WE ARE A STRATEGIC PRODUCT-MANAGEMENT CONSULTING GROUP
FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY.
Our services include product development; sourcing for apparel, footwear and accessories; fabric development and sourcing; production planning; and developing product teams for early stage companies to large fashion houses.
We have over 30 years of experience within the fashion industry and have worked with major brands. Strategy is at the center of how we execute, from working with management to build a foundation for a new project or to elevate, reposition the brand with sound product, fabric and design execution. We pride ourselves in providing expert execution with cohesive merchandising and assortment planning for production.
SOURCING, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND MERCHANDISING
TEAM BUILDING AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY
WE FEEL THAT DESIGNERS SHOULD DESIGN. PERIOD.
We take on the day-to-day management so designers can focus on what they do best. Our roster of world-renowned talent has helped create everything from designer collaborations to capsule collections to new category launches.
FROM IDEA TO PRODUCTION, WE LOVE PRODUCT AND UNDERSTAND IT
AT EVERY STAGE OF ITS LIFE CYCLE.
We’ve helped our clients identify and solve complex problems in areas such as product design and development, merchandising and production.
NESLI began her fashion career in 1988 as a buying assistant for Charivari after graduating with a B.A. in economics from Barnard College. Inspired by Barbara Weiser, her direct report at Charivari, Nesli obtained an A.A.S. degree in fashion design from F.I.T. in 1991, and soon after became a Men’s Knitwear Designer at Ralph Lauren. Further experience includes Director to Vice President for Design and Product Development at Ralph Lauren, Morgane le Fay, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and finally Anthropologie, where she was Design Director in charge of managing the team along with the design and product-development process.
After a six-year stint successfully running her own womenswear company called (neslihan), in 2008 she decided she wanted to branch out in the fashion world and help other brands and designers; she founded Angora Group after securing her first client Marc Jacobs, whom she helped launch the men’s tech-accessories business. From launching new categories to new businesses to managing production, Angora’s clients have included The Row, Coach, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Trademark, Alexander Wang, Kelly Wearstler, Rebecca Minkoff, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh, among others.
Lead Project Manager
Nicole attended the School of Visual Arts for Photography and obtained a degree in Art History and Computer Information Systems from Baruch College. After college, she dove headlong into the detail-oriented and fast-paced hospitality industry, a career move that turned out to be excellent preparation for her position at Angora Group. Since 2016 Nicole has project-managed for clients such as 1.61 Studio, Daniella Hunter Collection, Outdoor Voices (merchandise and swim programs), Who Shirt Co., and The Standard Hotel retail label. She’s now Lead Project Manager at Angora where, among myriad tasks, she spearheads sustainability research to help clients integrate more eco-friendly materials and practices into their brands. In addition, Nicole ensures product quality and functionality, vets domestic and international factories and vendors, and is Angora’s primary liaison between the client and vendors.
Juan Quiceno is an LA-based designer.
After graduating from Parsons in 2011, he worked for various design studios in New York City before making the move to freelancing in Los Angeles in 2016. His varied background - from a being a menswear pattern-cutter to a costume illustrator - informs his eclectic skill set and wide range of clients.
Cameron Gardner Bio
Cameron began his career in 2009 at Tory Burch working in handbag and accessories design, helping to oversee the process from concept to production. Over the course of four-and-a-half years at the company, Cameron helped the iconic American brand achieve astonishing growth in handbags, small leather goods, belts, and soft accessories
Additionally, since 2013, Cameron has consulted for and launched numerous brands including Paravel, Hickey Freeman, WP Standard, Pamela Munson, and Trademark.