With Accessory Design, I learned a great deal about how users interface with products. All of my designs were prototyped and user tested to help guide my ergonomic decisions, closure design, and compartment layout. The collection below was crafted using bamboo and stingray leather, which proved especially unforgiving, and forced me to come up with creative solutions to tame the materials.
My handbags have been featured in InStyle Magazine, and I was one of the five student finalists in the Independent Handbag Designer Awards 2012.
Unspun - 3D Printing Technology
Changing the soft goods industry with additive manufacturing.
I was asked to help a Stanford d.garage team build a 3d printer capable of producing seamless, woven soft goods. As the head of product, I was responsible for the designing and physical manufacturing of the prototypes (some shown below). I primarily used a mill, lathe, drill press, and band saw. After the class ended, our project was picked up and funded by the Summer@Highland incubator program for summer, 2015.
Photographs are currently under construction as we move forward with a potential patent! They will be up soon.
Coach Handbag Renderings
While working at Coach in New York City, I was asked to design a collection using the "Signature C" fabric. This collection incorporates a mid-century modern color palette with perforated leather accents.
I worked on both design and design management teams for the Fall/Winter 2014 and Spring Summer 2015 collections.
I also designed handbag tech spec sheets for overseas manufacturing, communicated with factories to ensure product quality, and organized purchase orders, design matrices, and product samples using PLM software.
Apple Watch Charging Stand
As a side project, I wanted to build a portable charging stand for the Apple Watch out of walnut and brass. When not in use, the hinged stand lays flush to the body of the portable dock. The dock measures 5.25" x 3.25", and is very light weight.
This piece is still under construction, and is being produced by using a mill, lathe, and plenty of hand sanding.