fibi & clo was Founded in Summer 2009, fibi & clo shoes and accessories continue to offer the chicest designs at prices gals can't resist. Sold exclusively in in-home shoe parties and now online.
In 2004, Michael launched the luxury brand Operations with two college friends. The brand grew quickly and by 2009, Operations had two stores in New York City and sold to accounts such as Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstroms, Bergdorf Goodman and high-end specialty boutiques across the country.
In 2009, Michael created the idea and business model for Incorporated by Operations; a lower-priced line that could be sold to a broader customer demographic. In order to create this line, Michael began business partnerships in China and developed the supply chain necessary for high-volume production. Shortly after, Levis Strauss reached out to Michael and a deal was brokered to create a line of outerwear for all of their American retail stores.
In 2011, Michael took his brand experience and consulted with American Eagle, Kmart, Lands End, Fila and GRG by Dynamite Group to create an array of fashion goods and accessories for their stores and catalogues.
That same year, Michael joined AnaLiza to create and grow the fibi & clo brand and business model. He currently heads business strategy, sales and production.
A Georgia man at heart, Michael graduated with honors from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He currently resides in NYC with his fiance', f & c Founder and Creative Director AnaLiza Alba, and is the adoptive father of two kitties, fibi & clo.
It was May 2009, and AnaLiza had just returned from visiting family in Texas. While brunching with friends in NYC’s West Village, she was already missing home. Even though living in New York was her dream, she yearned for an idea that would get her home without getting in the way of a career she loved.
As the conversation turned to shopping and fashion, an idea suddenly sparked. What if she developed a line of sandals that she could take to Texas for trunk shows - like tupperware parties, but with shoes? “I realized what a great time I was having at brunch, and that an atmosphere where you are surrounded by friends and food is not only perfect brunching atmosphere, but also perfect for shopping. It would also bring me home more often,” gushes Alba. Just like that, fibi & clo was born.
AnaLiza was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Journalism, and a Master’s Degree in Advertising. She is an Associate Creative Director at ArnoldNY advertising agency. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two cats, fibi and clo.
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