Meet MelEesa, our men's designer. She designs some of the coolest mens workout clothes and plays a wicked game of dodgeball. Get a sneak peek into her role at lululemon and what she does for fun!
What is your role at lululemon?
My role is to elevate the men’s product to be best in the world by being the new Men’s designer. And also to win the conference championship for the lululemon dodgeball team.
What has your biggest career achievement, to date, been?
I’ve been pretty blessed with the opportunities that have been given to me and have learned under some incredible directors from amazing companies that continue to be my role models. However, recently one of my first designs from RLX Polo Ralph Lauren was put on the runway and featured in Vogue. So check that one off the goal list.
How do you think your co-workers would describe you?
Well Chip once referred to me as a walking art show, and my technical designer described me as Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. The rest say that I am a very open, loud (thanks to my bad hearing) person that works hard, laughs a lot and makes up descriptive words. I might also be slightly competitive (go lemonballers).
What's your favourite yoga class? Why?
Kundalini. It’s amazing how it unblocks channels in your body, and I always leave feeling centered and tingly. It's also really fun, and I openly admit that I have no idea what I am chanting though.
What designs are you working on right now?
I am currently designing Fall 2010. We have some great outerwear and tech mens tops coming!!!
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
I love to read romantic vampire novels, and none of that Twilight stuff -- trust me -- there’s much better. Oh, and National Geographic!!!
If you could trade places with someone in the company who would it be and why?
Allison Forsyth. She has this amazing relationship with our elite athletes that allow us to have them test our product and give feedback. And who better then athletes wanting to wear our product, not ones we pay to wear them! Plus she organizes events for us to support them, and I can wear face paint and hold obnoxious signs like the rest of them... P.S. She shares my competitive edge -- you don’t want us throwing a dodgeball at you....we take it seriously.
What are your future career goals?
I am going to be a comic book cover illustrator and have my own gallery show.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
I don’t know if I’d qualify this as a piece of advice or more as a lifelong example, but I had two amazing women in my life that sacrificed so many things and worked so hard to give me what they didn’t have. So it's always been shown to me that hard work actually does pay off.
What would be your theme song for your life story?
Miss Fat Booty... just kidding, kind of. I would pick, “What a Beautiful World”, by Louis Armstrong.
What's your Big Hairy Audacious Goal!?
Grow super powers, and save the world... I might even have a cape.
Inspired to design technical product? We are hiring a lead yoga designer in Vancouver!