Charkowick - Fashion Handbag and Accessory Designer - New York, USA

Lisa Charkowick

New York, USA

Services

Fashion Handbag and Accessory Designer

Summary:

Accessory Designer specializing in women's contemporary handbags, belts, and small leather goods. My passion, strong sense of fashion, design skills, and managing a creative team have led to the success of my brands generating profit, growth, and strong relationships with clients. Hand sketching is one of my strongest specialties and attention to fine details and color. I have the ability to adapt designs to multiple aesthetics and price points.


-Conceptualize, design and execute seasonal direction for contemporary women’s and junior handbags, small leather goods, and belts in non-leather & leather

-Merchandise and develop seasonal product lines from initial concept, researching trends, hand rendering of spec sheets, to final prototype

-Identify consumer needs and trends to maximize new business opportunities and build brand recognition

-Create and present seasonal collection to buyers, sales team, and licensees based on retailer needs and deliveries

-Flexible and adaptable in a fast paced environment with the ability to execute to timelines and provide timely solutions

-Communicate daily with manufacturers and vendors to ensure design integrity is met for all phases of design

-Oversee the production team by reviewing pre-production and approving final production samples

-Collaborate with respective teams and discuss seasonal initiatives and strategies

-Travel extensively throughout Asia interacting with factories on current line development, production status, and sourcing of new fabrications and hardware

-Manage and delegate a team of assistants and freelancers

-Maintain tracking reports for development and pre-production samples

-Negotiate costing to meet FOB prices, coordinate costing sheets and markups to meet retail margin

-Domestic and international travel for competitive shopping, market research, trend spotting, and trade shows

-Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Word, Excel, Italian language (basic)

Work History

Accessory Designer for Handbags, Belts, and Small Leather Goods

Indépendant Consultant, New York, NY

From August 2012

Seeking full time or freelance design and brand management opportunities for fashion accessories.

Senior Design Manager / Merchandiser: Women’s Belts

Steve Madden LTD., New York, NY

January 2007 - August 2012

- Designed, merchandised, and helped elevate sales to 10 million dollars annually for leading account Kohl’s Apt 9 & Sonoma brands.

- Launched in-house brand Big Buddha women's contemporary belts for department and speciality retailers.

- Merchandised and developed special belt collections for branded, mid-tear, and private label retailers including New York & Co., Macy's private brands, Sears, JCP, Wal-Mart, Steve Madden off price, and Marmax leading to increased wholesale segment sales by 20%.

- Worked closely with each account buyer and sales manager to develop designs speaking of their respective brand image and customer preferences.

- Traveled regularly to overseas factories for sourcing, sample prototype confirmation, production issues, and trade shows.

Freelance Senior Designer: Women’s Handbags

Calvin Klein Inc., New York, NY

October 2006 - December 2006

Collaborated with VP of Design on design concepts and presented sketches and prototypes to in-house buying team

Senior Designer: Women’s Handbags, Belts, and Small Leather Goods

Polo Ralph Lauren Co.

January 2004 - April 2006

Designed and merchandised women's handbags, belts, and small leather goods for Izod Brand licensed under Polo

Senior Designer: Women’s Leather Belts for Chaps brand

Polo Ralph Lauren Co., New York, NY

January 2004 - April 2006

Designed and merchandised women’s Leather belts for Chaps brand exclusively for Kohl’s

Senior Designer: Women’s Handbags

Accessory Network Group Inc., New York, NY

November 2002 - January 2004

Designed and merchandised women's handbags for mid-tier and mass private label accounts

Freelance Senior Handbag Designer

The Betesh Group, New York, NY

September 2001 - January 2002

Designed Women’s and Junior Handbags and Small Leather Goods for private label accounts

Senior Handbag Designer

Worldwide Dreams LLC, New York, NY

October 1999 - February 2001

Designed Junior and Women’s Handbags and small leather goods for mid-tier private label accounts

Senior Handbag Designer

The Betesh Group, New York, NY

July 1998 - October 1999

Designed Women’s and Junior Handbags and Small Leather Goods for private label accounts

Handbag Designer

LaRue International, New York, NY

March 1997 - July 1998

Designed Women’s Handbags for mid-tier and mass private label accounts

Product Development Associate

Polo Ralph Lauren Luggage Co./ Wathne, New York, NY

June 1996 - January 1997

Women’s and Men’s Handbags for Polo Sport and leather collection

Qualifications & Certifications

Independent studies in Marketing and Photography

Adelphi University

Associate in Applied Science, Major: Fashion Design

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Associate in Applied Science, Major: Accessory Design

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

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