Elie Man currently serves as product manager at Brain Lab, a footwear design consulting agency with offices in South Florida and China. Elie is responsible for footwear and brand development, marketing, customer service, and presentations for fashion brands such as Kenneth Cole, True Religion, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Pajar, Ben Sherman, Firetrap, Steve Madden, Creative Recreation, Armani, Sean John, Roberto Vasi, Vince Camuto, and French Connection. His footwear designs are distributed at retailers including Saks 5th Ave, Neiman Marcus, Macys, Nordstrom, Ross, DSW, Burlington, and many others. In addition to working as product manager at Brain Lab, Elie founded SoleWood, a lifestyle industrial design brand of accessories designed in Miami. The collection includes wood wallets, wood frames, handcrafted leather footwear, wood headphones, and accessories for Apple products.

Work Samples

  • Kenneth Cole Reaction Mens Footwear

  • SoleWood: Industrial Design Lifestyle Brand

  • Armani Jeans & Emporio Armani Footwear

Work History

  • Design & Product Manager

    • Brain Lab
    • Mar 2009 - Present (5 years 8 months)

    Footwear and brand development, marketing, customer service, and presentations for fashion brands Kenneth Cole, True Religion, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Pajar, Ben Sherman, Firetrap, Steve Madden, Creative Recreation, Armani, Sean John, Roberto Vasi, Vince Camuto, French Connection. Production and shipment of roughly 3 million pairs annually to retailers including Saks 5th Ave, Neiman Marcus, Macys, Nordstrom, DSW, Ross, etc.

  • Founder

    • SoleWood

    Brand creation & management, product and website design, quality control, sales, operations.

  • Industrial Designer, Sales Manager

    • Group III International

    Manage product development in the US and overseas. Prepare client presentations for Target, Walmart, & many other national chains and office superstores. Product ideation, tooling, & packaging of soft & hard goods. Manage sales accounts including PD, pricing, and placement. Daedalus Excel Product Development

  • Industrial Designer

    • Reflex Design

    Solidworks concepts foam modeling model fabrication

  • Industrial Design Internship

    • Brain Lab

    Concept sketching modeling & tooling parts ergonomic human patent drawings

  • Graphic Design Internship

    • Cave Images

    core principles of footwear design elements materials sketching and product rendering

  • Product & Brand Manager, Senior Design Manager

    • Brain Lab

Education

  • Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Industrial Design
    • 2005
  • Saint Andrews High School Preparatory School

    • Atenea Art School, Drawing Studies in
    • 2001

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA

Awards

2008 - 2009 South Florida Chapter Chair IDSA ALCOA Provisional Patent Award

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