FIT Talks: Gary Wassner Interview

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FIT Talks: Gary Wassner Interview


Fashion historian Phyllis Dillon interviews Gary Wassner.
Gary Wassner is the CEO of Hilldun Corporation, a financing and factoring company established in 1958, located in New York City and Los Angeles. Hilldun provides accounts receivable, factoring, and other sources of financing for both emerging and established fashion companies as well as back-office support and mentoring. Such iconic companies as Betsey Johnson, Derek Lam, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Maria Cornejo, Jolie, Alexander Wang, and Rebecca Taylor are among over 400 companies who have benefited from his acumen. He has been named one of the 50 most influential people in fashion, and serves on the CFDA advisory board as well as is a business mentor for the CFDA incubator program. He also serves on the Fordham University Fashion Law Institute, lectures at FIT and other colleges, and is a member of Senator Gillibrand’s Fashion Industry Working Group, and Mayor De Blasio’s fashion working group. In 2014, he became a founding member and chairman of InterLuxe Holdings LLC, partnering with Lee Equity to purchase equity stakes in luxury designer and contemporary apparel and accessory brands. He is also a fiction writer and children’s book author. The fifth and final book in his sci-fi fantasy “GemQuest” series, “When Monsters Call Out the Names of Men” was released in 2016.


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