We’re extremely excited to have Alicia Pizzo Eakright join Coolibar’s merchandising team. Alicia will be taking on the role of Design Director for women’s and children’s clothing. The blog team decided to get to know Alicia a little better and see what we can expect for next season’s Coolibar designs.
What inspired you to get into clothing/fashion design?
I grew up sewing and designing clothes with my mom, it just seemed like a natural career move.
What helped prepare you for working in this industry?
Starting out as an assistant 8 years ago and learning from the ground up…lots of experience!
Where do you get your design inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from traveling, people watching and doing trend research online.
What are you most excited about now that you’ve started working at Coolibar?
I am excited to get to know everyone here-it is really fun to work at a small company again. As for the product, I am looking forward to introducing many exciting new styles to the line-up for women’s and kids.
What trends do you see being big for 2012?
For women’s-I think we will see another wave of American inspired sportswear with classic themes (like nautical styling). For kids, bright bold graphics will be everywhere!
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Hanging out with my dogs (Beagle and Steve), playing with my new baby (Bee), making jewelry, yoga, going to comedy shows (my husband is an actor at the Brave New Workshop http://bravenewworkshop.com/) concerts, dinner with friends, reading, travel…
What’s your favorite Coolibar product and why?
I am still getting to know all of the Coolibar product, but so far my favorite product is anything in the ZnO fabric, it is AMAZING!
We look forward to seeing Alicia’s new apparel designs this upcoming season!