James advises clients, globally, in the apparel, accessories, footwear, beauty, and wellness spaces. His practice focuses on growth, innovation and operational transformation. James is also regularly called on by private equity funds and strategic buyers to support sell- and buy-side diligence, in addition to driving post-close value appreciation efforts.
Before launching his consulting practice, James spent 10 years as CEO of contemporary womenswear retailer Planet Blue. Under his leadership, the brand grew from a regional retailer to a global omni-channel brand serving customers in more than 100 countries.
James is also a decorated attorney, most recently serving as a corporate law partner of the international firm of Loeb & Loeb where he chaired the firm’s Global Fashion and Luxury Brand practice group. He is a prior board member of the National Retail Federation’s General Counsel Forum and has been recognized multiple times as a Southern California Super Lawyer.