Nov 2019 - Present (1 year 10 months)
* Serve as the Director of Design and Development of the start-up luxury novelty jacket and suiting line. * Responsible for design, fabrication and trim working alongside the founder, merchandiser, and the domestic factory ensuring the correct processes are being followed in a productive and efficient way. * Work closely with pattern makers and seamstresses on fit, developing the 1st proto through to TOP. * In charge of creating initial tech-packs, line plans and responsible for updating all pertinent information for all BOM's. * Work closely with sales to pre-cost and final costing of seasonal product. * In conjunction with the web designer, photographer, models and stylists to produce the on-line brand image and website. * Adds and edits with input from sales showrooms in New York, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago. * Responsible for initial product presentations travelling to the Regional Sales Teams.
LINI - BLOOMINGDALES
Oct 2019 - Present (1 year 11 months)
* Involved with Bloomingdale's private label - LINI collection. Responsible for their novelty jackets and blazers. * Working directly with the LINI Buyer and merchandising team to create monthly assortments for Instore and .Com sales channels. * Responsible for sourcing all fabric and trim, with presentations and follow through with mills and agents. * Direct CAD development between artists, the mills and client ensuring color and pattern are too specification. * Develop Ai. line plan sketches keeping all updated information pertinent for production. * Issue all PO's for sampling and production. In charge of tracking and shipping to the correct cutting rooms and domestic factories upon header approval.
Dec 2018 - Present (2 years 9 months)
* Serve as designer in charge of the design and development of Tuckernuck's private label collection. * Involved in design, fabricating, printing, CAD development, initial tech-pack development, partnering with pattern makers and leading fittings. * Support and coordinate with the Creative Director and design team throughout the design and development phases of the collection. * Drive significant efforts in setting out, scheduling, managing and completing the multi-seasonal design development critical path timing. * Interact with the team on the collection plan and ensure that collections include optimal number and type of pieces that fit criteria of price points. * Safeguard the designs meet merchandising plans, assortment strategies, and overall creative direction. * Follow up with the design team on the post-showroom feedback from Sales Team to review buyer responses. * Issue all European PO's for sampling and production. In charge of tracking and shipping to overseas factories upon header approval. * Maintain seamless coordination with overseas factories for the prototype development and final production. * Participate in launch of spring 2019 creating 78% sell through sold via online platform and at DC flagship store.
Mar 2018 - Present (3 years 6 months)
* Serve as the Head Designer for the start-up collection of dresses and tops sold at the designer level entry price point. * Responsible for all sketches and fabric selections in collaboration with the founder. * In charge of creating initial tech-packs, line plans and responsible for updating all pertinent information for all BOM's * Work closely with pattern makers and tech designer on fit, developing the 1st proto through to TOP. * In charge of lab-dips, approvals and production header approvals. * Packing and shipping to stores from NY factory
Design Consultant - Direct Sales
Mar 2017 - Mar 2018 (1 year)
Pearl Division * Made vital contribution set up and development of a fresh new division to compliment the Lela Rose Collection. * Presented novelty-based designs at a competitive price point sold via trunk shows. * Managed the accountability for all facets of the design process from fabrication, color, trim and fit, working closely with patternmakers and seamstresses that are in-house and at domestic factories. * Participated in launch with spring 2018 and sustained into the fall 2018 collection with $1.2 million in sales.
W by Worth
Feb 2012 - Nov 2017 (5 years 9 months)
Kept current with and promoted concept, color, fabrication, print of four seasonal collections, annually. * Coordinated with design team on silhouette and technical for fit for over 600 SKU’s per calendar year. * Participated in uninterrupted review, editing and merchandising to achieve higher sales, resulting in a 20% increase in 2015 and 15% in 2016. * Operated with Art Directors, Stylists and photographers for pre and on-set photo shoots to uphold brand consistency.
Nordstrom Product Group (NPG). Nordstrom Inc
Nov 2010 - Sep 2011 (10 months)
Contributed in the initial research and development of Nordstrom Collection. * Acted as a key player in launching nationally in September 2011. * Restructured the look of Classique’s Entire Atelier from a suited luncheon brand to a modern traditional brand. * Attained the division sales increase of over 50% with the September 2011 launch of both lines.
Casuals Etcetera Inc. (Div. of CARLISLE)
Feb 2000 - Nov 2010 (10 years 9 months)
Retailed through direct sales channels with annual sales exceeding $90M. * Abstracted style, content, and color for each season, developed custom prints, woven fabrics, yarns, and trims. * Engaged a team of woven, sweater, and technical designers as well as pattern-makers, seamstresses, cutters, fabric buyers, and assistants. * Succeeded an annual sample budget of $200K, including the oversight of store-bought samples, original artwork, and fabric sampling. * Delivered final approval for all woven and print designs. * Synchronized with buyers to merchandise proposed lines, adjusting designs quickly to meet market trends.