Accomplished and highly talented design director, offering proven expertise in fashion business; branding; local and international market research and analysis; marketing and promotions; strategic business planning; event management; and production oversight. Adept at performing both individual and collaborative responsibilities, complemented with adeptness in providing strategic design direction to enhance public image and promote product line services.
FOCUS OF INTEREST: MEN’S LUGGAGE BAGS AND ACCESSORIES (BELTS, WALLETS, AND SMALL LEATHER GOODS)
Accomplished and highly talented design director, offering proven expertise in fashion business; branding; local and international market research and analysis; marketing and promotions; strategic business planning; event management; and production oversight. Adept at performing both individual and collaborative responsibilities, complemented with adeptness in providing strategic design direction to enhance public image and promote product line services. Equipped with the ability to adjust to new and challenging situations while working well under pressure to meet time-sensitive deadlines.
• Stay abreast of cutting-edge sales and negotiation strategies that drive new business, improve key accounts, establish strategic partnerships and client relationships, and increase revenue.
• Display superior leadership capabilities in achieving aggressive goals and driving the evolution of concepts into achievable plans.
• Demonstrate exceptional analytical, presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Well-versed in numerous design techniques, tools, and principles; highly capable of creating and interpreting Tech packs, plans, drawings, and models.
Creative and astute designer with in-depth understanding of fashion design principles and product developments.
Adept at creating production plan with emphasis on materials, production processes, quality control, and costs to effectively maximize available resources and control distribution of products.
Equipped with profound comprehension of fashion design and methods of Manufacturing.
Experience working with leathers and other piece goods, including nylons, cottons, and PVC.
Proficient with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint, and Microsoft Office Suite.
Fast Forward, LLC, New York, NY 2004–2012
Assumed full responsibility in designing IZOD luggage and accessories lines, including Rocawear bags, from inception to completion.
Collaborated with clients for the creation of a line that complimented their creative vision.
Designed, developed, and presented all products to the board that complemented the fashion line.
Identified and gathered all materials, hardware, and trims for new development.
Extensively traveled to China, Hong Kong, and Japan to conduct market research and trend sourcing for product development.
Big Accessories LLC— Eckō Unlimited, Petaluma, CA 2002–2004
Worked in partnership with Big Accessories, LLC to create a line of products for Eckō Unlimited.
Proactively attended design meetings by traveling back and forth to Los Angeles.
Provided strategic direction with the design and development of all Eckō Unlimited men’s bags and accessories from inception to completion.
Visited major department stores and coordinated convention shows to meet with buyers for product line reviews.
Made significant contribution for creative and innovated ideas of other product lines, including sneakers and watches.
Eckō Unlimited, New York, NY 1998–2002
Managed full cycle of the design and development of men’s bags, belts, and wallets.
Ensured factories were operated smoothly and in compliance with policies and regulations to maintain quality products and meet crucial deadlines.
Devised and implemented detail tech pack systems for clear translation of product details.
Holiday Fair LLC, New York, NY 1997–1998
Singlehanded designed products for Eckō Unlimited Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers, Marvel, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Nickelodeon, and Disney.
Produced creative trend right products in cooperation with licensed partners.
Researched and obtained new materials, hardware, and products for inspiration.
Traveled extensively to Canada and Los Angeles; conducting product review and proposing new design ideas.
Dragon Alliance 2006
Carried out the design of backpack and luggage lines, a leading independent eyewear and accessories brand.
Loreal Paris-UK Division 2006
Analyzed and designed Holiday promotional women gift bags.
Produced backpack lines design and hardware for Alpinestars racing company.
Pineapple Inc. 1999
Designed logo and graphic design for the Fox Kids Network.
Conceptualized logo and children’s identification bracelets for collaboration between the Coco Cola Co. and America’s Most Wanted.
Bachelor of Fine Arts | In Progress
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK, NY
Associate of Applied Science | 1998
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK, NY