To help write the next chapter in the K-Swiss story, we’ve partnered with international DJ, producer and entrepreneur, Diplo, to recruit 100 of the most creative and connected entrepreneurs to work with us on real projects that will move the K-Swiss brand forward.
Out of thousands of applicants from over 117 countries, we selected the final 100 that will comprise ‘The Board’. Alongside some of the brightest minds in business – including Jeff Staple, Rachael Wang, and The Fat Jew – they’re getting to work on tasks in marketing, design, branding and business, and making a real impact on the future of K-Swiss.
Take a look around, meet the minds of tomorrow and see what everyone is saying about #OurKSwiss.
Natalie Suarez is Natalie Off Duty.
The model-turned-blogger uses her love for fashion and style to express herself by mixing unique vintage pieces with designer finds, giving her a look that is all her own. Her style is also influenced by another passion of hers – music. Singing and playing the guitar has garnered her attention from notable fashion designers making way for collaborations including Free People, Dolce & Gabbana, Luxottica, Mango, Olsenboye, Volcom, Armani Exchange, Donna Karan and Aldo.
Jeff Ng (aka "jeffstaple") is an established graphic and fashion designer, curator, branding expert, footwear aficionado, and all-around creative visionary.
He founded Staple Design, Inc. in 1997: now a well-known streetwear brand (@StaplePigeon), creative consulting agency (Staple Design) and retail store (@ReedSpace, which opened in 2002). Some clients include HBO, Levi’s, Sony, Microsoft, Nike, Burton Snowboards, LVMH, Uniqlo, Kid Robot, Kia and ESPN.
Scott Sasso is iconic streetwear brand 10.DEEP’s Founder and Creative Director.
He was born and raised in New York City in a household charged with visual culture. He’s done design and graphic work for the likes of The Gap, Ecko Unlimited, Mecca, and Reebok. He’s grown 10.DEEP into a leading street culture brand with distribution throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Tyler is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of RUNA.
After his freshman year at Brown University, Tyler decided to follow his passion for the Amazonian plants and languages in South America. After living with a number of communities in the Amazon, he realized his calling was to work with the indigenous communities seeking sustainable ways to earn a living while preserving their culture. Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” in January 2013.
Dan is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of RUNA.
While a student at Brown University, Dan focused on conservation and sustainable business. After working in a lab he took a life-changing trip to South America (including the same area where RUNA now works). When he returned to the US, he devoted his energy to creating RUNA, including moving to Ecuador to start the company. He was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” in January 2013 and a New York City Venture Fellow in 2014.
Josh "The Fat Jew" Ostrovsky is an American actor, writer, television and social media personality, and entrepreneur.
Ostrovsky worked on the E! Channel as a correspondent interviewing celebrities and was a member of genre-bending rap group Team Facelift who was signed to Ducktown Records. After the group's disbandment in 2010, Ostrovsky left music and began focusing solely on comedy and plus-size modeling.
Rachael Wang is a fashion stylist and creative consultant.
She has experience reporting on trends, creating fashion and shopping content and directing photo shoots. She has worked at fashion-focused companies including Style.com, Vogue, Nylon and Glamour and has styled the likes of Julia Roberts, Cher, Debbie Harry, Lena Dunham, Andy Cohen, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Eve and Raekwon. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Sharmadean Reid is the founder of WAH Nails.
Sharmadean started a fanzine called WAH, a reaction to the wave of booty shaking videos in 2004, in order to promote females in creative industries. In 2009 The WAH brand set up a physical home in the shape of WAH Nails. WAH has painted nails in cars, bars, clubs, at the Grand Prix, in an Airstream, in Japan, at festivals, at The Brits, for celebrities, for fashion icons, for kids, for music videos, at work and at home. After publishing two books on nail art and girl culture, Sharmadean launched the first WAH London nail product line in Boots in September 2014.
Take a look around, meet 'The Board' and see what everyone is saying about #OurKSwiss