Los Angeles, CA
Mar 2009 - Present (12 years 5 months)
working directly with the owner and creative director designing the LP Collection and LP Vintage belt lines and assisted with the concept and development of the LP Collection handbags. Responsibilities include creating hand sketches, illustrator CADs, POGs and technical specifications for factory development, source materials and design custom hardware, as well as trend and color research, creating trend boards and presentations each season and line reviews including revising samples. Also communicate with China factories as well as travel to China / Hong Kong.
Senior Handbag Designer
Jul 2006 - Present (15 years)
Responsible for the design & development of multiple handbag lines. Customized handbag programs for Target in Dept.30, 209 & 24. Created CADs and technical specs, extensive market research, trend analysis, fabric sourcing, and travel. Spent a month in the Hong Kong office and factory in Southern China.
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 2008 - Aug 2008 (4 months)
responsible for conceptualizing new handbag designs for Junior Drake: fine leather bags, Love JD: printed bags with leather trim and Off Price handbags: lower price point leather bags. Created CADs and technical specs, extensive market research, trend analysis, and fabric sourcing. Lines are sold at select Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s and Anthropologie stores.
Handbag Designer - freelance
2005 - 2008 (3 years)
Launched line of unisex Duct tape embellished handbags. Continue to update assortment every season.
BCBG Max Azria-Manoukian
2008 - 2008
responsible for conceptualizing new handbag collections for european market. Created presentation boards, linesheets, techpacks, specified leather, pricing grids and monitored all stages of development. Traveled to China to meet factories to ensure quality product.
Director of Product Development
2005 - 2006 (1 year)
Responsible for launching multiple product lines including Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers line of fashion accessories targeted to teens & tweens. These lines are currently available at Urban Outfitters, Kitson and Sanrio stores. Product categories include: handbags, jewelry, belts, wallets, and lifestyle items and stationery.
Feb 2004 - Feb 2005 (1 year)
Responsible for the design of all accessory categories including: handbags, footwear, cold weather, jewelry, wallets, watches, sunglasses and belts. Created all CAD artwork including techpacks. Worked with vendors throughout the sample making process. Traveled to Target corporate headquarters to present trends and concepts to buyers and to Europe for trend research.
Consumer Product designer
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Feb 2001 - Feb 2002 (1 year)
Designed packaging, apparel, accessories, and presentation materials. Worked with licensed characters including The Pink Panther, Love Always Magenta, and Personalibees. Designed products for the following MGM films: "Legally Blonde 2", "Jeepers Creepers", and "Stargate SG•3000". Designed the Pink Panther Party Pack sold at May Company. Designed a line of Pink Panther surf accessories sold at Claire's.
P.O.V. Entertainment Design
1998 - 2001 (3 years)
Designed VHS & DVD packaging, one-sheets, promos, trade ads and collateral for entertainment clientele. Managed in-store signage, window decals, studio walls and shelftalkers. Clients included: Blockbuster, Disney interactive, Fox home Entertainment, Warner Home Video, Trimark Home Video, Showtime Networks Inc., Lion’s Gate Films.
Greg Thomas Associates
Mar 1997 - Feb 1998 (11 months)
Designed collateral for clients such as Allied Domecq: Kahlua & Tia Maria and travel clients such as The Fontayne Group, New Zealand Board of Tourism, and Newmans South Pacific Vacations.