Some of you might know Roger Gingerich, he is a man of many talents, that we are very lucky to call a friend, mentor, and client. Roger is Canada’s leading fashion broker, wearing many hats (so to speak…) such as (but not limited to): outsourcing materials, being a go-to fashion expert for corporations and celebrities, to helping supply apparel for clientele. No one knows the importance of corporate gifting more than Roger, so this month, we asked him to brief us and our lovely readers with some of his thoughts:
So what is Holiday Gifting? In various countries it ranges from religious events, to cultural customs to family traditions. Here in North America, holiday gifting is our way of acknowledging a simple “Thank you”. Thank you for your friendship, you support as a client or appreciation from your employer for a job well done. But what do we give? Over the years, it’s been a, let’s call it what it is, a product. But the trend has shifted lately into experiential. A dinner for you and a loved one at a new restaurant, an evening at Hotel or a day at the spa, a gift card to your favourite store.
Gifting has become a lot more personal. Gone are the days when a gift is given and it has no real value or relevance to the recipient. It’s our job to know our staff, our friends and our client’s personalities, likes and dislikes. And in today social marketplace, one idea is to have fun and create unique memories. An afternoon at an axe throwing venue, trampoline gym, bringing in a celebrity chef for a cooking class with friends over wine, the ideas are endless.
Give unique thanks for 2016. ~ Roger Gingerich, The Gingerich Group.
More about Roger Gingerich:
“With over 30 years in the apparel industry, I can honestly say I have much more to learn. My first foray into this industry was at 15 when I worked part time for a sporting goods repair shop. Spent my high school years learning pattern making, cutting leather and sewing on an industrial pedal wheel Adler open arm sewing machine. When the owner moved out of province on graduation, I opened my own. Spent my late teens early twenties working with 18 NHL clubs, all CFL Teams and countless other clients. Worked in promotional apparel in Vancouver, created apparel line in Toronto, traveled China and Indonesia touring factories. Once called the “Network Whisperer” which I love. I love connecting amazing people to other amazing people.
As a Fashion Broker, I work with celebrity clients managing their fashion related opportunities, placing “Ghost designers” with high profile brands, Networking incredible people to relatable positions, advisory council of TOM*, board member of Fashion Group International.”