Lizzie Tisch spent her career in both sales and marketing in the insurance and banking
industries for Smith Barney and Willis, respectively, but has always been a passionate
fashion enthusiast. After leaving the banking world, Lizzie refocused her interest on the
fashion industry. Wanting to both support young designers and enhance the shopping experience,
Lizzie partnered with Kim Kassel to create Suite 1521.
Lizzie is recognized as a style icon, having been included in Vanity Fair’s International
Best Dressed List three years in a row (inducted into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 2012),
and she is Chair of The Friends Group of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In addition to her role at The MET, she is also on the Board of City Meals on Wheels, The Town
School and a member of the Couture Council at FIT.
Lizzie graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Michigan.
Kim has worked in the fashion arena her entire career, first as Director of Public Relations and
Advertising for Tommy Hilfiger and then as Vice President of Public Relations at Calvin Klein.
While at both companies, she was directly responsible for communicating with the press, and oversaw
all strategic marketing initiatives, including the global launch of new products, staging of fashion
shows and all special events.
After leaving Calvin Klein, Kim ran Private Client Sales for Tuleh, where she recognized a need in
the marketplace for a new generation of retailing. She approached Lizzie Tisch to develop the
concept of Suite 1521––a place she envisioned as a perfect destination for true fashion connoisseurs,
where women could curate their own wardrobes and shop in an intimate and exclusive environment.
Kim is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Arts and Sciences.