ABOUT the FOUNDERS
Lee Anderson is a fashion designer and consultant creating best in class products, brand strategy, and systems for growth, working with clients in the startup and fashion spaces. Lee moved back to New York in 2014 after five years in Paris where she was a community organizer for fashion entrepreneurs, and helped organize the first Paris Fashion & Tech Week. She is the founder of outerwear brand, Starkweather, and the author of On Starting Somewhere: Entrepreneurship before success.
Lee is an advocate for design thinking and for innovation. Pioneer Mode was created as a platform to build a community around those values, and uncover new opportunities hiding in plain sight.
Nicole Lenzen is a designer and technology consultant to the fashion industry. Combining her background in computer science and fashion, Nicole designs and implements systems to manage collaborative product development and global sourcing for companies including Brooks Brothers, ALDO Group, and Warnaco. As a patternmaker, technical designer, and couturière, she applies her extensive knowledge of fit and garment construction to advise fashion-tech startups in the predictive algorithm space on fit nuances, sizing recommendations, and style trends.
Nicole designs an eponymous collection for women on the move, ethically sewn in New York City. She previously ran a custom couture bridal business in San Francisco, specializing in contemporary gowns made from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Nicole was a finalist in the 2014 Design Entrepreneurs program through FIT and the NYCEDC. She regularly gives talks at organizations supporting women in tech and business on entrepreneurship, sustainability, and personal branding.
As co-founder of Pioneer Mode, Nicole hopes to bring awareness, positive change, and cross-disciplinary solutions to address long-standing challenges and stagnation within the fashion industry.