Saint Louis Fashion Fund is kicking off its first “Speaking of Fashion” Speakers Event for 2019 at 6 p.m. February 20 at Charles F. Knight Auditorium at Washington University. The event will spotlight Marigay McKee, Founder & CEO of MM Luxe Consulting and formerly Chief Merchant of Harrods and President of Saks Fifth Avenue. The event is at 6 p.m.

McKee is the former president of Saks Fifth Avenue chain and spent 15 years at Harrods before being tasked with reinventing the venerable American department store chain. With her extensive experience in fashion and beauty retail, Marigay McKee was appointed by Saks to lead the re-invention of the iconic American department store chain in September 2013, although she departed the company 15 months later by mutual agreement. Before moving across the Atlantic, McKee was chief merchant of Harrods.

McKee joined the luxury mega store and London landmark in 1999 as a senior beauty buyer and worked her way up to become the top merchant. Under her direction, Harrods has attracted legions of tourists from abroad and now offers such visitor-friendly services as Mandarin-speaking sales staff and tax-free shopping through Global Blue.

McKee is said to have been responsible for altering Harrods’ range of products to include the very top end of the spectrum, further cementing the luxury emporium’s status as the go-to destination for “ultra high net worth” individuals, particularly tourists visiting London.

Although she was inspired by Vogue magazines in her childhood, McKee expected to become a doctor or a lawyer. But after studying modern languages (she is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian) and a stint of teaching in Spain, McKee found her way back to London as a fashion buyer for department store Fenwick, where she started her career in fashion.

The speakers event is free and open to the general public. However, reservations are required by calling 314.400.9300. 

Via Press Release