Executive strategist with 19 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.