CEO & Creative Director | Co-Founder, Purpose Brands
As the driving entrepreneurial and creative force behind Deià and its parent company, Purpose Brands, Meg sets brand and growth strategy and oversees global logistics, business operations, artisan partnerships, and sales. In her role as Creative Director, she also leads the conceptualization, design, and presentation of Deià’s collections, infusing her unique point of view into the voice and image of the brand.
Prior to co-founding Deià, she explored, evaluated, and promoted ways in which business can be a vehicle for transformative social impact: developing and launching a low-cost water purification technology in sub-Saharan Africa, co-founding The Sustainable Fashion Initiative, leading investments in Indian social enterprises at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and serving as the 2012-2014 Harry J. Ott Environmental Fellow at The Coca-Cola Company. The design journeys that inspired Deià have taken her all over the world, living with talented artisans and studying their craft.
Meg holds a B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University, where she researched complex ecohydrological systems and linkages between environmental change, poverty, and conflict.
Executive Chairman | Co-Founder, Purpose Brands
Jason brings a decade of executive experience to Deià and Purpose Brands, where he sets the strategic agenda as Executive Chairman. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Belstone Capital and Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee and was previously with the Financial Sponsors & Leveraged Finance Group of UBS and Merrill Lynch & Co.
Since 2004, Jason has been involved in national policy and politics, through the Steering Committee of Senator John Kerry’s most senior-level business effort focused on Fortune 500 Chairmen/CEOs, and as a founding member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee and national economic and technology advisory teams. He is a member of The Economic Club of New York and a graduate of Columbia University.
Chief Technology Officer | Co-Founder, Purpose Brands
As CTO of Deià, Brenton is responsible for the development of Deià's technology solutions, including Deià's editorial-focused e-commerce website and support systems for supply chain management and social selling.
Prior to co-founding Deià and Purpose Brands, Brenton did graduate-level research in probabilistic machine learning at Harvard University, focusing on applying advanced inference techniques to problems in fields from astronomy to music. He has also designed and developed consumer-facing web applications for social shopping at Microsoft and Bloomreach.
Brenton graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, where he focused on computer vision, autonomous robotics, and machine learning. Passionate about the power of technology and intelligent systems to inspire and unlock people's creative potential around the world, Brenton is excited to turn Deià's vision into a reality.
Head of Product Development and Technical Design
Irene Mak is a seasoned fashion executive who brings nearly 30 years of experience in product development and technical design to the Deià team. Irene works closely with Rael, Meg, and Deià’s fit model Karene to develop patterns and product prototypes, ensuring that each piece is beautifully constructed, has a perfect fit, and is produced with minimal fabric wastage, with the goal of achieving zero waste.
Irene has previously led the product development and technical design process at some of the country’s most recognized brands, including as the Vice President of Technical Design at New York and Company, Technical Design Manager at Anthropologie, Director of Technical Services at Victoria’s Secret - PINK, and Vice President of Technical Design at American Eagle Outfitters. She has additionally consulted for fast-growing commercial brands in menswear, womenswear, intimate apparel, and swimwear, including BluffWorks, 6 Shore Road, and Free People.
Irene is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned the prestigious Shuba Lingerie Critic’s Award and the Frank Cassandra Design Studio Critic’s Award for her innovative work. She is currently an instructor at FIT’s Professional School and has previously served on the faculty of Parsons School of Design at the New School, where she developed and taught courses on cutting edge fit, quality control, and couture draping.
Rael is the Production Manager for Deià’s ready-to-wear division. She also designs the graphic elements necessary for product packaging and brand marketing materials.
Prior to joining the Deià team, Rael worked at Victoria’s Secret in the Technical Design Division and for 6 Shore Road, a designer level ready-to-wear and swimwear brand. Rael has further experience working as a textile designer, product manager and CAD artist.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design and a minor in Art History, where she concentrated in women’s sportswear and intimate apparel - making her a natural fit for Deià, given the brand's focus on fine and specialty textiles.