Director; Merchandising, Fashion & Design
Merilyn Konnerth recently joined Laitmon, Inc bringing her in-depth experience of product development for leading retailers. She is adept at managing the entire product life cycle from sourcing to market delivery through multi-channel networks. While primarily responsible for fashion and design, Merilyn's retail experience coupled with import/export know-how, has proved invaluable to our clients.
Merilyn graduated with a BS in Political Science and Foreign Policy, but it was her love of, and flair for retailing that would define her success.
She started her career as a buyer with Younker's Department Stores, a leading US regional chain. Merilyn's ability for trend-spotting and developing creative product caught the eye of The Bombay Company who she joined in 1993 as lead product developer, responsible for annual sales of over $150 million.
During her five years with the company she was responsible for sourcing product and negotiating terms of delivery from: China, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Merilyn further developed her import/export expertise as President of specialty importer Manorisms International, supplying the likes of Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Bombay Company and Victoria's Secret; with innovative category break out products like "Shuga Buds" - Swarovski crystal studded earphones that capitalized on the i-pod phenomenon.