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Rebecca Minkoff            

Fashion Designer & Founder of the Female Founder Collective

An industry leader in casual luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff's playful and subtly edgy designs can be spotted around the world on young consumers and celebrities alike.

After developing an affinity for design while working in the costume department in high school, the San Diego-native moved to New York City at the age of 18 to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

In 2001, Ms. Minkoff designed an "I Love New York" t-shirt as part of a five-piece capsule collection, which appeared on The Tonight Show and in Us Weekly, becoming an overnight sensation.

In 2005, Ms. Minkoff designed her first handbag, "The Morning After Bag." This iconic piece ignited her career as a handbag designer and, along with her brother Uri, she established Rebecca Minkoff LLC.

In 2009, Ms. Minkoff created her first ready-to-wear apparel collection. Today, Rebecca Minkoff has developed into a global lifestyle brand with a range of accessories, footwear, apparel, handbags and jewelry, as well as men's leather goods sold under the label Ben Minkoff. The brand is distributed in more than 900 stores worldwide. In 2011, she won industry recognition when she was awarded the Breakthrough Designer Award from the Accessories Council. In March, she opened her first freestanding boutique in Tokyo.

Ms. Minkoff is an active member of the CFDA and supports multiple philanthropies, including Baby Buggy. She is married to actor and director Gavin Bellour, and they reside in New York City with their son.

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