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S.FINCH DESIGN - 05/2014– Current
Freelance Footwear Design & Illustration
Working as a product designer and illustrator on a freelance basis.
Footwear Design Consultant: Clients have included Wolverine World Wide, Keen Footwear and Beaconsfield (UK). Assisting in line development, market research, pattern design, spec detailing and prototype development.
Textile & Accessory Design: Textile Prints, Presentation Art and soft goods. Clients have included TRG Accessories & Splash New York.
Illustration: Gallery Art Shows, cover art and character design projects for small press and self publishers. Personal publishing projects including paper doll designs and adult coloring books.
JONES GROUP, New York, NY - 04/2013 - 04/2014
Footwear Designer - Nine West Private Label
Designing Women's Dress & Dress Casual footwear for Discount &
Mid-Tier Retailers. Creating product to fit into various price
points, both leather and synthetics. Involved from start to
finish, from sketching to spec detailing and development travel
LFUSA - JIMLAR, New York, NY - 11/2011 - 03/2013
Footwear Designer - Land's End
Designing fashion sport, outdoor and casual footwear. Working
directly with customer to create footwear that fits within their
Brand direction. Spec detailing and development travel to China.
DYNASTY FOOTWEAR, El Segundo, CA - 1/2008 - 10/2011
Footwear Designer / Line Builder
Junior, Sport and Contemporary Fashion for Private Label and
Licensed Brand Divisions. Design and detailed illustration of
footwear, including outsoles and ornamentation, as well as
creation of custom textile prints. Line Builder for "Makalu"
Fashion Fur Brand.
HUSH PUPPIES, Rockford, MI - 9/2004 – 12/2007
Designer for Hush Puppies Women's line. Design of footwear from
concept through development to finished product. Computer and
Freehand sketching of Upper, outsole, ornament and sock/footbed
designs. Travel to China and Brazil to round up development
issues at the end of each season.
ARS SUTORIA, Milan, Italy (Fall 1995)
Footwear Modelist/Style Certificate
Concentrated course in footwear design and pattern making.
Proficient on both MAC & PC. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator,
Abobe InDesign, Corel Draw, Corel Photo Paint, Basic HTML & CSS
coding, Microsoft Office.