A San Francisco native, Durand Guion developed a passion for fashion retailing at an early age. He began his career at Judy’s Merchandising Corporation as a weekend sales associate while still in high school and was eventually named District Display Manager for the West Coast region of the leading-edge contemporary retailer. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Communication Studies from San Francisco State University, Mr. Guion joined Macy’s West in the Executive Training Program and held various positions, including Women’s Accessories Department Manager and Associate Buyer of Men’s Accessories. Noted for his sharp eye and exceptional taste level, Mr. Guion was promoted to the role of Men’s Fashion Director.
The same year he joined Macy’s West, Mr. Guion also became a faculty member at San Francisco City College building the curriculum for several courses including Visual Merchandising, Fashion Forecasting, Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Styling.
Now based in the New York corporate offices for Macy’s Inc, Mr. Guion is an integral resource for reinforcing a dominant fashion position for private-label and market brand development. He continues to search the globe for the next incoming trends and travels extensively to influence the fashion direction for all men’s and kid's categories. Currently, Mr. Guion forecasts and communicates seasonal trends and direction with a laser focus on elevating Macy's fashion presentations, marketing initiatives and visual communications. He has identified many emerging trends and brands to enhance Macy’s merchandise mix nationwide.
Vice President, Global Communications
Terri Hines is a creative marketer, storyteller, and vision-driven executive with over 20 years of professional experience spanning brand marketing, global communications, publicity & entertainment, strategic partnerships and corporate responsibility for world-class brands.
Currently, she serves as Vice President, Global Communications for Converse, a subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. In this role, Terri leads integrated global communications strategy and a global team of 40 spanning – brand, media relations, entertainment, corporate, crisis, internal and philanthropy – for the Converse brand portfolio worldwide across key markets including North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Most recently, Terri spearheaded the historic launch of the Converse Chuck II marking the largest integrated product campaign launch in the history of NIKE, Inc. Under her leadership, Terri has been an instrumental part of the brand’s billion-dollar growth. Converse, established in 1908, has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company” and today offers a diverse portfolio including premium lifestyle men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories.
Terri joined Converse in 2010 from NIKE’s Jordan Brand where she was previously Director of Communications. For four years, she led the communications and entertainment strategy, corporate responsibility and all brand events supporting the brand’s premium athletic footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the dynamic legacy, vision and direct involvement of Michael Jordan. During her tenure, working directly with Michael Jordan and his team, Terri created a number of firsts, but most notably was the force behind the biggest campaign launch, at that time, in the history of NIKE, Inc. for the AIR JORDAN XX3 which bears notable significance as the jersey number worn by Michael Jordan during his historic basketball career. She was also responsible for the re-branding and launch of Jordan Brand’s philanthropic platform, Wings for the Future.
Prior to joining the NIKE family, Terri spent 10 years at Nissan North America, Inc. in a variety of roles spanning communications, media relations, public affairs, multicultural marketing, and created the very first lifestyle and entertainment practice for the Nissan brand. Additionally, she served as the Executive Director of the Nissan Foundation, as well as the North America Chief Publicist for Nissan’s President & CEO, Carlos Ghosn during her tenure. Prior to Nissan, Terri spent three years in executive sales with Eastman Kodak Company. She started her career in 1990 at Volkswagen of America in brand marketing.
A native of Washington DC, Terri earned her Master of Arts degree in Communications from American University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles- based, The LAGRANT Foundation and the Portland-based, Ever Higher Fund. She is also a former advisory board member of the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP); an honorary board member of Legacy Ladies Inc.; and a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
In her spare time, Terri is an avid writer and aspiring author, world traveler, fitness enthusiast, and lover of sports and fashion. Additionally, she is an Associate Producer for the award-winning feature documentary film directed by Nelson George, ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’, based on the journey of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015, opened in theaters in Fall 2015, and most recently won Best Documentary by the African American Film Critics Association in February 2016. Having traveled the globe for nearly two decades, she has a love of diverse cultures and an appreciation for earth’s vast landscape. She currently resides in Manhattan.
Jason McNary was born in Memphis Tennessee and is the fourth of five children.
Jason attended The University of Memphis and Tennessee State University before ultimately graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in International Business
Jason started in fashion at the age of 15 working with various retailers such County Seat stores and Abercrombie and Fitch. Jason quickly grew into leadership roles while in college with Abercrombie and interned with Macys specialty stores in the buying department of Aéropostale.
Jason has held several executive leadership roles ranging from VP of Retail with Calypso St. Barth, where he grew the business from 24 stores to 45 stores in a short two-year time frame. Here he was known for promoting several leaders to the director level and bringing a team focused mentality to the organization.
At Hoss Intropia as SVP of Retail for Americas, Jason had oversight of buying, planning, retail, wholesale, logistics, and operations. While with Hoss Jason and his team developed the business with aggressive growth in profitability and top line sales as well opening and establishing entry way into the Mexican market through franchise partners.
Today as the GM for Americas with Agnes b. Jason oversees the total business in the Americas with all departments reporting into him. Since joining he has opened the door to wholesale as a new business for Agnes b as well established entry way into Canada.
In his spare time, he is active with many charities such as Ian's Friends Foundation, Amfar, and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. He loves sports and is and active spinner and runner. He was recently married on August 20th to his long term partner and best friend Samuele Raponi.
LaQuan Smith was born in Queens, New York on August 30, 1988. An only child, Smith spent his early years instructed by his grandmother who instilled a passion and skill for sewing and pattern making. Smith cultivated this craft throughout his teenage years and by 2007, the 19-year-old wonder kid started his fashion career in earnest. To that end, he apprenticed simultaneously with Blackbook Magazine and famed stylist, Elizabeth Sulcer. For an aspiring designer, the experience was a seminal one solidifying Smith’s penchant for strong, sexy, separates. He applied this aesthetic to his first capsule collection a selection of gilded separates and accessories. His distinctive work sparked interest among fashion icons and risk takers including Rihanna and Lady Gaga, both of whom were early supporters of the gifted designer.
Smith’s work also intrigued Vogue Magazine, whose Editor at Large, Andre Leon Talley selected Smith as his mentee. Harnessing the momentum of these experiences Smith formally debuted his first collection in the Spring of 2010. Held at the Society of Illustrators Upper East Side headquarters in New York City, the event attracted the industry’s elite.
On the runway, celebrities like Serena Williams modeled in the designer’s collections while off the runway, Diane Von Furstenberg and Vogue’s Alexandra Kotur amongst others watched on. It was an auspicious start for Smith’s eponymous label.
Since its formal debut in 2010 the brand has gained acclaim for its endless archive of distinctive garments and details which have been often imitated by established and emerging design houses.
Chief among these are the Gilded Stocking, popularized by Lady Gaga and Rhianna and the Nova Poodle Skirt made famous by Ariana Grande.
Smith’s signature style has found a devoted following amongst Hollywood AListers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, and Kim Kardashian each of whom have selected the brand on and off the red carpet. In addition to his robust celebrity clientele, Smith has cultivated an equally dynamic private order clientele which spans the globe from Lagos to London. Smith’s singular aesthetic has also been tapped by world recognized brands including Heineken and Chicago’s famed Joffrey Ballet, all of whom have commissioned custom editions of Smith’s designs.
LaQuan Smith, and his eponymous label, are headquartered in Queens, New York and deliver globally.