MEET OUR TEAM
Our diverse team consists of the most talented superstars in their respective areas of expertise. From technical design, fashion design, brand design, fashion illustration, 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.
LISA LIVES WITH HER HUSBAND IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Lisa Springsteel Dupre, Founder and CEO
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Lisa is the founder and CEO of Launch Your Collection 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 our emerging, established, 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, Banana Republic, J. Crew, and 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.
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.
LYC 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.
Marchesa, Elie Saab, Ralph&Russo
Paris and the English countryside
Peony, ranuculus, English garden roses
College: Florida State Seminoles; Pro: Panthers
EMILENY LIVES WITH HER TWO CHILDREN IN NEW JERSEY, JUST OUTSIDE
OF NEW YORK CITY
Emileny Gonzalez, Director of Technical Design
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Emileny is the Director of Technical Design at Launch Your Collection 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.
Emileny is unique in that she is a trained expert in technical design, but has a diverse background in many different areas of the fashion industry, including fashion design, product development, production, and graphic design. She has worked 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.
Emileny'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.