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. 

GOAL:

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:

After 19 fantastic years living and working in Manhattan, taking in all the culture, star-studded, black tie events, delicious food, and fun -- Lisa escaped the blaring sounds of ambulances heard late into the evenings from her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, to a home that is actually surrounded by grass. She lives with her tech savvy, computer engineer of a husband in a charming and quaint town south of the Mason-Dixon Line and she is proud to call the Raleigh, North Carolina area home.

LISA SPRINGSTEEL DUPRE, FOUNDER & CEO
PATRICIA SAMANIEGO, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

Patricia is the Business Development Manager of Launch Your Collection (LYC) and the designer of her own couture evening wear collection that is designed from her private atelier in Los Angeles.

She earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Nashville, Tennessee and is trained in haute couture fashion design, technical design, patternmaking, and draping.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Early in her career, she began making costumes in Las Vegas which later evolved into working as a stylist for a fashion magazine. She went on to work for a couture designer in London, where she assisted in creating bespoke pieces for members of the British Royal family, a truly inspiring and rewarding experience. 

GOAL:

Patricia's goal is to bring on new fashion start-ups who are looking for guidance, mentorship, and education as they develop, launch, and grow their apparel brands. 

FAVORITES:

  • Fashion Designer: Ralph Rucci

  • Travel Destinations: Italy, London, Maui 

  • Color: Blush

  • Flower: Orange Blossom

  • Season: Summer

LOCATION:

 

Patricia lives with her husband and son just outside of Los Angeles in sunny California.

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.

GOAL:

Emiley's goal 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 son and daughter in New Jersey, right outside of New York City.

EMILENY GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL DESIGN
BRUCE WALTERS, COSTING MANAGER

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:

Coming soon

GOAL:

Bruce's goal is to train LYC 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:

 

Coming soon.

BRAND STYLIST FOR BESPOKE APPAREL BRANDS

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

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GOAL:

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BRAND STYLIST FOR EMERGING APPAREL BRANDS

EXPERTISE AND EDUCATION

Patricia is the Brand Stylist for Emerging Apparel Brands at Launch Your Collection (LYC) and runs her own brand design studio. 

She studied psychology in college and uses this knowledge to get to really know the style of our clients, and to translate it into a design that not only captures their personality, but also appeals to their target market. While her design process is intuitive, it is supported by logical thinking and in-depth research. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Since 2001, Patricia have been creating visual brands for clients all over the world and joined Launch Your Collection in xx. Her style is elegant, clean, and vibrant. She has worked with both female and male clients, with varying brand personalities.

GOAL:

Patricia's goal is to translate the client's vision and to capture their target audience with a memorable and striking visual brand identity that honors the authentic voice behind their brand and creates a lasting impression.

FAVORITES:

  • Fashion Designer: Carolina Herrera

  • Travel Destinations: Anywhere is Europe

  • Color: Blush

  • Flower: David Austin Rose

  • Season: Spring

LOCATION:

 

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