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  • Elisabeth Sanborn

    Design Director - Men's & Women's Contemporary Collections

    New York, NY

Cross-platform designer creating Men's and Women's heritage collections with categories including denim & non-denim bottoms, woven shirtings, knitwear, swimwear and outwear. Highly successful in managing the entire life cycle from color, concept, design, art direction, to production.

Work Samples

  • NIKE Men's Project FW 2014

  • Canyon River Blues - Concept SP12

  • WWD Press - Gloria Vanderbilt SP07

Work History

  • Design Director - Mens Wovens

    • PVH
    • New York, NY
    • Jul 2015 - Present (2 years 5 months)
  • Senior Design Consultant - Contemporary Menswear Collection

    - Conceptualize, design and build brand identity for a contemporary menswear collection for a major national retailer.
    - Spearhead the color and art direction, and designs for wovens, knits and bottoms categories.
    - Lead technical design aspects of garment construction through fit sessions and partner with cross functional peers to oversee garments development.

  • Senior Design Consultant - Women's Sportswear Collection

    • Persifor
    • New York, NY
    • Jul 2013 - Present (4 years 5 months)

    - Establish concept and brand identity for a Women's Contemporary Resort Collection.
    - Create sketches, tech packs and fit analysis for woven bottoms, shirtings, and dresses.

  • Senior Design Consultant - Men's Woven Bottoms & Sportcoats

    - Designed & developed men's non-denim bottoms and sportcoats for Fall 2014 collection.
    - Conceptualized and established key silhouettes, fabrications & menswear patterns for Fall 2014 season.
    - Partnered with cross functional teams to execute seasonal development.

  • Senior Design Consultant - Women's Denim & Soft Wovens

    - Developed color, sketches, and tech packs for Simply Vera denim and woven dresses.

  • Men's Wovens Shirting Designer - Route 66 & Roebuck & Co. (Casual Denim Collections)

    Lead Designer of woven shirtings & bottoms for two men's denim brands in two department stores.

    - Created art direction, concept, & package development for a 30-50cc capsule.
    - Led all technical design aspects: ie. styling, specs, fittings, etc.
    - Managed the entire life cycle from concept to production.
    - Presented categories to DVP, Director & merchandising teams with unprecedented acclaim yielding 15% growth in adoption ratio seasonally.

  • Women's Designer - Canyon River Blues/Inked & Faded (Casual Denim Collection)

    Lead Designer for a contemporary casual denim collection. Categories included denim, woven tops & bottoms, knits & sweaters.

    - Led branding, creative & art direction for a 40-60 piece collection.
    - Established a core knits & denim programs that yielded $1M+ in revenue.
    - Oversaw complete life cycle of collection from concept to production.
    - Managed Associate designer & CAD designer.

  • Junior's Associate Designer - Personal Identity (Junior Denim Collection)

    Associate Designer for junior contemporary casual denim brand. Categories included denim & woven bottoms, and jackets.

    - Created brand identity and oversaw denim development for 40 piece category.
    - Led color, concept and art direction for entire collection that consistently yielded 75% adoption ratio.
    - Managed wash & dry process development of entire denim category.
    - Developed all brand packaging and logo hardware & coordinated development with overseas offices.

  • Women's Assistant Designer - Gloria Vanderbilt (Premium Denim Collection)

    Assistant Designer to the design team of a premium denim collection. Categories included denim & woven bottoms and denim and woven jackets.

    - Provided support to Senior designer in all stages of the life cycle of 60 piece collection - promoted under 12 months.
    - Coached on dry process & wash development of all premium denim pieces.
    - Developed fabric, trims, technical packages and sketched designs.
    - Set show rooms for market week and established partnerships with merchandisers and vendors.

  • Women's Assistant Designer - Updated Women's Collection

    Assisted senior designer and product development team in all aspects of woven tops and bottoms collection.

    - Created concept boards, palettes, and graphic/embroidery concepts.
    - Created palettes, technical packages, and linesheets for global distribution.
    - Organized and set show rooms for market week.


  • Fashion Institute of Technology

    • Professional Enhancement - Apparel Design
    • 2003 - 2004

    Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Fashion Illustration & Patternmaking

  • University of Cincinnati

    • Bachelors of Science - Biology/Pre-Medicine
    • 1992 - 1996





Sears Holdings, Inc. - Employee of the Quarter, January 2012 Jones NY, Inc. - Front page feature in WWD, March 2005