Product Development Accessories ∙DESIGN OUTREACH Working closely with the Senior Vice President of Accessories Design and in charge of absorbing and interpreting the Design vision from initial conception to finished product for all aspects of raw material and fabrications - previously under the creative direction of Christopher Bailey, then continuing with Riccardo Tisci's team, until the most recent change at the helm with Daniel Lee. In charge of delivering raw material newness each season after Design brief, to support creation and maintenance of seasonal colour palettes and regularly attending meetings with the Creative Director to present new research and discuss design direction. ∙PEOPLE MANAGEMENT Currently managing a team of six direct reports, covering all product categories and divisions within Accessories (Men's, Women's, Kids, Soft and Hard Accessories). Previously in charge of up to 9 people, putting particular care and effort in nurturing and mentoring each and every one. ∙PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY As a part of the Innovation Forum within the Company, working directly with suppliers and start-ups to develop materials that carry positive attributes within their own supply chain and the communities around it, exploring and developing successfully biobased materials, recycled fibres and compounds, organic cotton, metal free tanned leather, and in respect of all major certifications currently in place for the industry. ∙CROSS-FUNCTIONAL
reporting into the VP of Product Development Accessories In Burberry, previously working as Product Development Manager of Ladies' Large Leather Goods, Small Leather Goods, Belts, Charms, Jewellery, working on the field with the most important manufacturers in the Florence area and Far East, with extensive experience on Accessories manufacturing, construction, hardware development and techniques.
One of the most interesting among the new British Designers of the past 20 years, I worked alongside Lara to develop all collections from initial concept to finished product across handbags, small leather goods, jewellery and shoes; I coordinated delivery for all prototypes and samples, calculating costs and margins alongside the production development and quality control. ∙Responsible for sourcing and ordering raw materials from manufacturers in Italy and Spain. Negotiate prices, quantities and leadtimes.
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