MEET OUR TEAM

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Our diverse team consists of the most talented superstars in their

respective fields. From technical design, fashion design, brand design

and costing, they represent the spirit of our company and are driven by their

passion to help our clients make their undeniable mark in the fashion world.

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Launch Your Collection (LYC) and the author of the book, Becoming a Fashion Designer (Wiley), which published worldwide in English in 2013, and has since been translated in two languages -- Mandarin (2015) and Arabic (2019). 

She manages and oversees the entire launch process for all clients in both our emerging and bespoke (celebrities and public figures) apparel brand divisions. 

She earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University and she is a 19-year New York fashion industry veteran who has worked at the corporate headquarters of Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel. She has a wide range of experience in the areas of fashion design, merchandising, product development, fabric and trim research, development, and sourcing, sample development and production, branding, sales, promotion, and marketing.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

While at Ralph Lauren, she was one of the few who was honored to be in design meetings with Ralph and learned directly from one of the top designers of all time. She was also the Fabric and Trim Manager for J. Mendel, responsible for researching, sourcing, and purchasing fabric for four seasonal New York Fashion Week runway collections per year, celebrity clientele for various editorials and red carpet events, all for all wholesale account and retail locations around the world.

She was personally hired by Sean Combs to be his fabric director for the Fall 2018 Sean John New York Fashion Week show, while simultaneously being filmed for the MTV documentary, If I Were King. Oscar de la Renta once asked her to present original designs and illustrations for his Spring 2002 runway show. 

FOCUS AREA

As founder and CEO, Lisa manages and oversees the entire launch process for every LYC client. Her goal is to make the complex process of launching an apparel brand easy by creating a seamless and fun, collaborative educational experience, from kick-off, to launch, and beyond. 

FAVORITES

  • Fashion Designer: Marchesa

  • Travel Destinations: Paris, Anywhere in Italy, English countryside 

  • Color: Pink

  • Flower: Peony

  • Season: Spring

  • Football Teams: College: Seminoles; Pro: Panthers

 

LOCATION:

LISA SPRINGSTEEL DUPRE, FOUNDER & CEO

Raleigh, North Carolina

 
 

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

Emileny is the Director of Technical Design at Launch Your Collection (LYC) and is also a freelance technical designer in New York.

She studied fashion design at an early age while attending the prestigious High School of Fashion Industries in New York. After graduation, she earned an AAS degree in Patternmaking Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Emileny is unique in that is a trained expert in technical design, but has held positions in fashion design, product development, production, and graphic design at the New York corporate headquarters of Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Escada, and Lululemon Athletica, as well as big box retailers such as Macy's.

FOCUS AREA

Emiley's focus area at Launch Your Collection is to bring your vision to life by creating a technical package that represents your designs, both aesthetically and technically and represents an accurate roadmap of your samples to ensure a smooth transition in the sample making process.

FAVORITES

  • Fashion Designer: Oscar de la Renta

  • Travel Destinations: Mexico 

  • Color: Pink

  • Flower: Peony

  • Season: Spring

LOCATION:

 

Emileny lives with her two children, in New Jersey, right outside of New York City.

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

Bruce is the Costing Manager at Launch Your Collection (LYC) and is also an educator and  consultant to fashion entrepreneurs. 

He studied electrical engineering in college, but always had an interest in fashion design from an early age. In high school, his mother bought him a sewing machine and he designed and created his first pair of pants, which he wore to school. When he noticed how many of his friends wanted their own pair, he knew he was on to something. After graduating from college and participating in the annual fashion show on campus, his following grew and he decided to move to Los Angeles, which is where he started his consulting business.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Being able to help so many emerging fashion brands launch successful businesses.

FOCUS AREAS

Bruce's goal is to train Launch Your Collection clients on the fundamentals of costing, so that they gain a thorough understanding of the costing process. He designed the costing worksheet tool and created the video module that are used in the costing training process.

FAVORITES

  • Fashion Designer: Versace

  • Travel Destinations: Italy 

  • Color: Blue

  • Football Team: Philadelphia Eagles

  • Season: Spring

LOCATION

 

Bruce lives with his family in Los Angeles, California

BRUCE WALTERS, COSTING MANAGER
EMILENY GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL DESIGN
 
JESSICA REMILLARD, BRAND DESIGNER

Jessica lives in East Fairfield, Vermont.

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

Jessica is the Brand Designer at Launch Your Collection (LYC) and is also a freelance branding expert and graphic designer and the founder behind Milled Design Co., which is based in Vermont. She studied Business Marketing at the University of Vermont. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

She specializes in building authentic and intentional brands that help her clients speak to their target audiences. She has taken several design courses and is constantly learning new techniques. She is dedicated in nurturing and growing the brands she works with as if they were her own. 

FOCUS AREA

Jessica's focus area at Launch Your Collection is to bring your vision to life by curating and elevating your brand, both aesthetically and strategically, so that you can attract your ideal clients and convert them to lifelong and loyal customers.

FAVORITES

  • Fashion Designer: Louis Vuitton

  • Travel Destinations: Dominican Republic

  • Color: Black

  • Football Team: White tulip

  • Season: Autumn

LOCATION

 

 
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