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Blake Smith


Designer, Dana Buchman
Kohl's Corporation
Blake Smith is a fashion designer who loves to create for women who express themselves through clothing. Originally from a small town in Georgia, Smith has always been fascinated in the arts and spent most of his adolescent years sketching and experimenting with his personal
style. After realizing that a career in fashion design was an obtainable choice, he was accepted into the Bachelor's program at SCAD: The University for Creative Careers in Savannah, Georgia. After an encounter with a Kohl's recruiter at the annual career fair during his senior year, he was quickly offered a summer internship with their New York Design Office. Within a flash of 4 and a half years, Smith still currently resides with Kohl's - and has had the opportunity to experience working on many brands within the company. From creating feminine romance under the direction of Lauren Conrad for her signature brand, to keeping up with youthful trends and designing pieces worn by Fifth Harmony for the Candie's brand, to collaborating with Vera Wang on an exclusive capsule for Breast Cancer Awareness, to creating a one-of-a-kind look for the Elle Runway Collection featured at NYFW - Blake strives to keep his hands busy creating newness for the Kohl's customer. Currently working as Designer for the Dana Buchman brand, he utilizes his strength for aesthetics and detail to create exciting and impactful product for the
missy classic customer base.

Smith's previous accolades consist of placing top 5 on Lifetime's PROJECT RUNWAY: UNDER THE GUNN, achieving the YMA FSF SCHOLARSHIP FUND AWARD, and the COTTON INC. DESIGN AWARD. Blake's past work has also been featured in numerous East-Coast fashion shows and on

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Friday Jan 13
11:30 - 12:15 PM
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
These young professionals are taking charge of their careers early-on landing them in major roles in retail. Learn what you can do now to jumpstart your career in this stimulating discussion. Take notes, these tips may land you on this panel one-day!