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Martine Ilana

Martine Ilana

Franklin, MI, US

 

About 

I founded Temescal Creative as a culmination of my 20+ years working in the global design and manufacturing industries. I simply could not find ‘hands-on’ professional support for sustainable design projects that I wanted to get off the ground for myself and clients. Everyone that I encountered was providing theory & research on sustainable design, but not the heavy lifting and operational means needed to take a sustainable concept and execute its vision into reality. I realized that I could start ‘that company’ as I have the depth of experience and wealth of knowledge to execute sustainable design projects for others. 

The name ‘Temescal’ is inspired by Los Angeles’ Temescal Gateway Park, where nature and time collide, while hiking up mountains, often giving one the space to dream up big ideas and create visions for the future. 

Temescal Creative is a sustainable design firm that brings a fresh perspective, wealth of experience, collaborative focus and positive energy, which in turn executes concepts into profitable & successful projects.

Employment 

Temescal Creative, Franklin, MI, US, Principal

Principal & Founder of Temescal Creative.

The name ‘Temescal’ is inspired by Los Angeles’ Temescal Gateway Park, where nature and time collide, while hiking up mountains, often giving one the space to dream up big ideas and create visions for the future.

Temescal Creative is a sustainable design firm that bring a fresh perspective, wealth of experience, collaborative focus and positive energy, which in turn executes concepts into profitable & successful projects.

Focus is on complex sustainable projects ranging from interior renovations and construction management, to accessory design and development.

Nov 2019 - current
 

American Lacing Leather Factory, Saco, ME, US, Designer & Principal

Hands on design-development in tandem with providing factory support to specialty brands who require USA made, custom leather trimming. Sourcing of leather for each client’s project from established, long term tannery relationships (Italy, Mexico, Brazil or USA)

American Lacing's manufacturing and production offering includes: slicing, lacing, splitting, cording and detailed finishing with metal findings, along with mass assembly and private label development.

American Lacing embodies a team that collectively has over 70 years of experience in the leather, automotive, crafts and garment industries, We have served both national and international accounts in the big-box and independent retailer markets, with a focus on quality and top tier customer service.

Dec 2016 - current
 

La Mer Collections, Los Angeles, CA, US, Founder, CEO & Creative Director

Founded timepiece + accessories brand from a garage & grew into an $8mil+ internationally distributed watch collection. Was the single, if not only 100% female owned & privately operated watch brand in the world. Responsible for: creative direction, product design, design of all US based studio / factory locations, relationship management with international distributors / showroom sales teams (USA, Japan, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan), oversaw operations & responsible for inspiring, motivating and managing team of 40+ employees.

Notable Projects: Exclusive collaborations with Anthropologie, TOMS and TARGET (all doors + online).

Creative Samples:
Brand Video shot in Venice California
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynULYBK4JtE

Store designed + built in Jakarta, Indonesia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f26meywkzwQ

Sep 2001 - Jan 2020
 

Vans, Irvine, CA, US, Accessories Designer

Designed Women’s and Men’s Accessories for all 180+ global Vans stores, which included graphic elements & tech-pack creation. Collaborated closely with merchandising, marketing, sales, sourcing, logistics and design teams. Traveled extensively internationally to factories for production and trend research. Products designed included: Backpacks, Luggage, Handbags, Belts, Hats, Socks, Wristwear, Notebooks, Shoelaces, Sunglasses and promotional items.

Oct 2006 - Mar 2009
 

The Ranch House, Boulder, CO, US, Marketing Coordinator + Interior Designer

• Designed & coordinated all digital graphic content + print collateral for client presentations.

• Designed website and maintained organization of all virtual files on shared company server.

• Assisted the Interior Design Manager on the design & Development of fractional timeshare units at the Hyatt Beaver Creek & Private residences in Telluride.

Jan 2005 - Jun 2006
 

Education 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Sustainable Design Certiifcation

Pratt's Sustainable Design Certificate program covers sustainable design theory, practice, processes, and materials to address real-world challenges, while highly encouraging research and innovation. The program is based on whole systems thinking, engaging the design process with nature's processes and designs in the context of societal systems. Course work includes:

- BioDesign
- Biomimicry
- Sustainable Design Foundation
- Sustainable Processes and Materials
- Sustainable Design Theory and Practice

Jan 2022 - current
 

Parsons School of Design-The New School, New York, NY, US, Healthy Materials Lab - Healthy Building Materials

Certificate Program: Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building

4 Module Program:

https://healthymaterialslab.org/learning-hub/e-learning-online-certificate-program

1) Materials and Human Health

2) Building Products and Chemistry

3) Healthier Materials: Design and Specification

4) Executing a Healthier Project

May 2022 - Aug 2022
 

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, Bachelors, Apparel Manufacturing & Product Development

Jun 2006 - Jun 2007
 

School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, Furniture Design

Jan 2003 - Jun 2003
 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Sep 1998 - Apr 2003
 

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, BArch, Michaelis - School of Fine Art

While Abroad studied Fine Art at Michaelis: Sculpture, Painting and Graphics

Jan 2001 - Jul 2001
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills