Senior Product Developer with a strong and proven background in textile product design and development. I come with a combination of creativity and bottom line sensibility and have a love for product innovation that combines creativity, my technical experience and design that is inspired by trend. Quickly translating them into successful product lines for a wide range of product categories. Expertise in motivating teams to maximize their productivity and creative talents. Comprehensive knowledge of all levels of product design and development from conception to finished product.

Work History

Work History
May 2012 - Apr 2015

Director of Textile Product Design and Development

Impact Innovations Inc. 

- Oversaw a team of surface designers, product designers and in house, prototype, sample department to lead the development and design of innovative, current and trend forward product lines and programs for our clients.

- Partnered with Design, Merchandising and Production teams to develop seasonal product strategies, including trend identification, color palette, concept, category, style, costing and pricing.

- Balanced key items/fashion/basics by implementing a comprehensive costing and retail pricing framework to maximize consumer value. Collaborated with Planning to leverage previous best sellers in current, trend-appropriate assortments.

- Drove execution of strategic direction and product plans for each brand and product category.

- Identified and generated new product opportunities by leveraging competitive market intelligence to gain and maintain marketplace advantages. Isolated key, relevant trends for each category or brand and where appropriate, drove the Product Development team and partnered with cross- functional teams to ensure brand cohesiveness across categories.

- Drove Product Development calendar for optimum operational efficiency.

- Partnered with Production and Sales to ensure timely delivery of goods, sales growth, expense management and attainment of margin goals.

- Partnered with Production to help plan allocation of orders and balance workload among vendors to minimize risk.

- Negotiated optimal pricing, where appropriate, and ensured superior quality for goods. Identified and resolved quality and technical issues throughout product phase.

- Presented product lines to senior colleagues and clients. Managed product review meetings, including edits, board review, pre-costing and post-season reviews.

- Sourced new textile vendors to add to vendor matrix and, monitored current vendors to ensure that products are manufactured only in approved facilities. Extensive experience with overseas travel.

Oct 2002 - Apr 2012

Senior Textile Product Designer

Variety Accessories, LLC


- Creative responsibility for development of textile seasonal programs for companies open line as well as mass merchants Target, Kmart and Wal-Mart amongst a variety of others. 

- Identified big ideas for merchandise assortment as it relates to our customers. Focus design to strengthen various style categories while maintaining the brand.

- Assessed high-end fabrics and develop them based upon my extensive textile knowledge in such a way as to fit the cost constraints imposed on us by our customers by sourcing new yarns and trims, changing weaving constructions, sourcing new substrate options and working with textiles vendors to experiment with new printing techniques.

- Researched trade shows and retail stores for inspiration to keep abreast of the market trends and competition.

- Negotiations of competitive, initial price quotes from vendors on raw and printed textiles.

- Managed sample orders and tracked all sample progress from a multitude of overseas vendors.

- Liaison between the buyers and lead sales person on our top multi millions dollar customer accounts.

- Responsible for advising our account managers all information on product styles numbers, UPC codes, product dimensions and weights, product photography and pricing as to keep program sheets up to date and accurate.

- Design direction on all fabric designs including prints and Jacquards. Oversaw production of coordinating glass ornaments. Teamed with sewn products department to create new concepts for seasonal lines. Designed printed engineered product to be used for tree skirts, table runners and home decorative products.

- Oversaw fabric production from overseas from initial engraving process to final print, ensuring quality, color standards and consistency.

- Hands on with the company’s trend direction and with sales team to make key presentations to customers and licenses.

Nov 1999 - Sep 2002

Associate Product Designer

GMA Accessories

- Seeing through every stage of design and development from design concept to finished product of woman’s and children’s fashion sunglasses, woman’s and children’s flip flops and home décor items.

- Oversaw production of woman and children’s flip flops with specific attention to product fit, color standards and quality.

- Direct contact with overseas vendors of goods.

- Direct contact with accessory buyers and placing and filling orders for private label as well as mass merchants.


Sep 1994 - May 1997

Bachelors of Fine Arts

Massachusetts College of Art and Design


Sep 1993 - May 1994

University of Massachusetts Amherst


Word, Excel, PowerPoint , Outlook and Lotus Notes proficient with knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator.


Available upon request