March 20, 2024

Policy Breakfast with Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of Tory Burch

Invite Only

The French-American Foundation is honored to host Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of Tory Burch LLC, for an exclusive Policy Breakfast on March 20th. As a distinguished leader in the global fashion industry, Roussel brings a wealth of experience and insight from his tenure at some of the world’s most influential luxury brands.

Event Theme: “Navigating the Nuances: US vs. French Luxury Brands”

This Policy Breakfast will delve into the intricate world of luxury markets, exploring the distinct characteristics, strategies, and consumer expectations that define and differentiate the American and French luxury sectors. With his unique perspective, having operated at the helm of both US and French luxury entities, Roussel is perfectly positioned to shed light on:

  • Cultural Influences: How national heritage and cultural values shape brand identity, design philosophy, and market approach in the US and France.
  • Market Dynamics: An analysis of the competitive landscape, including key players, consumer behavior, and emerging trends in both regions.
  • Brand Strategy: The adaptation of marketing, communication, and distribution strategies to resonate with diverse global audiences.
  • Innovation and Sustainability: A look at how luxury brands are navigating the demands for innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility within the industry.
  • Future Outlook: Perspectives on the future of luxury branding and retail in the face of evolving consumer preferences and digital transformation.

This intimate gathering will provide attendees with a rare opportunity to engage directly with Roussel, gaining insights into the leadership and strategic thinking that drive success in the luxury fashion sector. Participants will include civic and business leaders with a keen interest in French-American relations and the global luxury market.

This invitation-only event promises a morning of enlightening discussion and exclusive networking opportunities, offering deep insights into the luxury industry from one of its most respected leaders. Attendance details, including venue and logistics, will be shared with those who have received a personal invitation.

We are eager to host our distinguished guests for this engaging and insightful occasion.

About the speaker:

Pierre-Yves Roussel is the Chief Executive Officer of Tory Burch LLC. Since taking the helm of the company in January 2019, he has overseen the brand’s accelerated global expansion, reinforced its leadership in core categories with the strategic launch of several bestselling product lines and amplified brand desirability while driving operational excellence.

Mr. Roussel joined Tory Burch after serving 15 years as Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group and was a member of the LVMH Group Executive Committee. During his time at LVMH, Mr. Roussel successfully led the repositioning and global development of the group’s fashion brands portfolio, bringing in such talented designers as Phoebe Philo (Celine), Jonathan Anderson (Loewe), Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo). He also worked closely with Marc Jacobs on his eponymous label.

Prior to LVMH Pierre-Yves Roussel worked for 15 years at McKinsey & Company in the United States, Europe and Asia where, as Senior Partner, he led the global luxury and practice. Mr. Roussel began his career as a Financial Analyst at HSBC and Morgan Stanley.

Committed to fostering the next generation of fashion leaders, Mr. Roussel has a history of supporting and mentoring emerging talent in the industry. In 2021, he forged a partnership between Tory Burch and the Parsons School of Design, including the establishment of a $1M endowed scholarship fund. Mr. Roussel served as a jury member for the prestigious LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers as well as the ANDAM Fashion Award and the CFDA Fashion Incubator. Between 2010 and 2017, Mr. Roussel served as a member of the board for the FHCM (Fédération Française de la Haute Couture et de la Mode). Over the past several years, he has acted as a business mentor to the winners among others.

Mr. Roussel has an MBA from the Wharton Business School where he currently serves on the Baker Retailing Center board; he is also on the board of directors of Lectra. He holds a post-graduate degree from Brussels University. He lives in New York City and Paris.