I have been drawing all my life. In first grade the school had to put me in a special art class during the day so that I'd have an incentive to pay attention in my other classes. From teaching papermaking in Thailand to designing prints for fabrics and designing accessories, I have a wide and varied background in the arts and fashion. More fox than hedgehog, I have a lot of hedgehog tendencies in my focused attention to detail.
Various Companies: New York, NY & San Francisco, CA
2004 - present
The Frye Company: Design
Kate Spade: Illustrations & technical packages.
Urban Outfitters: CAD & redesign of bags, technical packages.
Mary Frances Accessories: R & D embellishments & handbag shapes.
Intercontinental Leathern Industries Inc.: Handbag collections design - concept to finish.
Smart Fusion: Wall illustrations for Proctor & Gamble pop-up store.
Tank Industries: Product illustrations.
Old Navy: Flat sketching and print design.
FOB New York: Fashion illustrations and logo development.
Design & Trend - Accessories
Charlotte Russe: San Francisco, CA
2010 - 2011
Directed trend for all accessory categories: jewelry, handbags, shoes, belts, sunglasses, soft accessories, hair and gifting.
Designed handbags, belts, soft accessories, shoes and jewelry as needed per season.
Traveled to China to work with factories and shopped Europe for trend inspiration.
Owned and led seasonal accessory trend presentation meetings.
Partnered with merchandising on line building and interpreting emerging trends.
Developed new vendor partnerships for higher quality deliverables.
Senior Designer - Bags, Belts and Wallets
American Eagle Outfitters: New York, NY
2008 - 2010
Lead designer for AEO bags and belts, as well as directly managed a designer.
Researched vintage and emerging trends in bags and belts, presented design concepts and sketched and developed specs.
Set print direction specific for bags and belts, collaborated with graphics director for branding ideas for bags.
Created new grading specs for belts and developed and researched new PU and fabric raw materials.
Independently traveled to China seasonally to develop new styles.
Designer/Technical Designer - Bags and Small Leather Goods
Banana Republic: New York, NY
2005 - 2008
Developed and designed handbags and collection specific small leather goods seasonally to compliment the Banana Republic women’s apparel line.
Designed proprietary hardware, created technical specs, researched and developed new embellishment treatments.
Owned all post adoption approvals for design intention and specifications.
Traveled overseas to China and Korea to work with factories on style development and production, raw material development, and embellishment research.
Style & Co.: New York, NY
2004 - 2005
Developed and set print direction for each season from initial stages to finished collections for knits, wovens and sweaters.
Created original prints and produced repeats and colorways for prints and yarn dyes.
Participated in color development for each season.
Researched, catalogued and translated vintage prints to enhance emerging print trends for market group.
Directly managed an assistant designer.
Associate CAD Designer
City DKNY: New York, NY
2000 - 2004
Researched and developed new applications for prints and graphics.
Collaborated with designers to create original graphics and illustrations.
Created new prints, repeats, patterns and yarn dyes for women’s apparel and color matched seasonal color palettes.
Translated hand sketches to vector files and color filled bodies for presentation.
Art and English Teacher
Buranarumluk School: Trang, Thailand
1997 - 1999
Developed and instructed a Papermaking course and an English for Business course for senior high school students.
Co-instructed elements of design, painting, drawing and printmaking at the junior high and high school level.
Taught an outreach session with the papermaking students at a juvenile center.
Prepared students for English language competitions.
Coached a squad of cheerleaders for basketball season.
Adobe CS: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point
Style Manager, PrimaVision, U4ia, Point Carre
Hand knitting, Crochet, Beading, Hand & machine sewing
Flat sketching, Illustration (hand and computer), Painting, Photography, Off-model styling