samantha leibowitz

Meet Our Team

June 15, 2016

Welcome to the official blog of Samantha Leibowitz New York! From the stitch to the runway, we are a hardworking team dedicated to making quality clothes that are vibrant and sophisticated. Through the combination of bold designs, high-end technology and consumer insight, the SLNY team works together to bring the perfect fit, function and flare to the contemporary woman! Find out more about the talented team that makes up Samantha Leibowitz New York!

 

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Samantha Leibowitz

What is your Position/Title?

CEO and Creative Director

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

I am obsessed with all of the no show bands, but my ultimate favorite piece is The Samantha Dress because of its concealed drawstring that is designed to change the length of the dress.

 

How many years have you worked in the industry?

As of the Fall 2016 it will be ten years that I have been in the fashion industry.

 

What fashion trend do you currently love?

My Favorite trend for the spring of 2016 is by far the Fun Fringe. Fringe has become such a fun detail that you can add on a dress, skirt, top, literally almost anything! This added trim creates a beautiful, soft, natural look that flows with the pace of the body. Every person can rock the fringe because it is universal for all body types, which is what makes it so special! 

 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment by far is my company. I worked so hard for 8 different companies in 8 years. I really got to experience all different positions within the fashion industry, but seeing my first line hit NYFW in our first 8 months of launching was an amazing feeling. I am also very proud to be American Made and specifically NYC made! 

 

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Pauline Lock

What is your position/title?

I am the production manager and in charge of product development

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

The Samantha Maxi Dress because of its functionality.

 

What is your favorite phase of production?

My favorite phase is to do anything I can to make it happen! My “Let’s make it happen!” motto.

 

What was your first job experience like working with Samantha Leibowitz?

I loved working with a good friend

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now where would you go?

Maui, Hawaii

 

 

Fred Leibowitz

What is your position/title?

Executive VP of Sales

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

The Samantha Dress.  I really like the various lengths women will be able to wear with this outfit.  You have 3 to 4 different looks for the price of one well-designed dress.

 

What do you love about working with SLNY?

The designs/ full collection are very hip and trendy for the younger generation along with being classy and sophisticated for the middle aged and above.


What is your favorite sport/game to watch or play?

I enjoy playing and watching golf, softball and basketball.

 

If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self one piece of advice what would it be?

I would tell my 16-year-old self to put forth a better effort in my education and basic life lessons.

  

 

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Helaine Leibowitz 

What is your position/title?

Executive VP of finance

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

Helaine dress of course! I love that it is a tent flare dress that fits everyone’s body type perfectly.

 

Tell us how you first got involved working with SLNY?

Samantha is my daughter. I have watched her since she was 14-years old till now developing her love and passion for fashion design. When she approached us to help her start the company of course I’d wanted to give her my expertise in finance to launch this wonderful company.

 

Who is your style icon?

Samantha and her grandmother Sandy are my style icons. They both have a beautiful flare to always be dressed to impress no matter what each day brings.

 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would have to say; raising my children and watching them blossom into amazing adults with great ambition.

 

Lee Bienstock

What is your position/title?

I am the VP of Sales

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

The Kody Bow-tie is my favorite piece in this collection because I have never worn a bow tie before our company launched them, and it is the perfect bow width for universal neck sizes.

 

Tell us how you first got involved with SLNY?

Samantha and I met in college and after talking with her about her future company plan; I knew she was determined to be successful. Being in the WVU business school I worked with Samantha to get the company started. I always knew I enjoyed the sales environment and networking with others, so when Samantha asked if I was interested in helping her launch the sales side of the company, without hesitation said yes! 

 

Describe yourself in three words?

Determined, passionate and Athletic

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is play golf. I love that it is a challenging sport where you only play against yourself. Giving yourself the challenge to keep trying, knowing that there is always room for improvement is what makes this the greatest game in the world.

 


larryLarry Bilker

What is your position/Title?

Technology Coordinator

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

The Lynne Classic Dress.  Its style is timeless.  I especially like the one in black and white.

 

How long have you worked with Samantha?

I have been working with Samantha since the company first launched.

 

If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self one piece of advice what would it be?

I would tell my 16-year-old self to have more fun but most importantly to do what you love and love what you do.

 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Besides keeping up with Sam, the most challenging part of the job is creating a unique customer experience that can differentiate our growing company along with all of the building we have to do.

 

 

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Lauren Winigrad

What is your position/Title?

Human Resources

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

I am really attached to The Lauren High Low dress since it is exactly my style! I also really like the Livie tent dress. The tuxedo dress and the Samantha dress are one of my favorites since they are both so innovative.

 

How long have you known Samantha Leibowitz and how would you describe her?

I have known Sam for about 14 years. I would describe her as someone who is organized, motivated and always goes after what she wants. I consider her one of my best friends and she always makes life exciting! It is always an adventure when I am with Samantha!

  

If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self one piece of advice what would it be?

Even though my 16-year old self would never listen to this, I would tell her to make the art that you want to make, regardless of what anyone says even if it is bad.

 

What fashion trend do you currently love?

The fashion trend I’m currently obsessed with are bralettes. I love the different colors, lace and styles. Many designers make clothes that make it hard to cover up so it is nice to have something that covers that as well.


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Daniel Quintana

What is your title/position?

Executive Assistant

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

It's a tough choice, but I would have to say that my favorite piece in this collection is the Lauren High Low Dress. I’m a big fan of the cut all around, and I think it looks great in both available patterns and in white. 

 

What do you love about working with SLNY?

I love the energy and vibe of both the SLNY team and the first collection. Ever since meeting Sam, she has gone out of here way to teach me the ins and outs of the fashion industry as she has learned through her own experiences. She brings a great attitude to work everyday and it’s contagious. Can’t wait for the world to get their hands on the first Samantha Leibowitz collection. 

 

Tell me about your first experience running New York Fashion Week behind the scenes.

My first experience running fashion week behind the scenes took place in February 2016 and it was a great experience. Having been my first fashion week experience, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was definitely very excited. Sam helped me prepare for the show the day before and to all of our delights, the show ran smoothly and was a success. I’m looking forward to the many fashion shows to come!

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

My hobbies outside of work include photography, playing sports - primarily basketball and golf right now - and watching Game of Thrones. 

 


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Mirna Jose 

What is your position/title?

Hair and makeup stylist

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

My favorite piece in the collection are all the no show bands because it makes me feel comfortable that everything is concealed.

 

What was your first job experience like working with Samantha Leibowitz?

Not only is she super talented, assertive and professional but also Samantha is wise beyond her years.

 

Where do you get your beauty inspirations?

I get my beauty inspiration from the New York City Streets… from regular women.

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Hardworking, intuitive and modern

 

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Mike Kequte

What is your position/title?

I am the face of the tie collection

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

I think my favorite piece would have to be the Fred Tie

 

Tell us how you first met Samantha?

We first met at a group meeting for NYFW where we immediately hit it off. Now Samantha and I work together as I am the face of the men’s tie line and together we shoot at my photography studio called Famed Studio.

 

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Typically when I am not working I enjoy working out, spending time with friends and family as well as working with charities.

 

Can you tell us how you first got started with Famed Studios?

I first got started with Famed Studio, because I felt that it was the right time right place for a studio. I wanted to bring in my clientele and connect them with an affordable shooting location in Midtown. To find out more information about Famed Studio check out their page at http://bit.ly/1Ontpkp.

 

 


Dave Singleton 

What is your position/title?

I am the face of the new bow tie collection.

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

Bow ties by Samantha Leibowitz!

 

Are you excited to be the face of the bow-tie line for SLNY?

Super excited to be in New York City for the summer and stepping out of my comfort zone to try a new hobby.

 

How many years have you worked in industry?

This is my first time ever in a fashion show and I am truly blessed to be apart of this event.

 

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I am a former professional basketball player and now I work for my own skill and development program name Coaching Victory based out of Coatesville, PA.

 

 


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Sarah Luke

What is your position/title?

I am a model for SLNY.

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

I would have to say my favorite piece is the Lynne Dress

 

What do you love about working with SLNY?

Samantha is such a great person to work with. She is always very happy, smiling and her passion for what she does really shows in her work.

 

Who is your style icon?

Kehlani

 

What was your first job experience like working with Samantha Leibowitz?

The first time I worked with Samantha Leibowitz was this past February for New York Fashion Week. There was so much going on but Samantha made it such a great experience and everything went perfectly. I’m looking forward to working with her in the future.

 

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Michael Nemirovsky

What is your position/title?

Fashion Show Music Manager

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

I think my favorite piece in this collection would have to be the Samantha Dress.

 

Tell us how you first got involved working with Samantha Leibowitz?

I met Samantha’s mom through a mutual family friend and we got to talk. From there she introduced me to Samantha and we hit it off instantly and have been working together ever since. I have now been producing the music for every fashion show she has been showing in.

 

How many years have you been DJ-ing?

I have been a DJ for a little over ten years now.

 

What is your favorite sport/game to watch or play?

One of my favorite sports to watch is football and of course I love the eagles. I also really enjoy watching basketball and I am a big Indiana Hoosiers fan.  

 

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Arianna Sinclair

What is your position/title?

Fashion Show Producer

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

I love all the no show bands!

 

What was the feeling you had when meeting your fashion show producer icon, Lynne O’Neill?

When I first met Lynne O’Neill it was during the middle of Men’s Fashion Week and I saw her out of the corner of my eye while I was speaking with a model. I was so excited and nervous because she is Lynne O’Neill! The Model Whisperer! I was so star stuck but I went up to introduce myself and from there I felt like it was fate! We really hit it off and have worked together during some fashion shows since.

 

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

One of my favorite hobbies outside of work would have to be traveling. I feel like a lot of my inspiration comes from traveling to different places in the world. I find myself to be a very visual person, as my job entails me to be, so I get a lot of great ideas from traveling that I try to incorporate into my work.

 

What is your favorite part about being a fashion show producer?

My favorite part about being a fashion show producer would have to be seeing the actual vision come to life. Being a fashion show producer is almost like being a wedding coordinator but for a designer. It takes a lot of effort and we work on it for six months for it to only be shown for about twelve minutes so it is really amazing seeing that vision come to life!

 

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Hayley Weycer

What is your position/title?

Social Media and Public Relations Intern

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

Hands down, my favorite piece in this collection is The Terry Two piece. I love the versatility of this style and all my friends know that I am overly obsessed with the two-piece look.

 

What is your favorite social media outlet?

That's a very tough question because I feel every social media outlet has its different benefits, but to answer the question, I think Instagram and Snapchat win. Instagram never seems to bore me and I am always excited to look through people's pages because they choose to highlight a single picture. Snapchat allows me to get a glimpse into the daily lives of what my friends and favorite companies are doing making me feel always connected.

 

What fashion trend do you currently love?

I am in love the platform sandal look. They are so comfortable and so easy to wear during the summer. 

 

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative, energetic, outgoing

 

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Christine O’Keeffe 

What is your position/title?

Blogging and Design intern

 

What is your favorite piece in this collection?

My favorite piece in this collection would have to be the Lynne Classic Black and White dress. It is so simplistic yet classy and can be worn to just about anything!

 

What do you love about working with SLNY?

I love the environment and the energy here at SLNY!

 

What is your favorite quote?

I think my favorite quote would have to be, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” by Coco Chanel.

 

What is your favorite clothing item hanging in your closet?

My favorite thing hanging in my closet would have to be my Free People crochet dress. It is a fit and flare dress that is very simplistic, but the crochet and lace detailing on it really give this dress an edge.

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