Denise Bradley-Tyson has impressive plans for Inspired Luxe and looks forward to establishing and evolving the brand as a key online shopping destination for wearable art forms. As an avid explorer of different cultures throughout the world, Denise discovers artisans with a unique design aesthetic and offers them a platform to be seen by a global audience.
The Inspired Luxe mission is to debut treasures created by the many unknown artisans Denise finds throughout the world. The result is what she calls impact shopping: empowering the mostly women entrepreneurs around the globe to improve their own lives financially. Many of the artisans, by choice or necessity, utilize recycled materials in their work – be it metals, gems or even paper, scraps of discarded fabric or boat twine.
Named by the San Francisco Business Times for several years as one of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women, and in its 2016 edition, Denise was named to its "Forever Influential Honor Roll". She is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. degree in Economics and Communications, and Harvard Business School with an MBA. A long-serving member of the San Francisco Film Commission, she recently completed her second consecutive term as President of the Commission. Bradley-Tyson also serves as Vice Chair of SF Travel’s Tourism Diversity Committee.
Always passionate about art, culture and education, Bradley-Tyson led the launch and establishment of one of San Francisco's newest cultural institutions – the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). Under her leadership as the Executive Director, MoAD garnered recognition nationally and internationally, including a featured cover story in the New York Times Arts section, and forged several synergistic relationships with other local, national, and international cultural institutions and museums.
Prior to running MoAD, Bradley-Tyson was based in London, where she oversaw audience development and synergistic program activities at the South Bank Centre, Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary arts venue, for the exhibition of "Africa Remix"— the most expansive exhibition of contemporary African art ever presented in Europe. While there, she also served on a steering committee of Arts Council England under Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
With her mile-long resume, at the end of the day, while born in Chicago, she was raised by working-class parents in a small town in Ohio and had a fashionably urban personal aesthetic that had to be satiated through creativity, rather than by shopping on the high streets. She even went as far as to hand-sew her pink plaid knick suit for the Jackson Five concert at the Ohio State Fair, foreshadowing her passion to bring diversity in fashion and art to people everywhere.
When not traveling to various cities in the US, Europe and Africa, Denise enjoys her time living in San Francisco with her husband, Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente.