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Fashion is facing a blistering pace of technology, a complex economic backdrop, and shifting social mores, priorities, and lifestyles.

This year’s WWD CEO Summit will be the meeting place for some of the sharpest minds in the business who will address how these forces affect a consumer    who is more demanding and capricious than ever.

Throughout the two days of the WWD CEO Summit, top retailers and brand executives, dealmakers, and thought leaders are to share their wisdom, experience, and advice, some in conversation with WWD’s top editors.

Get new perspective on such pivotal issues as:

  • Modern luxury that embraces inclusivity and collaboration
  • Retail reinvention that integrates digital and physical and innovates physical spaces
  • Diverse creative influences that shape the next generation of fashion design
  • Vision of entrepreneurial women who redefine business culture
  • Sustainability that permeates consumer, retail, and brand experiences
  • Fashion that anticipates new styles of living.

Welcome to The Consumer Age – we are here to help you decipher all of the new codes. Join us October 30-31 in New York.


WWD Honors
WWD will host the third annual WWD Honors, an annual celebration of individual creative vision and business leadership across the industry. The celebration will anchor WWD’s 2018 CEO Summit on the evening of Oct. 30 in New York. Click here to learn more about this year’s event.

Tuesday, October 30
7:30 – 8:30 AM // Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 10:15 AM // Session I
10:15 – 10:45 AM // Networking Break
10:45 AM – 1:00 PM // Session II
1:00 – 2:15 PM // Lunch
2:15 – 4:45 PM // Session III
4:45 – 6:00 PM // Networking Break
6:00 PM // WWD Honors Cocktail Celebration & Dinner Program


Wednesday, October 31
7:30 – 8:30 AM // Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 AM // Session I
10:30 – 11:00 AM // Networking Break
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM // Session II
1:00 PM // Networking Lunch


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Who Is Speaking?

  • Virgil Abloh Louis Vuitton Malletier & Off-White C/O Virgil Abloh™
  • Yael Aflalo Reformation
  • Antoine Arnault Berluti
  • Eileen Fisher Eileen Fisher Inc.
  • Spencer Fung Li & Fung
  • Michelle Gass Kohl's
  • Jeff Gennette Macy's Inc.
  • Mike George Qurate Retail Group Inc.
  • Tyler Haney Outdoor Voices
  • Steve Hasker Creative Artists Agency Global
  • Gabriela Hearst Gabriela Hearst
  • Fran Horowitz Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Ulric Jerome
  • Gene Manheim Herbert Mines Associates
  • Michael McNamara Mastercard
  • Krishna Nikhil SSENSE
  • Greg Petro First Insight
  • Geoffroy van Raemdonck Neiman Marcus Group
  • Julie Rice WeWork
  • Olivier Rousteing Balmain
  • Jennifer Schmidt McKinsey & Company
  • Sir Paul Smith Paul Smith
  • Cara Smyth GCNYC Fair Fashion Center
  • Libby Wadle Madewell
  • Heidi Zak ThirdLove
  • Ermenegildo Zegna Ermenegildo Zegna

2018 John B. Fairchild Honor

  • 2018 John B. Fairchild Honor Leonard Lauder The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Past Editorial Coverage

  • CEO Talks: Spencer Fung on the Remaking of a Stalwart

    The head of Li & Fung goes into detail about creating a speed-oriented, data rich supply chain.

  • Leonard Lauder to Receive John B. Fairchild Honor

    The chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. will receive the honor at the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit in October.

  • WWD Summit: Guardians of the Industry on Stage

    The upcoming WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit is stacked with high-profile retail leaders.

  • Gabriela Hearst RTW Spring 2019

    A perfectionist with the highest luxury standards, Gabriela Hearst presented a spring line that was still grounded in reality.

  • Transformers: Neiman Marcus Group Sets 4-Year Roadmap for Change

    The group continues to narrow bottom-line losses and just experienced its fourth consecutive quarter of positive sales increases.

  • Off-White RTW Spring 2019

    Virgil Abloh teamed with Nike again, this time for spring, turning his attention to track and field.


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