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Todd Bachenheimer

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Menswear Designer with over 15 years of design/product development experience in the men’s sportswear and contemporary market. I have extensive experience designing throughout all categories and managing a design team.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Mens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Relocation

    Yes

More Information

todd bachenheimer
31 S. Portland Ave, #5
Brooklyn, New York 11217
t: 213.445.7911
toddbdesign@gmail.com

EXPERIENCE

BROOKS BROTHERS
Design Director, Men’s Knits
Freelance
October 2010 – Present

Responsible for the design and development of all Men’s Knits, from concept to production.

Responsibilities include:

•Partnering with the Creative Director + VP of Merchandising to create a well-balanced, innovative line.
• Forecasting emerging trends, as they relate to the men’s contemporary market.
• Free hand sketching, technical flats and CADs of original designs.
• Developing and executing seasonal concepts, fabric direction and color palette.
• Partnering with production team to manage sample development, lead-time and costing constraints.
• Fabric sourcing and development, including wash and finishing techniques
• Working with Technical Designer on body development, creating specs and directing fit sessions.
• Managing associate and assistant designers.

POLO RALPH LAUREN
Senior Men\'s Wovens Designer
Freelance
February 2010 – October 2010

Responsible for the design and development of all bottoms for the Rugby Spring 2011 collection and outerwear for Polo Ralph Lauren Summer & Fall 2011.

•Worked with VP of Design and Merchandising team to create a well-balanced, innovative line.
• Forecasted fashion trends and color direction.
• Initiated fabric development, including commenting on fabric approvals and lab dips.
• Free hand sketching, technical flats and CADs of original designs.
• Compiled vintage wash targets and developing washes/finishing techniques.
• Working with production and technical design on all development.
• Participated in fittings to direct all aspects of garment detail and fit.

JOHN VARVATOS
Senior Menswear Designer, Wovens
March 2008 – June 2009

Responsible for the design and development of all woven categories for John Varvatos Star USA, including outerwear, shirts, tailored clothing, bottoms and premium denim. I also managed a team of three designers.

Responsibilities included:

• Developing seasonal concepts and color palette.
• Forecasting emerging trends, as they relate to the men’s contemporary market.
• Sketching flats and CADs of original designs.
• Managing associate and assistant designers.
• Fabric development, including wash and finishing techniques.
• Maintaining “time and action” calendar for the design department.
• Working with Technical Designer on body development, creating specs and directing fit sessions.
• Partnering with production team to manage lead-time and costing constraints.
• Domestic and international shopping – vintage and current.

POLO RALPH LAUREN & BLACK LABEL
Freelance Menswear Designer, Premium Denim & Knits
October 2007 – March 2008

Responsible for the design and development of premium denim and knits for Polo Ralph Lauren
and Black Label.

• Forecasted fashion trends and color direction, as they relate to the men’s contemporary market.
• Sketched free hand flats, technical flats and CADs of original designs.
• Fabric sourcing and development, including wash and finishing techniques.
• Partnered with Production to manage lead-time and costing constraints.
• Worked daily with Production and Sourcing Manager on development of garments, fabric, and trim.
• Collaborated with Technical Designer on body development, creating specs and directing fit sessions.

URBAN OUTFITTERS
Senior Menswear Designer
June 2005-August 2007

Responsible for the design and development of all categories, including structured and soft wovens, knits, sweaters and denim. I was responsible for managing a team of four designers.

• Developed seasonal concepts and color palette for total product assortment.
• Sketched free hand flats, technical flats and CADs of original designs.
• Collaborated with buying team on a weekly basis to review emerging trends to chase in-season.
• Partnered with Production to manage lead-time and costing constraints.
• Traveled overseas for product development and fabric sourcing.
• Maintained the calendar for men’s design department for each design and development season.
• Fabric sourcing and development, including wash and finishing techniques
• Collaborated with Tech Designer on body development and running fit sessions.
• Worked daily with Production and Sourcing Manager on development of garments, fabric, and trim.
• Domestic and international shopping – vintage and current.

LOOSELEAF
Creative Director/Owner
June 2002 – June 2005

Executed and oversaw all aspects of the brand, including concept and apparel design, domestic production, sales, advertising, marketing and PR.

• Sold to approximately 125 better boutiques and specialty stores worldwide, such as Fred Segal, American Rag, Urban Outfitters US & Europe.
• Maintained exclusive overseas distribution in Europe, Japan and Canada.
• Featured in Rolling Stone (Cover), WIRED (Cover), SPIN, Vice, Swindle, Nylon, Cargo & Mass Appeal.
• Gained a loyal following among high profile musicians, including the Beastie Boys, Green Day,
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iggy Pop.

KIKWEAR
Los Angeles, CA
Partner/Creative Director
Jan 1995 – May 2002

Managed design, merchandising, sample development and domestic + overseas Production. Formulated marketing strategy and acted as Art Director on all advertising campaigns.

• Sold to major retailers, such as Pacific Sunwear, Hot Topic and Mr. Rags.
• Developed private label programs for Vans and Anchor Blue.
• Designed costuming for films, including Jackie Brown, and Swingers.
• Created + executed a co-branded print campaign with Quentin Tarantino for Kikwear and Jackie Brown.
• Successfully seeded product with Perry Farrell, Korn, Limp Bizkit, 311, Black Eyed Peas,
House of Pain and Sugar Ray.
• In its peak year, annual sales reached $25 million.

CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY
Agent Training Program
August 1991 - September 1994

Responsible for forecasting trends in the youth culture and developing new projects for agency clients, namely actors, directors, and musicians. Developed marketing strategies and product placement opportunities for corporate clients, including Coca Cola and Major League Baseball.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree, History
1987 - 1991

SKILL SET

concept development and presentation, hand sketching, CADs, trend and color forecasting, overseas and domestic production, fabric/trim sourcing and wash/treatment development. Proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Web PDM, Microsoft Word + Excel.

REFERENCES AND DESIGN WORK ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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