Renaldo Barnette

Freelance Fashion Illustrator & Comic Artist

Location:Brooklyn, New York, United States
2 Skills
Design Director for high-end women’s apparel. Extensive design, product development and sourcing experience: Management of supportive design staff and sample room.

Consultant Nicole Miller Collection / Red Carpet / Christain Francis Roth / New York & Company Dresses
2010 to Present

Senior Designer Maggy London (Dresses) New York, N.Y
August 2009-August 2010
• Worked directly with Design Director Adam Yankauskas
• Designed Maggy London for Nordstrom Dress Collection
• Worked with Pattern Makers & Sample Makers

Creative Consultant Polo / Ralph Lauren Dresses New York, N.Y
January 2008-January 2009
• Supervised the design, color and print direction for 3 dress divisions.
• Oversaw the work of three Design Directors, six Assistant Designers
• Developed inspirational “rig rooms” to replay the seasonal message
• Shopped vintage stores for inspirational samples
• Designed and developed custom trims for all divisions
• Managed in-house design team
• Worked with in-house patternmakers and offshore development partners; approved overseas tech packs
Creative Director BADGLEY MISCHKA New York, N.Y
April 2008-August 2008
• Partnered with Mark Badgley and James Mischka to create day dress collection that was reflective of the Badgley Mischka aesthetic.
• Organized sample development teams domestically offshore; provided direction through techpacks and detailed sketch sheets.
• Managed in-house design team consisting of two Designers and two Assistant Designers. Through weekly travels, managed first and production pattern makers based in Montreal, Canada.
• Researched European and Asian fabric markets. Developed custom prints and trims
• Developed editorial collection specifically for seasonal runway shows.
• Traveled worldwide for trends and fabrics and yarn shows.
Creative Director Garfield Marks New York, N.Y
• Re-branded a collection consisting of separates, jackets, day into evening dresses, blouses, sweaters and cut and sew knits.
• Managed the design team consisting of two Designers, two Assistants, two Design Assistants and two Technical Designers. Oversaw a staff of in-house first and production Pattern Makers.
• The new collection was received enthusiastically by better department stores, specialty stores and others including; Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s.
• Managed in-house design team
• Traveled worldwide for trends and fabrics and yarn shows.

Co-Designer Kai Milla New York, N.Y
• Worked jointly with the Creative Director to create a designer priced women’s collection.
• Revitalized the collection and to exceptional reviews at Bloomingdale’s and specialty store.
• Collection included dresses, suits, eveningwear, sportswear, and accessories and made to order gowns for celebrity clients.
• Developed editorial collection specifically for seasonal runway shows.
 Design Director Yansi Fugel New York, N.Y
• Designed and oversaw a woven and knit Bridge Sportswear Collection from concept through final production.
• Dramatically increased market penetration and sales volume tenfold with this specialty store based collection.
• Traveled worldwide for trends and fabrics and yarn shows.
• Managed in-house design team
Designer/Illustrator Tuleh New York, N.Y
• Creative contributor, Designer and Illustrator for high-end women’s collection. Collection retailed at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and other specialty retailers. Highly successful collection received major editorial coverage.
• Developed editorial capsule specifically for seasonal runway shows.
Principal Croquis/Renaldo New York, N.Y
• Created a collection of women’s day into evening dresses, eveningwear and sportswear.
• Recipient of recognition in leading fashion publications (WWD Vibe and Nikki Style) as well as the general press.
• Well-received collection penetrated the specialty store market.
Head Designer Nicole Miller New York, N.Y
• Worked closely with the Creative Director in developing a contemporary women’s collection.
• Introduced new sportswear items into the collection as well as the Bridesmaids collection.
• Managed in-house design team
• Developed editorial capsule specifically for seasonal runway shows.
• Traveled worldwide for trends and fabrics and yarn shows.
Head Designer Anne Klein New York, N.Y
• Designed licensed products including outerwear, swimwear, shoes, handbags, belts, jewelry, hosiery and sunglasses.
• Promoted to Head Designer for A-Line, a Bridge Priced weekend wear collection.
• Oversaw the design of this collection and all coordinating licensed product.
• Oversaw the design of the collection and monitored the accessories, licensee from the Anne Klein Design Studio Team
Skills (2) Rating
Fashion Illustration
Comic Art