I know that we're social media friends, but I'm not sure if you remember how we met. I came to SF around a decade ago looking for work and interviewed with you while you were still at Timbuktu. I unfortunately couldn't find an apartment, so I had to pass on your job offer.
Your work and overall vibe made a big impact on me, which is probably why I'm such a fan of all that you do — especially with Alite. I feel like I missed out on a great opportunity to work with you so long ago, but the timing just wasn't right. I'm hoping that a decade later, things might align…
I know you already do some prints on your chairs and blankets, and you might like to explore that further. I used to be a textile designer not only for large companies, but for my own line of home goods. I've seen first-hand how impactful textile patterns can increase product sales.
Alite creates a lot of fun and functional bags and you might need someone to help create more prototypes to test. I worked as a handbag designer for 3 years designing bags, accessories, textiles and creating specs. I also worked closely with overseas vendors for fabric sourcing and to ensure product quality during manufacturing.
I've been sewing and creating patterns since I was 5 — Barbie was my first client and she had a pretty extensive, custom wardrobe. I also have a degree in fashion and have developed some pretty serious pattern making and sewing skills over the years. Let's just say I have a good understanding and respect for the process behind all of your products.
I know you just did a site redesign, but you might need someone to help update it and keep it fresh. Despite my fashion background, I found my way into the tech industry as a web designer. My focus is on building holistic brand experiences influenced heavily by usability and user feedback. Silicon Valley is metrics obsessed, while my philosophy with everything I do is users first, metrics second. Feel free to take a look at a few of my case studies below.
Despite the fact that I live in one of the biggest cities in the world, I always jump at the chance to go hiking, spelunking, or camping across the globe. I also understand the value of great products that look awesome, but can weather the outdoors. I think outdoor gear is the pinnacle of function meeting form.
I know that running your own business is costly and you're most likely not looking to take on anyone full time. I also know that you may be apprehensive to work with someone who literally lives across country. I've been working as a freelance designer for years for companies around the globe. If you're willing to have me, I'd be honored to help out. I think that Alite makes such useful and innovative products, and I'm always looking to align myself with companies that I feel a connection with.