Design seasonal collections of unique hand-beaded/hand-made bags and accessories for the Mary Frances line, as well as License and Private Label accounts. Oversee 1 direct report and work closely with owner, factories, and Production Manager.
Create mood boards, conduct trend and market research. Write specs, track prototype development, direct photo shoots, travel to factories and trade shows in India and the Philippines.
DESIGN DIRECTOR • E&E APPAREL
Hired as a consultant for a start-up division within a home textile company, and transitioned to a FT employee shortly after.
Designed sleepwear and loungewear for Ink+Ivy line, and created 2 additional lines for market: Jammies and Wake & Wear. Additionally designed for License product, wrote all specs and BOM, worked closely with China team for prototyping and development. Active trend and market research. Designed print and patterns.
Oversaw 2 direct reports and worked closely with Sales/Merchant, Division Lead/Production Manager, Tech designers in China, and customers. Conducted fittings, developed fabric, and set design calendars. Traveled for trade shows and 4 annual markets in NY.