HRSM Distinguished Alumni Award: Sara Wingate Bako
Sara Wingate Bako earned her degree in retailing from the University of South Carolina in 2004. Today she serves as president of London Times, a division of Maggy London Group – a women’s designer apparel brand specializing in dresses. Throughout her distinguished career, Bako has remained engaged with her alma mater – providing mentorship and career development opportunities for students and serving on the Industry Advisory Board for the Department of Retailing.
- Prior to joining Maggy London in 2022, Bako spearheaded the launch and oversaw management of three brands; Cupio, Cupio Blush, and Adyson Parker.
- Bako has held numerous executive positions with companies such as Takeout Inc., HMS Productions, and NYC Alliance.
- Her retailing career started in 2005 in the executive training program with Macy’s where she went on to become a buyer before moving to New York City to pursue wholesale and merchandising.
- She is a member of two exclusive leadership groups, Chief and the Women in Retail Leadership Circle.