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The Safari is a guided tour around the retail, brand and consumer landscape. We interview the brightest and most innovative industry leaders who share how they are shaping and evolving the industry in the years to come. Guests come from all corners of the industry from retail, beauty, fashion, CPG, academia, agencies, real estate, investing and more. At Traub we have the privilege of working broadly across these numerous fields and collaborating with these talented leaders. We are delighted to introduce you to them via the Safari.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

The Safari is a guided tour around the retail, brand and consumer landscape. We interview the brightest and most innovative industry leaders who share how they are shaping and evolving the industry in the years to come. Guests come from all corners of the industry from retail, beauty, fashion, CPG, academia, agencies, real estate, investing and more. At Traub we have the privilege of working broadly across these numerous fields and collaborating with these talented leaders. We are delighted to introduce you to them via the Safari.

    The Joyful Fashion Brand: Co-Founder & CEO of Frances Valentine, Elyce Arons

    The Joyful Fashion Brand: Co-Founder & CEO of Frances Valentine, Elyce Arons

    Elyce Arons is the founder and CEO of Frances Valentine, a New York-based luxury apparel and accessories company. Frances Valentine celebrates the power of personal style through clothes and accessories that boost your mood and tell a story.
     
    A 35-year fashion veteran, Elyce famously chased her passion for fashion all the way from Kansas to New York City alongside her best friend, Kate, and co-founded Kate Spade in 1993. Elyce shepherded the company from inception to international success, growing it into one of the most iconic brands in modern fashion history—and was instrumental in its 2006 sale to Neiman Marcus Group. In 2016, Elyce, Kate, and Andy Spade launched Frances Valentine as an evolution of their joyful style aesthetic; a brand with heart, soul, and a story to tell.
     
    Interviewed by Kate Doerge.

    • 39 min
    The Wild Plant Enthusiast: Founder of Alpyn Beauty, Kendra Kolb Butler

    The Wild Plant Enthusiast: Founder of Alpyn Beauty, Kendra Kolb Butler

    Kendra Kolb Butler transitioned from a high-powered NYC life to founding Alpyn Beauty in Jackson Hole, drawing from her vast experience with luxury beauty brands and her new environment’s natural resources.
    Alpyn Beauty uniquely combines locally wild-harvested plants with clinical ingredients, establishing a skincare line that mirrors the efficacy of nature with scientific backing.
    Committed to sustainability, the brand supports the Grand Teton National Park Foundation by donating a portion of every sale to its rewilding efforts, underscoring Butler’s dedication to environmental conservation.
     
    Interviewed by Kate Deorge.

    • 40 min
    Infusing a Classic Brand with Fresh Relevance: Kevin McLaughlin and Mary Ellen Coyne of J.McLaughlin

    Infusing a Classic Brand with Fresh Relevance: Kevin McLaughlin and Mary Ellen Coyne of J.McLaughlin

    Kevin McLaughlin, Co-Founder and Creative Director and Mary Ellen Coyne, CEO, are the dynamic duo behind J.McLaughlin.
     
    Kevin McLaughlin is the creative force behind the impeccably designed clothing and accessories at J.McLaughlin. Since the late seventies when Kevin and his brother opened their first shop on 74th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan, Kevin’s taste and design sense have guided the J.McLaughlin collections. 
     
    Mary Ellen Coyne is the CEO of J.McLaughlin. Coyne joined J.McLaughlin in 2016 as the brand’s first female CEO and oversees all aspects of strategy and operations including merchandising, product development, marketing, retail expansion, and e-commerce. Under her leadership, J.McLaughlin has launched new product verticals including swim and footwear, enjoyed robust retail expansion, and launched a brand refresh.
     
    Interviewed by Kate Doerge.

    • 36 min
    The Feel-Good Lifestyle Brand: CEO of Roller Rabbit, Ed Bertouch

    The Feel-Good Lifestyle Brand: CEO of Roller Rabbit, Ed Bertouch

    Ed began his career in his native Sydney launching menswear brand, Beat Poet, out of college.  Beat Poet quickly became a cult Australian imprint, winning GQ designer of the year in 2009.  After divesting the brand and moving to New York for grad school, Ed has since worked for Robert Burke Associates, Patrick Johnson Tailors, and for the last 5 years as COO and then CEO of Vivid Brands, owners of Roller Rabbit, 18 East and Loudmouth.
     
    Roller Rabbit is a travel-inspired lifestyle brand, offering exotic, sophisticated yet affordable leisurewear, accessories and home goods with a magical and playful touch.
     
    Interviewed by Kate Doerge.

    • 36 min
    The Artist Inspired by Nature: Founder, Michael Aram

    The Artist Inspired by Nature: Founder, Michael Aram

    Trained as a painter, sculptor, and art historian, Michael has neatly applied his diverse background to the decorative arts. Lyrical and often witty, his work encompasses a wide range of media and reveals a rich and variant source of inspiration – nature, mythology, narrative storytelling, and purified form. Michael’s work is also a celebration of craft and age-old hand working traditions. It is the enduring fusion of these ideals – originality, narrative, and craftsmanship – that has become the hallmark of this gifted artist.
     
    Fascinated with the richness of the living crafts tradition which he discovered on his first trip to Delhi, Michael set up a studio in India where he has created his work for over 30 years. Today, over 200 artisans work alongside him in his workshop where the same creative interaction between artist and artisan remains the source of every object that Michael makes.
     
    Interviewed by Kate Doerge.

    • 40 min
    The Scent Master: Founder & CEO of Perfumehead, Daniel Patrick Giles

    The Scent Master: Founder & CEO of Perfumehead, Daniel Patrick Giles

    Daniel Patrick Giles is a visionary executive with over 25 years of success in building prestige beauty brands, including Benefit Cosmetics, Perricone MD, Too Faced Cosmetics, and as a founding partner of Peace Out Skincare. In 2022, he launched his luxury fragrance brand, Perfumehead, with a mission to explore the Osmocosm through beautiful scents and fascinating stories.
     
    Giles possesses extensive experience in developing transformative marketing strategies and is recognized as a bold leader known for his innovative thinking, creativity, and thought leadership. His unique experience includes working directly with brand founders, strategic partners, private equity partners, and board members.
     
    Interviewed by Kate Doerge.

    • 41 min

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Be an insider….thanks for sharing the wealth.

Morty and his team are very generous to share all this great knowledge and accessibility to gurus of our & other relevant industries. We the listeners are super lucky to be able to hear these great stories, lessons and experiences. Thank you for sharing, I loved my Safari!!!! Richard aka Uncle Sam 🙏🏼✌🏽‼️

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Amazing Podcast!!!

I recently discovered The Safari Podcast and I'm absolutely hooked! The show offers a unique perspective on the retail industry, focusing on the stories of leading industry professionals. Each episode offers an insightful and entertaining look at the world of retail, covering topics like innovation, customer service, digital transformation and more. As a retail professional, I'm always looking for new ideas and trends to stay ahead of the curve, and The Safari Retail Podcast delivers. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the retail industry. Five stars!

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Incredible Interviews!

It’s obvious Morty puts extraordinary effort into every single episode of The Safari. But what makes this show a true standout is the quality of the guests, stories, and tactics. Monty finds speakers that truly care about being a positive force in the retail, brand, and consumer spaces, and shares insights that only a true practitioner can unearth. Don't miss it!

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