With a stint in Amsterdam working for Tommy Hilfiger as a product developer, Andi Bakos got her foot in the door working for Nike in Europe. Now this lady has the coveted title of Product Line Merchandiser at Nike World Headquarters.
As a Product Line Merchandiser, Andi leads the development of Nike apparel products. She is pretty much responsible for making products with the name of one of the world’s most popular brands 100% ready to hit the consumer aka all of us! And for this, we salute Andi Bakos of Nike as our last Women Making History honoree for Women’s History Month 2009!
After the jump we take a look at some more of Andi’s fresh Nike pieces. She also hits us with a handwritten survey and tells of once moonlighting as a make-up artist for internet porn in LA via a Q&A!
Name: Andi Bakos aka Andi Belle
Title: Product Line Merchandiser at Nike World Headquarters
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Animals: 2 Bengal cats
…and she has this BANANAS cheeseburger top!
Yep. This lady’s cool! Check out the handwritten survey below!
Andi lookin’ flyyyy!
1. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
-Besides the radical women I’m related to-
Jackie & Joan Collins– for their over-the-top glamour worhship and for inspiring my weekly ladies-only gathering “Hollywood Wives Club”
Grace Jones– for being a living piece of art and a total individual
Leila Moss– for being a power blonde
2. How did you get your start?
At my local fashion college. It was super ghetto and I couldn’t wait to graduate. Since then I haven’t strayed far from the fashion industry. I started out as a buyer for a boutique, moonlighted as a make-up artist for internet porn in LA. I ended up in Amsterdam working for Tommy Hilfiger as a product developer which helped get my foot in the door working for Nike in Europe.
3. What’s your favorite piece of fashion that you’ve created?
In the late 90’s I combined a pair of giant jeans with plastic pillows and green feathers. I wore them out, like during the day even. Raves were big back then.
More recently, my favorite project was a Capsule Collection called “La Force” that I worked on with my bff/designer extraordinaire, Kelly Wehner @ Nike. We did a pair of sublimated acid washed denim stirrup leggings that I love to pieces. It was one of the most coveted pieces from the Fall ‘08 collection.
4. Who do you want to work with/dress in the future?
Personally, I have always fantasized about styling Jerri Blank, Amy Sedaris’ character from the show “Strangers With Candy”.
Really, I love working with designers or brands that are fearless and challenge the often conformist nature of fashion and trend.
5. What part of the apparel creation process is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
I can’t say I dislike anything I do; I love my job so I feel super fortunate. Working for a corporation is filled with challenges but without them life would be dull.
I think I’m making “…challenges…without them life would be dull…” my inspired statement!
…I’m still imagining Jerri Blank of Strangers With Candy decked-out in Nike! Perhaps in the US Women’s Indie Capsule Collection above? Vandals, Windrunners, AW77s, crews, t-shirts and accessories (notably, a fannypack).
Above & Below: SOOOPER-HOTTT Editorial Pictures from Missbehave Magazine
Lawdy, lawdy! Those shots are CANDY!
Below we have shots from a M.I.S.S. Crew shoot last May (2008) featuring the “Just Do It” tank and half-shirt!
With Nike collections this hot, you know Andi is doing her job and doing it well! Keep your eye out for Andi’s pieces at a Nike peddler near you and in the pages of your favorite fashion magazine!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Women Making History series. Tomorrow we bring you a final round-up, listing all the features we did throughout the series. As always, please leave your feedback! We love to hear what you think! We do this all for you! 😉
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