"I was introduced to Marie in 2015 on a visit by her to the UK. I immediately recognized the depth and breadth of her insight into the outlet and luxury retail markets and her ability to apply it in real life examples. She was able to demonstrate that her knowledge and expertise went far beyond just the US and I have really valued her advice on trends and emerging themes. I hope that we can continue to work together in an ever changing retail environment." -
"I just don’t think there’s a better luxury analyst than Marie Driscoll for giving you the total picture on why a brand performs the way it does. Not only does she have an extremely deep knowledge of the financials, she also understands the meaning of what brands offer to customers: design, cut, craftsmanship, threads-per-count, STYLE. She understands that it’s all about how well consumer perceive the brand and how well these brands see the future, connect to consumers and deliver what they want and need.
Marie also understands each brand’s history and what’s behind its longevity, when it’s soaring and when it’s in trouble, what needs to happen next. And she isn’t limited to just the brand – she gets the whole picture, that is, how it performs not only on the runway but in ALL retail environments, from bespoke to wholesale to retail to outlet.
I met Marie when she was an analyst with Standard & Poor’s and immediately loved her ability to tell a brand’s story in the context of each distribution channel. Furthermore, she exhibits so much love and respect for what the brands are trying to accomplish, and if she needs to be instructive, she never lectures but offers her advice to brands with a clear-eyed, but-you-already-know-this approach, never condescending, never spiteful, always supportive.
Of course I enlisted her to write for Value Retail News to raise the bar on the kind of information we wanted to give our readers, and she never failed to deliver for us. Intelligent but in the trenches. That’s Marie." -
Executive Director of Developers of Outlet Centers & Retailers
The outlet industry trade association