A Self-starting, conceptually creative, quality focused, interior, visuals and product designer.
-Experienced developing design projects to deliver on time and within budget that reflect the specific desired quality. Consistently recognized by clients, for expert project management, superior competence in materials, manufacturing, design development and presentation. Offers extensive retail design experience ranging from high-end fashion flagships to intimate pop-up design markets. Strengthened business acumen from building and running a globally distributed, USA-Made accessories lifestyle brand.
Founder / Owner / Creative Director, TM1985 — 2010-present
An American-made leather accessories brand that focuses on high quality, handmade manufacturing, sturdy materials, and functional designs with a sense of familiarity.
-Advancing steadily from a part-time, self-produced hobby to 20k+units a year production through multi-faceted sales channels delivering 125% annual revenue growth.
-Internationally distributed with 100+ wholesale partners in Japan, Australia, Europe, & the US, including Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Orvis, Journal Standard JP, Story, J.Crew, and Amazon.
-Robust B2B from private label, design, development and production serving 25+ internationally known brands and marketing firms.
-Collaborations: Jeff Zimmerman, Michael Reynolds of Wallpaper Mag, Domino Mag, ETSY, Toyota, The NBA, Verizon, Mercedes Benz, and Field + Supply.
-Notable Press: NY Times, Playboy, Interview, WWD, Domino, INC, Refinery 29, Racked, Travel & Leisure, Elle, Vogue, Martha Stewart, Huffington Post, WSJ.
-Expanded the brands storytelling and experience with a flagship store and studio space in Brooklyn.
-Organized and ran several workshops and pop-up markets around the NYC and participated in bi-annual global tradeshows.
Set Design manager, Ad, Ralph Lauren — 2010-2011
Collaborated with senior Art Directors on concepts, storyboards, locations, and talent. Responsible for set & prop design for international ad campaign shoots. Managed budgets, and vendors for set construction, onsite delivery, installation and styling.
Visuals Designer, Creative, Ralph Lauren — 2008-2010
Developed concepts and directives for global visual displays and interior décor. Oversaw design and implementation for east coast flagships monthly installation and store prototyping. Teamed up with apparel design, retail directors, architects, and marketing teams to create a thorough brand experience. Hired and supervised contractors for design projects and installations.
FreeLance Visuals Designer, Various, — 2007-2008
Worked with in-house team to design, build, install & style window displays and larger store visual elements for DVF, Diesel and Ralph Lauren.
FreeLance Set design assistant, Various — 2005-2008
Assisted set designer with model building, CAD and hand drafting, material sourcing, budgeting, vendor communication and on set art direction. Contributed to projects for PBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Sotheby’s, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Notable Set Designers: Anna Louizos, David Gallo, Terry Gibson, Tom Umfrid and Paul Shortt.
Set designer & Scenic charge, Ogunquit Playhouse — 2005-2006 summer Seasons
Collaborated with directors and artistic staff to create new sets / props for touring production and oversaw their construction and installation. Worked with rental company to acquire existing sets and props, and made adjustments for specific production needs.
EDUCATION and Achievements
University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music — BFA 2004-2008
-Major: Scenography, Minor: Interior Design.
-Full Merit based scholarship, Artman / Straub Grant - 3 years, 4 scenic design Cincinnati ACCLAIM awards
- Digital: MS Office, CAD, Sketch Up, Adobe Suite, G Suite, Acrobat
- Physical: Drawing & painting, faux finishing, carpentry, leatherwork, industrial sewing.
- Organizational: Multi tasking, written & verbal communication, public speaking, team management.
- Extracurricular: Gardening, French cooking, ballroom dancing, forestry, biking, and Corgi rearing.
- Curiosity – Spontaneity – Storytelling – Natural Beauty – Uniqueness – Humor – Honesty – Rigor -