Cara Smyth

GCU Fair Fashion Center

GCNYC Vice President and Founding Director of the Fair Fashion Center



As an executive GCU board member, Cara is responsible for establishing the University’s New York campus and instilling its mission “For the Common Good”, in all of its programs and initiatives.
Recognizing the integrated issues facing both the fashion industry and the world, Cara
leveraged her extensive apparel industry expertise to launch The Fair Fashion Center (FFC). The first of its kind, the FFC focuses on proving the business case for sustainability in the apparel and accessories industry. The Center is closely aligned with industry leaders and strives to rebalance equity in the supply chain by eliminating inefficiencies that have environmental and social impact. Its efforts are built upon the recognition that systemic change in the fashion industry requires an approach that is aligned to the industry’s disciplines, and reconciled to the bottom line.

A veteran in retail and wholesale business, Cara joined the school from an illustrious career of management, brand building and global scaling. She is the former CEO of Menichetti International, where she provided strategic business management to both the brand and the company’s other consultancies, including a diverse range of fashion and manufacturing firms. As a director at Burberry, she played an integral role in developing the burberry turnaround strategy, which re-launched the brand by blending English heritage with modern street style. With Cara’s input, the business was re-positioned, resulting in storied growth and international expansion.

Prior, Cara was the President of Jil Sander America, where she guided the brand’s international expansion and launched its inaugural men’s line. She began her career at Hugo boss.

A native New Yorker, Cara has long been a multi-lingual global citizen, having lived all over the world during her career in luxury fashion. In her role bridging the industry, academia and a sustainable future, she now serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council for Luxury and Apparel, is a board member of Sing For Hope, and a Tribeca Institute Disruptor. She serves as a mentor for Three-Dot-Dash, an organization that provides leadership and mentorship to exemplary teens, and the 92Y Fashion Fellows Program, a year- long fellowship designed for rising stars in fashion management.

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