Product Development Manager
Boutique * Responsible for direct product development of all categories of Sportswear in Peck & Peck-Boutique. Develop and direct Product Development for all categories with 5-7 private label vendor partners. Created product for regional specific assortments. Fiscally responsible for sales, markdowns and managing a 50MM annual brand with an 47% Margin.
VACONDIOS DESIGN SERVICES INC
* Freelance Services from initial concept, yarn, fabric & vendor sourcing, design tech packs, for various Contemporary Knitwear wholesale & vendors whose product ships to Nordstrom, Neiman's, major retailers, & specialty stores.
Senior Knitwear Designer
1. Designer for 5 lines: Denim & Co.: Designed and executed knit tops & sweaters (90MM) for 210 MM business, QVC's #2 proprietary brand. Sport Savvy: Designed 2pc athleisure brand (60MM.) Modern Soul: Designed knitwear lifestyle brand (20MM) Precious Fibers: Designed Fall cashmere sweater program (5MM) Multiplicity: Designed key item sweater line * Design responsibilities included: designing initial concepts, researching new yarns & fabrics, drawing CAD sketches, executing technical specs and layouts, utilizing Style Manager, Free Borders design software and Matrix One web PDM based system, attending fittings, and daily communication with agents and vendors in Asia.
KOHLS Senior Designer
Croft & Barrow
1. Senior Designer for Croft & Barrow Ladies brand - all product categories of Missy (450MM), Women's and Petites. Responsible for transforming a Missy knit top department from 350MM in 2006 to 450MM lifestyle brand in 2008. Head Designer for lifestyle brand including color, print & silhouette, researching new fabrications and up-trending product categories. Partnered with product managers to create initial line plans and monthly product assortment. Directed a team of textile artists print themes by delivery, leading and merchandising the print aesthetic of the brand. Managed design assistants, developing their talents & facilitating their career growth. Created regional merchandise and specific assortments and product for southern and west coast stores as part of regional strategies expansion.
Senior Designer/PD Manager
CHARMING SHOPPES INC
Fashion Bug 1. Sweaters (50MM) Active (45MM) and Sleepwear (20MM) Responsibilities included yarn and fabric sourcing, securing quarterly bulk fabric strategies, design concept, silhouette, print & pattern development for sweaters, active, and sleep categories. Designed concept, silhouette, and stitch development for all lifestyles of sweater assortment-weekend casual, business casual and dress up categories. Created downtime knitting production calendar, process and strategy, increasing IMU, saving 1.2MM annually. Merchandising active assortment, back wall presentations and monthly tee table programs. Collaborated with textile designers to create print and pattern assortment for each delivery, created initial designs and technical specs, directing technical designers from development thru final fit. Worked in partnership with Sourcing team and Asia office to develop, expand and upgrade vendor base.
Senior Design Manager
CHICO'S FAS INC
Sweaters/ Knit Tops/Active/Golf * Senior Designer Responsibilities included designing knit tees, from concept, print & silhouette, researching new fabrications and up-trending program categories. Streamlined the core fabric programs and executed seasonal tests for new silhouettes & new fabrics in core. Partnered with a team of 4 textile artists developing seasonal print themes and print layouts. Create initial designs and tech packs, Responsible for all design, spec creation. Partnered with product management and technical design from development thru final fit. 1. Product developer role responsible for product management function from development, tech design, through pre-production of 3 categories. Directly responsible for designing sweaters, the number one performing category against LY plan. Streamlined core & fashion yarns, focused Vendor matrix in each category, leveraging mill direct resources and fabric positions. Utilized or resolved over 5MM in yarn & fabric liabilities during my tenure. Direct reports: 2 product managers, and 2 product developers