Eye On Glam Chats with Gilt Groupe Founder, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson


She’s the Founder of Gilt Groupe with a keen sense of the fashion business, and as Eye On Glam discovers, loves to shop on her own site.

When it comes to luxury shopping online, Gilt Groupe has become the success story for young entrepreneurs starting up in the e-commerce arena. Having started up in 2007 with co-founder Alexis Maybank, Gilt Groupe has managed to stay strong throughout their six years of existence with over six million members shopping luxury items with them. Having started with only five people in a small office, Wilson is enjoying Gilt’s massive success and continues to love her job. “I love the people I work with at Gilt. Our team is amazing. We have fostered an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial on the job environment and company culture.”

These days it’s no secret that fashion and technology are becoming more and more intertwined, which has created a boom in e-commerce startups trying to fill any fashion voids in the virtual world. “I’m inspired by the recent wave of exciting, female founded startups, many of them based in New York City with founders coming out of Harvard Business School.” For the younger entrepreneurs trying to get into the e-commerce arena, Wilson recommends reading By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Change the Way Millions Shop, a book filled with the experiences she went through with co-founder and co-writer of the book Maybank to create and build Gilt Groupe to what it is now.

When it comes to any successful business, there are times when traveling is necessary and times when vacations are necessary. Wilson has definitely been around the world for both, so we asked her to dish on some of her favorite places,  hidden gems, “must-travel-with” beauty products, and things on the topic of life in general (i.e. Fashion).

Best Restaurants Across The Globe:
“Bali’ Mozaic,  Beige in Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro’s  Porcao.”

Go-to Beauty Products:
Skin:”D’Andra Simmons Hard Night, Good Morning. I love their eye-cream and serum.”
Eyes: “Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.”
Lips: “Chanel’s Rouge Ultra Wear Lip Colour.”

On Fashion:
Biggest Style Icons: “My mother and my Grandmother.”
Personal Style In 5 Words: “Classic. Stylish. Colorful. Fun. Accessorized.”
Designers: “Alvin Valley, Abi Ferrin, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs. During Summer, pieces by Pucci and Lilly Pulitzer.”