Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee

New York, NY, US



To apply my artistic experiences where I can work with a creative and dynamic team in developing bold color palettes, and to continue to expand my knowledge about color. I believe in working smart and prioritize organization, as these two aspects are key to productivity and achieving team and brand goals.

Superior Color Discrimination on the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test


Lane Bryant, New York, NY, US, Color & Print Manager

• Review color & print/ pattern for Lane Bryant (Mainline Brand) and Livi (Activewear), revamp and maintain brand’s color library, ensure (+2,500) color standards are conveniently accessible to all Designers
• Assist SVP and AVP of Design with seasonal color elections (100 colors), match color inspiration retail samples, ensure that all seasonal colors are available in PLM
• Evaluate over 80 lab dips, strike-offs, and bulk submissions per week under the light box and provide comments, increase collaboration and visibility with cross functional teams
• Create digital and physical color palettes (Illustrator), distribute internally; cross functional partners and externally; vendors, communicate with color services partners, order seasonal color standards and design materials
• Implement higher standards for mixed media styles and collaborate with cross functional partners to improve submission workflow

Nov 2022 - current

Todd Snyder, New York, NY, US, Freelance, Color Managing Consultant

• Established and developed brand’s first color library, which upgraded the brand’s design materials and performance, maintained and organized current and past color standards (+4,500), ensured color standards were convenient and accessible
• Assisted Founder & Design Directors with seasonal color elections (70-100 colors), matched color inspiration retail samples, ensured that all seasonal colors were available in PLM
• Created intricate and accurate color palette matrices (Excel), digital and physical color palettes (Illustrator), distributed color palettes internally; cross functional partners and externally; mills (40 sets per season & 3-4 collections per season)
• Evaluated custom color development lab dips, seasonal lab dips, and bulk submissions under the light box and provided color comments (Knits and Wovens)
• Communicated with color services partner, ordered seasonal color standards/ design tools, developed custom color standards, administered Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test and provided analysis of test results
• Communicated with cross functional partners; Design, Production, Merchandising, and Knits mills

Dec 2020 - Nov 2022

Gap Inc., New York, NY, US, Color Analyst

• Maintained and organized color library to ensure quick and accurate access to current and past color standards (+4,000) and design materials, which improved department performance and efficiency
• Managed Color Insight (color asset management database) for CAD Team: added, optimized, edited, and approved digital color standards for prints; capable of approving +40 colors within a work day, administered printer nozzle checks
• Assisted with seasonal color elections (250-400 colors) and naming of new seasonal colors (+20 colors), ensured that all seasonal colors were available in systems: Global Assortment, PLM, Color IQC, Color Insight
• Researched color trends and performed spectrophotometric readings of trend color searches
• Evaluated lab dips under the light box, performed spectrophotometer readings for numerical color differences and recorded readings, aided Designers and Product Development with color comments
• Communicated with color services partner, global offices, and cross functional partners; Design and Product Development & assisted in the development, packaging, and distribution of color standards, proofed printing sheets for color standards and design tool packaging

Sep 2015 - Mar 2020

The Gap Inc., New York, NY, US, Freelance, Administrative Support Assistant in Design & Production

• Supported Gap Body Design & Kids/ Baby Production Teams, by organizing samples daily and updating PLM by requesting fabric from our global partners
• Coordinated with Gap Body Design Team, by revising seasonal color schemes using Illustrator and preparing InDesign presentations for merchants
• Assisted in updating PLM with all marketing features for Gap Body styles (+50 styles), inclusive of creating key templates
• Assisted Senior Manager of Girl Knits Global Production at design pass-off meetings and recaps

Aug 2013 - Sep 2015

Phipps & Co., New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager

• Supervised two clients’ projects: (1) Stone Client (five items, $80,000): managed various deadlines per week, offered options between granite & quartz countertops/ backsplashes, sent out quotations and final purchase invoices, (2) Hotel Developer (20 items, $1.5 million) collaborated with architects and provided all interior finishes, furniture, and fixtures
• Assisted Project Managers and developed intricate and accurate project matrices in Microsoft Excel (take-offs) and all-item specification lists (+50 items including interior finishes, furniture, and fixtures: apartments & hotels)
• Communicated with CEO on a daily basis to discuss projects and to receive quotation mark-ups & regularly communicated with the China office to advise project specifications
• Completed and calculated quotations: mark-ups/ margins, purchase invoices, and profit details
• Managed and revamped materials library (consisting of accessories, hardware, stone, tile, vinyl, wood) and requested for project samples from the China office/ vendors

Oct 2014 - Mar 2015

Carnegie Fabrics Creative, New York, NY, US, Design Intern

• Worked with Xorel Design Team and created names for latest Xorel collection print styles
• Developed presentation renderings, using Photoshop (hospitality, health care, and retail)
• Created color palettes of Xorel styles and organized test samples into color schemes for final selection
• Worked with Textile Design Team to create material palettes & complementary textile palettes, concentrating on color and pattern, for promotional tactics
• Communicated with Executive Vice President (Creative) & Designers to create inspiration, mood board, trend presentations to be sent out to clients/ reps

Nov 2013 - Sep 2014

Eagle Wood-Work & Construction, Inc., Long Island City, NY, US, Freelance, CAD Drafter

• Communicated with and aided Director of Operations with custom furniture shop drawings
• Created and revised drawing set per client’s specifications to be submitted for fabrication

Mar 2014 - Jun 2014

The Gap Inc., New York, NY, US, Fabric Research & Development Intern

• Worked with Fabric Research & Development Department (Trim, Knits, and Wovens)
• Developed new season concept boards (Finding inspirational photos, new trim, and fabric)
• Assisted in finding specific types of trim and fabric to provide for designers’ needs and requests
• Attended vendor meetings and assisted in selecting new innovative samples
• Organized and created new sourcing libraries for all three departments (Trim, Knits, and Wovens)

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Joyce D. Silverman Interiors, Brooklyn, NY, US, Interior Design Intern

• Researched and selected finishes and furniture for interior specifications, while working closely with Principal, consultants, and various vendors
• Aided interior designers with drafting and assembling proposals and presentation materials
• Attended project site meetings to confirm measurements of clients’ homes
• Developed custom furniture designs with clients to meet their specifications
• Organized the materials and resource libraries for the Interiors Department

May 2011 - Jul 2011


Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York, NY, US, Business & Design Certificate: Color Specialist

Apr 2015 - Jul 2017

School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Aug 2009 - May 2013


New York Eleven Plus 2013 Exhibition - Albany & New York City Exhibitions, Nomination

Nominated to represent the School of Visual Arts Interior Design Program


Gap Inc. Farbric R&D Intern Award and Applause Recognition, Honorable Mention


Areas of Specialization