Irina has over 15 years of sales and buying experience in both retail and wholesale. Working as a sportswear and swimwear buyer at both Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, Irina found a void in the marketplace: smaller independent swimwear designers needed sales representation in New York.
In 2001, Irina created IKS, a showroom dedicated to representing such designers. Irina loves to be the swimwear “matchmaker” – finding the right product for the right store to insure successful partnerships for all involved.
Melissa joined IKS in 2011 after graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in fashion merchandising. Prior to her position at IKS, she worked for a year at Melissa Odabash in sales and marketing. Melissa has a keen understanding of our customers’ needs and has excellent insight into the business.