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SENIOR DESIGNER PROFESSIONAL

Experienced Senior Apparel Designer with an extensive history of building teams and consistently developing talents
to achieve excellence and productivity. Skilled product developer with creative mindset and progressive approach
striving for excellent product ideation and creation.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

•  Fabric & Trim Development  •  Garment Construction  •  Technical Design  •  Technical Sketch  •  Product Development 
•  Trend Analysis  •  Product Assortment Planning  •  Team Building  •  Talent Development

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

  • KOHL’S  Assumed control of Tek Gear design position in 2014 resulting in consistent annual growth with current Tek Gear annual brand total sales of over $140 million. Pioneered fleece programs with current annual sales of over $35 million.

  • KOHL’S  Consistently develop design talents for professional and personal growth resulting in their promotion and career growth.

  • KOHL’S  Introduced effective and efficient Fabric First strategies and practices to establish and evolve Tek Gear programs that have since been recognized within the company.

  • LANDS’ END  Coached and developed talents on the design team resulting in their growth as managers.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

KOHL'S

Senior Materials Manager of Research & Development for Men's, Women's & Kid's Active at Kohl's  2021 - present

Proposed the creation of a new R&D Active Materials position to support Active Design teams with seasonal new fabric developments. Collaborate with Trend Team on seasonal active trends to establish new materials direction. Collaborate with Design Teams on seasonal fabric development directions. Engage with fabric mills on developments of seasonal fabrics as well as resolving construction, technical and price challenges of fabric developments. Abet Design Teams to resolve seasonal materials challenges to address newness and affordability.

Senior Designer Men’s-Boy’s Tek Gear & Men’s FLX  2014 - 2021

Provided design leadership for Men’s-Boy’s Active Design Team driving consistent positive results in seasonal fabric & trim development, color palette creation, design concept, product ideation, product development and product assortment. Responsible for design voice in cross-functional collaborations to preserve design vision and product development execution. Overachieving company mandate for sustainability by converting Men’s-Boy’s Tek Gear to 90% sustainable in one year (2019 - 2020). Encouraged design team to learn and participate in 3D design by providing access to Browzwear. Raw material development point person for new brand FLX Men’s during the new brand conception (2019). Assumed control of FLX Men’s design and development responsibilities in Spring 2020 for inaugural Spring 2021 season. Accountable for talent management & development on Men’s-Boy’s Active Design team to ensure continuous talent utilization, new skill acquisition and employment retention. Mentored cross-functional team members on fabric and garment knowledge to maintain design and product integrity. Consistently managed effective seasonal inspirational and development travels including budget & schedules to ensure success of seasonal development.

Additional responsibilities:

Men’s-Boy’s Sleepwear & Accessories  2019 - 2020

Men’s Fila Sport & Fila Outlet  2015 - 2019

Young Men’s-Boy’s Helix & Urban Pipeline Brands 2012 – 2014

PRIOR EXPERIENCES

RALPH LAUREN BLACK LABEL  Men’s Outerwear & Roughwear Consultant  2011

EDDIE BAUER  Senior Designer Men’s Knits  2010 - 2011

LANDS' END  Senior Designer Men’s Casual  2009 - 2010

BLACK BROWN 1826 - CREATIVE DESIGN STUDIO  Senior Designer Men’s Woven  2007 - 2009

DONNA KARAN DKNY  Men’s Woven Designer Consultant  2006 - 2007

GAP, Inc.  Men’s Bottoms, Denim, Active & Body Designer  2001 - 2006

CLUB MONACO  Men’s Casual Woven Designer 2000 - 2001

CALVIN KLEIN  Men’s Knits/Sweater Associate Product Manager Calvin Klein Jeans  1998 -1999

HENRI BENDEL  Women's Knits/Sweater Product Manager/Production Assistant  1997 - 1998

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, Miro

EDUCATION

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK - FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Bachelor of Science, July 1997 - Marketing: Merchandising Management Major

Associate of Applied Science, December 1995 - Fashion Buying and Merchandising Major


CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK - BARUCH COLLEGE

Finance Major, 1992


UNITED STATES NAVY ENGINEERING SCHOOL (CNE) at GREAT LAKES NTC

Machinist’s Mate, Ship Propulsion Engineering, 1990 – 1991