Fashion designer, arts patron and entrepreneur all describe Katherine Fleming. The Parsons School of Design graduate spent the past 15 years designing accessories for luxury brands before moving on to launch her eponymous line of handbags sold by high-end retailers, like Barney’s and Opening Ceremony. Katherine also co-founded Obal Oil, a skincare line made from pure, natural ingredients. Today, she consults for luxury fashion companies and is working toward helping the industry find environmentally-friendly alternatives to product design.
Bridge was born after a pivotal trip to Antarctica in 2015 where Katherine witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change. The expedition awakened a desire to spread the message of conservation and educate others on the real consequences of human impact. As a result, Katherine has devised a way to leverage her roots in the worlds of fashion and art to promote her cause.
Ariane Marder is an established editor and writer specializing in marketing and editorial content and direction for lifestyle brands, namely in fashion and travel. As Director of Content at Figue, a luxury fashion brand, the NYU graduate led the development of brand marketing and editorial content strategies across multiple platforms from the ground up. She also developed partnerships and oversaw collaborations for “Give Back” programs (Nest, The Brave Collection, Ethiopian Children’s Fund, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, One Kings Lane).
In addition, Ariane has served as a magazine editor and contributor to a number of fashion and lifestyle publications. She has spent time living in East Africa, which she calls her second home, developing content for artisan-based business Ziya Kenya. Most recently, she consulted for Relief Riders, a humanitarian-based company which designs and leads horseback journeys through remote areas while providing aid to rural populations.
Matisse Bustos-Hawkes is a seasoned strategic communications professional and founder of Otro Lado Communications with 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and social change sectors. She was a longtime senior staffer at WITNESS, the global organization founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel that makes it possible for anyone to harness the power of video and technology to promote and protect human rights. Matisse has supported social justice campaigns with partners from Burma to Brazil, Congo to Cambodia, and beyond. Employing a holistic approach to communications, she is experienced in strategic planning, earned media, social media, event management, brand development, fundraising, and professional development for teams of changemakers. Matisse is committed to building strategic partnerships and empowering diverse teams whose purpose is making the world a more just, equitable, and habitable place to live.