MBA – Pepperdine University
BA – California State University Northridge
ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS:
2020 California State Senate Candidate
LA Mayor’s Fashion Council (Founding Member)
Member, California Fashion Association
Member, California Manufacturers & Technology Association
Member of Dean’s Board of Directors at CSUN
Founding Member, California Business & Industrial Alliance
LA Business Journal & CFA
CA Apparel Manufacturer of the Year 2017
Houman Salem is an entrepreneur and business strategist to the fashion, apparel, and retail industries. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ARGYLE Haus, Mr. Salem overseeing the strategic management of each of the company’s divisions. Since its founding in 2010, ARGYLE Company has launched several successful business-to-business divisions that operate within all areas of the fashion and apparel value chain.
Prior to founding ARGYLE Haus, Mr. Salem had founded and served as the CEO of Chelsea Manor Intimates, a retail store destination for entry-level luxury lingerie and intimate apparel. Chelsea Manor Intimates operated within a popular Westfield™ mall property in Southern California, and also operated online through Chelsea-Manor.com.
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Salem served as a senior executive at the Rubies Costume Company in New York (the World’s largest designer and manufacturer of Halloween costumes with annual revenues over US$400 million). Mr. Salem was enlisted by Rubie’s Costume Company to develop a brand that would capitalize on the fast growing segment for woman’s adult Halloween costumes. In 2008, he conceptualized, founded, and served as the president of Delicious Costumes™, where he was directly responsible for the strategic management and daily operations of the company, including full P&L responsibilities. Under Mr. Salem’s leadership, Delicious Costumes™ operated as a stand-alone subsidiary of Rubies Costume Company. Mr. Salem managed and was directly responsible for product development, cost engineering, overseas manufacturing, global sales and marketing, and logistics. In this position, Mr. Salem reported directly to the President and Executive Vice President of Rubie’s Costume Company.
Salem transitioned his career into the fashion industry in 2004, where he accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer of Forplay, Inc., a Hollywood California-based designer and manufacturer of woman’s lifestyle fashion and intimate apparel. Mr. Salem was responsible for the overall strategic management and financial performance of the company. He managed a Domestic and International sales force helping to gain presence at over 3,000 retail stores worldwide while growing top-line revenues by over 200%. Mr. Salem successfully positioned the company for long-term growth by developing and launching new product lines including a swimwear collection, club wear collection, and a Prêt-a-porter intimates collection.
Mr. Salem’s aggressive marketing tactics lead to celebrity tie-in with Paris Hilton, Brittany Spears, and Carmen Elektra. In addition, he created a joint venture with the Universal Music Group where he entered into a multi-year agreement to brand Forplay fashion with music. In this position, Mr. Salem reported directly to the founding owners of the company.
Prior to entering the fashion industry, Mr. Salem worked in management consulting working with a variety of technology, consumer products, and entertainment companies from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Salem began his career in the music industry in 1994, where he held positions with EM-Capitol Records, Sony Music Group, and the Universal Music Group.
Mr. Salem earned an MBA from Pepperdine University in 2001 and a BA in History from California State University Northridge in 1994.
ARGYLE Haus of Apparel is a Los Angeles, CA based fashion design house and apparel manufacturing company offering services to established designers, growth-stage companies, and national brands. We are a team of industry leading business experts, technical designers, pattern makers, and master seamstresses with over 100 years of combined experience in the fashion, apparel, and manufacturing industries.
Our company works as either an extension of your current design team or as a fully independent service provider. Our business relies on delivering continuous and consistent value to our clients who require expertise in all aspects of the fashion and apparel industry, from design concepts to mass production.
Clients may elect to utilize any of our services independently or utilize our full Concept-to-Consumer service, which encompasses all our service areas. ARGYLE Haus is a fully licensed garment contractor in the State of California by the Department of Industrial Relations, and we have a wide array of resources and capabilities to help your company achieve it short-term to long-term goals.
Based in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, ARGYLE Haus is proud to be an economic force for the local economy and is a strong proponent of American Made products.
Our vision is to be the American engine that powers your global fashion brand.
ARGYLE Haus of Apparel is an American fashion design house offering fashion design, apparel development, and clothing manufacturing services to companies and brands that demand the highest quality output to satisfy their valued consumers.
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