studio 317

Studio 317 is a creative and product development studio established in 2014 to offer clients a single-source solution to excellence in product creation and innovation.

When brands are presented with opportunities that stretch internal or traditional resources we offer a collaborative partnership that extends your team and expands your potential.

Studio 317 was born of the passion to bring world-class innovation, design and craftsmanship to the apparel industry. We offer brand strategy, design, product innovation, development and commercialization. We retain an in-house team of designers, product developers, pattern makers, tech designers and seamstresses with over 100 years of collective experience.

Our creative intelligence is built on years of hands-on product knowledge and an obsessive thirst for distinctive craftsmanship fed by the constant study of trends and best practices in the fashion and performance apparel capitals of the world.

We listen to our clients, question everything, capture insights, innovate with disruptive ideas and push your boundaries to achieve the best outcomes. We deliver game-changing strategy and superior craftsmanship while inspiring collaboration and building a community.

We are Studio 317. Your partner in strategy, product creation and innovation.

 

Elizabeth LeMay

High-achieving Product Creation and Innovation professional with over 30 years of Global experience in Product Creation, Advanced Innovation, Development, Sourcing, Manufacturing, Strategic Planning and Team building at Fortune 500 companies.

Retired from Nike, Inc. in February 2014 as a Senior Director Apparel Innovation, after 17 yrs spent in Apparel Product Creation and Innovation Leadership and Executive roles, and opened Studio317, a Strategy, Design and Product Creation studio, located in Portland, Oregon. The Studio is her vision for the future of Apparel Innovation. 

Over the past 30 years she has worked in multiple areas of the Apparel Supply Chain and has acquired a broad range of experience and knowledge of the apparel business, from concept to delivery. Elizabeth has initiated and driven short term and long-term Innovation Roadmaps for Global Sports Moments such as the World Cup and the Olympics, directed start-up operations of Product Creation offices in Brazil, Argentina and lead turnaround operations in Mexico, India and South Africa. She has managed and evolved product processes and has always been motivated by the desire for constant improvement. She is inspired by her strong desire to elevate craft and test disruptive ideas that will push the industry’s Innovation boundaries. 

Elizabeth has made countless connections across the globe, working closely with Textile Mills, Trims vendors, Research Labs, Universities Research teams and Factories in over 30 countries and across 5 continents.

She has worked under the leadership of Mindy Grossman, former VP Apparel at Nike and current CEO Weight Watchers, and Jill Stanton, former VP Apparel at Nike and currently Apparel CEO at Marks and Spencer, whom she both considers her mentors. 

In November of 2016, Elizabeth partnered with RSI(Reliable Source Industrial), a leading global activewear apparel manufacturing and services company. 

Michelle DeCourcy

Women, humanity and an untamed spirit have been the driving force of Michelle DeCourcy’s 20+ year career. A girl-turned-fashion designer, Michelle has always played by her own rules. From an early age, she was always intrigued by the connection of music and personal style. Still in her 20s and armed with a finance degree from UC Boulder, she blended her creative talent with a savvy business acumen and took the fashion world by storm.

Inspired by the style of pioneering women and female musicians, she began designing in 1999 and was soon featured on the red carpet at the Grammies, Oscars and CMA while dressing stars like: Norah Jones, Jennifer Anniston, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Allison Krauss, Cheryl Strayed, Shirley Manson, Gwen Stefani and Storm Large. 

Her designs sold in her own Portland concept stores and 250 specialty retailers throughout the US and Europe including Mark Shale, Intermix and Ikram. White House/Black market and Victoria’s Secret have featured her designs on private label and she’s had showrooms in LA, NY, Dallas and Chicago.

Always seeking the next challenge, DeCourcy formed her band The Rocktarts in 2013 and with one album produced and a second on the way, she balances her passion for songwriting and singing with her roles at the creative director for Studio 317 and Michelle Decourcy Designs.

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