PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Pearl Global Industries, Ltd.

April 2016 - February 2018,  New York, NY                                                                                                                                              

  • Responsible for embellishment, fabric, silhouette, styling, and trend direction to India based design team of 8 designers.
  • Provided US account base Co-Creation partnership reflective of each account’s brand identity while working within their target costs:

                   Dressbarn:  Missy & Plus Sizes

                   Gap:  Infants, Toddler Girls & Girls 7-16

                   Gap Outlet:  Missy

                   Justice

                   Kohl’s Department Stores*:  Girls 7-16, Juniors, Missy, Maternity & Plus Sizes 

                                   * Increased dollar value of bulk orders 300% over LY for 2017. 

                   Lane Bryant

  • Established processes and best practices to improve overseas cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, product approvals, and account presentations.

SENIOR DESIGNER

Kohl’s Department Stores - SONOMA, Missy Wovens                                                                                   

May 2013 - May 2015,  Menomonee Falls, WI

  • Grew Sonoma Missy Wovens category to $185M (15% comp increase for 2014) while driving newness and innovation.
  • Responsible for all Woven Bottoms, Denim, Dresses, Jackets, Skirts, and Tops.
  • Directed and managed design team of 3 direct reports through entire creative concept, design, and development process.
  • Responsible for Denim fabric, silhouette, styling, and wash direction to domestic denim vendors and internal denim development team.
  • Established processes and best practices to improve cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development, and production approvals.

SENIOR DESIGNER

Kohl’s Department Stores - SO Juniors

April 2010 - May 2013,  Menomonee Falls, WI

  • Grew SO Juniors brand to $330M (20% comp increase for 2013) while driving newness and innovation.
  • Responsible for all Active, Denim, Graphic Tees, Knits, Sweaters, and Wovens.
  • Identified as “white space” an Active product assortment within the SO Juniors brand which added $70M in incremental sales in its first year.
  • Directed and managed design team of 4 direct reports through entire creative concept, design, and development process.
  • Responsible for Denim fabric, silhouette, styling, and wash direction to domestic denim.
  • Established processes and best practices to improve cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development, and production approvals.

DENIM DESIGN DIRECTOR

Axis Denim                                                                       

May 2007 - December 2009,  New York, NY

  • Responsible for Denim fabric, silhouette, styling, and wash direction for Axis account base:

                   Aeropostale

                   American Eagle Outfitters

                   Maurice’s

                   The Buckle

  • Directed and managed freelance designer.

DESIGN DIRECTOR 

CFL NY            

September 2005 - December 2006,  New York, NY

  • Responsible for design and fabric direction of apparel and accessories, including Denim, for CFL NY account base: 

                   Equinox Gyms

                   Express

                   JCrew

                   Macy’s:  American Rag (Young Men’s) & INC (Missy)

                   Madewell

                   Le Tigre

                   Paper Denim & Cloth

                   Victoria’s Secret

  • Directed and managed design team of 2 direct reports through entire creative concept, design, and development process.
  • Designed and developed a licensed, Young Men's Mack Truck work wear collection of Knits, Wovens, and Graphic Tees.
  • Established processes and best practices to improve overseas cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development, and production approvals.

SENIOR DESIGNER

Calvin Klein Jeans - Women’s Wovens                                                                 

August 2003 - September 2005,  New York, NY

  • Responsible for all Woven Bottoms, Denim, Dresses, Jackets, Outerwear, Skirts, and Tops.
  • Directed and managed design team of 3 direct reports through entire creative concept, design, and development process.
  • Established processes and best practices to improve overseas cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development, and production approvals.

SENIOR DESIGNER

Levi Strauss & Company - Women’s Knits & Wovens                                            

1999 - 2003,  San Francisco, CA

RED TAB - Misses, Petite & Plus Sizes

  • Responsible for all Bottoms, Denim, Graphic Tess, Jackets, Skirts, Sweaters, and Tops.
  • Directed and managed design team of 3 direct reports throughout entire creative concept, design, and development process.
  • Established processes and best practices to improve overseas cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development, and production approvals.

1998 - 1999,  San Francisco, CA

RED TAB Tops - Juniors, Misses & Girls 7-16, Knits & Wovens

1997 - 1998,  San Francisco, CA

SILVERTAB & L2 Tops - Juniors & Misses, Knits & Wovens


EDUCATION

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY       

Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design & Merchandising

Kent, OH

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Fashion Design, Minor - Business Management
  • Minor - Business Management

SKILLS

  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator & Photoshop
  • Web PDM/ PLM Systems 
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