Michele leads the Innovation Team for Gryphon Design Collective, a design and publishing house in Boston, MA. This thriving start up is best known for it's multi-lingual learning games, wordless stories, and original children's books . Michele recruits designers and writers from all over the world to create Gryphon's bespoke collection. She excels at developing a striking visual identity with unique brand DNA for an immersive user experience. Gryphon Design Collective was recognized as one of the most promising start-ups merging technology and design by Kieretsu Forum, a Global Angel Investor Group. As Head of Apparel and Graphic Design, Michele has led global product innovation and brand identity for Nike, Adidas Group and L.L.Bean. She loves to consult with established and emerging companies to help them develop a unique position in the market. Michele is a thoughtful concept engineer and brand builder, and has 15 years experience directing the industry's top CG brands.

Work Samples

  • Women's Sport Apparel : Adidas Group

  • Armani EA7

  • Design for Sport

Work History

  • Creative Director

    • Gryphon Design Collective
    • Feb 2011 - Present (3 years 9 months)

    Gryphon Design Collective, is a design and publishing house in Boston, Ma.
    www.gryphondesigncollective.com

    Gryphon Design Collective empowers and inspires others through it's unique collection of personalized children's books and educational learning games. Gryphon's collection of artful books and games can be found at ABC Carpet and Home, PowerHouse Arena and Uncommon Goods.

  • Head of Strategy, Design and Business Development

    • Gryphon Design Strategy LLC - Consultancy
    • Boston, MA
    • Feb 2011 - Present (3 years 9 months)

    ° Design Strategy consultants for consumer goods, children's specialty and apparel brands.
    ° Drive web content and visual identity for new and established brands. Develop logo, packaging, web and catalogue.
    ° Clients include: Garnet Hill, MIT Sloan School of Management, Krush.com, Trafalgar Square Press and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

  • Head of Design , Apparel, Graphics and Accessories

    • adidas group
    • Sep 2007 - Apr 2011 (3 years 7 months)

    ° Created the new look for Reebok Women’s, which enhanced brand recognition by 32% worldwide.
    ° Led a diverse global team of 50 apparel and graphic designers; mentored teams in Europe and Asia.
    ° Experienced five consecutive quarters of exponential growth through innovation in key categories.
    ° Aided in Reebok sales increase by +28% in North America and +6% worldwide for FY2010.

  • Sr. Design Director, Sport and Lifestyle Apparel, Reebok

    • Adidas Group
    • Apr 2006 - Sep 2007 (1 year 5 months)
  • Design Director, Nike Sportswear (SRT)

    • Nike
    • 2003 - 2006 (3 years)

    ° Identified untapped market potential through user/athlete interviews, emerging trends and cultural shifts.
    ° Conducted detailed market analysis and technology review to ensure Nike had “best in class” products
    ° Directed Men’s and Women’s Special Collections of knits, wovens and outerwear for Sport and Active Life

  • Design Manager, Men's Apparel

    • L.L.Bean
    • Jan 2003 - Apr 2004 (1 year 3 months)

    ° Helped reposition Men’s apparel by creating a design aesthetic which celebrated the brands iconic heritage.
    ° Managed staff of Designers and Colorists on $460 million apparel collection.
    ° Designed apparel, prints, and yarn dyes for all men’s collections.

  • Senior Designer, Men's and Women's Apparel

    • L.L.Bean
    • Apr 1998 - Jan 2003 (4 years 9 months)
  • Designer, Women's Better Sportswear

    • May Merchandising Company
    • Mar 1997 - Apr 1998 (1 year 1 month)
  • Apparel Designer

    • PVH
    • Feb 1995 - May 1997 (2 years 3 months)

    ° Designed Men’s Tennis, Golf, and Casual Apparel.
    ° Concept engineer for Outerwear and Ski Collection.

  • Costume Designer

    • Broadway, Theatre & Film
    • Jun 1990 - Mar 1997 (6 years 9 months)

Education

  • THE ADIDAS GROUP EXECUTIVE TRAINING

    • Global Business Development
    • 2008 - 2009

Specialties

Affiliations

Two Ten Footwear

Awards

Ettinger Foundation Award for Design Outstanding Designer Award, NYU H.P. Constans Award for Theatre Design Best in Show, Art institute of Ft. Lauderdale

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