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Creative & technically adept womens footwear designer/product developer who can forecast & interpret seasonal trends for any designated market at various price ranges to accommodate a brands aesthetic. Experience working with Italy, Spain, Brazil, India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Mexico & the United Sates.
-Identifying Brand Direction -Original Graphics & Embellishment Artwork
-Trend Forecasting & Interpretation -Technical Packages/Detailing
-Domestic & International Market Research -Leather, Fabric, PU Sourcing & Development
-Concept & Product Presentations -Communication with/Visits to Factories
-Managing & Directing Design Staff -Last & Prototype Development /Correction
-Sketching & Illustration/Product Rendering (hand & computer)
-Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop/Microsoft Office
Senior Footwear Designer/Product Developer, Lovely People
Restructured design department & established international relationships. Refreshed product focusing on vintage-inspired, saleable shoes to successfully compete in the footwear market. Designed/executed seasonal product for several brands. Supervised graphic designers & assistant designers & oversaw daily communications to agents & factories. International & domestic travel for trend research & product development. Worked with PR to increase editorial coverage for the brand.
SeniorFootwear Designer/Product Developer, Colin Stuart for Victorias Secret
Created private label footwear for VS catalogues, online boutique & for Victorias Secret fashion shows. Presented footwear concepts to VS buyers. Worked closely with the VS team to maintain brand cohesion. Responsible for all design, sourcing, tech packs & development in China factories. Oversaw design staff. Domestic & international travel for market research & product development. Editorial coverage in respected womens fashion magazines.
Footwear Designer/Developer, E.S. Originals (Rampage, Hello Kitty, Hilary Duff, Osh Kosh)
Created licensed, branded & private label product for the tween market at a range of competitive price points. Directed concept, trend & product presentations to department store buyers. Excellent sell-throughs. Domestic & international travel for trend research & product development.
Footwear Designer, R & S Trading (Sugar, EXTRA-FINE SUGAR, Maui Girl)
Worked as a team with the senior designer to create fashion forward Japanese-inspired juniors & tween product the USA & the UK. Created unique artwork/graphics for the shoes (including Floaties) Editorial coverage in leading industry publications.
Associate Footwear Designer/Linebuilder, Vida Shoe, Intl. (UNIONBAY)
Worked closely with VP Design & UNIONBAY corporate to design & build the footwear collection to be a recognizable brand. Product we created resulted in increased business. Supervised intern staff. & daily factory communications. Domestic & international travel for trend research & product development. Excellent editorial coverage.
Junior Footwear Designer/Designer, Steve Madden
Designed, developed, executed & corrected prototypes in on-site sample room factory as well as with agents/factories in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico & China. Helped supervise sample making facility & coordinating assignments for assistant designers. Designed shoes for the following celebrities: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson . Promoted to designer for the Steve Madden brand.
The Children\'s Place, Victorias Secret, Candies Inc., Bongo Footwear, Hot Topic, Pac Sun, L.E.I., J.Lo Footwear, Turbo Cat, Inc., Maui Girl Footwear, Leslie Fay Footwear, Ladnier Group, Design Works, Lord & Taylor, Weight Watchers Magazine, Tricycle Magazine, Newport News.
2010. Boston University Center for Professional Education, Metropolitan College. Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.
1995-1999. Pratt Institute. Bachelors of Fine Art, Footwear & Apparel Design. Graduated with Honors.
1990-1993. Southeastern Louisiana University. Completed courses in Liberal Arts, Fine Arts & Graphic Design