To lead a vision that inspires individuals to thrive as a creative force in a conceptual, image-building company.
Adrianna Papell, NYC | September 2012–Present
The Talbots, Inc., NYC | Dec 2007–October 2011
Chief Creative Officer
Reinvigorate the Talbots’ brand using a comprehensive creative process that develops the image and identity of the company through product development, store concepts and marketing. Responsible for the quality of the final creative work while ensuring consistent execution of the new brand platform. Oversee the re-design of the direct business in both catalog and internet while positioning the brand to leverage its unique attributes and focus on the core consumer. Responsible for driving all creative strategies that ensures commercial viability of a true multi-channel business.
Ann Taylor, NYC | Sept 2003–Dec 2007
Senior Vice President/Design
Led a team of 50, including designers, graphic/visual artists, color/fabric technicians, stylists and marketing creatives in delivering a consistent and focused brand image for Ann Taylor Stores (totaling $1B). Reorganized and implemented new processes for design team that maximized creative potential as well as focused and inspired increased productivity, strengthened brand message and position. Presented 4 balanced and well focused collections a year to CEO and Merchandising, as well as fall and spring runway shows for editors. Partnered with Creative Director in creating images and brand messaging that was both inspirational and consistent with the brand across all channels, including online. Served on corporate and divisional teams to create strategies and goals for future visions. Researched and developed new sources and relationships for potential future businesses, resulting in the launch of Ann Taylor Celebrations in SP ’05 (totaling $11M) and Ann Taylor Collection in Fall ’07. Extensive world travel.
Ann Klein, NYC | Sept 2002–Sept 2003
Chief Design Officer
Responsible for overall brand image, which included concepting and designing the Anne Klein New York collection (shown at Bryant Park spring and fall fashion weeks), overseeing AK Anne Klein collection, as well as direction for the seasonal advertising campaigns. Worked with licensee businesses in designing and focusing products that supported brand vision. Responsible for creating and implementing new processes that guided, focused and inspired the design teams and strengthened brand positioning. Presented collections at seasonal market appointments to both account executives and international clientele. Led a team of 10, including designers, graphic artists, color/ fabric technicians and visual artists. Extensive world travel.
Elie Tahari, LTD., NYC | Aug 2001–July 2002
Responsible for creating and implementing processes that guided, inspired and focused design team, as well as strengthened brand position that resulted in increased retail sales of 52% within 10 months. Conceptualized, strategized and led seasonal color, concepts and development for $130M women’s sportswear and dress collections. Worked closely with Merchandising and Sales teams in presenting focused, well-balanced collections 6 times a year. Led a team of 18, which included designers, graphic/print artists, fabric technicians and outside contractors. Worked with PR team in concepting and creating formats, images and styling for seasonal look books.
Banana Republic, Gap, Inc., NYC | Jan 1994–Aug 2001
Vice President/men’s design 1999–2001
Senior Design Director/men’s apparel 1995–1999
Design Director/women’s apparel 1994–1995
Conceptualized, strategized and led seasonal concepts and development for men’s apparel, shoes and accessories (totaling $700M). Served on corporate and divisional teams to create strategies and goals for future visions. Led a team of 15, which included designers, color/fabric technicians, graphic/display/visual artists and consultants for new concepts and businesses. Responsible for seasonal color palettes and concepts for total BR brand. Worldwide travel for fabric, silhouette, concept and inspiration. future businesses. Provided direction and design for men’s and women’s divisions. Responsible for seasonal concepts, including color, fabric, silhouette and trend. Worked closely with Merchandising team in developing seasonal buy-plans. Provided direction for Patternmakers and Sewers on all construction and fit details. Extensive worldwide travel to negotiate and supervise factory and mill production as well as research and develop new sources and relationships for future businesses.
Cygne Design, NYC | May 1992–Jan 1994
Primary focus was concepting and developing a tailored collection for Ann Taylor. Responsible for seasonal corporate presentations of color/fabric/silhouette trends, as well as illustrations and concept boards. Worldwide travel for fabric, print and silhouette inspiration.
Espirit de Corps, San Francisco, CA | Nov 1991–May 1992
Responsible for designing knitwear and dress lines for the Susie Tompkins collection. Worked with Design Director on concept, color, fabric and print selections. Worked with Technical Designer on fit and construction details. Extensive travel to Asia. Worldwide travel for fabric, print and silhouette inspiration.
Tweeds, Inc., Edgewater, NJ | Nov 1990–Nov 1991
Assisted in all aspects of design, including concept, color, fabric, silhouette and fit development. Assistant stylist for catalogue. Responsible for seasonal illustrations and presentation boards. Responsible for the sourcing and selection of all trim.
Fashion Institute of Technology | Sept 1988–June 1990
Major: Fashion Design (women’s sportswear concentration)
Polimoda, Florence, Italy | Aug 1989–May 1990
(Instituto Politecnico Della Moda)
Major: Fashion Design (hand tailoring)