About

An accomplished design and development leader with a proven track record of managing and delivering elevated products and brand experiences. 

I am a product design and development leader, specializing in material innovation and sustainability. I have a passion for creating product that not only elevates the wearer's experience, but also the market’s understanding of what is possible. With over a decade of experience, I have a vast understanding of product creation and construction techniques for a diverse array of product categories. I have extensive experience working with factories and suppliers across the globe. Some of my personal skills include: people development, strategic planning, trend and market analysis, vendor sourcing/allocation, material and compound development, creation of seasonal direction, print direction, design, hand sketching, technical Illustration, prototyping, costing, project management and creating

GTM calendars. 

 

My work has been exhibited in the Daelim Museum in Seoul and the Access Gallery in Vancouver, and featured in publications such as Vogue, Dezeen, Hypebeast, Dazed and Confused, WeAr Magazine, Sportswear Illustrated, Italian Vogue, Footwear News, Fast Company, Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, A Shaded View on Fashion, Zink, and Dressed to Kill Magazine. I’ve also worked with brands such as Issey Miyake pleats please, Beth Richards, 55DSL, George Cox, Christian Wijnants, Henrik Vibskov and Bibi Ghost. 

"He is an exceptional people manager, strategic business planner, and creative director. I highly recommend Drew as your next team Manager/Director as he is excellent team player who drives positive, successful results."

"I have had the privilege of managing Drew directly at RYU for the past year. He is one of the most talented individuals I’ve encountered and constantly found him to be my co-partner on all projects we pursued as a company. His ability to jump into any creative process at a given time, alongside enrolling and providing expertise in various apparel and accessory categories is an incredible gift. During our time together Drew managed and lead all things Accessories and Men's Apparel. He is an exceptional people manager, strategic business planner, and creative director. I highly recommend Drew as your next team Manager/Director as he is excellent team player who drives positive, successful results. "

 

-Bethany Young (Director of Active at Spanx)

 

"I've had the pleasure of working with Drew a few times now, and I know any organization that has Drew as part of the product team, will find itself bettered.
What's fantastic about Drew is his ability to understand the bigger picture when it comes to putting product together -- not just the nuts and bolts of product design and development, which he is excellent at, but also the strategic planning, and execution. Drew is just as comfortable with a pencil and paper ideating, as he is with excel spreadsheets, technical details, or team management, navigating both the creative and operational. His sharp mind, project management acumen, and his innate understanding and prediction of the marketplace--trends, material and construction innovations, and future directions-- are some of the many tools at his disposal when crafting and delivering product that elevates the brand. Drew is particularly interested in new technologies and materials and how through research and development they can be applied to enrich product. He's always challenging himself to learn more, and never satisfied with 'just ok'. "

-Silvana Rivadeneira (Director of Product, Native Shoes)

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