Meet our Team

Bob Bland

CEO + Founder

Bob Bland is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur and community organizer. 

She is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources & skills to streamline their production process & transform local manufacturing into the most affordable, innovative option for all.

Her brand, Brooklyn Royalty, was founded in 2006 + always Made in NYC, is inspired by the fiercely independent spirit and highly individual aesthetic of King’s County residents. A professional apparel + graphic designer with previous experience at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Triple Five Soul, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic, Bob combines timeless design principles, premium materials and hand-printed graphics to create garments that are meant to look and wear better over time.

Nelis Parts

COO/CFO

Nelis Parts is the COO + CFO of Manufacture New York. With over six years of financial industry experience, he brings significant project management and financial savvy to the team. Nelis started his career as an advisor to companies on mergers and acquisitions in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he provided financial modeling and strategic advice to companies on deals valued $300 million to $1.5 billion.

After Goldman Sachs, Nelis joined a startup hedge fund in Boston, Stockbridge Investors, where he evaluated and invested in over 100 publicly traded securities. Moreover, Nelis setup the operations and training procedures for new analysts joining Stockbridge from undergraduate degree programs.

Nelis went on to get his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Operations and Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing.

Rob Sanchez

Chief Strategy Officer

A serial entrepreneur, Rob has started four different companies and worked for two additional startups.  In his last company, Fashioning Our Industry, Rob began a fashion focused pitch event, resulting in the successful funding of two companies.  Rob is a J.D. candidate at Fordham Law School and is focused on Business Law, Fashion Law, and Entrepreneurial Law.  While at Fordham, he worked for the New York Angels, evaluating over 25 companies, performing due diligence on five private deals, and participating in over $5,000,000 in raised funds. His undergraduate degree was from Yale University. 

Margaret May

Production Manager & Lead Patternmaker

Born and raised in Elkton, Tennessee, Margaret attended Middle Tennessee State University and obtained a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design. Active for years in the Middle Tennessee fashion scene, and with several years of experience working in a costume shop, she moved to NYC in 2011 and landed a job in the pattern room at Haute Hippie. During the time she worked at HH she also freelanced for brands such as Julianna Bass, Peter Som, Bow & Drape and Vaunt & Sol. She comes with drive and ambition to create quality garments with a superior fit for everyone who works with Manufacture New York.

Patrick Duffy

VP of Sustainability and External Affairs

Patrick manages sustainable business, external affairs and consulting services for MNY, drawing on 14 years of consulting and project management experience tackling sustainability challenges from a broad range of disciplines. His repertoire includes work on green business, corporate sustainability, industrial ecology, energy efficiency and industrial process, economic development, city/regional planning and market/policy research. Notable examples include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA’s) Industrial and Process Efficiency Program; the pioneer Bay Area Green Business Certification Program and Regional Smart Growth Strategy in California; the Triangle J Industrial Ecosystem Development Project in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina; the New York City Greater Greener 2030 PlaNYC Analysis of Job Creation for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; and an ongoing study as an adviser to A Clean Future (ACF) analyzing the current state of play in product level sustainability communication in fashion. 

Patrick holds a Master of Regional Planning (MRP), with dual Concentrations in Economic Development and International Development & Social Change from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Both his graduate and undergraduate studies included extensive coursework in environmental science and ecology.

Saba Gray

Saba Gray

Sales associate turned buyer for the multi-brand boutique Alter Brooklyn, Saba is filled with first hand knowledge of what it takes to get your collections from the design room to the sales floor. She is here to help guide you through the process of approaching boutiques and buyers, what to say, and when to say it. As a contributing editor and stylist for RunwayPassport.com she has worked with all levels of fashion from couture, to ready to wear.

Charles Beckwith Executive Director of the Fashion Media Center

Charles Beckwith

Executive Director of the Fashion Media Center

Charles Beckwith's educational background includes the Filmmaking conservatory at The University of North Carolina School of The Arts, a BFA in Creative Writing from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and graduate work in Film and Media Arts at American University in Washington, DC. He has shot over 600 fashion shows during 14 seasons at the end of the runway in New York and Milan, directed documentaries on the designers Ralph Rucci and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, produced a photo study of the Brera arts neighborhood in Milan, and is the founding editor and publisher of modaCYCLE International Fashion. http://charlesbeckwith.com/