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Zoe Jenkins
XX XXXXXXX XXXXXX, Oradell, NJ 07649
Professional Summary
25 year product development and production expertise in manufacturing, wholesale and license business for women's accessory products in a wide range of price point from synthetic, leather to exotic skins. Driven to create a profitable business and an efficient product development and production process under a strategic and tactical approach.  An effective and efficient communicator to drive positive end results through a strong partnership and an exceptional commitment to business growth.
  • Global factory and material sourcing.
  • Product development and costing.
  • Production planning.
  • Strong Leadership.
  • MBA and MA education.
  • Biliangual : English and Korean
GBG New York, NY Sr.Director of Product Development Jan 2014Present
  • Product categories ; handbags, small leather goods and gift items.
  • Price point ; handbags $98 to $1000, small leather goods $38 to $300.
  • Created and monitored the corporate critical calendar.  Worked with the licensor to set up the mutual milestones and product development calendar cross all licensed product categories ; bags, small leather goods, belts, scarves and cold weather for both women's and men's category.
  • Re-established leather materials, and manufacturing resource globally ; Italy, Brazil, China, Korea and India.
  • Sampling ; approx. 600-900 skus for both Full price and Off-price products per season.  
  • Efficient product development process ; identified challenging or counter-productive details & construction early on and alternated the design details through collaboration with the design team.
  • Costing ; reviewed the cost break down and identified the most cost-focused area and re-engineered products to lower the cost with minimal impact on the design detail.
  • Increased the internal margin by 5-10 pts.
Cole Haan New York, NY Sr.Director of Product Development for Women's Accessories Jul 2005Oct 2013
  • Product categories; handbags, small leather goods, belts, scarves, hats, gloves and gift items.
  • Price point; $38 (small leather goods) to $10,000 (exotic leather handbag).
  • Managed the corporate calendar.
  • Developed a seasonal allocation plan; a quarterly review on product execution, cost, production delivery and quality per factory and planned a future allocation.
  • Global material sourcing; Italy, Brazil, China, Korea, India, Indonesia and Taiwan.  Established a close business partnership with limited number of suppliers to leverage the buying power to keep the material cost low.
  • In-house sample room set up ; hired & trained a sample maker for an in-house sample workshop where most of key/iconic items were created, and generated the cost break down sheets and paper patterns that were provided to factories.
  • Costing 
  • Established the approval process of pre-production samples as well as the materials.
  • Diversified the manufacturing resource into 3 countries; China, Vietnam and India. Collection programs were produced in Italy.
  • Supervised 3 managers, 1 coordinator and 1 sample maker/tech designer.
Liz Claiborne, Inc. New York, NY Director of Product Development for Handbags/Small Leather Goods Dec 2001Jun 2005
  • Planned a development & production calendar by product category.
  • Sourced the raw materials for leather, synthetic, fabric and hardware components.
  • Collaborated with the design and merchandizing team to create and development products.
  • Managed the costing for multi brands; Liz Claiborne full price & off-price ($100 millions @ wholesale $), Lucky Brand, Enyce and Mexx.
  • Supervised 1 manager and 3 product developers.
Liz Claiborne, Inc. New York, NY Merchandising Manager for Handbag/Small Leather goods Jul 1999Oct 2001
  • Built and maintained a financial budget and the line plan.
  • Developed products with the design and product development team.
  • Analyzed the retail selling and planned an initial buying as well as a replenishment program.
  • Monitored a selling and inventory level.
  • Supervised 2 Sr. Merchandisers and 1 Jr. Merchandiser.
Dana Buchman Accessories by Liz Claiborne, Inc. New York, NY Production Manager Sep 1997Jun 1999
  • Launched the Dana Buchman handbags and small leather goods.
  • Developed both a domestic and overseas factory resource ; New York, Canada, Italy, Turkey, China and Korea.
  • Created a line plan by season, set up a target retail & wholesale price.
  • Costing
  • Issue a production order and monitored the shipping, quality assurance.
  • Managed the showroom sample order and set up the showroom for each market.
  • Controlled the inventory working with the off-price sales team.
Liz Claiborne, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Manager of Product Improvement for Accessories Mar 1994Aug 1997
  • Published a quarterly report for quality issues on returned items from consumers as well as the wholesale accounts specifying quality failure as well as the suggestion for improvement.
  • Product categories : handbags, wallets, belts, hats, scarves, socks and hosiery.
  • Worked on various cost saving projects : efficiency for the packaging, set up a computerized entry system for the returned goods data collection for the accessories and jewelry division.
  • Supervised 2 non-union and 6 union employees.
Liz Claiborne, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Production Associate Jul 1993Mar 1994
  • Issued purchase orders to factories, and monitored the weekly sales booking & inventory, and placed reorder tickets to factories.
  • Collaborated with the Allocation/Shipping department to meet the monthly and quarterly shipping plan.
  • Set up product information in the computer system and opened the letter of credit.
Pacific Buying & Marketing Service LTD. Seoul, Korea Assistant Manager Aug 1986Jul 1991
  • Developed & produced leather, synthetic and fabric raw material, components and handbags.
  • Placed the production order to factories and monitored the shipping status.
Korea Trade Promotion Corp. Seoul, Korea Trade Consultant Dec 1985Aug 1986
  • Arranged meeting appointments between foreign buyers and domestic manufacturers. Provided them with translation service in English, Korean and French.
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI Master of Arts: Language (French) and International Trade Apr 1993
Sogang University Seoul, Korea MBA: Trade Feb 1991
Sogang University Seoul, Korea Bachelor of Arts: French Literature(major), Education(minor) Completed coursework towards Bachelor of Arts, 1986
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Previous Companies:

  • GBG
  • Cole Haan
  • Liz Claiborne

Previous Job Positions:

  • SrDirector of Product Development
  • SrDirector of Product Development for Womens Accessories
  • Director of Product Development for Handbags
  • Small Leather Goods
  • Merchandising Manager for Handbag


  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Sogang University

Level of Education:

  • Master of Arts
  • MBA
  • Bachelor of Arts

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