Learn more about the next generation of lifestyle brands being carried at luxury, mainstream, and hospitality retail — and discover how these executives have been able to navigate, innovate, and even thrive through uncertainty.
Our panelists will explore how brand-retailer partnerships are evolving, why this category is so compelling, and how to prepare for pent-up consumer demand — all with a keen eye towards e-commerce, D-to-C, and brick & mortar.
NY NOW and EmeraldX, along with Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference (LMCC) are proud to present this very timely crossover global talk.
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MEET THE SPEAKERS
Executive Editor, Glossy
Priya Rao is the host of The Glossy Beauty Podcast and Executive Editor at Glossy, the premier digital B2B media outlet covering beauty, wellness, and fashion. She is also a frequent contributor to Vogue, New York Magazine, Elle, Fast Company, and Well + Good — effectively bridging the exploding CBD and Hemp category with the traditional skincare, beauty, and wellness industries.
Lab to Beauty
Alison Ragusa is the Co-founder of Luxury CBD beauty brand, Lab to Beauty, which is best known for producing clean, CBD-infused skincare designed for your everyday beauty regimen. Saks Fifth Avenue’s own Selling Director recently referred to the company as, “the best CBD line in the industry, period,” and they’ve received near-universal praise from publications like The Cut, Forbes, Well + Good, and British GQ. Having already launched in the UK and the U.S. at Fontainebleau, this Summer the brand is also entering the market with a “CBG” super-luxury collection designed for hydration, moisture retention, and anti-aging.
Founder & Chief Formulator
Melissa Jochim is the Founder & Chief Formulator for mid-ter “masstige” price-point skincare & beauty brand High Beauty, which uses the restorative properties of Cannabis sativa oil — currently in 275 retailers globally including Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Revolve, Hudson Bay, Shoppers DrugMart, & Douglas (Germany/EU). And just earlier this year, founder Melissa Jochim was awarded the Rising Star Award in the Beauty Entrepreneur category by Fashion Group International.
Founder & Creative Director
Dehiya Beauty’s founder, Mia Chae Reddy worked in the beauty industry for years (Smashbox, Chanel) before debuting her own brand — and she is all about diverse and inclusive global beauty.
Recently featured in Allure and Essence (“one of the most innovative beauty products to shop right now”), her brand is 100% plant-based, vegan, all-natural, and organic. The company’s ethos is, “Imagined in Morocco. Made in California.” While living in Morocco shortly after earning her Ph.D., Reddy learned how to transform organic plant botanicals into beautiful oils, extracts, and herbal remedies — leading to the more gentle skincare process (and products) Dehiya has become known for.
Founder & CEO
Wash with Water
It’s safe to say that Wash with Water might singlehandedly be redefining a category that has, up to this point, been largely untouched by CBD.
Since 2012, South Carolina-based Founder & CEO Stephanie Pascarella has built a global cult following by developing the first clean, plant-based wellness and skincare line with both baby and mom in mind. And in 2020, Stephanie (also a mother of 3) introduced the very first line of “CBD Mama Tinctures” to provide relief in three major areas: sleep, stress, and self-care.
Featured in US Weekly, PopSugar, and recently named Tatler Magazine’s “Beauty Award Winner” (baby/child category) and Founding Member of Rebecca Minkoff’s Female Founder Collective.