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May 19, 2015 11:28 AM ET

Archived: Carve Designs: Women’s beach lifestyle apparel company

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2015

Carve Designs

Women’s beach lifestyle apparel company

Mill Valley, CA carvedesigns.com

  • Target $750,000
  • Pre-money Valuation $10,000,00

Diane Woolf


“I’ve worked with a number of apparel companies that get the ‘design’ function right, but Carve has achieved that crucial balance of equally talented Design and Management which is so rare in small companies. The brand has remained authentic and true to its roots, with an organization built around it that can support broader distribution. It’s an exciting time for the Company and the team! “


  • Team Management team with 40 years of retail & apparel experience
  • Performance 2014 trailing 12 month 6/30/14 revenue: $7,102,572, 34% compounded annual growth for 10 years
  • Customers Title Nine Sports, City Sports, Zappos.com, Half Moon Outfit
  • Category Women’s apparel
  • Potential Acquirers VF Corp, Columbia, Liz Claiborne
  • Investors Boot-strapped!


Carve Designs is a women’s beach lifestyle brand committed to making clothes for real women. We design surf inspired active and lifestyle apparel that makes customers feel feminine, sexy, natural and authentic.


Thayer Sylvester, Co-Founder & CEO

Ms. Sylvester co-founded Carve Designs in 2003 with her lifelong friend Jennifer Hinton. Prior to founding Carve Designs, she worked for Alpine Investors, LLC, a $150M Private Equity firm for whom she managed portfolio companies, secured lines of credit, developed sales and operations plans. Early in her career, Ms. Sylvester worked for Nonstop Solutions and The Gillette Company. Ms. Sylvester earned a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and two young daughters. When she’s not busy at Carve Designs, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her family.

Jennifer Hinton, Co-Founder & Chief Creati  

Ms. Hinton is the ambassador of the brand and product. She manages the design team and creates the vision and direction of the product. She has a background in interior design contributing to her ability to create beautiful visual imagery and product. Ms. Hinton earned a BA from the University of Colorado. During her free time, Ms. Hinton surfs with her husband and raises her two young boys.

Allison Millenacker, Director of Sales

Ms. Millenacker directs and manages the Sales organization. She has 20+ years experience working in apparel. Her early experience at Nordstrom’s gave taught her retail analytics that she uses to drive the sales force. She has a light touch while managing a dynamic group of sales reps. Ms.Millenacker is an avid traveler planning exotic trips to refresh her energy outside of the office.

Jennifer Kline Saracevic, Director of Production

Ms. Kline has deep expertise in production management and sourcing. Having worked for such companies as Pottery Barn Kids, Levi Strauss and Bullock & Jones among others, she brings decades of production experience to Carve Designs and masterfully triages cost, lead-time and quality in apparel production. She has developed strong relationships with suppliers and has developed a strong supply chain for the business. Ms. Kline holds a BA from the Fashion Institute of NY and an MBA from San Francisco State University.



  • Revenue2014 trailing 12 month 6/30/14 revenue: $7,102,572
  • Growth34% compounded annual growth for 10 years
  • CategoryWomen’s apparel
  • DistributionOutdoor Specialty Retail, Resort, Swim Retail
  • CustomersTitle Nine Sports, City Sports, Zappos.com, Half Moon Outfit


  • Target $750,000
  • Pre-money Valuation$10,000,000
  • Round Type Equity
  • Entity Type S-Corp


Contact Information:

Thayer Sylvester
Jennifer Hinton
Allison Millenacker
Jennifer Kline Saracevic

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