Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Fashion/Apparel Design @
I am a senior design executive with unmatched experience designing and developing successful men's and women's underwear lines for BCBG, Calvin Klein Underwear and private label brands for Delta Galil Industries ( Victoria's Secret; Hema; Marks and Spencer; Dim; ). My career history reflects loyalty and commitment to organizations resulting in promotions that added value and increased
I am a senior design executive with unmatched experience designing and developing successful men's and women's underwear lines for BCBG, Calvin Klein Underwear and private label brands for Delta Galil Industries ( Victoria's Secret; Hema; Marks and Spencer; Dim; ). My career history reflects loyalty and commitment to organizations resulting in promotions that added value and increased profits. I have a worldwide reputation for excellence, talent and leadership plus a complete end-to-end working knowledge of the business including sourcing, manufacturing, fabric development. product design and development, fit, merchandising, marketing, sales, branding and strategy.
Senior Director of Design @ Create innovative foundation products from concept to launch including bras, panties, shapewear, swimwear and hosiery all in brand DNA and evolved aesthetic.
In an inventive atmosphere created by Sara Blakely improve existing product such as Bra'lelujah and obsess to perfection in collaboration with the founder.
Launch Loungerie, Spanx's first shapewear to daywear lifestyle collection incorporating new yarn, finish and knitting technology.
Launch patented pending panty concept.
Train Saks team on bra fitting and Pillow Cup bra collection features and benefits.
Manage design teams including bra design, panty design, swimwear, research and development ( R&D ), hosiery and leggings.
Collaborate with cross functional teams in tech design, product development, sourcing, production, marketing, sales, merchandising and PR.
Heavily involved in process management in order to improve efficiencies to reduce lead-times, raise product quality and margins.
Introduced new vendor base for specialized bras and seamless Santoni product.
Travel for research and development including trade shows and inspiration shopping. From July 2014 to Present (1 year 6 months) Greater Atlanta AreaVice President Design @ Created first BCBGeneration intimates line from concept to launch including bras, table pants and loungewear to launch at Macy’s nationwide in August 2013 in 160 doors
Launch of Intimate apparel process included: product design, print and color development, merchandising, product development, sourcing, fitting and commercializing. Sold the line and worked directly with retailers in the US and Europe to adapt to their needs while maintaining strong brand DNA to achieve uniqueness and interest on the selling floor. Followed up on product marketing from conception to shipping - including logo ID, packaging, labeling and images for in store and add campaign ( created by BCBG corporate ).
Collaborated with Joyce Azria, BCBGeneration creative director, and BCBG Licensing team co, on creating on-brand DNA collection while maintaining category right product for the marketplace.
Relaunched BCBGeneration Swimwear, improving fit, style and positioning the brand for growth
Also, As part of Triemra Group team, involved in all intimates related business including Bodywrap Shapewear seamless shaping underwear for women. From September 2012 to June 2014 (1 year 10 months) VP of Design, men and women @ Created, designed and launched CKU's most successful product launches improving sales and increasing market penetration while contributing to strong brand identity and record profitability Globally: Calvin Klein Bold; Calvin Klein Naked Glamor; Calving Klein ck one; Calvin Klein X; Calvin Klein Envy; Calvin Klein 365; Calvin Klein Steel; etc...
Directed and oversaw all aspects of design of $700+ million global underwear business from concept through salesmen samples while exceeding profit margin goals and adhering to product development calendars
Managed and coached design team, developed staff through setting goals, provided learning opportunities and maintained a consistent approach to recruiting, training, mentoring and succession planning.
Analyzed international marketplace to identify key trends, innovations and directions for ready-to-wear, swimwear and underwear.
Customize and adapt design to address different market needs and trends including packaging ideas, new styles and local directions.
Presented collections to sales team, marketing, fashion office, PR and key customers domestically and internationally.
Direct photo-shoots for packaging, PR, e-commerce and in-store collateral; attend high profile campaign shoots;
Developed and introduced technological breakthroughs in fabric, elastic and foam applications including innovative waistbands, foam cups and smart fabrics, establishing CKU as the market leader and consistently created groundbreaking designs that set the standard for the industry.
Source innovative fabrics, trims, textile artwork, finishes and technologies.
Established comprehensive fit process to ensure consistent and superior fit of men's and women's garments.
Travel internationally to work with commercial teams in Europe and Asia; travel world wide to develop products and foster relationships with vendors and manufacturers. From 2008 to 2012 (4 years) Greater New York City AreaVP of Design, men @ Created, designed and launched CKU's most successful product launches improving sales and increasing market penetration while contributing to strong brand identity and record profitability Globally: Calvin Klein Bold; Calving Klein ck one; Calvin Klein X; Calvin Klein 365; Calvin Klein Steel; Calvin Klein Pima Cotton; Calvin Klein Tech Cool / Tech Active;
Developed and introduced technological breakthroughs in fabric, elastic and print including innovative waistbands, laser printing and smart fabrics, establishing CKU as the market leader and consistently created groundbreaking designs that set the standard for the industry.
Established comprehensive fit standards to ensure consistency for the brand.
Created, designed and launched first ever Men's Swim and Swim accessories collection - in Spring 2005; Establishing multi-million dollar category for the Calvin Klein brand in Europe and Asia. Single handedly sourced fabrics and manufacturers; led design, marketing, merchandising and sales. Category continues to grow. From 2003 to 2008 (5 years) Greater New York City AreaDirector of Product Development @ Managed and maximized synergies between men's and women's design and product development improving efficiencies and reducing costs.
Established new lines smooth development and improved fit.
Executed design direction and developed garments through sketches/specs; generated and managed fabric, color, trim, logo ID and garment PD process.
Key player in successful launches for both men's and women's underwear.
Key point of contact for CKI and licensee ( Warnaco ) Senior Management representing the Design team. From 2001 to 2003 (2 years) Greater New York City AreaSenior Designer Women's Underwear and Sleepwear @ From 1998 to 2001 (3 years) Greater New York City AreaHead of Design @ Designed and developed customized private label collections for: Victoria's Secret, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, JC Penny, The Gap (USA), Hema (Holland), Marks and Spencer (UK), Dim, Carrefour (France), Delta (Israel).
Drove innovation and technology of fabrics and trims, improving sales and market penetration including designing the first underwire bra and first fully-fashioned Santoni Seamless collections.
Managed design team including the design and development of all fashion, textiles, prints, packaging and graphics.
Represented Delta to customers, suppliers and the media world wide.
Traveled internationally to trade shows: PV, Salon de Lingerie / Interfillier, Expofil, Trend Union. From 1992 to 1998 (6 years) IsraelSergeant Major @ From 1986 to 1989 (3 years) Israel
Fashion/Apparel Design @ Shenkar College of Engineering and Design From 1992 to 1993 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Fashion/Apparel Design @ LaSalle College From 1989 to 1992 Yarden Gagnon is skilled in: Tech Packs, Sportswear, Wovens, Trend Analysis, Textiles, Technical Design, Trims, Private Label, Design, Product Development, Underwear, Bras, Swimwear, Sourcing, Fabric Development