Laura Ciccarello. Designer.
Strategic, luxuriant focused, and extraordinarily driven, Laura's first ventures in the design world started in art, selling multiple paintings by age 13 and going on her first business trip (with her wonderful Mom for legal reasons) at 14 after winning an international design contest by The Sak Company to have her designs mass produced overseas.
While studying design at The Fashion Institute of Technology, she designed for multiple fashion companies where her work ended up on the racks of several major retailers but was still seeking a larger role in the fashion world.
After completing her degree, Laura took a job as a wholesale brand manager for the fashion house Fernando Sanchez. She was afforded the opportunity to take the reigns of the design department at the early age of 23 following the passing of the legendary designer. At the company Laura worked with clients Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Home Shopping Network, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s, as well as hundreds of nation-wide boutiques, where the customers and their stories were a constant inspiration.
Years later, in the face of a struggling luxury market during the recession in 2008, Laura sought to help retail clients maximize profit instead in the mass market where she saw extensive opportunity emerging in direct sourcing.
While utilizing banks, mills, and factories as partners, her consulting has contributed to companies adopting new methodology behind putting together saleable collections at a reasonable cost. Working with clients such as House of Dereon, Britney Spears, V1969 Versace, Eileen Fisher, Ralph Lauren, and Samsung Textiles, Laura was able acquire a vast amount of factory relationships and still continues to serve as a manufacturer matchmaker.