Chantel is a Brooklyn native and self-proclaimed overachiever with a sweet tooth and luminous smile. The secret to her brand-building feats lie in her equal enthusiasm for design and business—and discovering the magic that lies between.
Before taking the helm at Firebelly, Chantel built an impressive career in the New York fashion industry. Early on, she made a name for herself by designing and launching Resin, an acclaimed luxury denim line. Through that process she realized she wanted to connect with women beyond the luxury space and pivoted into the corporate world. There she helped build the billion-dollar Jessica Simpson fashion empire, before developing a mid-range plus size brand that expanded her passion for both inclusivity and accessibility.
Her belief in the power of creativity runs deep. She’s traveled to Ghana with Beauty for Freedom, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering survivors of human trafficking through artistic expression. She’s also mentored young women and girls at GEM, an organization that nurtures future female leaders by teaching entrepreneurship, financial literacy and self care.
Vogue has called her a ‘brainy, hustling New York City hipster’, but to better understand what makes her tick, look to her Enneagram. She exemplifies The Achiever—charismatic, energetic, accomplished and kind. When she’s not living the hustle, you can find her feeling the beat on any dance floor, anywhere—or visiting family in Barbados, her home away from home.