Bret is a champion of the apparel industry and those who seek to grow with it.


Bret has a passion for bringing something new or original into being. 


Bret  sees how things can be improved and rallies people toward that better vision.


As an industry apparel executive for more than 30 years working in all facets of the sector, Bret has had the unique experience of doing business in over 70 countries, working with artisans and experts worldwide. Having been in over 1000 factories that employ 200,000 people, he cares deeply about the value of the opportunity this industry brings to developing countries and its people.



Founder and CEO of Stars Design Group, a fashion design and production house, he believes in fostering an environment of innovation and evolution to stay ahead of the rapidly changing business climate. With offices worldwide and a network of 67 factories globally, Bret helps clients (brands and retailers) solve garment initiatives and production goals, regardless of category or country.  Uniquely Saint Louis based, with its historic legacy in apparel and new focus of innovation, Bret is invested in the blend of talent and technology to develop solutions that serve the demands of the consumer base, while supporting social and environmental goals.

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE: Apparel Design, Sourcing, Fabric/Trims, Buy Planning, Logistics, Direct to Consumer, Quality Control, Brand Positioning, Fit & Technical, Garment Manufacturing, Dyestuffs, Washes, Mills/Spinning, Warehousing, Marketing, Trend Forecasting, Apparel Assortment Planning, Industry Technology, and Innovation in the Industry.



Bret's years of industry experience is only important if YOU have a good experience with him. Here's what others have to say about their experience:

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Lisa Hu
Bret spoke with a mix of Tim Gunn's flare and Bobby Flay's laid back demeanor.
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Craig Palubiak
Bret has the unique ability to lead as both a creative visionary and as one that "rolls-up" his sleeves on the tactical issues to assure delivery of promises.
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Mary Rupport-Stroescu
Truly valuable and actionable information. From a true industry insider. Thanks, Bret!
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Ruth Crowley
Bret is a continuing student of the business which makes him exceptional. He has skills and a depth of knowledge in fabrics that is remarkable. He has nurtured sustainable relationships with manufacturers and works tirelessly to ensure excellence in execution – every step of the way.


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