About

BOND Creative Search is an executive search and consulting firm that partners with innovative companies across a range of industries - Design, Fashion, Retail, E-commerce, Branding, Interactive Technology, Entertainment & Advertising.

Founder Leonardo Lawson has extraordinary experience partnering with global executives. Leonardo and his team have an exceptional understanding of how creativity can be used strategically to build successful organizations.

BOND has a specific focus on design driven companies that are innovators in their fields: their clients are the leading Fashion, Retail, Luxury Goods, Consumer Products, Design, Advertising, Hospitality, Beauty, Entertainment, Technology and Media companies. The BOND team has a comprehensive background in these industries, as well as an understanding of the nuances of each of these sectors, and is able to source appropriate, outstanding talent that will enhance the company culture and lead business directives and growth for each of their clients. They have built the teams and placed key talent that have raised the bar within their respective fields across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

With access to an unrivaled network of top tier talent around the world, the BOND team is passionate about their work and committed to making the right connections.

Our Services

Executive search and creative recruitment with a specific focus on design driven companies that are innovators in their fields.

Management consulting services to assist organizations in improving their performance and building new offerings.

Leadership

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    Leonardo Lawson, Founder & CEO

    Leonardo is internationally renowned in executive search, management consulting and recruitment in the creative industries. His clients have included Abercrombie & Fitch, Alexander Wang, Apple, Beats By Dre, Coach, DKNY, Estee Lauder, Gilt, Gucci, Kate Spade, Laird+Partners, LVMH, MAC Cosmetics, Nike, Onward Kashiyama, Nordstrom, PMH, Polo Ralph Lauren, Razorfish, Sephora, Shiseido, Starbucks, Target, Tiffany & co., Violet Grey, and Wieden+Kennedy.

    Before co-founding BOND, Leonardo was the Managing Director of the global search firm Janou Pakter, Inc. He ran the US operations overseeing offices in New York and Los Angeles. He was responsible for the US staff and managed searches globally. Leonardo’s expertise is in Fashion (Apparel and Accessories), Design (Traditional and Digital Interactive) and Advertising/Branding. Leonardo has a rich and diverse background and education in Fine Arts, Art History and Fashion.

    He holds a BFA from New York University and has studied design and fashion at Parsons school of design and The School of Visual Arts. At NYU, Leonardo started in the business school and finished with a BFA in the arts, demonstrating his left brain right brain understanding that has enabled him to be both visual/creative with an astute business acumen.

    Leonardo began his career in the arts working as the Artistic Director for an internationally respected art gallery in SoHo where he discovered, nurtured and managed artists. Having lived in Europe, the United States and Asia, he is widely recognized as a global talent spotter and trend forecaster. He has the unique ability to “get inside” a company’s culture, identify and communicate with all levels of creative talent, and analyze the intricacies of the search process.
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    Meghan Bryant, VP, Fashion

    Meghan has spent her entire career in the fashion industry in Wholesale, Retail, Executive Search and Recruitment. Her clients have included Abercrombie & Fitch, Alexander Wang, Bloomingdale’s, Botkier, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Coach, The Gap, H&M, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Laird+Partners, Lululemon, Loeffler Randall, Nike, rag and bone, The Row, and LVMH.

    Before joining BOND as Vice President of Fashion, Meghan was the Head Fashion Recruiter at the global creative search firm, Janou Pakter, Inc. Meghan led searches across the US and Europe. Her expertise is in Fashion Apparel and Accessories, Design, Art and Creative Direction.

    Prior to working in executive search, Meghan held key positions in San Francisco and New York. Meghan began her career on the retail side and then moved to wholesale as the head buyer and merchandiser at the progressive women’s boutique Behind the Post Office, in San Francisco. She introduced many new designers to the SF market while in this role. Meghan traveled throughout the US and Europe in search of new brands and emerging talent.

    Meghan then moved to New York to join Showroom Seven where she specialized in Accessories and Jewelry. While there, she worked with designers including Erickson Beamon, Orla Kiley, Martine Sitbon, Luella Bartley and Issa among others. She partnered closely with her designers on Product Development, Design and Branding.

    Meghan has an exceptional eye for fashion and design that was nurtured during her studies of Art History at San Francisco State University. Her cumulative experiences have given her intimate knowledge of the fashion cycle from concept through to retail. Meghan is constantly speaking at fashion schools throughout the US including the San Francisco Academy of Art, Parsons and FIT educating graduates on the fashion industry and the possibilities for their futures.

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    Devin Wheeler, VP, Design & Strategy

    Devin is the Vice President of Design and Strategy at BOND Creative Search. ​Devin partners with leading brands, start-ups and creative agencies to secure top talent ranging from senior global executives to the ​new stars from the world's elite schools. With an expertise in digital​, ​design​,​ strategy, social media and content, he has built teams and business strategies for brands and agencies that target millennial audiences.

    Devin ​secures talent ​for clients such as Alexander Wang, Amazon, ​Apple, ​AR New York, Chandelier Creative, Chanel, Estee Lauder, J Crew, Jo Malone, Laird+Partners, Lloyd&Co., MAC Cosmetics, Moving Image & Content, Ogilvy & Mather, Rag+Bone, Razorfish, Redscout, Sephora, Siegel+Gale,​ ​The Partners, TOMS, Two Hustlers and Visionaire.

    Prior to BOND, Devin was a senior recruiter with the global executive search firm Janou Pakter Inc​ where he led the firm's design and digital search practices. In this role, Devin honed his ability to discern creative talent and gained tremendous exposure to the global marketplace.

    Devin holds a BA from New York University, where he focused on anthropological studies​ and art history​. ​Devin is an art and music enthusiast who travels the world discovering new talent.

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    Drew McKenzie, Director, Interactive & Experience Design

    Drew is a leading consultant in creative recruitment, executive search, and progressive business strategy. As Director at BOND Creative Search, Drew's expertise is in interactive and experiential design, e-commerce, advertising & branding. Drew has created omnichannel strategies and built some of the strongest digital product, advertising & e-commerce teams. His clients have included Alexander Wang, Apple, Birchbox, BlackroseNYC, Calvin Klein, Chandelier Creative, HUGE, J. Crew, Laird+Partners, MAC Cosmetics, Moda Operandi, Peter Marino Architect, rag & bone, Sephora, Starworks Group, Stella & Dot, Tiffany & Co., Violet Grey, Vroom and Wednesday Agency.

    Prior to BOND, Drew was a lead Associate at the global search firm, Jack Kelly & Partners, where he structured recruitment capabilities in the 3-D Design, Experiential Design, Architecture, Consumer & Luxury Retail Design, Visual Merchandising, Lifestyle Branding, Museum & Gallery industries.

    Drew began his career as an ​entrepreneur, ​artist and​ curator. His curated international group exhibitions, ​fashion brand and ​product designs, publications​,​ and artwork have been featured by SIGNAL Art Gallery, Shooting GallerySF, The Hole, Monster Children, PROJECT at Magic Trade Show, RVCA Gallery, Gilt, Transworld Business, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico & more.

    Drew holds a BA from New York University in Art History with a focus in Business Studies. With a strong knowledge of art, design, technology, fashion & culture, Drew partners with global industry leaders to produce creative solutions.

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    Kelly Feirtag, Director of Strategy

    Kelly is the Director of Strategy ​of BOND Collective and BOND Creative Search. ​She manages PR/Marketing, New Business​ Development​, Company Planning, and Philanthropy​.​

    Kelly’s achievements have included multiple brand and agency launches, large-scale production of fashion shows, events, photoshoots, and digital video content, as well as operational overhauls, ​executive search, and contract negotiation​s​.

    Kelly​ has worked with a range of clients including​ Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Beats By Dre, DKNY, Estee Lauder, Laird+Partners, LVMH, MAC Cosmetics, Onward Kashiyama, Sephora, Shiseido, Starbucks, and ​Tiffany & Co.

    Prior to BOND, Kelly ​​was the Project Manager for the global executive search firm Janou Pakter​,​ Inc. She ​managed executive searches for fashion, beauty and lifestyle client's including ​Alexander Wang, Gilt Groupe, NARS Cosmetics, Nike, and TOMS. Kelly began her career in luxury retail and art galleries in New York, Massachusetts, and Georgia.

    Kelly earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in Fashion​ Design​. She also holds a certificate in Management from the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC.​ ​

    Through her professional and personal experience, Kelly has gained a strong knowledge of fashion, retail, and management and has developed a natural aptitude for business.

    ​Kelly splits her time between NYC and Los Angeles.​ She is an active participant in the Best Friends Animal Society and NKLA volunteer programs.

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    Mario Cedeño, Head of Research

    Mario holds a BA in Culture & Media Studies from The New School University. Here, he received a foundational education in media, communications, art and cultural studies.

    Prior to joining BOND Creative Search, Mario held positions within the art and media industries. He worked within the gallery at John McWinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a space dedicated to the exhibition of rare-books and cultural ephemera. He then went on to work with Antarctic Creative, a boutique digital design and strategy firm located in New York’s Lower East Side.

    Mario currently serves as ​the Head of Research at BOND Creative Search. His expertise lies in managing research initiatives, sourcing top talent and building innovative teams who add value to creatively-driven organizations. As an integral member of the recruiting team, he is experienced working across a range of disciplines including digital, design, strategy, content and production.

    Mario has worked to build teams within top-tier creative agencies, brands and start-ups including Apple, Bloomingdale’s, Calvin Klein, Chandelier Creative, Chobani, Coach, DKNY, Moving Image & Content, NiCE Ltd., Openbox, Redscout, Stella & Dot. Tiffany & Co and Wednesday Agency.

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BOND Creative Search finds and represents top talent globally. With access to an unrivaled network of extraordinary individuals, BOND is able to efficiently place key positions within organizations worldwide.

Consulting services and strategies are created for each client’s specific needs.

To discuss potential search or consulting needs for your company or firm please contact us at info@bondcreativesearch.com or +1 212.929.2620

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134 Spring Street
Suite 50​1​
New York, NY 10012
+1 212 929 2620
info@bondcreativesearch.com


Our sister firm BOND COLLECTIVE offers fashion retail consulting services.