Men's and Women's Designer with over 9 years of experience in cut & sew knits and swim.
Concepts & Ideas
Designer Women's Knits Milwaukee, WI May 2013-current
Lands End & Lands End Canvas Madison, WI Aug 2009-May 2013
Designer, Men’s Knits, Swim & Active
-Design and develop 35M Men’s Knits business, 5M Men’s Swim business and 4.4M Active business.
-Develop seasonally appropriate fabrics, trims, and finishes.
-Research market for key items, emerging and innovative trends.
-Collaborate and build seasonal concept walls focused on key looks and color direction.
-Create seasonal concept boards identifying trends and inspiration, silhouette sketches, trim, color, and pattern for a concise line.
-Collaborate with Global Merchant teams on style count, CC’s and strategize on how to drive business.
-Build and maintain tech packs throughout seasons while partnering with product development and technical design teams.
-Develop seasonal print and pattern though CAD department.
-Partner with creative and marketing teams for branding moments on seasonal line.
-Present seasonal line and color to global merchants at line review.
-Lead fittings for seasonal developments.
-Lead, direct, and manage assistant, and mentor seasonal interns.
-Meet all milestone deliverables while managing multiple product categories from concept to consumer.
-International and domestic travel for market research and product development trips to overseas factories.
-Highly organized and self-motivated individual with a strong ability to multi-task.
Talbots, Inc. New York, NY Sept 2008 – Aug 2009
Knitwear Designer, Freelance
-Researched trends and inspiration for seasonal concepts.
Collaborated with senior management in development of line.
-Sketched flats for seasonal concept.
-Prepared spec hand off to Technical & Product Development teams including flat, construction details, material(s) and trims.
-Worked closely with Product Development, Print, CAD and Trims teams throughout the development process to ensure highest level of quality and integrity.
-Daily communication with overseas vendors.
Polo Ralph Lauren New York, NY Aug 2003 – April 2008
Associate Designer, Blue Label Knits May 2006 – April 2008
Assistant Designer, Blue Label Knits Jan 2005 – May 2006
Design Assistant, Mens & Women’s Knits Aug 2003 – Jan 2005
-Prepared seasonal fabric boards relating to concept and scorecards, and pulled inspirational tears or protos.
-Created technical packages in Web PDM including flat and detail sketches, initial technical measurements and written construction of garments.
-Worked closely with Sr. Designer to create pattern, stripe, print and special layouts to develop programs.
-Developed fabrics, special washes and programs with Design Development Manager.
-Attended weekly technical fittings of garments for each season.
-Communicated daily with HK office, mills and vendors.
-Created concept designs and garments for seasonal concept rigs.
-Prepared color stories and matched original colors to CMS library and approved all lab dips for concept.
-Partnered with graphics, trims, and prints departments to obtain components needed for each concept.
-Met fabric vendors for seasonal fabrics, and vintage dealers for inspirational protos.
-Led special design requests from merchandising i.e. Wimbledon, US Open, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and Colette store.
American Eagle Outfitters New York, NY Jan 2000 – July 2003
AE Guide - Public Relations Event Coordinator Nov 2002 – July 2003
Creative Internship Coordinator/HR Assistant Aug 2000 – Nov 2002
Design Intern Jan 2000 – Aug 2000
-Served as community liaison to ensure outstanding relationships with local establishments, celebrities & stylists, high profile, and frequent customers and other business partners.
-Organized marketing, promotional and media events for AE target customer demographics.
-Communication liaison between New York PR and corporate marketing office.
-Maximized impact of AE special consumer shopping events, seasonal seminars, theme promotions, product previews and other events within budget and on time.
-Managed internship program and domestic and international recruiting, conducted new hire and benefits orientation and training sessions, handled associate relations and tracked employee Paid Time Off.
-Leader of AE Foundation Committee.
-Coordinated events and activities and special projects as requested by executive team.
- Assisted with layouts, flat sketches, and design boards for Men’s and Women’s design.
Education Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI 1999 – 2000
Skills Illustrator, Photoshop, Web PDM, IPLM, Microsoft Office; Mac & PC
Interests Traveling, photography, art and volunteering.