Footwear Designer with an experience in performance and fashion footwear. Living, working and studying in New York, San Francisco and Milan influenced my design style, mixing the best of those worlds. My latest position is a Footwear Designer at Dolce&Gabbana in Milan.

Work Samples

  • Diesel USA Project Route Sneaker

  • Adidas Originals Concept

  • Brogue Slip-on Shoes

Work History

Ilija Nikolic SUMMARY Masters in Accessories Design, specialized in footwear Freelance designer SKILLS Free Sketching and CAD rendering skills. Works on Wacom tablet. 2D: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop (Advanced working knowledge) 3D: Rhino 3D, V-Ray, Bunkspeed Hypershot (working knowledge) Model making - clay Other: Cubase SX; Misc. VST & Audio tools, digital photography (exhibited) Proficient on both Mac and PC OBJECTIVE To constantly innovate in any way in Footwear Design with respect to the culture of sneakers. WORK EXPERIENCE 2/15 - present: Dolce&Gabbana, Milan, Italy Position: Senior Footwear Designer - Sneakers (Men's, Women's and Kid's) Designing luxury sneakers and following the production in Italy. 10/12 - 2/15: Salomon, Annecy, France Position: Footwear Designer (running) Designing footwear for trail running category in which Salomon is the industry leader. Followed the production in Asia. 6/12 - 10/12: Diesel, Italy (freelancing in New York) Position: Freelance Footwear Designer Designed 3 men’s sneakers (1 complete with the sole plus 3 uppers and 2 uppers for an existing Diesel sole); Worked from New York with the Italian developer. 6/12 - 7/12: Coach, New York, NY Position: Freelance CAD Designer - Bags: Illustrator and Photoshop renderings 3/12 - 5/12: Marc Jacobs, New York, NY Position: Freelance Footwear Designer/sketch artist: work includes sketching, corrections and technical drawing for production. 9/11 - present: Ilija Nikolic Position: Freelance Footwear Designer 2/11 - 9/11: Manas, Montecosaro Italy Position: Footwear Design Intern: Work includes all aspects of design process, from research, presentation to designing collections of mens and womens footwear. 7/09 - 10/09: Specialized Bicycle Components, Morgan Hill, CA Position: Industrial Design Intern: Designed 3 cycling shoes that went into production, among other projects. 4/09 - 4/10: SixPack Fitness LLC, San Francisco, CA Position: freelance designer 3/08 – 4/09: Puma Store, San Francisco, CA Position: sales associate 6/07 - 3/08: Eternal Portraits online store: Hand-drawing portraits. Position: Artist / Co-Owner 1/07 - 6/07: Queens College New Music Group, Flushing, NY Position: Graphic designer and advertising coordinator. EDUCATION Masters in Accessories Design at Domus Academy, Milan MFA program in Industrial Design at Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA Master studies in Music at City University of New York Bachelors of Arts, Music major at University of Pristina, Serbia OTHER PERSONAL INTERESTS BESIDES DESIGN AND FASHION: I play, compose and arrange music: classical, film, jazz, electronic, Disco, Funk, House, RnB, HipHop, different ethnic music, fusion of all mentioned genres & +. I enjoy good film in different genres, one of my favorite are documentaries. I love photography. I play sports: basketball, soccer, running, biking, hiking, skiing... I find inspiration in: interacting with people, traveling, different cultures, history, nature and all forms of art. References available upon request


  • Domus academy

    • MA Accessories Design
    • 2010 - 2010

    Intense 12 month Masters program with specialization in Footwear Design.

  • Academy of Art University

    • MA Industrial Design
    • 2008 - 2009

    Successfully completed 4 semesters before was granted scholarship at Domus Academy in Milan for continuing Master's studies.

  • City University of New York

    • MA Music
    • 2006 - 2007

    Studied Music composition with Prof. John Corigliano.

  • University of Art

    • BA Music
    • 1997 - 2001



2011 Trends Forecasting Competition for 2013 by MatMarket: 1st place winner; 2010 Mesh01 Running Shoe Competition-2nd place; 2009 Ars Sutoria Design Competition, Milan: Master studies scholarship at Domus Academy Milan; 2009 Cut&Paste Design Competition, San Francisco: Finalist; 2008 KicksGuide Footwear Design Competition: Finalist; Press: