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Founder and CEO Halsey Meyer Schroeder always loved fashion, but started her career in finance. After attending Harvard Business School and landing an internship with retail legend Marvin Traub (former CEO of Bloomingdale’s), she was hooked on the fashion industry. Halsey discovered the idea for Halsbrook after shopping online with her mother one afternoon. She and her mom shared a similar aesthetic of beautifully designed, timeless clothing and through her mother’s eyes she saw an opening in the market. There was a need for a site that had sophisticated merchandise, styled in an elegant way that had warm customer service – bringing the best of offline, online.
Halsey grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and now lives in Manhattan with her husband. Favorite color: French blue. Hidden talent: she’s a cook, with a certificate from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Dream: owning a Norwich Terrier, reality: having her co-workers bring their dogs to the office.
Mary arrived at Halsbrook with over 14 years of experience as a team leader in the areas of brand management, corporate development and investment banking. Most recently, she spent seven years at Unilever launching and managing platforms for the iconic Dove and Degree brands. Before that, she spent four years at News Corporation working on strategic acquisitions, divestitures and partnerships. Joining Halsbrook marked an exciting inflection point in her career – an opportunity to apply all of her corporate experience to help drive a fast-growing business in a fast-evolving industry. Mary has a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
When not in the office, she spends a lot of time at the playground in Central Park together with her husband chasing after their 3 ½ year old son. She also enjoys reading and international travel. Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities. Most memorable trip: Ice Hotel in Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle. Wardrobe color scheme: gray, navy and white.
Audia is Halsbrook’s Merchandising Advisor extraordinaire, and for good reason: she honed her skills in fashion retailing as the former Divisional Merchandise Manager/VP for women’s designer collections at Bloomingdale’s for more than 30 years. For Audia, talking fashion is akin to breathing, and her near-encyclopedic knowledge on the subject is legendary. When she’s not working, Audia can either be found on the golf course, or in some exotic locale. The designer that always works: Chanel. Something every woman should invest in: A beautiful pair of earrings. One item she’ll never part with: Her mother’s circa-1950’s alligator bag.
A former Product Manager and Senior Buyer for Bloomingdale’s, Scott has spent years managing enormous merchandise budgets, presenting sales strategies and launching partnerships with some of the most successful American designers working today. She has also traveled the world, racking up frequent flyer miles to and from Europe, Hong Kong and India, among other far-flung destinations. Now based in New York City as Halsbrook’s Customer Service Specialist, Scott is using her vast experience to work directly with customers in order to insure they have the best buying experience possible. With days spent fielding customer service calls and e-mails, Scott admits it makes for very hectic (but rewarding) days. She says she’s had lots of great jobs, but working to build Halsbrook is a career-to-date highlight. Her idea of a fashion no-brainer: A little black dress. Something every woman should try: Fabrizio Gianni pants, which she declares “the best fitting pants ever!”
Halsbrook’s CTO was the first one hired, and who helped take Halsbrook from sketches on loose leaf to a programmed site. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he relocated to New York City in October 2012. A self-described nerd, Grosny says he’s inspired by creating new things and doing something that’s never been done before, so it’s no wonder that he insists he’s learned something valuable from every job he’s ever held. Passionate about programming, electronics and robotics design, Grosny has worked as a system auditor and a web developer. Signature look: Jeans and a button down. Favorite past time: Fly-fishing. Dream destination: Patagonia.