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Christopher Pawlus

VP of Design & Product 

Creative Director

I am a Boston based VP of Product Design / Creative Director in the apparel and footwear industry looking for the next creative revolution. 

 

I am looking to forge connections with talent acquisition and recruiting teams looking for an executive design leader with unique global design management experience.   I am eager to discuss permanent roles or consulting opportunities you need to fill.

Profile

Visionary, results-driven Creative Executive with global footwear and apparel design success including leadership for premium fashion/lifestyle/performance brands.

Adept in directing high-level, cross-functional creative projects, overseeing strategy and ensuring quality management throughout the development cycle. Leverage strong organization skills and keen design sensibility to foresee creative and business trends, translating insights into actionable plans. Able to enroll and motivate teams in a creative vision, providing effective management to meet desired deadlines. Culturally savvy with experience working with diverse people across multiple countries. 

Areas of Emphasis

  • EXECUTIVE CREATIVE & DESIGN DIRECTION

  • COLLECTION BUILDING / PRODUCT STORYTELLING

  • CROSS FUNCTIONAL PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION CREATION

  • MACRO CONSUMER TREND ANALYSIS

  • BRAND DNA AND DESIGN GUIDELINES

  • REVENUE & STRATEGIC THINKING

I encourage you to read further about my skillset and discover how I can complement your organization leadership team.  I  welcome the opportunity to speak or video conference to discuss my resume.

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Experience

2014- 2018

Timberland

2018-2020

Keen Footwear
VP of Design and Innovation

Focus on right sizing design team to support business 

needs and mile stone reliability. Reorganization of Innovation team to focus on footwear upper pattern,  prototyping capabilities and  3D modeling to support Thailand mold making.

2018

Lucchese
Design Consultant
Frontier Tech

Recruited to this consulting role to spearhead a rapid growth project for state-of-the-art Steel and Nano toe work boots, and casual life-style line product extensions. 

Present

Pawlus Design LLC
Principal  
Creative Director
Consultant

Actively supporting creative direction, footwear design and product creation , and consumer trend forecasting.

VP of Global Design and Creative Director

2012 - 2014

Timberland
Global Senior
Creative Director & Footwear Director
of  Design

Promoted to this senior creative leadership role to direct global footwear design teams, including casual, outdoor and classic footwear product collections, across men’s, women’s and children’s categories

Executive leadership role with accountability for globally aligning the Timberland brand design expression while drawing from regionally informed insights, and deliver improved brand uniformity and consistency, including creating brand story and identity. 

2009 - 2012

Timberland
Senior Global 
Creative Director
Women's &
Design Director

Managed development and built Timberland Earthkeepers®, an ecologically conscious casual and innovative outdoor performance women’s footwear product line.

1997 - 2009

Timberland
Previous Roles
Marketing & Product
Brand Creative Director
Global Creative Director
Authentic Youth
Urban Footwear Team
Design Director
Invention Factory Senior
Designer
Men's Casual Footwear Designer
Performance Outdoor
Inline Designer

1993 - 1997

The Rockport
Company
Inline and Advanced
Concepts Designer

1993

Reebok
Design - O - vation
Design Competition
Winner

Specialized Skills

Combined peer endorsements in key areas of expertise.  

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Footwear Design and Development

Industrial Design &

Advanced Concepts

Consumer Trend Analysis and Forecasting

Apparel Design Management

Knitwear / Sportswear / Outerwear

Creative Direction Product

Brand DNA / Branding

Ecologically Conscious

Product Design

Line Building,

Merchandising ,

Product Management

Leather Expertise,

Textile and Color Direction