When June Haynes was a young girl in Guyana, she would spend her afternoons in her mom’s clothing store flipping through Vogue magazines that had been sent from America. Her love of style brought her to New York, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and majored in fashion buying and merchandising. The combination of determination and felicity landed her the Senior Vice President of Retail & Brand Ambassador position at Valentino, the luxury fashion house founded by master couturier Valentino Gravani. June enjoyed a ten-year tenure with Valentino, before setting out to create JHLR.
June oversees the operations for Valentino stores across the world, as well as acting as the brand’s unofficial style ambassador. Her responsibilities extend to cover all Valentino boutiques in the United States. In addition to direct supervision of all day‐to‐day operations, June’s also responsible for long range strategic planning, including sales growth and retail strategic action, as well as leading a large retail management team . June also manages all M Missoni boutiques owned by Valentino in North America. In addition, in 2007 June was given the task of refining Valentino’s retail strategy in Japan.
Her career in retail began at Barney’s New York, where she managed the designer floor, and it was there that she met Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, when the two paid an incognito visit to Barney’s. The result of that meeting was an appointment to the position of manager at Dolce and Gabbana’s first boutique in North America: the flagship store on Madison Avenue, which opened in 1997, and which was the model and inspiration for Dolce and Gabbana’s further sales activities in North America.
June Haynes Luxury Retailing (JHLR) is a global retail consultancy that specializes in enhancing the culture and the service experience of luxury brands. The core of our business is helping organizations to value ROR—Return on Relationship—just as they do ROI. We develop and implement thoughtful one-to-one client services with a goal of increasing customer loyalty, maximizing the potential of top talent and ultimately transforming the luxury experience.
June has been named by Harper’s Baazar as the best dressed and O the Oprah magazine calls her the “Glamour Girl” and publishes her style tips. She is known as much for her business acumen and her accomplishments as for her sense of chic a perfect balance for her position at Valentino. She has been extremely successful at building high-performance management and in-store sales teams while leading sophisticated apparel and merchandising organizations with P&L responsibility up to $50 million. A strategic visionary with a clear sense of purpose and urgency when faced with diverse situational challenges Highly skilled at inspiring staff to exceed business objectives and establishing sales and merchandising excellence within culturally diverse environments, translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies, and planning/executing multi-faceted global business development campaigns designed to improve market share, gross revenue and EBITDA.
Even in her personal style, she expresses both the cutting edge fashion sense and integrity that are the hallmarks of her career. “If you are employed by a fashion house it is important that you become a brand ambassador,” she says. “Much of one’s business is done not just inside the store, but outside, while networking and socializing so that you are able to build stronger relationships.” Not just in her daily professional life, but each of the many worlds in which she moves, this integrity, commitment, and creative energy are the traits that make June so in demand as a personal advisor, mentor, and inspiring leader. June serves in several boards sharing her expertise as the Museum of Natural History and March to the Top Africa.
Throughout her years in the fashion industry, June has shared her experiences by speaking publicly and mentoring students. She has been guest speaker at the Luxury Lab MX Conference in Mexico City, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Thurgood Marshall Mentorship Forum.
June’s proven track record of consistent performance improvement through increased sales has given her invaluable insights into what shapes a positive consumer experience. The knowledge of how to create Return on Relationships that ensure results has become the foundation of JHLR. As June notes, “The product can be found in so many places. The most important investments brands can make today are in their staff and their clients.”
Congrats June! You fashion style is fierce and you Rock!