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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  2017 - present

Senior Designer Men’s-Boy’s Tek Gear & Men’s FLX  2014 - 2017

Provide 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). Encourage own 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. Mentor cross-functional team members on fabric and garment knowledge to maintain design and product integrity. Consistently manage 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

Provided design leadership for Men’s-Boy’s Sleepwear & Accessories design team. Mentored Associate Designer for skill and personal growth to manage the department effectively. Revamped Sleepwear aesthetics to be more brand appropriate resulting in brand clarity.

Men’s Fila Sport & Fila Outlet  2015 - 2019

Assumed design responsibilities for Men’s Fila Sport in 2015 following a successful first year in Tek Gear. Provided design leadership to redefine Men’s File Sport aesthetics with more relevance in Performance apparel products to revive the brand. Awarded Fila Outlet design responsibilities in 2016. Provided design leadership to establish Fila Outlet brand consisting of Performance and Heritage lines. Successfully developed and mentored Assistant Designers to promotions in less than 24 months.

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

Redefined Helix brand for more relevance. Established design presence to enable internal product design & development. Provided design leadership for UP denim and bottoms relaunch. Collaborated with DVP of Denim R&D to incorporate denim washes & dry-process into the line.

RALPH LAUREN

Men’s Outerwear & Roughwear Ralph Lauren Black Label - Consultant  2011

Established design support for Fall/Holiday 2012 outerwear development season reporting to Senior Design Director. Collaborated with Senior Design Director on technical construction of outerwear styles.

EDDIE BAUER

Senior Designer Men’s Knits  2010 - 2011

Arrived at the company as part of design team restructure to relaunch the brand. Reintroduced core & fashion programs to reestablish the knit business particularly the polo shirt programs. Collaborated with VP of Design to ideate and develop fashion heritage direction.

LANDS' END

Senior Designer Men’s Casual  2009 - 2010

Provided design leadership for Men’s Casual design team. Collaborated with Senior Director of Men’s Design to ideate and develop programs for Canvas brand launch. Established new woven shirt programs for Lands’ End to strengthen core business. Revived fleece programs by introducing fashion basic programs. Developed new washes to establish and expand Canvas denim programs. Mentored and coached Men’s Casual Design team for fabric knowledge, garment design development and workload management skill.

PRIOR EXPERIENCES

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

DONNA KARAN Men’s Woven Designer DKNY 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