Fellow – Haim Dabah — Entrepreneur, Brand Builder, Tomato Farmer

Headshot_Haim Dabah

Haim is the Founder and Managing Partner of HDS Capital LLC, which is dedicated to investing, mentoring and providing corporate access and contacts to startups and early stage companies at the intersection of technology, retail and fashion.

Until recently, Haim was an Executive Director, Group President at Li & Fung USA, the $20+ billion Hong Kong based multinational. In 2007, Haim sold his company, Regatta USA, to Li & Fung and stayed on to run its women’s business. Haim has over 30 years of deep retail relationships and experience focused on fashion, brand building and marketing. His brand portfolio includes Simply Vera Vera Wang, Daisy Fuentes, Ellen Tracy, Nicole Miller, Karl Karl Lagerfeld and Marchesa, as well as Keds and Skechers. He led designer collaborations with retailers such as Macy’s, including Matthew Williamson and Giambattista Valli; and Kohl’s, including Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino, Peter Som and Elie Tahari. He also led the Oxford team, which produced Target’s collaborations, including Missoni, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Rodarte, McQueen and Thakoon. He was also an early investor in Isaac Mizrahi, and later sold his equity to Chanel. An expert in the brand management field, he is considered a pioneer of the proprietary brand business model.

Haim is an investor in and an advisor for technology startups, including Stylitics and Linc Global. He is also on the advisory board of Metamorphic Ventures, and serves on the board of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

 

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