As a team of experienced executives from the luxury, retail, consumer goods, and hospitality industries, we understand CEO and entrepreneur priorities. Our specialty lies in delivering competitive advantages and cost efficient results. Given the nature of our projects, we collaborate as needed with strategic partners worldwide.
Linda is a high-energy brand strategist, marketing consultant and market researcher with international experience across multiple business sectors. As a brand strategist with Luxury Brand Forum, Linda employed her passion for mining insights to craft captivating brand positionings and generate impactful marketing ideas for brands targeting affluent consumers in the health and beauty and homewares categories.
Linda has also led an extensive market research program for a niche European luxury real estate fund and developed targeted research studies focused on the retail and leisure sectors at DTZ Pieda Management Consultants in London. Prior to this, she held a consultant role at a boutique Australian agency creating innovative marketing solutions for clients in the health and beauty category, as well as for public arts institutions. Linda’s expertise includes generating strategic brand and marketing programs, market research and project management. Linda holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art from the University of Western Australia and a B.A. with Honors (1st class) in Marketing from the University of Westminster, as well as an M.A. in Brand Strategy from New York University.
Eric is an international retail, fashion and luxury consultant. He advises companies on how to maximize their international growth and find or negotiate licensing or distributor partnerships in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North/South America. Previously, Eric directed International Sales and Licensing for Michael Kors, Coach Inc., 7 For All Mankind, and Nine West Group. He has over 20 years of experience in developing brand awareness and increasing market share for consumer products including collection and bridge/better sportswear and accessories, premium denim and fine leather goods.
Having lived in France, Japan and the US, Eric’s extensive international sales and strategic planning experience with global fashion brands combined with his close relationships with premier distributors and licensees makes him uniquely qualified to advise companies from start-ups to prominent brands who want to grow or enter new international markets.
As a French-American brand and business strategist, Elisa leverages five years of Big Four consulting experience and six years sales and marketing experience with companies such as Chanel. In addition to her work as the founder of Manhattan-based wellness and lifestyle firm living épanoui™, Elisa consults to companies in the luxury goods, fashion, food, hospitality, and wellness industries. Recent engagements have included Dior, 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipient Sophie Théallet, and Robert de Niro’s Greenwich Hotel. Her work focuses on helping companies identify market opportunities, develop strategic and financial plans, define and execute sales and marketing strategies, and implement client development programs. Before starting her consulting practice, Elisa managed multi-million dollar accounts as a Ready-To-Wear executive at Chanel. She oversaw $20 million in annual sales and 22 national doors, conducting 6 sales campaigns annually in Paris. Elisa began her career as a strategy and management consultant in Paris. She worked for Ernst & Young, specializing in luxury, small business and retail clients. Elisa subsequently joined the ranks of Accenture’s Business Launch Center, helping clients such as PPR and Hachette Livre with new business ventures and internet projects.
Elisa holds an MBA in Luxury Goods Marketing & Management from Sup de Luxe in Paris. She holds a Masters in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris; and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. A Board Certified Health Counselor, she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2007, where she studied with leading experts in natural health, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil.
An independent niche strategy company, and sister to G&G Advisors, Sequoia Lab focuses on the $500 billion Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (“LOHAS”) market -- a marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, clean technology and alternative energy, personal development and sustainable living. Founded by ethical entrepreneurs, for ethical entrepreneurs and business leaders, Sequoia Lab offers a range of business solutions designed to improve client operational efficiencies and increase profit potential, while enhancing corporate responsibility and sustainability performance. Sequoia Lab also specializes in incubating conscious ventures by providing them with technical and financial support.
Guillaume is a brand & retail strategist, and the co-founder and CEO of TOTSY.com, the first retail private sale website dedicated to moms and families. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Lalique in North America, where he oversaw all retail and wholesale operations. Before looking after North America, Guillaume was managing director of the United Kingdom. Prior to Lalique, he was the assisting managing director of Louis Vuitton’s largest flagship store on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Guillaume also founded alidoo.com, Western Europe’s version of pets.com. He began his career in consumer goods at Colgate and Nestle.
Guilllaume holds a PhD in Veterinarian Medicine and a certificate in Marketing & Communications from the Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort in Paris. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an advisory board member of the Luxury Education Foundation (LEF), a co-founder of 4th Avenue,and a committee member of Trailblazers.
David is a Corporate and Business Development executive with a focus on the consumer products, technology, and hospitality industries. David specializes in helping growth stage companies with valuable intellectual property (whether in the form of brands, copyrights, or patents) grow into larger entities through strategic transactions including licensing, joint venture, acquisitions, and partnerships. David also advises on optimal capital structure and helps companies raise debt and equity capital.
For the past 18 months, David has served as acting CFO and Head of Corporate and Business Development for Yelo, LLC, a wellness and spa company based in New York City. He is also General Manager at Deep Earth Partners, a technology fund. Previously, David was a Managing Director in the New York office of Paradox Capital Partners, a private investment firm, where he originated and structured second lien and mezzanine debt transactions for companies with strong intellectual property portfolios, with a focus on branded apparel and consumer products. Prior to Paradox Capital Partners, David was a Managing Partner at Strategic Ventures & Research, an investment bank focused on raising capital for clean technology companies. David previously served as a Vice-President at Atradius, Inc., a global trade credit insurer jointly owned by Swiss Re and Deutsche Bank, where he led origination and marketing in the Americas for the company’s credit enhancement products. Prior to joining Atradius, David was Director of Corporate Development at PLX Systems, a financial technology company, which specializes in patent valuation and management. Before PLX, David worked in a strategic investments group at Ernst & Young where he analyzed and structured equity investments in technology companies, and was a strategist at iXl,Inc., an internet strategy consultancy.
Prior to going to business school, David founded Earth Goods which started as a Japan-based trading company focused on artisan made crafts, textiles, and furnishings, and later featured an apparel line for men and women using naturally dyed, organic hemp and cotton. David holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Southern California.