Leadership, Scaling Companies, Building Teams, Marketing
Caroline Brown is a Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners, a New York-based investment firm comprised of both private equity and venture capital funds and a collaborative innovation center. The firm invests in companies furthering circular economies, sustainable consumer goods and advanced recycling technologies. Investors in Closed Loop Partners includes some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and family offices interested in strong financial returns and tangible social impact. In this role, she leads the practice for fashion and beauty across all investment platforms.
Prior to this Caroline spent over two decades in the fashion industry. Until January 2017 she was Chief Executive Officer of Donna Karan International (DKI) and DKNY, an LVMH company from 2001 through the sale of the company in December 2016, and one of the world’s leading fashion brands founded in 1984 by Donna Karan. DKI designs, markets, and distributes apparel, sportswear, accessories, and shoes in over 250 free standing stores and select retailer stores around the world. The company has licensed product categories including beauty, eyewear, watches, men’s sportswear, hosiery, intimate apparel, children’s apparel, and home products.
Prior to LVMH, Caroline served as President of Carolina Herrera, a luxury fashion house headquartered in New York, where she managed all aspects of the global fashion business with collections available in over 100 countries. Prior to this, Caroline was Chief Executive Officer of Akris, Inc., the Swiss-based luxury fashion brand. She began her career at Giorgio Armani where she spent over a decade in leadership roles of Marketing & Communications.
Caroline is a born and raised New Yorker of Argentine heritage and lives in New York with her husband and children.