Vanity Fair’s fourth annual New Establishment Summit took place this week in Beverly Hills, and Barneys CEO Daniella Vitale was front and center as part of a panel discussion on the future of retail. The New Establishment Summit brings together titans of technology, media, business, entertainment, politics, and the arts, and offers attendees a glimpse into the future via inspiring conversations on the issues and innovations that will shape tomorrow.
“Barneys has always been known for our innovation, since we have long been one of the most creative and groundbreaking companies in our industry,” Vitale said of being selected to participate. “Our innovative spirit didn’t originate in technology, but our ability to recognize the importance and convergence of entertainment, product, content, and technology is our new model and will be our strength moving forward.”
The Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit was inspired by the magazine’s New Establishment list, Vanity Fair’s annual ranking of the figures setting the global agenda and leading the Age of Innovation. The term New Establishment, in fact, was coined by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in 1994, when the publication began tracking the influencers shaping global conversations. This year’s summit included other luminaries like politicians John Kerry and Sally Yates; Hollywood elites like Judd Apatow, Shonda Rhimes, Anjelica Houston, and Larry David; and other CEOs like HBO’s Richard Plepler, Disney’s Bob Iger, and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom.
“I am honored and humbled to be counted among these luminaries and stars in such a vast variety of fields,” Vitale enthused. And while she noted the honor of being a part of this year’s Summit in particular—it will be the last Summit for Carter, who has been editor of the magazine for the past 25 years and will be stepping down—there was one highlight that stood out in her mind. “I will forever remember Sally Yates telling me that she loved my talk—wow!”
Scroll on for a closer look at the incredible minds who gathered in L.A. this week and some of the fascinating discussions they had.