Men's and Women's Designer with over 9 years of experience in cut & sew knits and swim.
Concepts & Ideas
Kohl's, Sonoma 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 Liberal Arts Skills Illustrator, Photoshop, Web PDM, IPLM, Microsoft Office; Mac & PC Interests Traveling, photography, art and volunteering.