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The Entrepreneurs Club: Swedish Designers in New York

SACC New York

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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Join SACC New York on November 13th for an Entrepreneurs Club focusing on the wondrous world of design. During the evening you will get the chance to meet successful Swedish entrepreneurs from different disciplines of design, ranging from fashionto product design, to print and graphic design. Each speaker will share their story and how they have made it in the world’s design capital. The event will be held at Catherine Ahnell Gallery in Soho, and participants will get a preview of the new exhibition that will open for the public on November 14th. Wine and appetizers will be served.  

N.B. This event is currently sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please email anna.aggeryd@saccny.org 

Speakers include:
Catherine Ahnell, Founder & Owner, Catherine Ahnell Gallery
When Catherine Ahnell was studying Economics and Marketing at college in Stockholm, she often found herself next to a pile of art books when at the library. Little did she know how it would all come together. As the winner of Eileen FORD's Super Model of the Year, Swedish born Ms. Ahnell left for Paris after her studies to pursue an international career as a fashion model. Her success brought her to New York City where she soon discovered her new talent as a Real Estate developer. As an avid collector of contemporary art, Catherine Ahnell realized the possibility of fusing her expertise and passion. She bought a space in the heart of Soho, which became the CATHERINE AHNELL GALLERY - a live-in workspace with the goal to create an interesting experience by presenting art in its place of creation.

Lotta Andersson, Founder & Owner, Lotta Jansdotter
A self-taught designer, Lotta Andersson launched her company out of her small San Francisco apartment in 1996, quickly establishing a strong grassroots following. Now, she works from her studio in Brooklyn, where she dreams up creative ideas for branded lifestyle products ranging from textiles to tabletop. She has published nine lifestyle and craft books that have been translated into eight languages. Ms. Andersson is building her branded collection in her specialty and home goods channels in collaboration with her agency, Moxie & Company. Recently honored as an “Arbiter of Style” by Christies, and featured on design and lifestyle blogs and press worldwide, Ms. Andersson’s creativity continues to thrive.

Fredrik Carlström,  Founder, C&CO
After almost twenty years as a writer, creative director, CEO and entrepreneur in the advertising industry, Fredrik Carlström launched C&CO, a boutique growth consultancy and business incubator. C&CO advise on strategies for growth, find creative solutions to business problems, and create content platforms to enable branded storytelling. They bring their recommendations and ideas to life by designing the products, services, spaces, and experiences they advocate. C&CO also invest time and/or capital in new ventures including Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, The 86 CompanyUFUSE and Schnayderman’s Shirtmakers. Over the years, Mr. Carlström has advised numerous companies including Absolut Vodka, IKEA, H&M, Procter & Gamble, and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), to name a few. Between 2007 and 2011, Fredrik Carlström was the CEO & Executive Creative Director of the digital agency Great Works' American operations.

Johan Lidén, Principal of Industrial Design & Co-Founder, aruliden
Johan Lidén is the Principal of Industrial Design and Co-Founder of aruliden, the award-winning and globally recognized design consultancy focused on bridging the gap between design and marketing through their process of productingTM. Originally from Sweden, Mr. Lidén began his U.S. experience by helping build fuseproject, a San Francisco based design firm, where he worked for clients such as Birkenstock, Nike, BMW, and Microsoft. Mr. Lidén later joined MAC Cosmetics, where he was responsible for developing multiple product lines and special product categories, and was then recruited by Nike’s Converse division, where he was responsible for shaping some of the most successful products we see today in the marketplace. Bringing new design directions and explorations within the company’s core product line as well as introducing new platforms, Johan Liden’s work has been internationally recognized in museums, press and competitions alike.

Maja SvenssonFounder & Owner, ELSA AND ME
Maja Svensson is the Designer and Founder of ELSA AND ME, a small clothing business that offers locally and organically produced made-to-order clothing to the professional woman. After earning a degree in Economics from Sweden, Ms. Svensson came to New York in 2008 for an internship at the Consulate General of Sweden and shortly thereafter began working at Invest Sweden. Ms. Svensson was inspired by all the people she met in the city “doing their own thing” and started to look into what her “thing” could be. Without any prior experience in the field she began experimenting with fashion design and after making connections to the New York’s famed Garment District, she realized it was possible to make clothing with just a visual idea of a design. After receiving positive feedback on her first designs she registered her company and began making clothing for women like herself, business women and corporate office workers that craved for a more diversified and feminine look at the office, and has since 2011 been working full time with her company. 


: November 13, 2013
Time: 6.30-8.30 pm
LocationCatherine Ahnell Gallery,
 66 Grand Street #1, Soho, NY
Fee: $30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members to be paid online, by check or any major credit card prior to event. 
RSVP: No later than November 11, 2013. Please note that no cancellations are accepted after noon November 11, 2013. Tel: +1 212 838 5530, Mail: anna.aggeryd@saccny.org.

The 2013 Entrepreneurs Club series is generously sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody


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When & Where

66 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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