Michele Cahill

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“What could I say about Michele after working with her for so many years; creative,attentive,good listener, great executing/developing products after sit down w/customers.Worked on many private labels, She brings a lot to the table. Cory Waisner VP-G
  • Region:
  • NY Metro



  • Category

  • Market Segments

    Bags/Leather Goods
    Other Softgoods
  • Years of Experience

  • Availability

  • Hourly Rate

    $45 per hour
  • Relocation

  • Technologies

  • Schools/Training

    Syracuse University V.P.A.
  • Social

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Responsible for the design & development of Handbags & Small Accessories

•Manage all aspects of the design & development process for belts and accessories
•Developed and worked on multiple licenses, private labels, and brands simultaneously
•Travel to Factories in China & Taiwan; Source Indian factories & oversee product development
•Merchandise seasonal collections and present the product to customers
•Responsible for Leather approval & Quality check in construction, SLGs, Handbags, & Luggage
•Trained new incoming designers & developed their technical skills
•Managed Design team of up to five designers working with several brands and licenses
•Experience in vendor relations, travel to Europe, & U.S to run meetings with clients & buyers
•Proficiency in Hand sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Excel, Word
•Strong interpersonal skills in the office environment
•Communicate clearly with production department & factories for correct sample development
•Organized market week and presented the trends and product to customers
•Highly qualified in the Creation of Graphics, Technical Drawings, embroidery art and CAD’s


CUDDLIE/CONFETTI- Nov '18 - Jan '21
Freelance Designer Kid's & Ladies Handbags & Diaper bags - Designer for Private label.
Customers included: Disney
Senior Designer- Kids Licensed Headwear and Cold weather Accessories

May 2015 to January 2017
Create Headwear for Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, & Nintendo; Translate Licensor approval and process to successfully had product sold into Target & Walmart. PLM system fluent & taught new employees systems

PACIFIC GROUP – September’ '13 to March '15
Senior Designer- Mossimo Supply Co. for Target, Xhiliration, Mossimo Black, Merona. Handbags, Backpacks,

Accessory Exchange-
March '13- July '13
Senior Designer- Isaac Mizrahi leather handbag collection, Sam Edelman handbags, Piperlime, Sam & Libby for Target; US Polo handbags. Customers include Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor
Cipriani/Max Leather- Li &Fung USA –Nov’12- February‘13
Senior Designer- SLGs, Tech Accessories ,Belts, Brands included Tignanello , B. Makowsky, Jessica Simpson Belts, Marilyn Monroe, Jonathan Adler . Managed design team, ran meetings with Licensors, Factories, and Buyers. Source Companies in China & India. Customers included Bonton, Dillards, QVC, Jonathan Adler Stores, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales.

BUXTON® Leather Accessories -March '09- August ‘12
Ladies Design Manager- SLGs, Handbags & Tech Accessories ,Business & Luggage,
Travel to Factories in China, Taiwan; Source Companies in China, Design & Develop product, Run meetings, Responsible for individual branding of product; managing design team. Brands include Swiss Army Wenger, Dopp, & Buxton B-Collective: Customers include Khol’s, JCPenney,Samsonite, Belk, HSN, Sears, Beals, Boscovs, Stage Stores, Marmax, EBags -B-Collective handbag mid tier Leather and PU

Senior Designer Manager for Private Label ,Ladies and Junior, Handbags & Accessories
Manage Team of five designers, Run meetings with Clients; Fashion Handbags, Cosmetic bags, & Luggage; Woven Fabrics, PU, Denim, and Leather: Home Décor
Brands :Bongo, Dollhouse, Mead, Ladies Disney; Customers included: European Mid Tier (Debenhams, House of Fraser, M&S), Federated, Nordstroms, Dillards, Target, Walmart, Sears

Etienne Aigner/Trebbiano Sept '07
29 West 35th St New York, NY
Freelance Illustrative Project for Jessica Simpson Handbags

FAB/STARPOINT -Dec '02 -May '03
Senior Designer Manager for Licensed bags & Luggage, accessories, stationery, Home decor
Supervise creative team, Designed handbags, Technicals Specs, concept & trend boards
Customers included: Toys R Us, Sears, JC Penney, Target, Walmart.

CUDDLIE/CONFETTI- Nov '99 - Dec '02
Senior Designer Men's and Ladies Handbags & Diaper bags - Designer for Private label.
Customers included: Disney Store, Sears, JC Penney, Target, Walmart.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts, May 1998 Major: Illustration
Study Abroad: Florence, Italy 1997;Itailian language, Art history & culture Paint landscape on sight

F.I.T- Continue Edu. –‘08 Leather and Materials Technology; Sewing Techniques Lab

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