A passion for textile design has led Ann-Marie Mountford-Chu through the path of fashion, and over 20 years of experience in many fields of the Fashion Industry has made her one of the most prominent consultants for Footwear Design in NY, with a sharp point around multiple categories including Womens Dress, Casual and Sport Lifestyle.
Born and raised in the UK, Ann-Marie graduated Amersham College, Buckinghamshire with a degree in Textile Design, and worked as a Fashion Print Designer and Illustrator in London, before moving to NYC. Upon her arrival, she continued working with Textile Design at a highly creative studio where she could experiment with a multitude of media and techniques to produce Print, Pattern and Color concepts used in the Fashion Industry. During that time, Ann-Marie also contributed with a variety of Print Trade shows and Trend Forecasting Services, which allowed her to forge a basis for an accurate sense of color combining and material manipulation that she would use throughout her career.
Having held Textile Design positions at both Ralph Lauren and Adrienne Vittadini, Ann-Marie then settled at Polo where she spent the next five years cultivating her design skills across Womens and Mens Soft Accessories as well as Mens Bags for all divisions - Collection, Puple Label, PoloRL, Polo Sport, Ralph and Lauren. 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, and then lead two Womens Footwear Brands at The Jones Group - JonesNY and @Joan & David. A passion was born! From then on, Ann-Marie has translated her skills into the womens footwear world, taking on leadership of Womens Footwear at Cole Haan for Wholesale, DTC, Energy Collaborations and a variety of technology platforms in Sport, Casual and Dress footwear - Nike Air, Lunerlon, Grand OS and Zero Grand.
After so many years in the Industry, Ann-Marie decided it was time for a change. She left the corporate world to create her eponymous Creative Consulting Studio, sharing her expertise with clients worldwide, and focusing on Footwear Design and Development.
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