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Audrey Gauthier
VP Marketing and E-Commerce

Team Member Audrey Gauthier
What’s your story and how long have you been with the company?

I began my career in Ecommerce at La Vie En Rose. I joined the ALDO Group in 2013 as the Ecommerce Manager for their Little Burgundy division. My omni-channel vision allowed me to quickly rise to the role of Marketing and Ecommerce Director in 2015, overseeing both digital and brick-and-mortar marketing, as well as managing a team of designers. I recently have been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Ecommerce for Little Burgundy.

What aspects of your job
do you like most?

Working for Little Burgundy definitely join the best of what I could wish for working in marketing. As a retailer with a strong personality, we develop our own brand DNA through our partnerships, seasonal campaigns, magazines and various initiatives that make us singular on the market. In addition to this branding aspect, we also combine our retailer efforts with our brand partners to make their own campaigns shine in a very singular way that always stay true to LB tone of voice and will appeal to our fashion forward customers. Mixed with that is obviously our LB crew, all passionate people that are only striving for the very best! Seeing my team taking initiatives and making decisions that are bringing LB to the next level will always remain a great source of fulfillment and satisfaction in my work.

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on?

So hard to tell as there have been so many in the past few years. Little Burgundy has accomplished so much to evolved in a much stronger brand and a retailer that strive to promote our portfolio of brands in the best way we can. The most recent project that excited me the most is probably our SS18 campaign. First time we went abroad to shoot not only a campaign that would give justice to our amazing collection of Vans, Converse, Herschel and so many other branded products that we carry. It was also the first photoshoot for our two singular house brands, LB and Floyd. Seeing the result of this amazing campaign and how we can bring our ideas to life through an amazing team was a real accomplishment... In addition of obviously enjoying Mexico with such a fun and talented team.

Isabelle Tessier
Director Merchandise Management

Team Member Isabelle Tessier
What aspects of your job do you like?

Analyzing my reports is what I like the most. It’s always so interesting to see the results of what we bought a year ago. We learn something new every time!

What's the most exciting project you've worked on?

Creating our Little Burgundy collection with the team is a project that I enjoy and that really inspires me. Travelling in Europe, doing trend research and brainstorming with the team - that’s what I love the most. Every season when the products arrive in stores, we get to see the results and that’s the best reward we can get!

What are you passionate about besides your job?

Travelling. One of my goals is to see every country on the planet! Every year, my partner and I choose a new country to discover. To me, being away and learning about a different culture is the best “food” for your brain. I always want to see more and I don’t think I’ll ever get enough! As soon as we get back from a trip, I start planning the next one. I’m addicted!

Mark Ripa
Director of Finance and Planning

Team Member Mark Ripa
What's a typical workday for you?

My workday starts out earlier than most at the LB Head Office. I will analyze our Daily Sales first thing when I arrive at 7:00am and then assess my Week/Month/Quarter/Year to-do list - what task, analysis or project must be prioritized accordingly based on the calendar of events. Also, a daily meeting with the rest of the management team is usually scheduled in.

What kind of challenges
do you face?

My role does connect with many departments, therefore, on any given day, a challenge can arise. Whether it’s assessing how to increase sales through promotions, keeping our Inventory reserve in line, implementing and working with our team with the in-season managing of our OTB report Above all, ensuring that profitability is high and set to the expectations of Genesco.

What are you passionate about besides your job?

Sports, statistics/fantasy sports (love the numbers!). Music. I starting playing drums when I was 15 years old and I just picked up guitar, which I taught myself last year. Last but not least, my family having a loving and supportive wife, watching our son grow up so fast, with another boy on the way due in March - it’s priceless and I feel very fortunate!

Valérie Drolet
Director of Merchandise Allocation

Team Member
What's a typical workday for you?

A typical day in the life of a Merchandiser consists of analyzing sales by brand, store, region, product or category for a specific period (year, quarter, month, week) in order to draw conclusions that will guide specific actions like the allocation of future orders. Our job is to ensure that the right products are in the right stores, in the right quantities, at the right time. A typical day for me can be summed up as products, analyzing, planning and action plans!

What aspects of your job do you like most?

Interacting with different departments and everybody collaborating together to offer consumers the best products at the right place, in the right quantities and at the right time, in order to achieve bigger sales objectives year after year. I also get to learn a lot from the incredible people I work with and attend conferences that help me improve myself as a leader and that introduce me to new strategies and retail innovations.

What's the most exciting project you've worked on?

Without a doubt the Little Burgundy transition from the ALDO Group to Genesco. I had the opportunity to work on the merchandising system, warehouse and logistical company changes. This project allowed me to participate in different meetings regarding other aspects of the company like Marketing, Finance, Buying and Operations. My expertise grew that much more from working on this project.

Leah Mould
Senior Graphic Designer

Team Member Albert Nguyen
What kind of challenges do you face?

On a day-to-day basis, I need to make sure the artistic direction of each project stays close to the brand’s DNA. I mainly focus on staying creative while providing a clear message.

What aspects of your job
do you like most?

Each day is very different. I get to work on and oversee various projects from in-store marketing to photoshoots, website updates, newsletters, and so on. I never get bored! Also, we’re a small team, so we all get to work on many exciting and impactful projects.

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on?

Working on the magazine twice a year for our seasonal campaign is by far my favorite project, and the reason why I applied for the job in the first place. I get to express myself and collaborate with really talented people.

Xavier Murphy
E-commerce Coordinator

Team Member Mirna Norzil
What's a typical workday for you?
The first thing in the morning is getting communication going between the Digital Marketer, the Junior eCommerce Coordinator and anyone else who is helping out / involved with the Ecom department at the time. This way we can prioritize what is happening for the day, where to start and where we should focus our efforts collectively. Generally, my day involves communicating with third party vendors, communication with our development team for any website updates as well as analytics and insight into product performance.

What aspects of your job do you like most?

I really enjoy the project management aspect. I love working with our development team to get new additions on the website whether that be a new layout of a page, a new form of payment or optimization of user experience. I also love getting projects going with the team, internally. Whether that is conceptualizing new ways to promote the blog, how to streamline certain processes to make work more fluid, I simply love communicating with the team and getting new projects going, whether they are big or small!

What are you passionate about besides your job?

I am passionate about Fashion and Technology. Outside of work you can catch me doing basically the same things I would be doing at work. Researching sneaker trends, listening to fashion podcasts and reading about the newest technology which could disrupt the market. These are all things that I keep close attention to in and outside of the office. Besides that, I am a vintage nerd and love collecting. I have extensive collections of vintage video games, clothing, cameras, magazines and vinyls. I am also super into keeping my living space motivating and inspiring. I love interior design and nurturing my 25+ (and counting) house plants.

Sofiane Rezki
District Manager

Team Member Erwan Ho
What’s your story and how long have you been with the Little Burgundy?

How I got hired is actually a pretty funny story. Five years ago, I went shopping at my favorite sneaker spot, Little Burgundy. As I was waiting to try on shoes, I began looking for some hats. Another customer was also looking at them. I saw a hat that would match the guy’s clothes that day so I decided to talk to him and let him know what I thought. And just like that I was helping him pick out some stuff to match the outfit he had on, from the socks to the hat, to the matching scarf with the perfect pair of Air max 90 all black. When he went to the cash to pay and the cashier asked him who had helped him today, he pointed at me. The look on his face was priceless when I told him I didn’t work there. A couple minutes later, the store manager approached me and asked if I wanted to work at LB. I instantly said yes!

What kind of challenges
do you face?

In my position there is no typical day. I wake up early, analyze the results from the previous day, and send an email to follow up on the performance. I then visit one of my stores where I assess its condition and spend the day with the manager and their team, coaching and training in the areas where need be.

I also make sure that the daily operations and policies are followed and that all of my stores are aware of what's going on, and I help them if needed. I make sure my stores are doing good, numbers wise yes but also people wise. I am all about coaching and making people grow within the company. So I want to make sure that we fulfill everyone's needs when it comes to building and having a future within the Little Burgundy family.

What aspects of your job do you like?

I love the people aspect, I love the feeling of having someone trusting you with their future as it gives me more energy to make them grow in the role in which they are interested in. I love the fact that not a day is the same; you never know what and where something is going to happen.

Miranda Leigh Drew
Store Manager

Team Member Sofiane Rezki
What’s your story and how long have you been with Little Burgundy?

My retail journey started long before I came to Little Burgundy, however, in being here I have felt the most at home. The culture here pushes individuality and to me that is beyond important that each person regardless of what position you hold, you feel accepted. I've been with the company for just 7 months but I have already had a taste of success with the company. I was honored to make my way to Nashville, the company's incentive trip destination, to celebrate the teams success. In my opinion a company that rewards you for your success, is a company worth growing with.

What’s a typical workday for you?

Everything we do on a day-to-day basis contributes to the store's overall success. It is important to arrive to the store early so you can prepare your day before the mall opens. I walk in the door, assess where the business is and create a structure, fun plan for my team and I to execute. The visual presentation of the store also plays a big part in the stores business so making sure all the product is out and looking presentable for our customers is very important. Once I'm up to speed on the business, paperwork and email, the doors open and my favorite part begins. Finding amazing products for all the shoe lovers out there.

What aspects of your job do you like?

That's a no brainer, I'm a business woman. I love being in control of the business, making goals and more importantly exceeding expectations. But, I can't accomplish this on my own, I have an amazing team by my side. We fuel and feed off each others vibes, energy, and celebrate our success together as a team.