Kellie-Rae Hautala


I am originally from Seattle, Washington and moved to Orange County in 2009 to attend College, and achieve my dreams of designing in the apparel industry. I have loved making art and making outfits as long as I can remember, and for me they are one in the same. Inevitably, and much to the horror of my mother, my career goal became living in California as a designer in the apparel industry. Design is one of the strongest passions in my life, and has brought me to where I am today. I have worked in the apparel industry for about 4 years. Currently I am a Lead Product Designer at Sunscape Eyewear in Irvine, CA. My primary task is to design new prints, color ways and bodies for accessories, as well as the packaging displays that are to a high enough standard to be carried as private label products for specific retailers. My position at Sunscape has allowed me to directly design products for Pac Sun, Urban Outfitters, Tilly's, Claire's, Zumiez, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Costco and more. I work very closely with my art director, our production team, oversees manufacturers and different accessory buyers to provide innovative and current designs. The interpersonal communication skills I have developed allow me to excel in this role.