It is with a passionate entrepreneurial spirit that Colette Young (International Trade and Marketing ’12) has been busy since graduating this year, launching her fourth business, MIKEL, and receiving various distinguished recognitions. Her achievements go back to her time at FIT, as a recipient of two scholarships from Warnaco Group and New Times Group as an outstanding ITM student, as well as two entrepreneurship scholarships from the McKelvey Foundation and NFIB upon joining ITM. Colette recently has been acclaimed as one of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs in the Empact 100 Summit, being recognized by President Obama at The White House for her first business, a clothing boutique.
Colette started building her fourth company, MIKEL, in early January 2012 and enlisted the help of a few of her professors: Josh Green, Henry Welt, and Christine Pomeranz. Colette found a huge void in the space and thinks that fashion will change more in the next five years than it has in the past fifty, whereas traditional brands do not understand how to successfully transition into the online space, and with that, leads to entire market open for disruption. She has successfully been able to build out a team of industry leaders, gathered support from several top fashion CEO’s, and is currently raising a round of venture funding for her endeavor, MIKEL. Being a Warnaco scholar, Colette has acknowledged the invaluable support of Joe Gromek, the former CEO of Warnaco Group, and Helen McCluskey, current CEO of Warnaco Group.
MIKEL is a luxury lingerie, intimates, and lifestyle brand focused on a social-based shopping experience, centered around MIKEL’s five different female personas, known as Muses. MIKEL integrates a social-shopping experience though our Muses, and will foster the use of our platform by offering incentives for our customers to share and recommend our products. We will also offer a pin-board where our Muses will be posting their favorite articles, food, music, styles, etc. Think of this as a personalized Vogue for your personality. This allows for strong emulation and connectivity amongst our consumers, while building a community through shopping.