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Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at XRC labs. Michael is the co-founder and CEO of Fashion to Figure, a leading plus-size fashion company dedicated to providing trend-driven fashion and accessories for women sizes 12-26. The company is a multichannel brand. Kaplan graduated from Harvard Business School and Brown University and held positions in venture capital and financial services before. his passion to help others and entrepreneurial spirit led him and his brother to launch Fashion to Figure.

About Fashion To Figure (FTF)

FTF provides on-trend clothing, jewelry and accessories based on a price, fit and quality model for the curvy woman. The company operates online at fashiontofigure.com, its own retail stores across the country, third party online marketplaces, traditional wholesale partners and newer subscription businesses. FTF's mission is to inspire both customers and employees through fashion, personal service, respect and creativity. The accessible collection provides the customer with of the moment style across all areas of her lifestyle.

Kaplan is the great-grandson of Lena Bryant, the revolutionary dressmaker who pioneered full-figured fashion over a century ago with the launch of Lane Bryant. Her quote, "Never ask women to conform their figures to fashion, but rather bring fashion to the figure," inspired FTF's name. Kaplan grew up in Manhattan and took an interest in the family business from a young age when he spent a great deal of time alongside his father, who served as President and CEO of Lane Bryant.

Kaplan has served as a speaker at the annual Women's Wear Daily Digital Forum and Women's Wear Daily Beauty Forum. In the recent past, he has served as a guest speaker at The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, Brown University, Harvard University, Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School.

Kaplan is an award-winning saxophone player who studied Jazz Saxophone at The Manhattan School of Music. He graduated from Brown University in 1995 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2002. Kaplan is passionate about giving back to the community and is actively involved in initiatives such as The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, where he serves on the leadership council, and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Kaplan is also a member of the board of directors for The Lost Explorer, an adventure lifestyle and clothing brand.