Renée T. Bavineau is an Outsourced C.O.O. Entrepreneur to the core. She specializes in Apparel and related Start-Ups and Corporate mergers and re-organizations; obsesses about Fit & Sizing, and is fluent in “Made in USA.” Having spent her entire professional life in the apparel and textile business, her experience and successes speak for themselves.
A graduate of F.I.T., where she later returned as an Instructor, Renée is passionate about educating her clients as she works with them to realize their goals. Whether she is partnering with an established national brand or helping a start-up to achieve lift-off, she hits the ground running, works with maximum efficiency and offers a breadth of knowledge that reflects her 10,000+ hours in the industry.
Renée keeps a vigilant eye on her clients’ bottom line as if it were her own. She has sustained rock solid relationships throughout the supply chain that provide her clients with high quality, cost effective execution. Her wide pool of clients range from Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Elie Tahari, to Macy’s, PVH and Lands’ End. She has active relationships with factories that extend from NJ, NYC and Brooklyn to Nanjing, China and Guatemala.
Renée is a world-class intermediary when it comes to resolving generational skills gap divide that can slow production. She shares the 25/8 work ethic of entrepreneurs, understands the bottom line concerns of seasoned corporate executives, and is well-versed in everything from old-school “on-the-table” patternmaking and 7th Avenue craftsmanship to Offshoring and implementing high tech P.L.M. and fit systems around the globe.
Bottom line: When you hire RTB, you not only get Renées commitment and expertise; you gain access to an extensive network of relationships that will hold down costs and deliver on schedule.
Renée makes it cool to work behind the seams.
Andrea Jackson heads up all things fit and technical. She is a former Sr. Technical Designer at Ann Taylor. She was the Chief Designer for a fire protective, specialty performance apparel company for 10 years before switching her career to the fashion world. She remains obsessed with the relationship between fit, form and function. Andrea graduated with a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.
“What happens in the fit room” follows that garment for the rest of its life. Fit, form and function have the ultimate influence on how you wear it, how long you keep it, how much you love it, and what you feel when you put it on your body. It is Andrea’s responsibility to make sure that each item we produce is performing to its maximum potential, even if the ultimate goal is to only make your client look good. If it fits & feels good, you acquire and sustain a loyal client base and improved profits-now that's sustainable!!!
Dyonna C. Potter is a fashion industry entrepreneur who has worked with top brands that include Catherine Malandrino, Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger. As Raise the Bar’s technical associate, she supports strategy, operations and client relationships.
Shari Hershon is an accomplished fashion design executive with extensive experience in both the wholesale and retail business sectors. Over the course of her career, Shari has been instrumental in driving the creative vision to conceptualize, develop, and execute complete collections from inception to successful completion for some of the industry’s most prestigious labels, including Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Ann Taylor.
Since branching out on her own in 2009, Shari has expanded her scope to include trend forecasting, blogging, and social media, as well as providing design based consulting services for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Talbots and Tommy Bahama, among others.
Recently, Shari has turned her lifelong passion for cooking into a reality with the launch of Indigo Jones Eats, an artisanal food company specializing in novelty baked goods.