Executive strategist with 17 years experience in consumer and design forecasting. Insights leader who excels in delivering key product and marketing directives to steer long term goals. Deep expertise in connecting demographic, economic, and cultural shifts into future trends. Exceptional track record in architectural, interior design, and furniture forecasting.
Accomplished strategist and trend forecaster Renee Labbe has helped guide hundreds of businesses to navigate consumer futures. As Director of Foresight Strategy at Broadside Studios, Renee works with brands in architectural and related industries, including developers, architects, suppliers, specifiers, interior designers, as well as furniture retailers & manufacturers. Using a unique blend of predictive analytics, consumer insights and industry experience, she directs a wide variety of custom foresight reports as well as annual forecast publications.
Prior to Broadside Studios, Renee was SVP, Global Trends of NYC-based forecasting leader Stylesight, where she built and directed an international team of trend directors to consult and build bespoke forecasting projects for the agency’s 2,600 clients (Stylesight has since been purchased and folded into the WGSN platform). Her primary role married analytics and forecasting insights together to drive renewal rates of existing business up by almost 25%, resulting in realized revenues of over $20M annually.
Prior to joining Stylesight, Renee led the Western US & Canadian sales and consulting initiatives for Paris-based forecasting firm Promostyl. In this Director role she managed a team of sales & trend consultants to provide a mix of global and customized foresights for clients in fashion, active sports, furnishings, tech, and cosmetics industries.
Renee has been featured as a keynote speaker at trend presentations at various trade shows and private events, including the JBREC Housing Design Summit, HBA Denver's Innovation Summit, Houzz's Innovation Series webinars, Retail's Big Show NYC, 100% Design London, Premiere Vision Paris, Outdoor Retailer, GlobalShop, The Organic Exchange, SIA, Magic, The LA Textile Show, and more.
(direct & third party accounts)
20TH C. FOX
MILLIKEN floor coverings
JOHN PAUL MITCHELL
OLD CASTLE / BELGARD
FLIP ROYALE DEVELOPMENTS
ROOM & BOARD
THE EMPIRE GROUP
THE HUDSON BAY COMPANY
OLYMPIC PAINTS & STAINS
"Renee was such a success at both wowing the clients with her creativity and presentations while retaining them with her understanding of the metrics associated with their usage of the site. Her ability to combine creativity with those metrics along with a deep understanding of the individual clients' needs was a very compelling combination for Stylesight."
FRANK BOBER, FOUNDER & FORMER CEO, STYLESIGHT
Renee has provided incredible prowess and strategic direction while working with us. She's a "must have" for any real estate developer.
Her innovative mindset empowered us with confidence while navigating through a competitive marketplace where risk management is crucial. Her skills are exactly what the architectural and building industry has been missing. Her foresight into what's coming next is such a valuable tool where any competitive advantage can translate into sales...Her value to us in various projects was unparalleled.
ROBERT CIMETTA, CIMETTA PROPERTIES
"Renee was able to help us evaluate two new architecture and design publications we had been incubating and was able to offer data and insights into the relationship between consumer behavior and the architectural / design worlds. Renee's predictive skills and deep industry knowledge allowed us to better vet digital design and content concepts, create new ideas and approaches which ultimately helped guide the final strategy. "