Men's and Women's Designer with over 12 years of experience in a corporate environment specializing in the below... -Concept and color creation -Fabric & trim development -Product design -Leading & developing talent

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Work History

*Kohl’s Department Stores Milwaukee, WI May 2013 – Current Sr. Designer/Design Manager- Women’s Knits, Dresses & Sweaters-Sonoma Goods for Life -Lead and develop team of 4 associates to successfully run 250M brand for Women’s Knits, Dresses & Sweater business. -Key design driver in relaunching and elevating brand for 2016 rollout in store and online. -Create and present seasonal color & concept for the brand at an executive level to align with corporate initiatives while driving newness & innovation. -Responsible for entire product design process including color, art direction, fabric & trim research, sketching, and fit as pertains to styling. -Research both domestic and international markets in order to identify new trends, fabrics and techniques. -Influence and lead decision-making at the buyer level; key partner to Brand Manager. -Meet with vendors for sourcing of fabric and trim; review seasonal concept direction. -Ensure product is consistent with market trends as well as business strategy. -Frequent travel overseas for development & execution of seasonal lines. *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, finishes, sketches, color and print/pattern. -Research market for key items, emerging and innovative trends. -Collaborate and build seasonal concept walls focused on key looks and color direction. -Present seasonal line and color to global merchants at line review. -Build and maintain tech packs and lead fit sessions. -Lead and mentor design interns for all areas within design. -International and domestic travel for market research and product development trips to overseas factories. *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, Men’s & Women’s Knits Aug 2003 – Jan 2005 -Created concept designs and garments for seasonal concept rigs. -Met fabric vendors for seasonal fabrics, and vintage dealers for inspirational protos. -Created technical packages in Web PDM including flat and detail sketches, initial technical measurements and written construction of garments. -Worked with cross functional departments to develop seasonal art, trims and washes. -Attended weekly technical fittings of garments for each season. -Communicated daily with HK office, mills and vendors. -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 Public Relations Event Coordinator/Fashion Design Trainee -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.. -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, PLM, Microsoft Office; Mac & PC