Before cooking up ZipFit, Liz had two years of consulting and three years of retail experience under her belt. She studied Mathematics, Italian and Economics at Emory University and earned her MBA from Chicago Booth. When not dreaming up math equations to improve your denim experience, Liz enjoys indulging in chocolate and tearing up the soccer field.
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Seth is our team's tech genius who worked with Liz to realize her dream of using math to improve men's shopping experiences. Seth has extensive startup experience and is well-versed in web frameworks, databases and user experience. Past companies blessed to have his knowledge include Acquity Group, Chicago Tribune and Peak6. In his rare spare time, Seth is learning to play the piano and brew his own beer.
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
Alex also known as Chief Ass Inspector, brings extensive consumer marketing expertise having worked with prominent brands such as Valspar, Lara Miller, Hanes, and Akira. A graduate of University of Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology, Alex is our go-to gal for ideas on how to improve your customer experience. In her downtime, Princess Alex (yep, she's an actual princess) loves traveling the world, thrifting for treasures, and busting a move anywhere she's inspired to. Let her know about your experience at fitexperts [at] zipfitdenim [dot] com.
In efforts to get back to her midwestern roots (born and raised in Omaha, NE) Hayley moved to Chicago from New York City, where she tackled the fashion industry while working at G-Star RAW and Sam Edelman. Hayley graduated from the University of Dayton with a double major in Marketing and Communications. She has a passion for fashion and loves styling friends and following fashion blogs. When Hayley's not working (or shopping) she enjoys traveling, pretending to know how to cook, and listening to rap music.
Senior Fit Expert
Courtney started her retail career at H&M. After realizing that the "big guys" did not always offer a pleasant customer service experience, she found herself working for a small retail business for many years. There she learned the importance of establishing a relationship with customers so that they will always remember their experience and come back to you. When she's not helping people look their best, you can find her cheering on one of her favorite Chicago sports teams.
Head Tailor & Operations Associate
Serena has been designing and constructing clothes for her entire life. She graduated with her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where her senior thesis collection was not only presented in SAIC's The Walk fashion show but also featured in Women's Wear Daily, Annex Magazine, and Chicago Reader. Though Serena rarely takes a break from her fashion affliction, she does love costuming for local theatres, running, and spoiling her two cats.
Senior Fit Expert
Julianna is a fit expert with a passion for men's and women's fashion. Born and raised in the Windy City, she has an ardent love for Chicago and her home town hockey team, the Blackhawks! Julianna graduated from DePaul University with a B.A in Public Relations/Advertising and a minor in Italian and Organizational Communication. She has over four years of retail and styling experience. By day, she is a personal shopper and social media maven. In her spare time you can find her at a Blackhawk game or working on her fashion blog and newest venture.
Auksuole, originally from Lithuania, can hem your pants faster than you can put them on. When not sewing at ZipFit, she keeps herself busy designing and making clothes from scratch with her 7 sewing machines at home. She makes sure that the ZipFit office will never size down, constantly bringing in chocolates and other tasty Lithuanian delights.
She thought a financial career would be static, but then learned there are some students who “change their major.”
Life began when Cate figured out that working in small business was the gateway to a neighborhood and, quite frankly, her heart. She loves to listen and works tirelessly to be
ZipFit’s “jean whisperer.” To Cate, there is no denim standard and, for gosh sakes, why not have that effortless view every day? Wearing jeans could solve A LOT of problems.
ZipFit provides a lot of learning opportunities, but Cate finds her balance by voraciously reading, teaching herself marketing analytics, and practicing the yogic life.
Operations & Financial Analyst
Tolani is a long-time lover of all things denim, Chicago, and business. She graduated from the University of Chicago where she studied Economics and Italian Language & Literature. She's fallen in love with Chicago in her time here, especially through hitting up many of the incredible restaurants the city has to offer. A New Jersey/New York native, Tolani has developed a fond appreciation for both the hustle & bustle of the big city, and the quiet tranquility of the suburbs. In her spare time, Tolani will usually unwind by listening to music, doing yoga, or hanging out on the town with family and friends.
Carmen has experience wearing many hats working within the beauty and fashion industry. First started Operations at Skin1 and from there on proceeded to TrunkClub. The fact of doing what I love and being who I am is definitely a win! I love the evolution of a growing company which bought me to Zipfit Denim! In my downtime you can find me at the library getting a mystery, doing some hot yoga Oh and writing!
Stephanie has a knack for sewing and design. With a BFA in Thearical Costume Design from Stephens College, she has the knowledge to back up her talent and passion. Stephanie has enjoyed constructing and designing garments for various organizations, such as The Muny of St. Louis, Utah Shakespeare Fesitval, and the 4th of July Parade by Veiled Prophet Organization. In her rare spare time, Stephanie loves to travel, make memories with family, and relax with a movie and her pup, Maddie.
Gia got her start in the fashion industry at a very young age. She has been working retail since the tender age of sixteen, starting at Guess Inc. From there, she went on to work for companies like Arden B, Bebe, & Nordstrom. Gia graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Marketing. She loves styling both men and women. Overall, her goal is to make people feel and look good in what they are wearing. In her spare time, Gia can be found taking a Zumba class or shopping.
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