Senior Vice President, Fashion Director
Saks Fifth Avenue
Roopal Patel joined Saks Fifth Avenue as Senior Vice President, Fashion Director, in September 2015. In this position, Ms. Patel plays a key role in forecasting the trends that underpin Saks Fifth Avenue’s buying activities, articulating the luxury retailer’s seasonal fashion message, and discovering emerging designers and collections. Ms. Patel has the unique ability to source emerging fashion, talent, and trends. Since joining Saks, she has been instrumental in introducing the Saks customer to groundbreaking designer brands including Christopher John Rogers, Pyer Moss, Khaite, TOVE, Reese Cooper, Amiri, and many others. Her taste, experience, and expertise position her as a trusted source for the media, and she is regularly quoted as a fashion industry leader by publications such as VOGUE, ELLE, The New York Times, Business of Fashion, Women’s Wear Daily, and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2017, Ms. Patel was added to Harper’s Bazaar’s “150 Most Fashionable Women” for her exceptional sense of style. Since 2017, Ms. Patel has served on the Selection Committee of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, where she is involved in selecting and mentoring top emerging designers in the program. She also sits on the founding Board of Directors for RAISEfashion, an organization connecting black-owned brands and individuals to fashion industry leaders for mentorship.
Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee for the Whitney Museum Contemporaries. Prior to joining Saks, Ms. Patel founded and directed Roopal Patel Consulting, a creative consultancy focused on brand development, positioning, merchandising, retail strategy, and trend forecasting. Additionally, Ms. Patel previously served as Moda Operandi’s Executive Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus’ Senior Accessory Market Editor and Bergdorf Goodman’s Senior Fashion Director. Ms. Patel has a degree from NYU’s Stern School of Business and currently resides in New York City.