Venturing into Luxury: The
Trials and Tribulations of Luxury Start-Ups


The Luxury Education Foundation (LEF) and Columbia Business School were pleased to present the 9th Annual Luxury Round Table “Venturing into Luxury: The
Trials and Tribulations of Luxury Start-Ups”, which took place on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 from 5:45 – 7:15 pm at Columbia Business School in Uris Hall.

This year’s event, moderated by LEF President Ketty Maisonrouge, focused on “ Venturing into Luxury: The Trials and Tribulations of Luxury Start-Ups,” with panelists:

  • FRANÇOIS KRESS, President & COO, The ROW
  • KARA ROSS, President & CEO, Owner & CEO, Kara Ross NY
  • ERNEST SABINE, Designer & Founder, Ernest Alexander, CBS MBA ‘09
  • BRANDON SUN, Owner & Creative Director, Brandon Sun, Parsons ‘06

The LEF Luxury Round Table (LRT) is an annual panel discussion in which three to four industry leaders share their views on current trends and challenges
facing the industry with an enthusiastic group of business and design students. The event is designed to encourage and inspire students who will become the
future business and creative leaders in luxury.

The event welcomed approximately 150 students and alumni from Columbia Business School, Parsons the New School for Design, as well as esteemed industry
guests. The scope of this year’s discussion was particularly dynamic, and brought forth a great level of audience engagement, thanks to the invaluable
insight of our wonderful panelists.