Allison Mitchell – Marks and Spencers, Brand Manager
Your brand mentor, Allison Mitchell is a commercially focused and results-driven E-Commerce professional with 18 years of planning, trading & product experience across lingerie, swimwear, and nightwear.
Her key strength is in her ability to transform the strong into the superb through cross-functional product and trade strategies that meet the commercial needs of the business while delighting customers.
Allison has successfully delivered a product strategy at FIGLEAVES that celebrates the brand's values while realizing gross profit through private label growth, launching the FIGLEAVES private label range into ASOS, NEXT, VERY & House of Fraser.
Allison can support brands not only with range optimization but risk management through dynamic merchandising strategies that balance trade opportunities with stock risk management.
What to expect from your time with Allison:
- Commercial Strategy
- Private Label and Brand Collection Curation
- Product Strategy and Optimisation
- Seasonal Sales Strategy
- Merchandising Strategy
- Markdown and Promotional Planning
- Online Trading and Analysis and Strategy
- Stock and Inventory Management
- Wholesale and Concession Support.
- Figleaves (current)
- ASOS (UK)
- Next (UK)
- House of Frasier (UK)
WE are COCO is pleased to Andrea Carta, a Senior Business Development Manager, E-Concessions at FARFETCH to is Board of Global Fashion Mentors.
With nearly a decade of industry insights and experience under his belt, Andrea is a titan in the fashion industry. Andrea's passion is working with brands who want to understand how to integrate luxury marketplaces into their B2C channels. Brands can connect with him to learn more about global customers' buying habits and trends, explore new business opportunities and learn how to grow their brands.“More than ever the industry is ferociously competitive. WE are COCO provides a platform for connection with seasoned professionals who can act as a reliable voice for guidance and feedback to help brands stand out from the crowd. “Andrea Carter - Senior Business Development Manager, FARFETCHAndreas specialises in various areas of establishing a brand's presence in the e-commerce realm, ranging from selecting appropriate channels to devising pricing strategies, visual merchandising and e-commerce and negotiating commercial terms for a marketplace agreement.
Your Brand Mentor Anastasia Gurskaya is an experienced Assistant buyer at Al Tayer Group, Dubai.
Following her departure from TSUM Russia in Moscow, Anastasia is now responsible for buying and allocating more than 90 Designer and Evening wear brands with Womenswear for Harvey Nichols Dubai, Bloomingdales Dubai & E-com, Bloomingdales Kuwait & E-com.
“Having been able to work both in the UK and Russia, partnering and working a lot with Italians, French and Americans, I am able to compare the cultural differences in terms of work culture, business approach and communications. It is vital to understand those to gain success and I am happy to help people/companies/brands on that journey”
Whilst working as a team finding and curating young brands and talent, she worked closely with the international stylist, influencer and ex-creative director of TSUM Moscow - Natasha Goldenberg. Her team were amongst the first worldwide to buy Khaite, starting from their very first season. They were also the first to discover Jacquemus, Cecilie Bahnsen, Peter Do and Casablanca and bought them to Russia.
We are COCO is pleased to welcome Whitney Parkhill, Senior Buyer - Men's to it's Board of Brand Mentors. With over 15 years experience, Whitney launched her retail career at Bloomingdale's in NYC gaining experience running both store side and the ecommerce businesses across RTW and Men’s.
Whitney has extensive relationships in the industry and is known for her long standing connections. Additionally, she has a keen eye for style and trend, knows how to build an attention grabbing assortment while also balancing the financials to run a profitable business. Her experience in the ecommerce and tech space makes her a forward thinker that is constantly innovating. Data is the future of how we buy and collecting that from customers and clients is key in ensuring OTB dollars are spent efficiently and effectively while delivering a client right assortment! Whitney currently lectures for the Retail Studies program at Indiana University as well as mentors a new and upcoming black designer at Stitch Fix who has recently launched her line at Saks and Shopbop (and soon to be Stitch Fix!)