Carly-Ann Fergus is a public speaker and systems builder who sits at the intersection of Fashion, Technology, and Retail. She serves as the Director of XRC Labs, a retail tech accelerator launched in partnership with founding sponsors Kurt Salmon and Parsons School of Design at The New School. As Director, Fergus helps select the portfolio startups, connects them with corporate partners, resources, and industry experts to accelerate their businesses.
With a multifaceted career journey in the fashion industry, her work experience spans from established companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, to start-up brands such as Nahm. She spearheaded the launch of a New York-based women's ready-to-wear brand and served, as Director of Operations, then earned her MA in Fashion Studies, with a focus on Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design. Her thesis research focused on the rise of New York City as a leading global fashion capital and how it functions as an eco-system.
While at Parsons she Co-founded the award-winning Fashion & Diversity series at the New School. Carly-Ann also holds a BA in Visual Communications from SUNY Farmingdale. She serves on the Associate Board of Governors for the Opportunity Network, an organization that works with students from underrepresented communities in New York City to provide them with the key resources needed to achieve career success and upward mobility. She is a member of the Selection Committee and Advisory Board for the 2017 - 2019 inaugural CFDA and Accessories Council Elaine Gold Launch Pad. Carly-Ann Fergus has been featured on notable outlets such as the NASDAQ spotlight, and Forbes.com and has been mentioned in WWD and Vogue Italia. She has spoken at the 2017 CFDA Education Summit, 2017 MIT Media Lab Hacking Arts Conference, 2017 and 2018 Women in Innovation Forum, Women in Entrepreneurship event, and at the French Consulate General during the 2017 National Retail Federation French party.