Steve Gold – Managing Director
Stephen (Steve) Gold is a ground breaking visionary in the domestic and international fashion arena. Steve’s retail expertise and breadth of product knowledge positioned him as the Management Consultant which actualized critical projects for Marvin Traub Associates. He personally consulted directly with Marvin on project developments in Dubai, and in India where they worked closely with the Secretary of Trade and Commerce D.K. Mittal. Steve was also previously involved in the public offering of B.U.M. Equipment.
Steve also consulted for Sarvis Inc., the premium military brokerage in the world for over 45 years, Lee Cooper who is known as the oldest jeans wear company in Europe and Asia for 106 years where Steve was instrumental in the eventual sale to Iconix Group, Tropical Sportswear International and NAFTA where he was involved in the early stages of production and factory quality capabilities and evaluations criteria.
His high level associations with critical organizations forged close relationships with industry leaders in key positions that shaped the industry both then and now including: Aldo Papone C.E.O. American Express /Vice Chair Dayton Hudson Corp., Phillip Miller C.E.O. Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Marshall Fields, Michael Steinberg C.E.O. Macy’s West, Bob Mettler C.E.O. Macys West, Rudy Borneo Vice Chairman Macy’s West, Alan Questrom C.E.O. Federated Department Stores, Neiman Marcus, J.C.Penney, the infamous Richard Perry, Record Producer and the late Marvin Traub C.E.O. Bloomingdales and the globally acclaimed Marvin Traub Associates.
Leading teams throughout the world as Managing Director, Steve developed product, licensing opportunities and branding for Johnnie Walker Collection for Diageo including the golf line development with and for the legendary golfer Jim Furyk. In another venture, he oversaw 57 Licensees for Orange County Choppers’ products in multiple categories including a single T-shirt deal that turned volume up to $85 million dollars in just 18 months. Steve continued his global success at the largest manufacturing facility in the Philippines, M. Greenfield, where 75% of the production was dedicated to Liz Claiborne. Through efficient management , including 3 factory facilities and 3000 employees, Steve doubled the production capacity in 6 months from 18,000 to 36,000 dozen per month.
As the Executive Vice President, Steve’s leadership propelled success for high profile brands including Billy The Kid, Cacharel , Yves Saint Laurent Jeanswear and Melville Corporation’s group including Spotwood Apparel. At Billy The Kid, Steve opened doors and expanded business from 30 to over 75 million dollars by offering new innovations in pre-washed denim and 2% stretch. At Cacharel, he pioneered “designer jeans” into the then basic and functional denim market. Using a “cosmetics approach” to service key retailers, he helped high profile stores like Bloomingdales increase sales on new products which increased productivity at the store level. At YSL Jeans, he introduced designer Jeans with stretch, the first of its kind, with inseams and Cotton Lycra blends. And at Melville’s Spotwood, Steve expanded distribution to all key major department stores including Macys, Federated, May Co.,and Dillard’s by introducing 8 wale corduroy and fashion color bottoms in menswear. He also opened one of the first bottoms production facilities in the Far East.
Steve has always been a trailblazer and at Sea Air Ground Apparel Inc. [S.A.G.A.] , was responsible for private label and production on the Eddie Bauer and American Eagle brands. He also created an owned S.A.G.A. brand which was sold direct to brick and mortar retail stores. In previous ventures, Steve was appointed Chief Executive Officer and took Gianfranco Ruffini, Bjorn Borg and Partner Maze to global acclaim.
Recognized within the industry for his measurable success, Steve has been honored as an FIT STAR TRIBUTE AWARD winner presented by the Fashion Institute of Technology[FIT] at the United Nations, and received a Wounded Warrior Medal for contributions and involvement in the project.
Steve has built an extensive network within the retail and celebrity communities throughout his career. With this and his notable track record in Strategic Planning and Start Up, Steve Gold has established a partnership in MariGold Entertainment. Here he will engage a select group of industry professionals and investors to provide a vital gateway for new and trend setting innovation and talent in the apparel industry.
As Chief Executive Officer at the Artists Alliance Group, LLC, Steve’s philosophy to a successful business formula is based on the principles of a Broadway production: The product line is the script, the retailer is the theater, and the consumer is the audience. Unless you sell a lot of tickets, the show closes. To achieve success, you must have the right cast of individuals. AAG has established a group of accomplished professional’s that would be welcomed on any project.