Senior Designer- Product Development
Jun 2015 - Present (5 years 11 months)
-Develop reliable systems to ensure that the custom development process is profitable from start to finish.
- Work directly with Interior Designers across the country to educate, develop custom Artwork and execute handmade rugs for a particular hospitality/commercial space.
- Manage all Custom projects using a detailed time and action calendar to stay on track and maintain delivery dates
- Develop concepts, color palettes and designs to translate them into detailed vendor specifications to meet customer’s expectations
- Manage all aspects of Vendor relationships as it pertains to Custom sampling and constructions.
-Host webinars to train sales on new products and processes with constant availability to help sales reps create a strong foundation to a project so that the design gets approved the first time.
-Solve production issues to ensure projects are not cancelled and timely delivery on samples and full orders are met.
-Research market trends and establish key lifestyles and color palettes for the Hospitality market.
- Attend trade shows to gain industry insight and maintain relationships with customers.
- Travel to India to establish key partnerships with vendors for custom developments.
- Create highly detailed specifications
- Established organized cataloguing systems for all sample developments to be used for future developments.
- Train new employees on rug construction and project systems
- Train and Manage assistant designers
- Develop Collections for Private Label customers based on specific price points, constructions and designs for the corresponding market.
Custom Cool Rugs
May 2012 - Present (9 years)
Manage product development, custom and in-line production for home products.
Research new products and establish new relationships between suppliers abroad
Create Vendor specifications, mechanicals and artworks for rugs, poufs, pillows, etc.
Create and update all Time and Action Calendars for products in production
Create organized systems for cataloguing all new product development and continuing orders.
Organize all samples for cataloguing in an efficient and dependable way.
In charge of the meticulous inspection and QC of all high-end products received
Set up systems for proper inventory and wholesale.
In charge of Color matching for custom rug orders. Expert understanding of color.
Developed new products to launch the Custom Cool Outdoor Collection made with all outdoor fibers
Develop and create product construction templates for new developments
Organize team meetings to stay on track with deadlines and assignments
Yearly Visits to India and Nepal to source new suppliers, establish relationships for future product
developments and finalize samples for ongoing projects with current suppliers.
Organize all freight shipments from Oversees suppliers
Implement seasonal meetings for trend and market research overviews to develop new patterns and
design for all products.
Assist Art Director in creating color stories, develop new designs and products for each season.
Assist the sales team in advising their clients in the best direction for each custom order, understanding
interior spaces and aesthetic of each client to achieve a beautiful custom product
In Charge of hiring and training new employees
Produced the Watercolor Rugs that won Most Innovative Product at the HC&G Awards 2013 held
in East Hampton, NY
Freelance Textile Designer
Hunt and Gather Studio
Feb 2012 - Present (9 years 3 months)
Designing repeat textile patterns for each season fro fashion and home
Sold at trade shows throughout the United States
Production and Design Assistant
Custom Cool Rugs
May 2012 - Jul 2013 (1 year 2 months)
Oversee all rug sampling production
Initiate new product development and ideas
Communicate with all rug suppliers to invent and create new dyeing methods and innovative products
Quality check all products
Source new suppliers and create new relationships for product development
Scale and touch up rug designs to meet the custom aspect of each order
Create new artwork for seasonal lines
Create and Managed the Custom Upholstery Department
Operator and Creator
Licmea Art Gallery
Jan 2011 - Dec 2011 (11 months)
Licmea was an experimental project dedicated to spotlighting local art and generating community discussions.
Renovated a space into a house gallery for up and coming artists in the community.
Chose and exhibited various types of art to create a space for artists to sell their work and get recognized within the community
Marketed the space to locals
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011 (1 month)
Worked with a team of Artist in the Rug Design department
Altered Line drawings into new sizes
Cleaned up artwork for the design team.
Worked with customers and designers to find the best solution for color in their rug design selections
Organized Inventory of 200+ yarn colors for different mills
Won 1st prize winner of their 2010 Rug competition and producing my design for 3 years.
HUGO BOSS Ticino
Jul 2009 - Jul 2009
with the design team of their Bodywear and Hosiery Department.
Learned their design software called TexDesign, used by the European Market.
Also was taught about their Labels department for the U.S. and Europe.
Graphic Design Intern
May 2009 - Jun 2009 (1 month)
Learned the Basics of Photoshop and how to work with a team of graphic designers in this freelance design company.
Helped design a t-shirt collection for their Danish costumer, ONLY.
Worked on Inspiration Boards for upcoming collections.
This company also works for companies such as Jack&Jones, and ZARA. (European market only.)
Tibi New York
Jun 2008 - Jul 2008 (1 month)
Experienced working with both the Fashion Design team and the Public Relations
In charge of laying out prints
Helped Design a Runway brochure for Pre-Spring 2009;
Sugar Plum Kids
Jan 2006 - May 2007 (1 year 4 months)
In charge of training new employees
In charge of opening and closing the store
Set up the merchandise floor plan
Personal Shopping Assistant