PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Pearl Global Industries Ltd - New York, NY

April 2016 - February 2018

  • Responsible for embellishment, fabric, silhouette, styling and trend direction to India based design team of 8 designers.
  • Provided US account base Co-Creation partnership reflecting each account’s brand identity, 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 

                                   * 300% comp increase of bulk order dollar value over LY for 2017 

                   Lane Bryant

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

SENIOR DESIGNER, SONOMA Missy Wovens                                        

Kohl’s Department Stores - Menomonee Falls, WI                                                                                                     

May 2013 - May 2015

  • Grew Sonoma Missy Wovens category to $185M (15% comp increase for 2014), 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 improving cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development and production approvals.

SENIOR DESIGNER, SO Juniors                                                                                           

Kohl’s Department Stores - Menomonee Falls, WI

April 2010 – May 2013

  • Grew SO Juniors brand to $330M (20% comp increase for 2013), 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 adding $70M in incremental sales 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 improving cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development and production approvals.

DENIM DESIGN DIRECTOR                                                                     

Axis Denim - New York, NY

May 2007 - December 2009

  • 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 - New York, NY

September 2005 – December 2006

  • 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 improving overseas cross functional teamwork.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development and production approvals.

SENIOR DESIGNER, Women’s Wovens                                                                  

Calvin Klein Jeans - New York, NY

August 2003 – September 2005 

  • 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.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development and production approvals.

SENIOR DESIGNER, Women’s Knits & Wovens                                             

Levi Strauss & Company - San Francisco, CA

1999 - 2003  SENIOR DESIGNER 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.
  • Traveled domestically and internationally for market research, denim development and production approvals.

1998 – 1999  SENIOR DESIGNER RED TAB Tops:  Juniors, Misses, Girls 7-16 Knits & Wovens

1997 – 1998  SENIOR DESIGNER SILVERTAB/ L2 Tops:  Juniors, Misses Knits & Wovens


EDUCATION

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY - Kent, Ohio         

Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design & Merchandising

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

SKILLS

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