Meet fellow GLAMblazer, Cynthia Salim, who is the founder of a premium ethical Work-Wear Brand for Women, Citizen’s Mark. A New York resident, with a Bachelor of Arts/Sciences from Loyola Marymount University and a Master of Arts from King’s College London, Cynthia has been honored with prestigious acclaim for her outstanding work and amazing achievements in business.
Cynthia was celebrated in 2017 as Forbes’ 30 under 30 for Retail & Ecommerce. She has also been recognized by the World Policy Institute for her work in sustainability. She is a proud product of a social justice-driven Jesuit University and a Rotary Scholar alum in global ethics. She speaks on corporate social responsibilities and it’s impact to entrepreneurship, at institutions like Rotary International, Harvard Business School, and Alley NYC. Her passions include community-building, women’s advancement, thought leadership, stellar execution, and getting things done.
She splits her time between New York, Switzerland, and Berlin, where she’s building Citizen’s Mark’s sourcing, product development, and digital marketing team, focusing on both operational excellence and social responsibility.
Cynthia is a third-generation apparel entrepreneur originally born in Indonesia and first became inspired to create the brand as she noticed the lack of high-quality professional wear for woman while working for the UN in Geneva, at just 24 years old. She noticed how much easier it was for men to dress like a professional and felt the workwear landscape for women was a mess. Cynthia felt the subtle injustice and became really passionate about it really quickly.
Citizen’s Mark makes chic modern blazers, sourced and manufactured in Europe, from high-quality sustainable fabric. The focus for the blazers concentrate on the quality and the cut. With the thought in mind of making sharp boardroom-worthy pieces, they are made from Italian wool usually used for menswear at specialized suit factory in Portugal that does laser cutting.
Citizen’s Mark not only represents powerful professional wear for women but it’s brand stands behind social responsibility and ethical values in production. While wanting to stay true to the brand’s values and hoping to bring a different image to that term, Cynthia feels it’s important to lead with the quality and a “Wow-Factor” product first in-order to truly mainstream conscious consumerism.