Bio

Stefaan A. Le Clair

Founder & Managing Director
BERENIKE Global Fashion Management, bv, Belgium
Founded in 2010

Some clients of Berenike: Laura Ashley Ltd (UK), Etam Group (NL), Tango Shoe Group (NL), Mavi Group (TR), Apparel Tech (PRChina), Andres NV (BE), Karstadt (DE), BUT INTERNATIONAL (FR), Hudson's Bay Company (USA/CAN), Van de Velde (BE).

Stefaan Le Clair, a Belgian national, is an expert on Customer Experience and International Retail management. In his vast career he has taken leading roles in important international fashion groups with businesses in Europe, Asia, India and the Americas. A key note speaker in Asia and Australia on retail transformation and consumer changes.
In the late 90’s he lived in Shanghai where he laid the foundation of what is now the largest European ladies' wear retail brand in China with more than 3500 stores: Etam.
He was responsible for the rebranding and restructuring of the 100-year old, iconic English denim brand Lee Cooper. Celebrating its centennial in the year 2008, Lee Cooper dressed 700 members of the U.K. Olympic team and 300 members of the Paralympic team for the Olympic games in Beijing.
Recently he managed Galeria INNO, the one and only department store in Belgium and helped Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) on its first steps in Europe.


Le Clair is Master in Archaeology & History (K.U.L) and studied Financial Management and Take The Lead in Digital Transformation at Vlerick Gent-Leuven Management School and he is also:


  • NED at company Rosie On Fire, Kuala Lumpur/London (luxury fashion e-com)
  • Advisory Board The Raven Collective, Berlin (sustainable luxury fashion e-Com)
  • Advisory Board A Smart World, Brussels (circular economy solutions)
  • Member of the Association Belgium-China since 2001
  • Board member of the Association Belgium-Vietnam since 2011
  • Former NED of Duror NV (fashion brand Terre Bleue), Belgium
  • Past Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce in London
  • Knight in the Order of the Crown by his Majesty Albert II, King of Belgium.

PAST EXPERIENCES
Chairman and CEO of Galeria INNO and HBC Netherlands with base in Brussels/Amsterdam
Chairman and CEO of Lee Cooper Group Ltd with base in London, United Kingdom
Vice President Retail Europe of Esprit with base in Düsseldorf, Germany
Ops Director of Etam Group with base in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
Chief Buying Officer Carpetland Europe with base in Antwerp, Belgium
Vice President Etam China with base in Shanghai, PR China and Paris, France
Senior Product Manager WE Europe with base in Antwerp, Belgium