Executive Circle

The Austin Fashion Initiative (AFI) Executive Circle features top industry professionals who are doing their part to design Austin's fashion ecosystem. As THOUGHT LEADERS, the Executive Circle showcases its commitment to supporting the professional development of AFI's members, strengthening the infrastructure of the regional ecosystem, and elevating Austin's fashion industry globally.


Stephen Aarons

Traverse Legal

Stephen legal practice focuses on corporate formation and governance, private securities offerings, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.


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Hannah James

Well Mannered Studio

Well Mannered Studio specializes in retail buying and eCommerce merchandising, styling, creative direction and brand management.


JennifeR E.S. Millspaugh

JESMillspaugh Studio

With a PhD in entrepreneurship, brand development and internationalization, Jennifer is innovating across sectors to impact the fashion industry.

Shari Wynne Ressler

RWR Legal | SKU

As Founder of SKU and RWR Legal, Shari is an avid mentor, investor, and active participant in the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem helping people achieve success.