About Us

Gifting Brands was started by a group of retail leaders who found a creative way to solve the problem of excess inventory while also adding value to retailers, consumers, and nonprofits. 

Gifting Brands serves as a catalyst for charities that improve the lives of women, children, and families through a unique consumer shopping experience combining the power of upscale retail brands, sustainable inventory solutions, and philanthropy.  

For consumers. 

Gifting Brands creates a fun-fulfilling place for you to shop for designer brands at great prices with the power to give back.

For communities. 
Through our select charity partners you are able to directly impact, empower, and support the lives of women, children, and families.

For brands.
Through our inventory philanthropy model, we give retailers a sustainable, charitable method of managing their inventory, reducing environmental impacts and connecting them with consumers who care.


We are Better Together!

OUR FOUNDER

Jeannie Barsam, Founder & CEO

Jeannie is the Founder and CEO of Gifting Brands. Jeannie’s mission is to help solve excess inventory for private label and luxury brands, create a fun and fulfilling shopping experience for consumers while giving back to charities that are making a difference in the world.

Jeannie is the SVP of Merchandise Operations at Michaels and has held held leadership roles at Gap Inc, Talbot's, and Zales Jewelers. Barsam set out to create a business model that combined her passion for retail with the opportunity to give back to her community. Recalling her time at Zales, where there was excess inventory, but no nonprofit partners in which to donate fine jewelry, thus Gifting Brands was born.

Gifting Brands is focused on elevating the way luxury and upscale brands will make an impact in the world. Barsam is committed to helping nonprofits, retailers, and consumers make a difference through inventory philanthropy and shopping.

Our Board

 

Kimberly Carney, Board Director
Fashwire
Founder & CEO

Phillip Hancock, Treasurer
3Sixity Duty Free
CFO
Stacee Johnson-Williams, Board Director
Signet Jewelers
Vice President VP Merchandise Planning and Allocation
John B. R. Long III, Board Director
Russell Reynolds Associates
Senior Consultant 
Mike Osorio, Board President
Tori Richard, Ltd.
Vice President of Retail & eCommerce

Heather Stevens, Board Vice President 
Rise360 Consulting, Inc.
President & CEO

 

Our Advisory Council

Theo Killion - Chairman of the Board of Tailored Brands, Inc., Chairman of the Board for A Better Chance, Former CEO Zale Corporation.

Lizanne Kindler - CEO Talbot’s Corporation

Becky Mick - Former President of Retail at Global Brands Group, Prior President of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

Gil Hollander - Retired Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Sourcing for Zale Corporation

John Legg - COO at Purple Innovation, Consulting Partner at Claris Retail Solutions Group, Former Executive Vice President Global Supply Chain, Global Brands Group

Christopher Lacy - Assistant Processor, Fashion Management, Parsons School of Design

Jordana Guimaraes - Co-Founder at Fashinnovation

Luisa Herrera-Garcia - Senior Vice President of Production, John Varvatos

Melissa Campanelli– Co Founder at Women in Retail Leadership Circle and Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Content Director at Total Retail

Clarisa Lindenmeyer – President at Proximity to Power, Head of Strategy & Partnerships at Launch DFW

Philip VanDusen – Principle + COO Verhal Brand Design, former ECD Landor Associates, prior VP of Graphic Design at Old Navy

Kim Koonce – Senior Human Resource Leader 

Michele Chapa -Fowler – Former Senior Vice President of
Merchandising Signet Jewelers, on Board Susan G. Komen

Scott Davies – Chief Marketing Officer

Jody Austin - Retail Consultant, Former CMO Merchandising

Aaron Conant - Managing Director, BWG Connect

Tim Katz, Co-Founder, Dyode

George Mikhail, Co-Founder & Principal, Dyode