Holly Cohen

Holly Cohen

Holly Cohen Retail Advisory Services


Holly is an accomplished Global Direct to Consumer Real Estate Executive & Board member. Originally from NY, she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology & began her career in Operations at Gap, Inc. before moving into DTC Retail Real Estate where she set the strategies for store expansion, portfolio optimization & launching new concepts. Holly went on to become SVP at J. Crew, where she helped launch Madewell & took J. Crew to Canada, Europe & Asia.  She then went on to become SVP of Global Real Estate & Store Construction at Claire’s, Inc. & then the senior leader of Global DTC Real Estate, Store Construction & Real Estate Operations at Nike, Inc. which included Converse & Hurley.

In 2018 after a highly successful & rewarding career in-house, Holly launched Holly Cohen Retail Advisory Services.  She is a trusted domestic & international advisor to brands that are start-ups, young brands that are expanding, or legacy brands wanting to evaluate their store portfolio.  Her expertise is in all facets of Store Development.

Holly served two terms on the ICSC Board of Trustees & continues to give back as a Past Trustee.  She served on the CREW Miami Board of Directors as Hospitality Director in 2022 & 2021, & is President Elect for 2023. She is also on the Alumnae Council for Women of Tomorrow & is a Mentor to ICSC scholarship & fellowship recipients, CREW Miami, Women of Tomorrow & University of Miami.  She’s frequently sought out as a moderator, panelist & judge for industry events.