Douglas Mandel

Interest

Summary

As a design visionary, I have held key design roles in Europe, the US and Canada in which I increased brand value and set product and creative direction for global apparel brands. Focused on design craftsmanship, I have tremendous ability to strategically guide a brand, delivering a consistent aesthetic across all its expressions and have a proven track record of fostering strong creative teams and developing new business. I have championed design and product innovation throughout my career and my design achievements illustrate that using my creative and analytical skills, I am able to identify trends and develop fashion key items to build a profitable line that targets a brand’s customer.PRIMARY SKILL SET

  • Hands on entrepreneurial skill set as owner/designer of an independent design company.
  • Directed (engaged, energized, empowered) creative teams of 10-15 people.
  • Create and communicate brand aesthetic including seasonal trend inspiration and storyboards in terms of concept, color, fabric, fit and silhouette.
  • Fully accountable for and set creative direction and design of apparel product lines. Proficiency in large volume, calendar driven contemporary design environments
  • In-depth knowledge of ladies and men’s sportswear:  casual tailoring, denim and bottoms, technical outerwear, knits/sweaters in the luxury; bridge; RTW and discount channels.
  • Global sourcing, distribution and supply base management.

PORTFOLIO

Work History

Work History

Report Collection

Designer - Special Capsule Project F/W 08'    $35M Company  -  Report to CEO  Montreal.Brand: Report CollectionProduct Line: Men's Casual Sportswear Collection of denim, casual shirts, outerwear, soft tailoring, graphic knits, cut and sew sweaters.Market Segment: Independent Specialty Retailers, The Bay – Canada, Dillards – USA, Les Galeries Lafayette – France. Sogo Department Store – Malaysia.Responsibilities:- Creation of a brand and market elevation strategy for the purpose of a retail launch.- Redesign of Brand Logo and Label to reflect new market segmentation.- Design of full sportswear collection including implementing new fits and bodies.- Sourcing of exclusive fabrics for product differientation.- Instruct graphic designers in print development.Achievements:- Championed the creative output of the sportswear collection and set brand strategy.- Elevated Brand, developed product offering, and supported retail launch of Company Store.

Jan 2001 - Present

Owner and Designer

kamkyl kreativ

KAMKYL Collection, KAMKYL retail, FASHION BRAND Consulting Target customer: 25 – 45 year old, urban, creatively intuitive, luxury male consumer. Product Category: Full Designer Sportswear Collection.  All product categories: Tailoring, Outerwear, Denim and Bottoms, Knits, Fully Fashioned Sweaters, Fur, Leather, Ties, Belts, Hats. Production: Italy, Bolivia, Canada.Market Segment: Independent Specialty Retailers such as: Library – London, Holt Renfrew – Canada, Takashimaya –New York. Responsibilities:- Manage design, marketing, production, sales and distribution.- Develop brand from start-up stage and create brand vision and design all products.- Set seasonal themes/inspiration in terms of concept, color, fit and silhouette.- Manage creative esthetic as related to brand creation, design and corporate identity.- Analyze sales and develop appropriate product strategies.Recipient of International Design Awards:- Style Canada - Menswear Fashion Design Export Award – 2005- Fashion Group International – Rising Star Award for Men’s Design – New York 2004- Montreal Design Commerce Award for Excellence in Retail Design 2003- GEN ART/Nokia – Fresh Faces in Fashion Award – New York 2002Achievements:- As part of grass root marketing efforts, Johnny Depp, Robin Williams, Lionel Richie, Liv Tyler, Royston Langdon and Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver have worn kamkyl.

-- Successfully managed the start-up of the contemporary fashion brand kamkyl. With initial seed capital of $35k, a collection and brand was created, marketed, and sold that hung with international brands at retailers such as Holt Renfrew and Takashimaya. The resulting early success (consecutive 25% growth over 3 years) brought a high profile investor to the table for the further development of the brand.

Operated a Fashion Consulting Business with a major time commitment at the /Director level reporting directly to company owners and presidents. Successfully drove comprehensive creative and business strategies within the high volume private brand and branded apparel sector for the corporations: Report Collection, Utex Fashion Group and London Fog.

May 2005 - May 2007

http://www.utexfashiongroup.com/

Consulting Design Director -  $100M company  -  Direct Report: CEO and Owner.  MontrealBrands:  Perry Ellis, Utex Outerwear, Radley Men’s Clothing and Outerwear, U&I SPORTSWEAR.Product Lines: Outerwear – including Technical, Water Proof, Down, Garment Dyed.  Sportwear including: knits and sweaters, Graphic T's, Denim and Garment washed bottoms, Printed Sport Shirts, Fusion Wear – Casual soft Tailoring.  Tailored Clothing including Suits, Jackets and Trousers.Market Segment: Independent Specialty Retailers, Mid-tier price point with company owned brands, Bloomingdales, Men’s Wearhouse, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, The Bay.Responsibilities:- Design team management, trend forecasting, collection design, fabric sourcing. - Storyboard and seasonal visual presentation creation.- Design market appropriate Perry Ellis Outerwear under direction of Licensor.- Give the creative and concept direction for branded and private label collections. - Cohesively communicate brand identity to all divisions, retailers and vendor partnerships. - Conduct key retail presentations with extensive travel to US client base.- Direct visual design of photo shoots, tradeshow brochures, billboard advertisements and website development.Achievements:- Increased brand equity and ROI by intensifying the focus on low price/high value ratios.- Countered a shrinking casual outerwear market and downward pricing pressure by establishing a new brand vision for Utex; developed a new innovative Outerwear and Clothing Line, Radley, which achieved new sales of $450,000 in the first year.

Jul 2003 - Apr 2005

London Fog

Consulting Design Director  –  $30M Company  -  Direct Report to President.    Toronto Brands: London Fog, London Fog -  Manhattan Collection, London Fog – SportProduct Lines: Men’s and Ladies Outerwear, Trench Coats, Casual, Business, Sport, waterproof, water resistant, technical, garment wash and garment dye.Market Segment: Independent Specialty Retailers, Company owned Outlet Stores, Macys, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, J.C.Penny.Responsibilities:-  Drawing on my expertise in design and tailoring, the role was to manage a large design and technical-design team to completely overhaul the fit and fashion profile of the ladies and men’s collections as part of a product driven turnaround strategy.- Creative direction and design of all Outerwear, Trench Coats, Casual, Business, Sport, waterproof, water resistant, technical, garment wash and garment dye.Achievements:- Championed brand innovation with the purpose of attracting a buy-out for this HERITAGE BRAND and it was sold within 21 months. - Outerwear magazine «Best New Outerwear Collection 2005».

Apr 1997 - Dec 1999

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

$250M company - Direct report to CEO - Montreal/New YorkBrands: DKNY, Ralph and Chaps by Ralph Lauren, Private Label,Product Lines:  Jackets, Soft Separates, Suits, Dress Trousers, Casual Pants.Market Segment: Every major American Department store from: Macys, Federated Department Stores, Bloomingdales, Dillard’s, Menswear House and 100’s of independent better specialty stores.Responsibilities:- Full Innovative Collection design including the conception of new collections.- Drive in-house product development between DKNY and Licensee. - Travel to US clients to review regional needs in terms of Color, Fabrication, Quality and Fit.- Lead technical team toward superior production and quality. - Liaison with on floor production to implement new manufacturing methods.. Achievements:- Recognized the opportunity, then developed and secured the lucrative DKNY license worth 35 million Dollars in the first year, thereby initiating the way for more Designer licenses and significantly increasing bottom line financials.- DNR nominated  “Best Tailored Clothing License Launch 1999”.

1995 - Mar 1997

Vice President of Design

 Direct report to President USABrand: Boss Black LabelProduct Lines: Suits, Jackets, TrousersResponsibilities:- Implement BOSS “culture and design sensibility” at American office.- This required transference of knowledge regarding Global design, marketing awareness, production techniques, and management product vision.- Manage Design and Technical Design.- Developed market specific product to improve sell-though in the US market - Transition the production facility from the Gerber CAD to the Assyst CAD system. Achievements:- Restructured the design department to increase efficiency while reducing staff which resulted in a 50% savings in overhead costs. - Changed sizing of product to reflect American market needs which directly affected sell through and reduced returns.

1994 - Mar 1995

Senior Designer

Hugo Boss AG

Direct report to Design DirectorProduct Lines: Boss, Hugo Boss Black Label - suits and jackets, trousers. Responsibilities:- Innovative technical design.- Work with production to ensure quality is in accordance to corporate standards. - Act as representative of Hugo Boss in its sponsorship of team dressing for AC-Milan Football team, meeting players wardrobe needs and requirements. Achievements:- Refined the absolute art of contemporary tailoring and design. - Developed skills as leader and visionary.

Apr 1992 - Sep 1994

DESIGNER

CANDA INTERNATIONAL a division of C & A retail

Technical Designer for brands CANDA, ANGELO LITRICO and NEW MAN. 

May 1990 - Apr 1992

TECHNICAL AND DESIGN CONSULTANT FOR CHILDREN'S AND MEN'S WEAR

Education

Education
1984 - Mar 1985

Schnittechnick and Mode Diploma

M. Mueller and Sohn

Faschschule fuer Mode and Schnittechnick. Specializing in Men's and Ladies Technical Design

1981 - 1984

Apprenticeship

Wilhelm Mandel Custom Tailor

Skills

Skills

LANGUAGES - German

Beginners French