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  • Michelle Ladin Stern

    Creative Director at Bower

    New York, NY

I am a seasoned Creative Director, Production Coordinator and Product / Packaging Designer. My background is in consumer home goods, electronics and the accessory industries. I am adetail-oriented self- starter who is adept at multitasking, designing and managing the production process. I have a skilled eye for color, current trends and the small details that make the difference in buyer's meetings and ultimately in the customer's hands.

Work Samples

  • Packaging Concept

  • Drone Backpack

  • LED Light Packaging

Work History

Michelle Stern Creative Director Email: Michelle.nysmashdesign@gmail.com Portfolio: www.coroflot.com/MichelleLadin/portfolio LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/MichelleLadinStern SKILL STRENGTHS • Leadership: Manage in-house and freelance designers, venders, sample makers and printers. Work closely with sales and VP teams. • Design: Ability to take ideas from conception to completion. Strong trend analysis, innovative brainstorming, product sketching and computer rendering. • Computer: Full understanding of Mac, PC, Adobe and Microsoft Suites WORK EXPERIENCE BOWER Creative Director www.BowerUSA.com April 2015 - Present • Head of Design and Production for all BOWER categories, products, packaging, POP and signage • Managing in-house and freelance designers, as well as China venders, printers and sample makers • License lead contact for Energizer, U.S. ARMY and EVERLAST • Signage design and vender management for the CES Vegas show • Understanding of production materials, structural die lines, CMYK color printing process and installation applications MiWorld Production Coordinator, Product and Packaging Designer www.MiWorldAccessories.com May 2013 - March 2015 • Overseeing all stages of production for product and packaging • Corresponding with China daily, exchanging product / packaging die lines and sending ready to print files • Brand Manager for Altec and SNUGGIE licenses; as well as submitting samples for approval to Charlotte Russe, Rue21, Wet Seal, Five Below, Hot Topic and Dollar General The Baruch Company Creative Director January 2013 - April 2013 • Gourmet chocolate and food brand gift packaging designer • Category trend research for packaging materials and shapes • San Francisco Fancy Food Show meetings with chocolate and gourmet food companies The Jay Companies Creative Director of Photography and Design www.JayCompanies.com February 2011 - December 2012 • Hard / Soft Goods Brand Manger for all product and packaging • Corresponded daily with vendors overseas and exchanged files through websites and FTP servers • Lead license contact and designer for Jelly Belly and Louise Carey • Prepared for in-house New York Merchandise Mart Shows and Americas Mart Home Goods Atlanta Show with samples, mockups and signage MZB SHARP Brand Manager, Product, Packaging and Promotional Designer for the Clock division www.MZB.com June 2006 - January 2011 • Managed a team of in-house and freelance designers; corresponded with vendors, sample makers and engineers • Created individual SHARP and NELSONIC brand packaging style guides for each major retailer • Oversaw and designed meeting presentations, commission prototypes and build mock-up packaging samples • Prepared for and presented at Walmart and GE corporate meetings • Traveled to China for vendor meetings, factory tours and Expo’s


  • Pratt Institute

    • BID Industrial Design
    • 2002 - 2006

    Merit Based Scholarship and Dean’s List



Pratt Institutes Merit Based Scholarship:2002-2006, Pratt Institutes Dean’s List:2002-2006