Stacey Bendet Eisner Talks Sun Valley Vibe and Her Startup Creatively

During the conversation, recorded from a coffee shop in Ketchum, Idaho, just down the road from the site of the Allen & Co. She also offered her impressions about the value of bringing so many influential people together for a week every July for intellectual and recreational stimulation. ("I feel like a fashion survivor this year"). gathering, Bendet Eisner also discusses the growth of the Alice + Olivia brand and how it weathered the COVID storm.
"It's sort of this very organic way to network," she said. "There are so many partnerships and investments and big deals being made here."
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Stacey Bendet Eisner, CEO and creative director of fashion brand Alice + Olivia, has attended the annual Allen & Co. But this time around, she's coming as the leader of a tech startup. conference at this mountain resort for more than 10 years.
Bendet Eisner also made a point of sharing a bit of free post-pandemic style advice from a fashion pro as she noted that sales of business duds and dressy dresses are definitely picking up for Alice + Olivia in recent months.
The Allen & Co. confab was famously the place where CEOs huddled to hatch media mega-mergers, including Disney's 1996 acquisition of ABC and the AOL-Time Warner union in 2001. But big deals don't always mean corporate transformations.
"It's not a place for creatives to share pictures of their children or what cocktail they're having or their political stance on A, B or C," Bendet Eisner said. "It's truly just a safe place for creatives to share their work, show their work, collaborate on their work and to find work."
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"For all the ladies listening to this, it's just — say goodbye." "I do think it's time to burn the sweatpants," she said.
Creatively is all business and not to be confused with a social network, she emphasized. The service is free for individual creatives to use; the monetization comes from companies that pay to post job listings and have deeper access to the site.
Although fashion-related topics are rarely on the agenda, Bendet Eisner said she has gained important perspective on leading and running a business by being in the exclusive rooms at the Sun Valley Lodge over the years.
The company has set a partnership with fintech firm Orum to end the 30- and 45-day wait times that many freelancers face after completing their work. Creatively on Wednesday unveiled a new feature dubbed "Creatively Pay" that aims to accelerate the payment process for freelancers.
The platform is designed to showcase portfolios and visual media for artists and others across a range of sectors, Bendet Eisner explains on the latest episode of Variety podcast "Strictly Business." Bendet Eisner is the founder of Creatively, an online professional networking platform that aims to help connect freelancers who work in creative fields with prospective employers.
"One year, (Facebook chief) Mark Zuckerberg met (New Jersey senator) Cory Booker and he decided to donate $100 million to schools in Newark. "There are so many smaller things that happen here in the world of philanthropy," she said. Those kinds of things really happen here."

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