Chad Gombes is an accomplished Product Designer with over 18 years of experience creating market-driven products, reflecting current trends while maintaining brand identity and product integrity. His hands-on design process gives the edge to companies that want to build upon their existing product offering or expand into entirely new categories.
Founder & Creative Director
- Mint Project
- Feb 2004 - Present (9 years 10 months)
Established in 2004, Mint Project is an Industrial Design based firm, creating products that communicate effective brand identity, product uniqueness, and market innovation. With proven product designs and development experience, Mint Project offers creative solutions to clients in the footwear, apparel, outdoor gear, accessories, packaging/graphics and retail planning arenas’.
Current and past clients span all segments of product design: Vapor Studio, Crocs, Marmot, Maverik Lacrosse, Baffin Boots, Speedwell, Project 4, Patagonia, Ugg Australia, 5.11 Footwear, Arctica Sportswear, Bamko Promotions Ltd., Steven Gould Packaging Ltd., Somnio Running, Runningskirts, L.L. Bean, Grenade Gloves, Flow Snowboarding, Easton Hockey, and Spenco Medical Corporation
Founder, COO, Executive Vice President
- Thomas Raymond & Co. | Hemingway Footwear Co.
- Dec 2008 - Jul 2011 (2 years 7 months)
Founder and creative originator of ThomasRaymond&Co. | Hemingway Footwear, a high-end men’s handcrafted footwear brand inspired by the American icon, Ernest Hemingway. Through brand positioning, product design, strategic market development and planned execution, start-up capital financing was retained with in a 12-month period. Along with strong personal/professional relationships in manufacturing, development, and sourcing supply chains in Latin America, Brazil, Mexico, and India, product was manufactured to the highest standards of quality and detail. National specialty retailers, high end sporting catalogs, and regional men’s boutiques were targeted to promote the Hemingway persona and brand direction. The launch of the brand in June 2010 garnered national media attention, including the likes of GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, The New Yorker, as well as multiple men’s trend blogs.
Creative Group Director
- Sole Technology Inc
- Nov 2005 - May 2008 (2 years 6 months)
Directed and managed the footwear design staff through all elements of the product design process, while responsible for advanced concept creation/integrity, market trend forecasting, and development initiatives for the Sole Technology brands: Etnies Men’s and Women’s, Es’ Footwear, Emerica Footwear, 32 Snowboard Boots, and Etnies Sandals.
- DC Shoes
- Jan 2005 - Nov 2005 (10 months)
Created/designed all categories of DC footwear. Worked directly with senior management, senior designers, and developers in creating advanced concepts for market introductions, as well as played key role in establishing the company’s working process of design creation, design review, and product materializations based around current trends and key color merchandising indicators.
- Phoenix Footwear Group
- 2004 - 2005 (1 year)
Directed and managed the design direction of product lines, creative direction for Marketing/Advertising, and footwear development process. Re-established the brand identity of Trotters Footwear line while establishing a trend forward image for the established consumer. Created new brand visuals and marketing/advertising collateral to introduce the New Trotters Footwear. Directed development of product lines and managed development staff in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.
Senior Designer/Developer Footwear
- 1999 - 2004 (5 years)
- Airwalk footwear
- 1995 - 1999 (4 years)
Rochester Institute of Technology
- CIAS, cum laude Industrial and Product Design
- 1989 - 1994