Each of our six verticals (industries served) is headed by one or more of our industry experts with the full support of our conscious collective of advisors and service providers. We assess your business needs from a holistic view and assemble your conscious team.
Lead: Marci Zaroff
Co-Chairs: Suzanne McKenzie and Bonnie Dahan
Our goal is to proactively and actively ignite lasting change and to co-create growth for both emerging and well-established brands in the fashion, home goods, banking, e-commerce and health & wellness sectors. From source to story, from farm to home, the BeyondBrands Lifestyle Vertical holistically advises, guides and/or manages apparel, home, spa/hospitality/yoga and retail outlet ventures from concept exploration to business and financial planning. Our team actively advises on product development, sourcing to certifications, compliance and production oversight, and branding/marketing to business development and distribution strategy. Our spheres of service provide powerfully transformational solutions garnering more ethical and sustainable results for our esteemed clients and partners while positively influencing these industries as a whole.
Expertise: Brand Development, Responsible Innovation, Strategic Marketing, Public Speaking. As co-Founder of BeyondBrands and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Founder of ECOfashion lifestyle brands Under the Canopy and MetaWear, and Producer of the documentary “THREAD | Driving Fashion Forward”, Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership and social justice worldwide for over 25 years. An internationally recognized ECOlifestyle entrepreneur, educator, innovator and expert and featured in the book “ECO AMAZONS: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World,” Marci is a Board Member of the Organic Trade Association and Advisor to Fair Trade USA, Teens Turning Green and the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute.
Brands: The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, ECOfashion lifestyle brands, Under the Canopy, Metawear
Expertise: An award-winning creative director/designer and strategist by trade, Suzanne is passionate about using design and collaboration to make the world a better place. With 18 years in the advertising and design consultancy worlds, she is also Founder/Creative Director of Able Made, an active lifestyle brand that inspires healthy living through sustainable, high-end fashion accessories and product collaboration with fashion’s top established and emerging brands.
Brands: Founder of Able Made; MoMA; Tom Ford; FEED Projects; Supergoop/Maria Sharapova; the Olympic Games; AIGA; Institute of Contemporary Art
Expertise: Brand Strategist, Product Visionary, Merchandising, E-Commerce and Retail Marketing. As the best-selling author of Wise Concoctions, Elixirs and Tonics for Health and Energy, Garden House, Garden Home City, and Living with the Seasons, (Chronicle Books) and former EVP, at Banana Republic and Smith & Hawken, Bonnie combined her extensive expertise in brand, merchandising, and strategic marketing with a personal passion to prove that distinctive design and social values can co-exist. She is the Founder of vivaterra.com, the premier direct-to-consumer catalog and e-commerce business devoted to distinctive eco/social impact lifestyle products which was recently sold. Having developed and brought to market 2,000+ specialty/artisan products across apparel, home décor, personal care, gift and wellness, both mainstream and LOHAS focused, Bonnie’s passion is to collaborate and co-create the conscious lifestyle brands of tomorrow.
Brands: VivaTerra, Smith & Hawken, Banana Republic, Gap
Expertise: Strategist/designer specializing in creative development for the fashion/wearables/apparel industry. Consulting for design direction and biz dev with focus on mindful materials, make and methodology practices. Expertise in contemporary young designer and active sports categories, with specialized skills in sweater and cut/sew knits. Business and design consultation in aesthetics/color/design/brand development for International product development & production planning.
Expertise: As a designer of Women’s apparel for over a decade, her increased awareness of the impacts of fast fashion spurred a career shift. Complicated and difficult-to-trace supply chains offer countless opportunities for a more efficient, safe, meaningful, and profitable industry, Libby has achieved a Sustainable Design certificate from FIT in 2014 and is currently collaborating on a book, aDRESSing Change.
Expertise: Former Executive Director, Master & Muse by Amber Valletta, Amy is now Co-Founder at LA based Squared Films, a Creative Studio, in partnership with Amber. Amy focuses on the Sustainable Fashion industry & co-produced Driving Fashion Forward for Lexus’ LStudio.com with Marci Zaroff & Tree Media. Amy also Produced PSA for 2014 Fashion Revolution Day.
Expertise: Celebrity Stylist and eco beauty expert, BOD Member of Fashion Takes Action, an NGO encouraging sustainability & fair trade through events and initiatives including the World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) conference, Fashion Revolution Day etc. BOD member of Environmental Defence’s Just Beautiful Campaign, The Green Shows, Project1127.
Brands: Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Elle
Expertise: Steven has extensive international experience in apparel sourcing, supply chain mng. & production, starting at Liz Claiborne, then growing to executive positions at Tommy Hilfiger & Ralph Lauren. Consulting is focused on improving supply chains/overseeing the production process. Steven is a vegetarian and consumer of organic products with a passion for living a healthy and authentic life.
Expertise: ecofashion stylist, has dressed countless celebrities and high-profile individuals for events and editorials ranging from Nicole Kidman and Beyonce Knowles. In Mia maintains a high-low sensibility in her work, as she continues to utilize her wide, design-house expertise to develop fashionable brand archetypes through “sustainable fashion” methodology, Mia has emerged as The Fashion Alchemist, holds a B.A. Fashion Design from Wayne State University and studied film at the School of Visual Arts (SVA).
Expertise: 25 years brand strat mkt,, biz dev w positions at high-profile ad agencies J. Walter Thompson & TBWA Chiat/Day, current CMO I:CO, global recycling co. ,providing closed loop recycling solutions for unwanted apparel, footwear and textiles. Leads mission in NA to keep these material resources in everlasting production cycle and to providing a sustainable approach to environmentally responsible consumption.
Brands: Boeing, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, Mattel, Toyota, Ralston Purina
Expertise: Dubbed, “Johnny Appleseed of Eco Fashion”, in 2007 by California Apparel News. Strategic Marketing & Biz Dev for Textile & Fashion sector; Brand Dev, R&D, Product Innovation, Supply Chain
Brands: Volcom, Element Founded LIVITY & Sustainable Source Studios
Expertise: Luxury & Ethical Fashion, Branding, Product and Business Development, Customer Engagement, Strategic Marketing, Partnerships, Sustainably Scaling Sales, Positive Psychology Practitioner, Business Coach and Mentor.
Brands: BF+DA (a Pratt Initiative), RESTORE Clothing, Donald J. Pliner Shoes, Charles Jourdan Shoes & Parfums Christian Dior
Expertise: Sustainable Fashion & Apparel strategist, Business Planning, Development and Product Design and Production; Branding, Marketing and Communications activation.
Brands: Founder, Portland Apparel Lab