Design + Product Development
We are your design and product development team with a trusted network of experienced designers, artists and manufacturers.
We partner with our clients to develop high sku-count collections seasonally for major retailers. We manage art creation, presentations & manufacturing communications. Our extensive experience working on demanding retail timelines & translating retailer direction leads to programs with high adoption rates & sell-thru success
Starting a new brand?
We are your creative partner to define your brand's core values, target market and develop your identity including logo, design language and packaging design.Our network includes web design and social media content creators who can get you ready for business.
Present to major retail customers?
Increase your value as a vendor by providing sector specific trend forecasting, competitive analysis, and unique design direction.
Custom focus groups can be utilized to gather qualitative & quantitative data used to develop best selling products.
Need a prototype for your innovative idea?
Our team can design & develop your concept from start to finish including high quality renderings, prototypes, and manufacturing resources. We prefect prototypes through 3D modeling, rapid prototyping, and user testing.
Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Tiffany, and BCBG, and Fossil are among the major fashion brands we have designed for. We excel at designing collections of products that stand out from the competition while remaining true to the brand.
Jewelry Collections, Handbags & Small Leather Goods, and Surface Print Designs are among our specialites
Tabletop, Wall Decor, Framing and
Soft Home are among the categories we design and develop for. We have a trusted network of domestic and overseas manufacturers.We develop home decor collections that coordinate across categories using our experience designing for a variety of materials and finishes.
We have10+ years experience designing for the Creative Materials Industries, including time at in-house Private Label departments. We are also artist, makers and crafters, so bring the inside scoop. Categories include jewelry making, art supplies, wood crafts, party & paper crafting.
Let us be your Design & Product Development team. We employ a complete Human-Centered Design process to develop concepts. We are particularly adept at developing wearable tech. Utilize our Creative, Design and Manufacturing Consulting to get your business on the road to success.
Relationships are as important to our work as creativity. We work with most of our clients for many years, providing on-going design and development for seasonal product collections. Clients partner with us to navigate complex product development and sourcing processes, resulting in compelling product lines that get buy-in and high sell-thru at good margins.
Many of our creative team have been working together for over ten years, each bringing their own expertise and design style. We also bring in new designers, content creators, illustrators and other experts to join project teams, contributing fresh skills and points of view.
Our relationships with our key manufacturing partners have also been developed over many years, providing us a deep understanding of their core capabilities and resources.
"I had the pleasure of having Heather work for me as a Design Manager while at Michaels Stores and also as a Design Consultant in my current role. Heather is a talented designer who can think strategically looking thru the eyes of the end user/client/customer. She creates strategic merchandise solutions designing into necessary price points while maintaining a cohesive trend forward aesthetic.
As a leader/manager of others, Heather inspired her team to be their best. She is smart, brave and has a focused and dependable work ethic. She is patient, kind but also candid and direct when needed. Her team had the benefit of learning from her experience as well as her can do spirit. I am grateful Heather has been and continues to be a part of my team."
LISA-BETH GALVIN / President / Cre8 Direct, Inc.
"As a product designer her work for me was always highly creative and solution driven. She is never afraid to present her own ideas and yet she is willing to listen to others who might have opposing opinions.
Above all else, Heather is talented and very, very, creative. I found her easy to work with, she did quality design, and I would hire her again."
DONALD SHREAD / Director of Product Development and Design / Nielsen Bainbridge Group
"Heather has a great understanding of the function of a design studio within a corporate setting and has helped us build a highly-efficient, productive and inspiring team. Her managerial style is open and trusting, allowing designers to fully lead their own projects, giving guidance as needed. She has given me confidence in my own skills through her continued support and encouragement.
Heather is an amazing designer in and outside of the office. She is creative, resourceful and she works hard for our private brands. I greatly enjoy being a part of her team."
APRIL HOPKINS / Designer/ April Hopkins Studio