Our firm was founded by Jan-Patrick Schmitz. He dedicated his career to the development of consumer brands where the excellence of craft, superior product quality and the beauty of design are central to the brand equity. Mr. Schmitz is also the Chairman of the Steiff Group, a diversified company operating in the consumer and automotive space. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Thornwillow Press and the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York and on several advisory boards, including the Pollaro Group, a custom furniture maker for homes, offices and super yachts.
Mr. Schmitz is the former President and CEO of Montblanc North America and member of Montblanc’s global executive board. He is also the former Executive Chairman of Lifefactory, an American health & wellness lifestyle brand. Earlier in his career, he held senior management positions at Montegrappa, an Italian accessory brand and Seeger, a leather goods maker.
Jan-Patrick Schmitz serves on the Advisory board of the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School. For many years, he was a driving force behind the “The 24-Hour Plays” on Broadway and the “The 24-Hour Plays: Los Angeles”. He has been actively involved with Urban Arts Partnership, a New York based organization providing arts curriculum to underserved schools in the New York City and the Los Angeles public school system. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of “Jewelers for Children”.
Mr. Schmitz is a thought leader in the consumer goods space with extensive experience in brand management. He lived and worked in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been a guest lecturer on global consumer brand strategies at various universities including Harvard Business School, George Washington University, New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.