Lisa R. Arenstein
Lisa Arenstein received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Fashion Design, summa cum laude, in 2001 from the University of Cincinnati. While completing her studies in design, she participated in the cooperative exchange program and interned at Express, Banana Republic, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Upon graduation, she was hired as an assistant designer for Abercrombie & Fitch designing woven and denim product categories.
Lisa was quickly recognized for her passion for denim design and was hired in 2003 by Quiksilver, Roxy division, in Huntington Beach, California. Roxy's unique combination of sales to wholesalers and its own stand-alone stores broadened Lisa’s perspective on the retail environment. Emphasis was placed on denim concepts that could be incorporated in multiple markets throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
In 2006, Express recruited Lisa back to Columbus/New York City to be a senior designer for the entire women's denim collection. Express is one of the nation’s largest denim retailers with just over 550 stores. Lisa’s responsibilities included trend research, wash development, fit analysis, and line creation. She was given unique opportunities to attend premier trade shows in Europe, and work within the foremost denim factories around the globe.
Lisa joined the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as a part time instructor for the spring 2009 semester. She has been thrilled to bring her real life industry experience as a designer to the students. Lisa has taught Foundations of Figure Drawing, Textile Laboratories, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and the junior-level Fashion Design II.