Entrepreneur, brand builder, investor, tomato farmer
Haim Dabah is the Founder and Managing Partner of HDS Capital. He is also the Co-Founder and Operating Manager of Kidbox, the first kids style box offering name brands, significant savings and a mission to clothe children in need. Previously, he was Executive Director, Group President of Li & Fung USA, the $20 billion Hong Kong based global supply chain provider of consumer goods. LF USA, now known as Global Brands Group, manages controlled brands that include Frye, Juicy Couture and Spyder. Haim has over 30 years of deep retail relationships and experience focused on fashion, brand building and marketing. His brand portfolio includes Regatta, Simply Vera Vera Wang, Daisy Fuentes, Ellen Tracy, Nicole Miller, Karl Karl Lagerfeld, Adrienne Vittadini, and Marchesa; as well as Keds and Skechers. He led designer collaborations with retailers such as Macy’s, including Matthew Williamson and Giambattista Valli; and Kohl’s, including Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino, Peter Som, and Elie Tahari. He also led the Oxford team, which produced Target’s collaborations, including Missoni, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Thakoon, and Jean Paul Gaultier. An expert in the brand management field, he is considered a pioneer of the proprietary brand business model.
In 2007, Haim sold his company, Regatta USA LLC, to Li & Fung and stayed on to run its women’s business. Prior to Regatta, he co-founded Gitano, an apparel and accessory retail brand that was sold to Fruit of the Loom. Haim was an early investor in Isaac Mizrahi. He later sold his equity to Chanel. The Dabah family investment interests also extend to retail, real estate and technology.
Haim is on the advisory boards of Metamorphic Ventures, Brayola, Stylitics, Linc Global and Firstime Ventures. He is also a Disruptor Foundation fellow, and serves on the board of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.