GAIL E. ALLOUF
Highly creative and multi-talented professional with over 25 years of experience in product development and design for babies and children. Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills; dynamic team player with well-developed written and verbal communication abilities. Experienced at analyzing and building successful partnerships with licensed and nonlicensed product. Passionate and inventive creator of innovative branding concepts.
ï Private label
ï Licensed & non-licensed product
ï Newborn & infant layette/playette
ï Gift sets/gift apparel
ï Doll design
ï Bedding & room dÈcor
ï Traditional & digital illustration
ï Fashion illustration
ï Character design & development
ï Apparel styling & design
ï AppliquÈ/embroidery design
ï Gift product concept & design
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok - Production factory visits, sample room: development and approvals.
Celaya, Aguascaliente, Mexico - Sweater and blanket sample development.
Florence, Italy - Attended Pitti Immagine Bimbo. Trade show trend analysis and report.
Cologne, Germany - Attended Kind et Jugund. Trade show trend analysis and report.
London, Paris. Barcelona - Store/sample shopping.
Tokyo, Harijuku, Japan - Street style trend report; store/sample shopping.
Dollie & Me, Division of Kahn Lucas, New York, New York, 2012 ñ Present
Successful collaboration with the creative director to define branding direction. Create designs and graphics for matching doll and girl outfits, bedding and room dÈcor. Participate in creating showroom display and promotional materials. Created illustrations of characters for a proposed book in progress. Designed soft dolls for book character and bedding sets.
Bon BeBe, New York, New York, 2002 - 2012
Created fixture presentations for potential partnering with Hallmark and Carlton/American Greetings. Co-collaborator with VP of product development to create ìOatmeal & Raisinî, a modern vintage layette collection, and co-collaborator of ìRene Rofe Baby.î Responsible for all character creation and design development sold exclusively to Marshalls and Ross stores. Successfully created ìStarting Outî private label layette collection of classic baby gift and apparel sold exclusively to Dillards.
Rashti & Rashti (the Baby Gift Company), New York, New York, 1997-2002
Mass Market Senior Gift Designer/Apparel Designer
Responsible for the creation and successful launching Sesame Baby gift line for Kmart. Provided design concepts for product ideas and supervised sample development. Worked closely with Sesame Workshop Art Director, Jim McMahon. Established soft color pallet of characters to integrate better with colors of layette apparel and accessories. Successfully partnered with Martha Stewart to launch baby gift line for Kmart. Responsible for giving and translating directions from Martha Stewart team, supervised all approvals and translation of artwork supplied. Responsible for the exclusive creation of ìHeirloomsî newborn baby line for JC Penney. Original embroidery icon, apparel design and styling, gift line and participated in writing copy for marketing material. Created gift lines for
Target under ìCherokee Babyî and ìLullaby Club.î Items included hard lines such as polyresin and painted wood.
Baby Boom (Division of the Betesh Group), New York, New York, 1995 -1997
Diaper Bag/Gift Designer
Responsible for design of diaper bag collection. Sample development in Taipei for first showroom samples to determine line buy. Created ìBright Futureî gift tote sets for JC Penney as well as other gift items. ìLocker Box Gift Setî under major league baseball license created and sold at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Developed sweater knit and blanket collection sampled in Celaya, Mexico. Created exclusive private label for Targetís ìLullaby Club.î
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND AFFILIATIONS
High School of Art and Design, New York, New York
Fashion Illustration Portfolio Award winner. Recipient of full tuition scholarship to Parsons School of Design.
High School of Art and Design Alumni Association: 2010 ñ 2012 served as Vice President; 2013 served as Board of Directors member. Guest speaker during CTE month in classroom visits. Personal award sponsor of art supply donation to selected talented freshman student in need.
Parsons School of Design, New York, New York
Associates Degree in Illustration.
DIGITAL PORTFOLIO LINK
https://gail-allouf.squarespace.com - link created to access an overview of images and styles from past and current