Stacy McLaughlin

Stacy McLaughlin

President

Stacy is a public relations and marketing expert specializing in the luxury market with a focus on design, interiors, fine art and antiques. Her career has been spent launching several highly regarded brands that have become benchmarks in the design world as we know it today.

 

Stacy began her career in Public Relations working for the prestigious illustrated book publisher, Thames & Hudson where she promoted a wide variety of fine art, design, fashion, photography and jewelry titles as well as several museum catalogues that accompanied major traveling exhibitions. She had the honor of working with some of the most creative people in the world who were truly leaders in their respective fields.  It was through this experience, and at the request of these visionaries, that Stacy found a passion for working with small luxury companies and joined forces with Harriet Weintraub Public Relations to work on a wide range of luxury lifestyle brands and experiences.  

 

Stacy’s communications strategies and influence became increasingly in demand and she branched off to form her own company. Among many notable clients and campaigns, Stacy worked closely with 1stdibs founder, Michael Bruno, to grow the breakthrough online luxury platform.  Briefly going inhouse as Communications Director, Stacy spearheaded everything from media relations campaigns to developing the marketing strategy for the growth of the brand internationally. Stacy was instrumental in the success of 1stdibs with target affluent audiences worldwide.


In 2013, Stacy relaunched her own firm, Stacy McLaughlin Communications, where she leads her team in overseeing full-scale branding and communications services for a stable of A-list clientele.

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Amy Slimak Whittle

Vice President, Account Director

With more than 20 years in public relations and marketing, Amy has worked on iconic brands in interior design, lifestyle, and fashion. She has a deep understanding of the luxury market with experience in both consumer and trade brands nationally and globally. Her results are rooted in her close relationships with the media, creative strategies and exemplary organization.  Amy has earned an impressive reputation for strengthening the position of established brands like Stark and Lands’ End, developing strategies for emerging brands at Camuto Group and Juliska and event management for leading brands including Cottages & Gardens Media Group.

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Olivia Cherry

Assistant Account Coordinator 

Social Media Specialist

Olivia joined SMC in summer 2021 and quickly showed her aptitude for research and organization, as well as her keen knowledge of social media content creation and marketing. Since graduating with a BS in Communications from Syracuse University, she has taken an active role across a range of accounts from design and lifestyle to hospitality and fine jewelry. Olivia works closely with her teammates on media outreach strategy, new business development, and manages multiple social media accounts.

Olivia loves to travel and is an avid skier and grew up frequenting ski resorts throughout the US.  

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Haleigh Whisted

Account Executive

Digital Media Specialist

Haleigh joined SMC as an account executive in June of 2022, where she helps to build strong media relationships and execute creative strategies for clients. After previously working in the fashion PR industry for nearly two years, Haleigh decided she wanted to expand her knowledge of luxury lifestyle public relations, leading her to this current position. In 2020, Haleigh received her Bachelor of Arts dual degree in journalism and studio art from the University of Maryland.  

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Lily McLaughlin

Brand Ambassador

Lily began her Public Relations career at SMC attending a fundraiser for the ASPCA. She quickly let everyone know of her love for JW Pet iSqueak balls and her belief that skateboards should not be on public streets.

Background: Achille Salvagni Atelier
Photo credit: Paolo Petrignani