STEVEN D. HAMILTON
Principal and Founder of SDHconsulting has a distinguished background as a leading merchant, retailer and senior executive for Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Bergdorf Goodman and A&S. Since the early 1980’s he has successfully developed and grown profitable businesses in Men’s and Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Fashion Accessories, Home Furnishings and in the Beauty Industries. He has achieved bottom-line results in diverse retail environments: private and public companies as well as liaison for several prestigious equity entities.
As Executive Vice President, GMM and Director of Stores for Giorgio Armani Corp. U.S.A., Mr. Hamilton catapulted this leading design house into a retail power. Directing a $200 million operation with over 1,000 employees in 26 locations, he created a cohesive retail and merchandising division while launching new stores and the first brand website. His tenure there saw more than double the amount of Free-Standing Corporate stores, reduced markdowns, increased full-priced sell-thrus, increased market share, launched a profitable home brand, and developed a corporate and national staff with high team spirit and self-motivation.
At Gucci Group, Mr. Hamilton was Worldwide Product Director, and was one of the original 42 member BOD who transformed this small family business into a Wall Street fashion icon. Worldwide sales volume catapulted from under $200 million to over $1 billion in the first year after the company’s IPO and $3 billion in the following year. He gained invaluable buying and management experience in both Men’s & Women’s apparel and Accessories at Bergdorf Goodman, and was a key decision-maker in revolutionizing the men’s business from an in-store department into today’s freestanding store—setting industry-wide standards. His career began in the legendary Federated Department Store’s Executive Training program at Abraham & Strauss in Brooklyn, New York.
Currently Mr. Hamilton is utilizing his vast experience, alongside some of his most trusted colleagues from his various prior companies. Today, he and his team, provide the same level of quality work for national and international clients seeking assistance, assurances and a perspective that can only be delivered by an industry insider. Mr. Hamilton is fluent in Italian and has a B.S. in International Business and Political Science from Elmira College. He also studied International Business/Chines Studies in the People’s Republic of China, Shanghai with Columbia University. His high taste level, dedication to quality, and sense of integrity makes him a multi-faceted executive who knows how to strengthen businesses in today’s competitive market.