Collection & concept development
Creative problem solving
Go-to-Market workflow management
Accomplished in hand illustration & sketching
Travel for trend research & product development
Sourcing/Development of raw materials
Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
Microsoft Word + Excel, Flex PLM
Languages: English, French, Italian
Seamless Weft Knit Training
Figure Drawing, Mixed Media Illustration
The Visual Arts Centre
2009 - 2010
Fashion Design, DEC
LaSalle College, Montreal
1994 - 1997
Seasoned creative in the apparel industry with 20+ years of extensive experience working with major brands. Expert in driving the full design & development cycle and setting up new workflow processes. Has lead high performing, collaborative teams to deliver successful product assortments and launches.
Specialized in intimates, activewear, seamless, knits, swim and lounge. Most recent notable product launches include Swiftly Tech 2.0 and Taryn Toomey for lululemon.
Independent Design Consultant
268 Design Studio / July 2020 to present
Specialized in designing and launching new product lines for high profile brands and educating & mentoring high performing teams.
concept, colour and collection development
product development, fit optimization, vendor communication
mentoring teams to become experts in niche market areas
building and refining foundational & seasonal assortments
creating innovation and product line roadmaps
setting up new workflow and go-to-market protocols
Design Director, Women's
lululemon / Vancouver, Canada / Mar 2016 to June 2020
Responsible for creative direction and execution of all Women's engineered knits for apparel & accessories: seamless, sweaters, warp & weft knits.
Established key innovation roadmaps & developed new product lines, managing collaboration between cross-functional teams
Team management and mentorship.
Build lineplans, lead fit sessions, partner with athletes and guests to deliver functional solves.
Brief and develop into new raw material & machinery platforms.
Promoted several times through tenure from Senior Designer through to Design Director.
Senior Designer, Intimates (Concept + Design)
Forever 21/ Los Angeles, CA / Jan 2014 to July 2015
Develop seasonal trend, print and colour direction for intimates and sleepwear.
Mentor junior designers and build cross-functional partnerships with merchandising and development.
Lead fit sessions, assort and merchandise deliveries, approve all lab-dips, strike-offs and bulk fabrics.
Senior Designer / Team Lead, Intimates
La Senza / Montréal, Canada + Colombus, OH / Nov 2004 to Aug 2013
Responsible for researching and identifying industry trends in order to deliver creative direction to design team.
Assort and give new silhouette direction to existing collections. Partner with vendors to develop new programs.
Establish strong team foundations by mentoring designers and collaborating with cross-functional partners: merchandising, development, fit.
Junior Designer, Women’s and Girl’s
Boutiques Jacob Inc / Montréal, Canada / July 2002 to Nov 2004
Responsible for design & execution of junior intimates as well as creative direction for girl's t-shirt graphics.
Assist designers and sr. designers to coordinate and design collections for both the lingerie and junior girls depts.
Designer, Women’s Apparel
BCIM (BEDO) / Montréal, Canada / July 2001 to July 2002
Responsible for women’s knitwear & denim categories: design, tech pack, fit and spec approval, vendor communication.
Develop creative direction for each category and create colour palettes.
Graphic Designer, Private Label
Fame Jeans / Montréal, Canada / July 2000 to July 2001
Develop artwork for graphics, hangtags and logos for boys 2-6x and 8-12 for major leading retailers.
Create presentations and linesheets for designers and sales reps.
Assistant Designer, Sweaters & Knitwear
Bozart Knitting Mills / Montréal, Canada / Sept 1997 to July 2000
Assist Head Designer in collection development for Runway Collection and Private Label for major retailers.
Communicate with knitters, project follow-up, tech pack development, sample room management.