LONDON — Julie Gilhart is broadening her reach, taking on two new roles as she merges her eponymous consulting firm with Tomorrow, a full-service business and creative platform for fashion brands.
Gilhart will become chief development officer for the Tomorrow Group, and president of Tomorrow Consulting. As part of the deal, her company will become part of Tomorrow Consulting.
“This feels like it is something that has been on the cards for several years now, as I am so close with the Tomorrow family,” said Gilhart, who has been a member of the Tomorrow board since February 2016, and who has worked in tandem with the group for the past few years.
“Their ambition to develop a platform to nurture sustainable development and growth of entrepreneurial creativity aligns perfectly with my focus on seeking out and supporting emerging talent, as well as my passion for helping creative people to develop their brands in ways that are also responsible to the planet.”
Luca Corsetti, managing director of Tomorrow Consulting, said: “Coming together with Julie and her team will enable us all to expand our capabilities and networks, expand our global footprint into New York and beyond in the future, and help us to deliver more compelling and effective solutions.”
Stefano Martinetto, chief executive officer and cofounder of Tomorrow, said he has long been looking forward to Gilhart joining the team.
“Her role as chief development officer of Tomorrow in helping us to achieve our ambitions will be crucial. Julie’s experience in advising businesses and creatives at all levels across the industry will be key,” he said, in how Tomorrow Consulting can support the growth of ambitious brands in the sector.
Gilhart founded Julie Gilhart Consulting in 2011 with the aim of supporting and growing fashion brands that want to have a positive impact on the planet. Prior to establishing her own firm, Gilhart was senior vice president fashion director at Barneys New York for 18 years.
She helped to establish the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and the LVMH Prize for Emerging Talent, and continues to advise on a variety of initiatives, and work with a roster of brands. She sits on the boards of Parsons The New School for Design, Mulberry, and Tomorrow Ltd.
It is led by Martinetto and chief revenue officer Giancarlo Simiri, who acquired the business in 2011 in a management buyout.
Tomorrow Consulting is the advisory arm of the group and offers a range of services, including brand development, marketing and communications, product innovation, go-to-market planning and sustainability transition.
It is headquartered in London with offices and showrooms in London, Milan, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. It currently employs more than 150 people across three continents.