A passion for design has led Ann-Marie Mountford-Chu through the path of fashion, and after over 20 years of experience in many fields of the Fashion Industry has made her one of the most prominent creative leads for Footwear Design in NY, with a sharp point around Womens Dress, Casual and Sport Lifestyle.
Born and raised in the UK, Ann-Marie graduated Amersham College with a degree in Textile Design, and worked as a Fashion Print Designer and Illustrator in London before moving to New York. Upon her arrival, she continued working with Textile Design at a highly creative studio before transitioning in house to larger American brands.
Having held Textile Design positions at both Ralph Lauren and Adrienne Vittadini, Ann-Marie then settled at Polo where she spent five years cultivating her design skills across Womens and Mens Soft Accessories as well as Mens Bags for Collection, Purple Label, Polo RL Blue Label and Polo Sport. This responsibility allowed her to understand how to detail quality, construction and finishing according to price targets and tailoring the styling to the leading Lifestyle brands' many in-house Labels.
American Eagle Outfitters followed Ralph Lauren, and allowed Ann-Marie to switch back into the Womens Design world and to lead the Footwear team - a passion was born! She went on to lead two Womens Footwear Brands at the Jones Group – Jones New York and @Joan & David before taking on senior design leadership of Womens Footwear at Cole Haan for all distribution channels inclusive of Energy Collaborations, always utilizing a variety of technology platforms in Sport, Casual and Dress Footwear – Nike Air, Lunar and ZeroGrand.
Since 2015 Ann-Marie has been consulting for various American clients. An offer in 2016, to lend her valuable expertise in casual and sport lead her to Nine West for a year, to develop and establish a brand voice in these vital categories and in doing so, position them to sit alongside the dress product, re-inventing the overall aesthetic to be fashion relevant in a highly competitive market place.
She continues her consulting and is excited to pursue new strategic and creative challenges in the industry.