Khary Simon is creative director and global vice-president working within the fragrance and beauty sector. With over 15 years of leadership in luxury goods and packaging, he as work for global fashion brands, emerging disruptors and Fortune 500 companies. Khary comes with a broad understanding of brand architecture and how to express a unique brand vision through design, packaging, digital, advertising film and print media.
Born in New Orleans, but a New Yorker for 20 years, Khary often draws on his southern roots for inspiration. Khary originally trained as painter, but went on to apply his creative instincts to the design world, thus studying a duel major of business and design at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, then The City University of New York. After several years in the industry, he went on to get a MPS in Design Management at Pratt Institute.
Career highlights include:
• Delivered cohesive multi-platform brand messaging and marketing strategy for luxury clients including Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, and Sergio Rossi, while boosting several of the top performing retail spaces in North America.
• Developed new fragrance programs for kate spade new york, Fila, and Rebecca Minkoff which included all design, packaging, advertising and digital media
• Received notable mentions in The New York Times, Interview Magazine, and Women’s Wear Daily.
Aside from his work with brands, Khary also co-edits and publishes a bi-annual art publication, CRUSHfanzine, curated group art installations, and has been a guest speaker for design panels.
Learn more at www.kharysimon.com
BA: (design & entrepreneurial studies) City University of New York
MPS: (design management) Pratt Institute
CRUSHfanzine is a French and American quarterly publication that has collaborated with renown designers, brands, artists and cultural leaders to create a new visual conversation. This limited-edition publication is sold in key museums around the world.
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Through the examination of comtemporary culture, Khary has created key art installation projects that focus the lens on the examination of beauty and obsession.
Something Beautiful, Marianne Boesky Gallery
This exhibition uses the lens of contemporary photographic portraiture to examine the ideals of youth as a product of memory and the wisdom of hindsight. Like a daydream, the works on view propose the fleeting sensuality of a fantasy, coupled with the sense of loss that comes from a jolt back to reality—a juxtaposition analogous to the journey from childhood to adulthood. Artists Jeff Burton, Sue de Beer, Keith Edmier, Roe Ethridge, Annika Larsson, Deana Lawson, Viviane Sassen, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Xaviera Simmons, Dorothée Smith, Eva Stenram, Eric Stephany, and Wu Tsang come together here, offering varied photographic visions that portray different manifestations of this shifting space—between youth and maturity, between the ideal and the true.
Something Beautiful takes the recent still and portrait photography work of Sue de Beer as its point of departure. De Beer's earlier work is recognized for its empathetic portrayals of youth, in which her raw process of casting and on-camera improvisation create a sense of the unfolding of real experience located in an artificial world of sets and props. In her latest work, de Beer cuts notions of reality adrift, giving her subjects idealized versions of themselves: an entire film encapsulated in one image. The selected artists follow varied routes in their embodiment of this theme, presenting photographic visions of memory, experience, beauty, and voyeurism.
Nintendo Room, Art Basel Miami
In collaboration with a sneaker brand and video game company, Khary created an immersive installation that addressed the nostalgia and privilege of hetero euro culture of the 1990’s.
Khary has been a guest lecturer and panelist for Parsons, Pratt, NYU, Select Agency, The SOHO House, Participant Gallery and Hauser & Wirth Gallery.
Past discussions topics have been:
The importance of being honest with your brand.
No one cares; why should you?
I’m awful & I'm a genious
Being the only COC (creative of color) in the room.
Activisim and Art: Where is your role?
Digital Studio & Branding