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Luxury and Retail

Stern's New York City location and unique connections with alumni and companies provide students access to these dynamic career paths

Selected Luxury and Retail Employers of NYU Stern MBAs

Cole Haan
Limited Brands
Prestige Brands
Tiffany & Co.
Toys "R" Us
Warby Parker
West Elm

Learn about Career Development at Stern and view more Stern employers

Student Podcasts

Hear more about the Luxury and Retail experience at Stern from students Sean Kelley, Amy Kovitz and Tory Diamond:

Luxury and Retail Conference at Stern

The Retail Consulting Corp

Retailers Recruiting at Stern

Luxury Marketing Specialization

Annual Luxury and Retail Conference

  • Planned by the Luxury and Retail Club, this annual event connects Stern students with industry professionals to discuss topics like brand equity and the impact of the economic downturn on the luxury and retail industries
  • Features top speakers, such as Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus Group, John McDonnell, COO of The Patrón Spirits Company, L'Oreal Luxury Products Division President Carol Hamilton and Neil Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker
  • Provides invaluable career networking opportunities for students

Luxury and Retail Consulting Corp

  • Led by the Luxury and Retail club, students gain real world experience through consulting projects in retail brand strategy, competitive analysis and consumer research. Final deliverables include a written case study and presentation to the client's executive team
  • Clients have included Fresh, Matthew Williamson and Rent the Runway

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Masters Workshop

  • Through the Office of Student Engagement's CFDA Masters Workshop, students advise emerging designers in the CFDA incubator on a variety of start up and business issues
  • Read about students' work with the CFDA incubator companies in the Wall Street Journal
  • Read the CFDA blog about the Stern MBA candidates working on the project: Part I, Part II        

Doing Business in ... (DBi) Italy

  • As part of our popular DBi program, students travel for one week to Milan to study the high fashion and luxury industries at Stern's partner school, Bocconi
  • Students participate in site visits to companies like Versace and Mantero and complete a retail field assignment in Milan

Student Clubs

Luxury and Retail Club
Graduate Marketing Association (GMA)

Related Specializations

Digital Marketing
Global Business
Luxury Marketing
Product Management
Supply Chain Management and Global Sourcing

Alumna Profile

Full-time MBA Emily Career Path
Emily Cangie, MBA 2012

Director of Business Development,
The Robert Allen Design Group

Undergraduate: Finance and International Business, Auburn University

Pre-Stern work experience: Financial Services Risk Consulting at KPMG; Finance and Strategy at Nordstrom

Stern specializations: Product Management, Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Club involvement: VP of Community, Entrepreneurs' Exchange; Event Chair, Think Social, Drink Local

Favorite Stern courses:
Investment Banking, Innovation & Design

Summer internship: Amazon.com, Retail General Management


"For me, coming to Stern was about expanding my abilities beyond finance and building on my experience in retail to move toward a more entrepreneurial career path. I was looking for the chance to strategize and execute, and the Stern Consulting Corps - Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) partnership allowed me to do both in one package. Whether it was working one-on-one with the designers to cultivate business plans, strategizing with the CFDA leadership to continue to enhance the partnership with Stern, or networking with other fashion entrepreneurs, the project stretched me to use everything I had learned at Stern."