Tom Guerrera

TG Design Studio LLC  Wassaic, NY 12/02 – present

Clients/projects:

Anne Klein Footwear

New York, NY 

Design, Merchandising and Fit Consultant September 2015 - Present

- Design/Sketch, Create new Brand appropriate ornamentation, Proto & Fit correction.

- Work closely with Design Director on merchandising the line to maintain longevity of core styles while introducing new trends and silhouettes.

Graves Imports

Nashville, TN   A branded and private label wholesaler of women’s shoes in partnership with Stella Group Int’l, offices in TN and China.

Product Development and Design  February 2009 - February 2015

- Initiate partnerships between Graves Imports and branded businesses.

- Trend forecast and line presentation to clients, buyers and sales team.

 -Design Director of Caressa, collaborated on all aspects of brand development. Worked directly with Stella Int’l on design, construction, new materials, correction and fit. 

Vida Group

New York, NY A branded and private label wholesaler of women and children’s footwear, with offices in NY and China.

Design Director - Kensie, XOXO, and Mid-Tier  April 2012 - January 2013

- Managed and directed all aspects of product development for three branded lines, successfully collaborating and communicating with sales team, licensors and buyers.

- Supervised and mentored team of designers, encouraging creativity and emphasizing the importance of balancing and merchandising a line.

- Professional trend and product presentations to buyers at trade shows and appointments.

 

JC Penney

Plano, TX 

Product Development and Design September 2007 – April 2011

- Design and merchandising for in house brands Worthington, A.N.A. and Bisou Bisou; collaborated with RTW designer Nicole Miller for private label brand N by Nicole Miller, implementing signature hardware and prints to maintain brand integrity.

- Successfully collaborated with a wide range of Chinese factories, leading strong teams in each office with a focus on delivering quality product.

- Comprehensive trend and line presentations to JCP corporate team.

 

Oriental Max Trading

Donguan, China A recognized leader in the industry shipping over 17 million pairs annually for both first cost / private label customers and a stable of well renowned in-house brands.

- Facilitated client-licensing agreement between OMT and RTW designer Tracy Reese NY, including the “Plenty” brand.

 

Nine West

Jones Apparel Group New York, NY 

Vice President of Product Development and Design August 2004 – May 2007

- Lead product creation efforts to deliver a 100% increase in branded sales, grew revenue from $20 Million to $40 Million in two years.

- Effectively managed product staff for design and fit in both US and China offices resulting in proven success for the brand and the corporate growth paths for direct reports.

- Supervised market trend research and design; directed line building, development and sample production

- Attended appearances at multiple Nordstrom retail locations across the U.S. for the purpose of promoting design excellence and gathering retail and customer impressions.

- Consulted on and designed product showcasing for NY showroom and trade shows

 

The Jimlar Corporation

 

Great Neck, NY

Designer / Line Builder Frye Boot Company December 2000 – December 2002

- Market/trend research, product design, development and merchandising for Frye Men’s, women & children’s footwear.

- Design and coordinate signature branding, materials and hardware with handbag and belt licensee.

- Extensive experience working with hand lasted, good-year welt construction factories in U.S. and Mexico.

- Coordinated product development, correction and fit from U.S., Mexico and Taiwan.

 

Designer / Line Builder Coach Footwear September 1998 – December 2000

- Market/trend research, product design, development and merchandising for men and women’s fashion footwear produced in Italy.

- Liaised with Coach Creative Director to initiate and optimize creative inspiration and maintain brand integrity.

- Close working relationships with several tanneries developing the newest finishes while remaining cost effective.

 

 

Nine West Group

New York, NY & Stamford, CT

Senior Designer / Line Builder Bandolino, Pappagallo and Evan Picone    July 1990 – March 1998

- First hand experience working with a broad range of factories throughout Italy, Spain, Brazil, Taiwan and China.

- Managed and directed market/trend research, design, development and merchandising.

- Successful in creating and maintaining key volume basics that drove businesses for several seasons.

- Strategic collaboration with sales teams and key accounts to increase growth with unique, relevant product.

- Trend and line presentations to sales team and accounts.

 

Independent Designer and Import Agent 

 

Greenwich, CT. January 1988 – July 1990

- Product design, development and merchandising at Italian based factories Cleo Bottier and Paoletti for U.S. and European markets, including private label for Bergdorf Goodman.

- Sourced and developed footwear presented at fashion shows and sold in New York store for designer Norma Kamali.

Milan, Italy September 1984 – January 1988

- Freelance designer based in Italy, developed product lines for U.S. and European markets

- Collaborated with quality Italian shoe manufacturers Diego Della Valle (Tods), Fendi, Casadei and Maud Frizon 

 

Internships 

 

Maud Frizon Factory Fosso, Italy May 1983 – September 1984

- Learned all aspects of shoemaking, from pattern making & cutting to lasting & finishing.

- Collaborated with designers Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaia to produce shoes for fashion shows

- Developed fluency in Italian

Seven Star Shoes New York, NY (division of Nina Footwear) Sept 1981 – May 1983

- Assistant designer 

- Sample room manager