The beResonant Council
The beResonant Council is a collection of highly regarded, deeply experienced creative and operational industry leaders, who are passionate about supporting the next generation of black designers. The beResonant Council's primary role is to provide mentorship and subject-matter expertise, and participants will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from each of the council members over the duration of the program.
“When women dress for themselves, that’s where creativity and originality really show.” Those are the words of designer and stylist Beth Gibbs, and this philosophy strongly explains her style and point of view of her line, Bephie. As a Los Angeles native (and co-owner and Creative Director of streetwear mecca Union), Beth has long been inspired by the black experience of Southern California. Her eye has been deeply influenced by art, as well: think Slauson swap meets Stella Jean prints in conversation with Simone Leigh’s sculptures and Genevieve Gaignard’s photographs.
Beth’s work has a distinctly feminist approach, and she thinks first of creating clothing for Black women. Moreover, her pieces are gender-neutral and meant to convey freedom of thought and freedom of movement, not just in one’s own body, but across a range of spaces. Each garment and accessory is made with the utmost quality, care, and attention to detail, in unique silhouettes and comfortable shapes. And like the world of streetwear that Beth comes from, Bephie is rooted in community.
"One of the beauties of the store is that it's been able to change with every new era of fashion and retail." The co-owner of established retailer Union, Chris Gibbs continues to push himself to understand what's next in the streetwear-meets-high-fashion world that he has been in love with for some time now. Chris' deep appreciation for streetwear spills over to the very communities that influenced these garments. From collaborations with Jordan creating a collage-like tribute to California basketball culture to continued exposure of local up and coming brands, Chris is strongly dedicated to clothing that tells a meaningful story.
Monique Joseph has been the production wheels behind the scenes for 20+ years for many brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret to name a few. Affectionately known as “MoJo” throughout the industry, her success lies in the details of her strategies, the trust and relationships she builds with cross functional partners, vendors, factories and mills.
Jerome LaMaar, born and raised in the Bronx, NY, is a true polymath, building a successful career as a Creative Director, Designer and Futurist. His career began in 2001 at the age of 15, when he joined Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons as a high school intern, and later became the Junior Creative Director and Brand Coordinator. After finishing his studies at FIT in 2007 and leaving Baby Phat in 2008, he traveled the globe as a trend forecaster, lending his perspectives on art, culture, concepts, and colors and contributing new ideas in technology and style to some of the world’s leading brands, including Adidas, L'Oréal, Uniqlo, Calvin Klein, and many more. In 2013, he created his own brand called 5:31 Jérôme, which was admired by Beyonce, Jay-Z, Hailey Baldwin-Bieber, Kim Kardashian-West, Swizz Beatz, Missy, Rihanna, and many others.
In 2015, he opened his luxury pop-up boutique in the South Bronx called 9J, which shifted the image of the Bronx by merging art, music, design and new thought, and ultimately landed him on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Styles section. His collaborative spirit has led LaMaar to partnerships with Google, Samsung, LG, Lyft, Lincoln, Puma, Nike, Alife, and Swarovski. LaMaar sits as the youngest trustee on the board for The Bronx Museum of Art, and also acted as the lead Creative Director and Designer for the successful 2020 launch of Beyonce's Ivy Park x Adidas collection.
Allyson Moore is a 20+ year vet in the fashion industry. Her expertise is in brand building and sales. She has worked for esteemed designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace. Most recently, Moore was Vice President of Sales for Roberto Cavalli. After leaving Roberto Cavalli, Moore founded her own company, The Curated Eye, in 2018. The Curated Eye is a traveling vintage boutique and Etsy shop, which focuses on finding one of a kind pieces and client styling.
Travis Rundlet is Managing Partner of Rundlet Advisory PLLC, a NYC boutique corporate law firm. He advises entrepreneurs and investors in connection with a variety of corporate and commercial matters, and he is dedicated to supporting founders of color. He is an Emmy-nominated former network television producer. He received a B.A. with Honors from Williams College, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Clark Sabbat is a first-generation American born in Brooklyn, New York. Sabbat’s roots spring from his Haitian parents. His mother had an innate sense of style that she passed on: "We didn't have a lot but what we had, always looked good". Growing up Haitian American, Sabbat learned how to work hard and eventually as he got older, learned how to work smart. He was originally interested in architecture, but always gravitated towards clothing and style. While in high school, he taught himself how to sketch fashion; he then applied and was accepted to the Parsons School of Design. Sabbat has owned and operated successful businesses, from his first store on Saint Marks Place, AG, Haitian Inspired Voudoo collection, to his stylish and draped Friends with Benefits. Sabbat mastered the craft working for various designers in Paris, while learning their techniques in draping and the finishing of garments. Sabbat is constantly inspired by clean lines, drape, travel, and culture. Knowledge is meant to be passed on to the next generation of talents, which is why Sabbat is proud to be on the beResonant Council.
With more than 15 years of progressive experience in the global fashion industry, Warren Satchell has an established background in buying, merchandising, content strategy and execution, photo direction, styling, product development and trend forecasting. Satchell has a deep understanding of the retail landscape across e-commerce and brick-and-mortar. Throughout his career Satchell has worked for Amazon Fashion, Original Penguin (Perry Ellis, Int’l), Kenneth Cole Productions, Gap Inc. and Armani Exchange (Giorgio Armani S.p.A). His success is rooted in his keen understanding of the changing landscape of the Men’s, Women’s, and Accessories markets globally.
Satchell received his B.A. in Fashion Merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves on the VCU Fashion Advisory Council and is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of industry professionals by speaking at Career Day seminars as well as giving guest lectures and talks. Warren volunteers as a mentor to a local NYC high school student through the I-mentor organization and also serves as a reading tutor through the Reading Partners organization.
Zahra Sherzad is a producer and art curator with a passion for working on social justice issues that restore humanity. She has a degree in Art History with a strong focus on sculpture that led to several years at the Isumu Noguchi Museum. An interest in public contemporary art brought her to collaborate with artists and arts organizations. Sherzad is currently Head of Visual Art at Level Forward, a producing partner in Broadway’s ‘Slave Play‘ by Jeremy O Harris and ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’; she is also curating for Times Square Arts, Spring Break Art Show and is an Executive Producer on Street Heroines, a feature documentary on the courage and creativity of female graffiti and street artists from around the world. She began her philanthropy and activism as a Board Chair Member of The Heliotrope Foundation, started by artist Swoon, to help communities respond and heal after natural disasters and other urgent humanitarian crises. Sherzad continues to try to merge the two worlds together and believes that through art we can create a platform to discuss and address social change.
JEFFREY COSTELLO +
Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra began their careers making custom wardrobes for actors and musicians like Salt N Pepa to Nine Inch Nails. They went on to create Costello Tagliapietra in 2005, earning them consecutive nominations for the Vogue Fashion Fund, collaborations with UNIQLO and The CFDA Lexas Award for Sustainability. The designers saw their designs exhibited at the Met, sold around the world as well as in the permanent collections of The Victoria and Albert and FIT museums.
Seeing the pitfalls of the way the fashion system had been operating, Costello and Tagliapietra began JCRT in 2016 along with Resonance as a way to do things differently. JCRT is a brand that tells stories through the intersections of color and line and is carried at Dover Street Market and their own website. Through the combination of their 50 + combined years of experience on the analog side of making clothing and the state of the art digital technology they were now plugged in to, JCRT is the designers purest expression of their work to date given to the quickness, lack of constraint and freedom that this partnership has afforded them.
Back in 1998, Sean “Diddy” Combs was building an empire when he had the idea to start an aspirational clothing brand, but didn’t have a team to execute the vision. As the first hire at Sean John, Jeff Tweedy has lead the company through 20 years of success, having recently sold a controlling stake in the business to Global Brands Group, one of the world’s leading apparel companies. Through the acquisition, Jeff remains in place as President and CEO. Coming from humble beginnings, to being mentored by Ralph Lauren, Jeff began his career as a stock boy in Washington, D.C.. A chance meeting with Jeffrey Banks and Ralph Lauren placed Jeff on the fast track to pursuing a career in fashion. He enrolled in FIT to study menswear design and marketing, but he left school early for a job at Ralph Lauren. He went on to hold positions with Willie Wear, Hugo Boss, Spike Lee, and Threadz 4 Life (which later became Karl Kani) where he helped to increase sales by 100% in less than two years, before accepting a role at Sean John.
As President and CEO of Sean John, Jeff has become one of the highly regarded leaders in the fashion industry. He has built a reputation for introducing unique innovations into men’s apparel,as well as an impressive marketing and sales track record with a large international footprint. Multiple fashion industry publications have recognized Jeff’s contribution to the style landscape, including WWD, which placed Jeff in the Power 100, and MR, which named him one of The Most Fascinating Men in Fashion.
During her 20+ year professional career, Pamela Watson created a fashion styling company called Builders of Style (2000), where she employed and trained countless fledging stylists-in-training as assistants for her bustling styling business; launched BryceWear Kids Inc (2004), a boys-only clothing brand inspired and designed by current menswear trends from runways all around the globe; opened a kids’ store in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (Pieces BK), with trend driven clothing and accessories for boys and girls aged 6 months to 8 years; and, started Gemini Group Mgmt Inc (2010), a management company for her costume designing, on-air hosting, and trend & lifestyle expert brand.
Emil Wilbekin is the founder of Native Son, a platform created to inspire and empower Black Gay Men.
He has appeared on-air discussing pop culture, fashion, style, entertainment and current affairs on The Today Show, NBC Channel 4 News New York, E! VH-1, MTV, BET, CNN, The Insider, Arise 360, Revolt and PBS.
Wilbekin has an expertise in editorial creation, content curation and multimedia storytelling (print, digital, social, video and live events), having served as Chief Content Officer at Afropunk, Editor-in-Chief of Giant and Giantmag.com, Style Guru at Complex Media, VP of Brand Development at Marc Eckō Enterprises, Editorial Director/Vice President of Vibe Ventures and Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine. Under Wilbekin's leadership, Vibe won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002.
Wilbekin holds a B.S. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. He resides in New York City.
Norisol Ferrari is an American designer in New York City who has been inspired by the beauty and craft of this industry since she started her first internship in the NYC Garment District in her youth. Ferrari's aim has always been to create clothing that is both sustainable and ethical that empowers one to be the best versions of themselves.