Inside Coolibar

Meet Coolibar’s New Apparel Designer

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 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!

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  • Amanda

    Really excited to see next year’s Coolibar product line!

  • Ann

    Welcome to your new job – I’m sure you’ll do great and have lots of fun as well.

    Know I’ve mentioned this before to Coolibar – please, please design some type of long, flowy skirt or another long dress – from neck to ankle to wear to the beach – and also around town . My own thought – forget white and black fabrics for these hot,, humid east coast summers! Thanks.

  • Emily

    I can’t wait to see what you do. I am a very style-conscious and socially active athletic young professional that worked in retail both on the sales floor and as an assistant buyer before becoming a lawyer. I was diagnosed with Lupus two years ago and Coolibar clothing was a huge part of my ability to accept this diagnosis that sinks many people into depression. because your company’s sun-protective clothing allows me to safely participate in most of my favorite activities without exposure to the sun, which can make me very sick. I am very excited to see you join the team that even though I haven’t met I view as family. If you ever accept ideas or thoughts on possible styles just let me know, I would love to share mine with you :-).
    Welcome and thanks

    • aoberg

      Emily, We are also open to hearing new ideas for styles you would like to see. Send us your thoughts anytime!

  • Rose

    Very excited about what Alicia will bring to Coolibar!! I am a big fan of the nautical look and would absolutely LOVE to see some of that styling in my favorite sun protective clothing line!


  • Jurus

    Beautiful family imgaes that will be treasured for many years. The colors all look so vibrant. Great job .I think we need to come see you and have ours done!

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