My textile design career started at the Fashion Institute of Technology where I earned an AAS in Textile Design and Fashion Merchandising. I receive my BFA in Fiber Arts from Parsons School of Design. FIT taught me a practical side of being a designer, while Parsons made me think out of the box.
APPAREL One of the greatest thrills of being a designer is to see your product come to life, walk by you on the street, or be displayed in major department stores. I started working in the N.Y. Garment Industry painting textiles for swimwear, home furnishings and menswear companies such as Levi’s, Gant, IZOD, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, Salant and Liz Claiborne. I moved to Chicago to be Head Designer of private brands for Seidensticker International and later The Apparel Development Group. I traveled the world in search of fashion and color trends, creating presentation and products right for each of our clients. Our private label men’s shirt collections have been featured in: Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, Macy’s Joseph A. Banks, Nordstrom’s, Carson’s, Men’s Warehouse, and Sears.
HOSPITALITY As Senior Designer for Hunter Douglas Hospitality – I creating woven and print collections, sourcing textiles and turned custom visions into million dollar accounts. Clients included: Walt Disney World Resorts, Best Western, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, and Carnival Cruise Line. As Regional Sales Executive for Crossley Axminster Carpets – I managed custom hospitality projects with A&D firms, Architects, and Purchasing Agents. Brentano – Customer Service for high-end textiles.
TEACHER: Adjunct Professor The International Academy of Design & Technology, Illinois and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn – classes in Textile Science for Fashion, Merchandising & Consumer Behavior, and History of Fashion.