Experience

Design Director, Apparel + Accessories // maurices // July 2018-Present

TEAM BUILDER // PROCESS INNOVATOR // STRATEGIC CREATOR // PROBLEM SOLVER

• Focus on developing and executing strategic initiatives, helping define new roles and responsibilities, conceptualizing new work streams, identifying and action on process inefficiencies
• Drive fashion point of view for brand across tops, dresses, jackets, sweaters, shoes, jewelry, bags, belts, socks, cold weather and home.
• Lead talent development, recruit and hire open positions on design team, grow and develop talent through career pathing, goal setting and leadership exposure
• Influence concept, line development, visual presentation and marketing by presenting and participating in leadership meetings throughout development pipeline
• Maintain strong relationships with cross-functional partners through a balanced and in-depth understanding of sales metrics, market research and trend forecasting
• Lead design team through an ever shortening development calendar, change in ownership, senior management turnover and new job expectations
• Partner closely to drive raw materials, vendor allocation and sourcing strategy
• Managed/advised on allocation and maintenance of design team budget
• Travel internationally and domestically for store visits, market research, inspiration shopping and vendor meetings
 
 

Senior Designer, Jennifer Lopez & ELLE // Kohl’s Department Stores // January 2011-June 2018

(Promoted to Senior Designer in April 2015, see position history below)
 
• Oversaw $200 million of sales volume across all apparel categories
• Developed and presented 12 monthly concepts for each brand, including color palettes, big ideas, art direction and inspiration samples
• Met challenging deadlines in a fast-paced environment through strategic management of a design calendar and by defining clear weekly deliverables by team member
• Built talent pipeline by leading intern program and building long-term career development plans for each of my seven designers
• Closely partnered with technical design to maintain a loyal customer, led design call-outs in fittings for all categories
• Traveled internationally and domestically for vendor meetings, market research and inspiration shopping
 
 
Designer, Juicy Couture Womenswear & Girls // December 2013 – April 2015
Associate Designer, Rock & Republic // May 2012 – December 2013
Assistant Designer, Candie’s // January 2011 – May 2012
 
 

Freelance Assistant Designer // Sea New York // August 2010 – November 2010

Design Intern // Rebecca Taylor // Summer 2009

Design Intern // Betsey Johnson // Summer 2008

 

EDUCATION

Syracuse University Syracuse, NY (2006-2010)
BFA summa cum laude Major: Fashion Design; Minor: Entrepreneurship
University of the Arts London London College of Fashion London, UK (Spring 2009)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO (Summer 2005)
Evergreen Senior High School Evergreen, CO (2002-2006) Graduated cum laude