Danilo Giordano

Footwear and Accessories Designer

* Creative: Creating and drawing designs that are brand appropriate. * Product Knowledgeable: Able to introduce new vendors and maintain high, brand-appropriate product standards. * Strategic: Strong skill set strength building a brand recognizable identity with integrity and aesthetic presence. Able to combine innovative design specifications with manufacturing guidelines, deadlines and budgetary boundaries. * Communicator: Strong team work and bilingual skills in communicating with manufacturers. * Ambitious: Constantly driven to create an attractive, well-constructed, and unique product for all demographics.

Previous Brands
Bally S.R.L
Ralph Lauren
TOD'S Group
Valentino Roma
Work Experience
Footwear & Accessories Designer
Jan ‘20 - Now

Vice President of Design, Collection and Polo Women's Shoes
Jan ‘14 - Dec ‘17
Ralph Lauren

Senior Design Director, Collection Women's Shoes
Aug ‘10 - Dec ‘13
Ralph Lauren

Senior Designer, Collection Women's Shoes
May ‘07 - Aug ‘10
Ralph Lauren

* Responsible for leading design process combining brand heritage with innovation. *Sourcing and selecting color and leather product for each collection. *Developed design specifications for all segments of women's shoe structures: lasts, heels, uppers, hardware and soles. *Collaborated with European technicians to insure successful implementation of design. *Strategized with merchandising & sales for the marketing and successful roll-out of each collection. *Participated in the production of all runway presentations, by designing appropriate footwear for each new collection.

Designer, Women's Shoes
Apr ‘02 - Apr ‘07
Bally S.R.L

* Collaborated with Creative Director to insure coordination between footwear collection and other products in the brand. *Evaluated color and material research and product sourcing. *Corrected and approved product prototypes. *Communicated directly with factories and technical engineering teams in Italy.

Designer, Women's Ready-to-Wear
Oct ‘01 - Mar ‘02
Valentino Roma

* Designed brand appropriate clothing product utilizing Valentino archives as inspiration. *Selected fabrics and treatments for each collection in collaboration with senior designers. *Coordinated garment fittings with in-house tailors and seamstresses.

Designer Consultant, Women's Ready-to-Wear
Feb ‘01 - Apr ‘01

* Collaborated with design studio, selecting images and colors for seasonable mood book.

Designer, Women's & Men's Shoes
Apr ‘99 - Nov ‘00
TOD'S Group

* Designed all aspects of both women's and men's shoe collections.

English - Fluent
Italian - Native
Education & Training
POLIMODA / University of Florence
‘96 - ‘99
Bachelor Degree in Costume and Fashion,
Istituto S.S Apostoli
‘91 - ‘95
Degree in Art
Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy