Patricia Assui Reed has been working behind the scenes as a buyer and communications executive in luxury and fashion retail for over 20 years. She has proudly worked for companies like Tiffany & Co., ABC Carpet and Home, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Most recently, and through Brazilian powerhouse Iguatemi, she had the privilege to collaborate with Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Goyard, Ralph Lauren and Vilebrequin. She is also the Executive Producer of Iguatemi Fashion Talks, the largest fashion conference in Latin America.
Today, even though 75% of fashion customers are women, only 14% of major fashion brands are actually led by women. Patricia saw these statistics first hand and decided to use her experience to help advance women’s equality.
She founded Matriark to connect talented women making beautiful products, offering unique services, and creating inspiring art to conscious consumers and taste makers. Through Matriark’s success, she hopes to funnel a significant amount of funds to important charities that are addressing the many ways inequality affect women and girls around the world.
Patricia was born in Brazil to Japanese grandparents, but has lived in the States her entire adult life. She currently lives in Sag Harbor with her husband Ron and her 2 kids and, when she is not looking for women-owned brands, you can find her doing yoga, running around with her family, or just relaxing at the beach.