fresh face friday: (future) design director



This week we're switching things up and talking about the NEXT fresh face we'd love to see on this blog, which will be our newest Design Director!

Could it be you?

Our current Design Director, Jill, has grown up with lululemon and has a pretty inspirational story. Check it out.

jill, design director at lululemon

Jill, looking out over Hong Kong.

what's your lululemon story?

I started working in our Toronto Queen Street West Store while I was going to school in 2003. I finished school the following year and moved to Vancouver to work on the design team.

I would always make sure I talked to Chip or Deanne whenever they were in Toronto and just let them know that I really wanted to work on the Design team and that it was in my goals. In fact, it was in my goals to be the Director of Design within 10 years, and lo and behold I achieved this goal through hard work but in 5 years time!

Now I am living my dream job and loving it, and it's time to live the rest of my dream life too! I will be having my first child with my husband in September!

Next on the list? A marathon next year! (Great way to lose the baby weight!)

Taking part in a photo shoot!

what has been the best part about being the design director? most challenging?

The best part is working with creative, passionate people everyday in an open and supportive environment. Most challenging? Hmmm... it has been such a great learning curve, I would have to say the most challenging thing has been deciding to be great in my personal life too, and leave this job that I love so much (if only for a short while).

biggest goal you've accomplished while at lululemon?

I have a few I would love to share:

  • I got married
  • I achieved the role of Design Director
  • I ran my first half marathon
  • I conceived my first child

Jill and her husband

what's your BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) for the lululemon design team?

To be the happiest, most productive design team in the world. lululemon will be known as having the best athletic apparel designers in the business.

Jill leading her fellow design team members to the finish line at Chip's Not Dead Yet!

Are you our next design director? Apply here! http://tbe.taleo.net/NA1/ats/careers

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8 Comments »


Would love to know what the Design Director has planned for the upcoming products.

Comment by Zanna — April 2, 2010 @ 7:48 am


I too would like to know, what is planned for the coming seasons. I feel like the designs in the Apres and Yoga lines have really slipped post fall/winter 2009. They have a distinct Stella McCartney look about them-the pieces are very trendy and either won’t work at all on anyone past the age of 35, or are relevant for only one season. Lulu is too expensive for that. The Run line, while still producing some FAB product has fallen in the pleating/rouching/trendy hole as well.
I look forward to the upcoming designs, as I feel like there is vast space for improvement.

Comment by Laura — April 2, 2010 @ 9:55 am


Great story Jill!

Comment by Michelle Toy — April 5, 2010 @ 8:48 am


You are an inspiration to where goals and dreams lead in life…and have created amazing products along the way. Thanks Jill!

Comment by Steph Corker Irwin — April 5, 2010 @ 11:44 am


awesome, love the story

Comment by kathleen shannon — April 5, 2010 @ 12:58 pm


Seriously cool – so happy that you’re living your goal designing amazing product for the world. I love being able to wear fashionable, functional gear at my workouts. Keep it up!

Comment by Julie McLeod — April 5, 2010 @ 1:13 pm


LOVE to hear a wonderful, happy story…very inspiritional! I would like to see more manifesto type t’s and tanks…I have one from the winter, a deep raspberry color with the same print that is currently on the shopping bags you give out with purchase…just love being smothered in good energy and affirmations!

Comment by Elizabeth Kochor — April 5, 2010 @ 5:34 pm


I love lulu, I am 35 and I am proud to wear lulu. I do feel that the clothes are pricey, but worth it to me. Finally athletic clothes that actually fit a small person, that look fantastic and perform fantastic. I would love more stylish technical tops that are short sleeve, so that sun does not get on my shoulders when running. The materials for lulu are outstanding, I am a die hard fan!

Comment by Lorey Choe — April 10, 2010 @ 6:25 pm


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