The Crystal Kodada story begins in 1970s Manhattan. That’s where two native New Yorkers name Bill & Linda met while attending Fashion Institute of Technology. Bill studied production while Linda studied fashion design. Although they were in different ends of the fashion industry spectrum, they formed an immediate bond and became an unstoppable team. Years later they
The Crystal Kodada story begins in 1970s Manhattan. That’s where two native New Yorkers name Bill & Linda met while attending Fashion Institute of Technology. Bill studied production while Linda studied fashion design. Although they were in different ends of the fashion industry spectrum, they formed an immediate bond and became an unstoppable team. Years later they married and had a daughter, named Crystal. This little girl unconsciously followed in her mother & father’s footsteps. Crystal went on to attend F.I.T and became a handbag designer in the accessories industry right out of college. Crystal would go on to design for many different brands such as Jessica Simpson, Nicole Miller, Botkier, and the magazine brand COSMOPLITAN. Still, Crystal felt something was missing in her career – the freedom and creativity to push the boundaries of fashion to the next level.
In 2013 Crystal married the love of her life, becoming Crystal Kodada. Her new life & identity inspired her to embark on the adventure of starting her own luxury handbag line that would offer a timeless edgy aesthetic, for the stylish versatile women. Crystal’s vision was to create a product that would streamline the gap between production, design, and customer experience, all while empowering one’s style & mind.
Crystal’s life mantra “Everything happens for a reason” soon became the brand’s philosophy, used to inspire designs with meaningful purpose. It kept the brand’s focus on sustainability, functionality, versatility, and individuality. Staying true to her purpose and story, Crystal produced her first collection in NYC. One block away from F.I.T, supporting the made in USA movement. In 2014 She debuted her first handbag collection, “The Experience” during New York Fashion week at hip downtown spot PHD, Dream Hotel’s rooftop lounge. Her launch event was a huge success making her mark on NYC. Crystal’s passion and ambition constitutes to push the Crystal Kodada brand to infinite possibilities.
Owner & designer of the CRYSTAL KODADA handbag brand @ We connect to women beyond the purse, by creating a positive experience by embracing & engaging her needs & desires, while simultaneously providing a distinctive aesthetic to our handbags.
Every one of our handbags has story & a purpose designed to create that positive experience for our customers. Our high quality handbags are not only functional & sophisticated, they are produced right here in New York City, staying true to our story in bringing positive outlooks to all aspects of the brand and supporting our country.
We encourage our customers to engage with our handbag brand, and share any comments, ideas, needs, suggestions, and questions, on our online boutique & social media, because it’s our mission to provide women with memorable positive experiences while carrying her CRYSAL KODADA handbag. “Everything happens for a reason”, this is just the beginning and we are passionate about pushing this brand to infinite possibilities!
Are you in need of some quality, eye catching best sellers on your floor? Contact us now at [email protected] on carrying our UNSTOPABLE Emerging Luxury handbag brand on your sales floors today. All made to order, giving you the POWER to customize your purchase to your desires. The response to our handbag product in the marketplace as been incredible, and we are passionate about expanding to elevated retailers around the country. Be the trendsetter that carries a statement brand like CRYSTAL KODADA. Why follow, when YOU can take the LEAD.
EXPERIENCE YOUR CRYSTAL KODADA HANDBAG From March 2014 to Present (1 year 8 months) Greater New York City AreaFreelance accessories design consultant @ Experience it. Everything happens for a reason, is my mantra at CRYSTAL KODADA LLC. I am here to provide brands with the highest level of services to bring them to that next level. My passion and love for the industry has given me this awesome opportunity to share my skills and talents with companies who want too develop and grow their brands. Then you have come to right place! Hence why, "everything happens for a reason."
My services include : Designing, line building, computer & hand Sketching, technical packs, Mood boards, Corrections, CADs, merchandising, Trend analysis, creating Color plattes, communicating with factories, inspirational shopping, traveling overseas, sourcing HW and materials both leather and PVC, branding, and presentational skills and more!!.
If you have a vision, I can make it happen.
Email me at [email protected] From January 2014 to Present (1 year 10 months) Greater New York City AreaSenior designer, For the Cosmopolitan brand @ - Work closely with sales, buyers, and production team to design and line-build cohesive collections through entire life cycle. A keen eye for merchandisng the showrooms for market week. Ability to create strong color palettes. Lead and encourage designers to go beyond their own expectations to achieve fresh and new concepts. Well versed in capturing the fastest trends for all seasons. Prioritize and create time and action calendars for projects and collections. From June 2013 to Present (2 years 5 months) Greater New York City AreaHandbag Designer, for Nicole Miller brand @ Illustrated designs efficiently using hand and computer sketching and CADS. Work closely with production team to make cost effective decisions on designs while hitting margins. From September 2012 to Present (3 years 2 months) Associate Handbag designer for Jessica Simpson brand @ - Generated over $10 million in wholesale revenue
- Have traveled to factories overseas.
- llustrate designs quickly threw hand and computer
- Source leather, PVC’s, Fabric and Hardware in local market
Hong Kong area
- Create actual size specifcation techpacks and follow up with
- Research and shop for evolving trends, create color pallets,
themes and develop materials for current and future
- Facilitate open communication between sale teams, buyers,
production teams, and factories From May 2010 to September 2012 (2 years 5 months) Footwear Design Intern @ - Developed color CADS in Photoshop and Illustrator•
- Implemented technical specification sheets and flat line sketches•
- Assisted the design team with shopping trips and leather shows•
- Created mood boards highlighting main themes of the season From January 2010 to May 2010 (5 months) Handbag Design Intern for Betsey Johnson brand @ - Designed illustrator graphics for handbag prints
- Produced technical specification sheets
- Executed flat line sketches and computer sketches
- Pulled Swatches and created inspiration boards From June 2008 to June 2009 (1 year 1 month)
Bachelor, BFA, Accessories Design and Fabrication @ SHOWCASES Fashion Institute of Technology From 2010 to 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Accessories Design and Fabrication @ University of the Arts of London From 2010 to 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Accessories Design and Fabrication @ Fashion Institute of Technology,State University of New York From 2008 to 2010 CRYSTAL KODADA is skilled in: Mood Boards, Problem Solving, Handbags, Fashion, Leather, Sketching, Illustrator, Trend Analysis, Fashion Design, Merchandising, Tech Packs, Luxury Goods, Textiles, Draping, Footwear, Styling, Trend, Fashion Illustration, Bags, Shoes, Sewing, Pattern, Small Business, Color Theory, Color Renderings, Timeline Development, Consulting, Leadership, Overseas Experience, CAD, Sales, Luxury Brand Marketing, Marketing, Luxury Lifestyle, Cold Calling, Boutique, Quality Management, Business Development, Business Strategy, Small Business..., Bookkeeping, Manufacturing, Improvisation, Acting, Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Sales Presentations, Sales Prospecting, Creative Writing
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