tapestry
Taubman
The Collective Child
the dtx company
Thursday Boot Company
TULA Skincare
UNTUCKIt
Violet Grey
Walmart
Winky Lux
XRC Labs
Zenni

PARTNERS

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Images by Sara Kerens