Hitha Prabhakar

Retail Analyst

Hitha Prabhakar (HEE-tha PRA-ba-kar) is a contributing fashion editor, retail industry expert and principal of The Style File Group, a retail consulting firm based in New York City. As the former style writer for Forbes magazine and Forbes.com, Hitha covered the luxury industry as well as men’s fashion. She has written for People magazine, People.com, Time Magazine, ELLE India, Metro Newspapers, Nirvana Women, Inked magazine and Zink magazine. She has had numerous television appearances as a retail analyst for Fox Business News, Fox News, Sky News, Fox Radio Network, foxnews.com, Bravo, CNBC, CNN, CBS, Univision, E! Entertainment television Reuters and as the host of the Emmy winning New York based show, Cool in Your Code, which airs on WNBC and WNYC TV. In 2008, she was a coach for the MTV hit series, “MADE.” Hitha has been featured in Glamour magazine, Marie Claire, Oprah magazine, Lucky magazine, Gotham, Albuquerque Living, The Daily News, Metro, The Daily Mail, Style.com, CNN.com, Huffington Post and has been a guest on NPR lending her style and retail knowledge on everything from the state of the retail industry to which diamonds will be on the red carpet during the Oscars. Most recently she was photographed and profiled for the Burberry “Art of the Trench” campaign. After graduating from Smith College in 1998 (including a year stint at the London School of Economics) with degrees in Philosophy and Economics, she joined Bear Stearns as an analyst. Her corporate experience has given her an edge in the fashion arena, where she was able to closely observe the fashion mistakes corporate men and women perpetually make. Her plans for corporate domination were put on hold when she was asked to be a fashion correspondent for the radio station 102.7 FM in New York City in September of 2003. After she spent a fun filled week backstage with Frederic Fekkai reporting on fashion and beauty trends, she decided to go to pursue her masters degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and graduated in 2006. During graduate school Hitha rose through the ranks to be the first national style editor of Metro newspapers. She continued to build her style knowledge as a stylist and market editor at MTV where she styled numerous vee jays, reality show starlets and celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, Brooke Shields and musicians such as MIA, Britney Spears, Charice Pempengco, Ashley Tisdale, Chris Cornell, Death Cab for Cutie, Sean Kingston, Weezer and the Pussycat Dolls for Vogue Magazine’s Fashion Rocks. Hitha continues to act as a personal style consultant for executives and associates at Sony BMG, and Hearst as well as artists on Universal, Columbia and Vanguard Records. She has also served as a judge for the prestigious Swiss Textile Awards in Zurich Switzerland as well as the Supima Cotton Design Contest in New York City.

Hitha Prabhakar appears in the following:

Takeouts: US Muslims protest, Tricky Retail Returns, Listener Resposnes

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

  • Protest Takeout: A terror plot abroad a Northwest Airlines flight has angered Muslims in Dearborn, Mich., to stand up against radical Islam. Majed Moughni, an attorney in Dearborn, talks to us about demonstrations he is organizing.
  • Returns Takeout: Hitha Prabhakar, a retail analyst in New York City, warns that  many retail stores have tricky post-holiday return policies. So, pay very close attention to the fine print.
  • Listeners Takeout: Takeaway listeners respond to the fallout from this weekend’s airline safety incident aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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