In Spring 2017, Lucky Brand CEO Carlos Alberini and his family pledged a $300,000 gift to fund the Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design at UC Davis. Alberini and his company’s chief creative officer Kin Ying Lee gave the inaugural lecture on campus in May.
“Our family is committed to making this world a better place for all,” Alberini said. “As such, our foundation consciously prioritizes impacting the fields of education, health, environment and human and civil rights. Of these focal areas, we believe that improvements in education will benefit current and future generations the most, and regard UC Davis as a powerful institution with talented faculty who are highly committed to the development of design.”
“We are delighted to be able to support the Department of Design with our contribution and are confident that all design students will benefit from the speaker series being developed by this incredible team,” he continued. Alberini’s daughter, Alexis, is a recent graduate of the department.
In their talk, titled “The Power of Strategy, Design and Brand Transformation,” Alberini and Lee articulated the role strategy and design have played in transforming Lucky Brand and the evolving role of design. The free talk was presented in partnership with the Graduate School of Management.
Alberini joined Lucky Brand in February 2014. He formerly headed Restoration Hardware as co-CEO and executive director and led Guess Inc. as president and chief operating officer.