Emily Landsman

Emily Landsman

Senior Footwear Designer

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EMILY LANDSMAN
PORTFOLIO SITE: https://em-landsman.format.com
PASSWORD: Footwear
Emily@EmLandShoes.com 516.817.8808

Senior Footwear Designer looking to contribute my diverse experience in design/product development/technical knowledge,
complex understanding of retail/sales to design fresh, fashion shoes in a creative environment

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016 - present Clarks: Senior Footwear Designer - Specialty: bridging fashion with the commercial
• Design and Develop 4 collections per year from conception to production - liason to CBO’s creative vision
• Mentor, lead and manage Design and Product Development teams for entire Artisan Division
• Create fully operational tech packs including full to-scale cross-sections etc drawn on last, saving time/resources
• Collaborate with sales to ensure volume opportunities and have more than delivered on sales goals already at Clarks
• Frequent travel to China and Europe for design and development allows for seamless progress to be made
• Technical/Fit expertise allows streamlining of design process/more accurate prototypes/samples up front
2014 - 2016 Schwartz & Benjamin: Senior Footwear Designer - Alice + Olivia / DVF
• Design and Develop 4 collections per year
• Manage design and product development operations/teams creatively and technically
• Work to interpret inspiration from Alice + Olivia/DVF offices and serve as liason
• Collaborate with sales to ensure volume opportunities
• Frequent travel to Italy for leather sourcing/development - sourcing expert for the entire company
• Manage/oversee all technical fit/production operations
2010-2014 Brown Shoe Company: Designer and Product Development Manager - Via Spiga
• Designed six core collections, two mid-tier collections/year of both dress and casual shoes
• Lead and managed design/pd operations from inspriation through production
• Collaborated with Creative Directors Edmundo Castillo and Paul Andrew to capture creative vision
• Frequent travel to China and Italy to oversee all leather sourcing/design/pd processes
• Gave creative direction to accessory liscensees/liason for sales teams, press, customer presentations
• Worked with fit/tech team to ensure fit and aesthetics are approved for production
2008-2010 Bulo Shoes: GM, Store Manager/Buyer
• Managed all store operations/sales/staff - Acheived record breaking sales
• Oversaw all buying of shoes/handbags/jewelry
• Ensured store merchandising and display was fresh commercially enticing ; Created promotional ads
2005-2008 Twenty Two Shoes: Assistant Designer
• Assisted in design of four men’s, women’s shoe and handbag and accessory collections/year
• Worked on launch of in-house line of shoes at flagship store, business plan and presentations
• Created line sheets in order to assist sales and merchandising
• Assisted with leather, fabric and color selection; Trend research
• Communicated with Italian and American factories and sales representatives

EDUCATION
2008 MFA Fashion/Footwear Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
2008 Apprentice Suzanne George Shoes (handcrafted custom shoes), San Francisco, CA
2005 BA Art Studio/Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
SPECIAL SKILLS
• Creative Skills: Hand sketching, sketching on the last, watercolor, fashion illustration, photography,
sculpture, painting, trend forecasting, fashion merchandising, retail
• Technical Footwear Skills: Expert knowledge in leather, fit, shoe construction and components, CADS
• Computer Skills: Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Excel, Dreamweaver, graphic design, PLM

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