Bart Chin : Creative Visionary & Expert Retail Specialist
Bart’s work has been recently described as fresh, energetic and unique. He is known for his boundless positivity, and creative vision. While at Art Center he studied Product and Graphic Design. This lead to a thriving and diverse career continuously learning to improve how products, environments, branding and people collide holistically to create memorable experiences. When approaching any space he is a triple threat with his open-mindedness, all encompassing design and build skills and talent to make people feel good.
* Kokoko is pronouced as "Ko-Core-Oh." It is the Japanese word for unifying heart, spirit, and mind.
Inspirations : Nature, simplicity, yoga, surfing, wanderlust, family, community, connection and helping others find continual zen like flow in their daily journey of work and life.
Art Center College of Design - Product and Graphic Design. Attended 1991-04
CBRE - Rebrand concept pitch deck for revitalizing Anchorage Square in historic Fisherman’s Wharf - 2018 SF/CA
THIRDLOVE - Transformed ThirdLove’s brand into their stunning new office headquarters. Interior and Workspace Design - "ThirdLove is one of the fastest growing retail consumer company's in the Bay Area." - 2018 SF/CA
LOLA - New test retail store in Fisherman's Wharf - 2018 SF/CA
42 ACRES RETREAT & CO-WORKING SPACE - New headquarter's. Interior and Workspace Design - 2018 LONDON, ENGLAND
SKULL CANDY - Advanced Concept In-Store Design - 2017 PARK CITY, UT
TRUE & CO - New headquarter's in the heart of Union Square. Interior Design and Branded Environments - 2017 SF/CA
GOORIN BROS - Advised Founder and CEO Ben Goorin how to pioneer new ways to modernize his iconic brand store design and improve product visual storytelling and customer experience - 2017 SF/CA
AIRBNB - Environmental Design Execution for One Airbnb’s 2017 global 5000 person/employee conference - 2017 SF/CA
RUDD ESTATE - Napa Winery - Art Direction/Graphic Design - 2017 NAPA CA
STELLA & DOT - Retail Concept Lab at their new HQ - 2017 SF/CA
MINTED - Worked directly with CEO Mariam Nacify to design and launch their first brick and mortar test Concept Store/Retail Lab to Flagship - 2017 SF/CA
MAFIA BAGS - Nomadic Retail + Product Design Experience - 2017 SF/CA
TRUE & CO - Hired to work one-on-one with Michelle Lam, CEO, to pioneer True's retail customer lingerie experience that culminated in conceiving and executing a new nomadic retail program for TRUE & Co's "Try On Truck" and "Try On Tent" mobile showrooms. 2015 - 16 SF/CA
CATALYST - Art Directed the design and build of Catalyst's first trade show program, retail POP displays and brand lifestyle photography. Designs debuted at OR and CES. 2015 - 16
LULULEMON - Recruited to work with Founder and Chief of Innovation Chip Wilson as a creative visionary on how to elevate Lululemon’s retail game. This became the Store of the Future Project which was Lululemon's first retail brand reinvention in 13 years. Our first concept store launched in historic Meatpacking District in NYC. Soon after a new fleet was launched throughout North America and then globally. If you are in the Bay see one of the newest designs on Fourth St in Berkeley, CA 2011 - 14
OLD NAVY - As Old Navy's fixture guru, concepted and delivered new store fixture initiatives, roll outs, and RFP's to continuously re-invent and improve Old Navy's aging fleet. While at Old Navy was also selected to lead new retail innovation for Gap Inc brands : Athleta, Piperlime and Gap Generation (Gap Outlet for Asia). 2005 - 11 SF/CA
SPY OPTIC - As Art Director founded a design department that progressed Spy’s quirky brand DNA by infusing a more holistic design ethos and consistent identity system that was integrated into everything from the sunglass and goggle catalogs, product and lifestyle photography, advertising for surf, skate, snow, ski, motocross teams ... website, packaging, in store point of purchase, vehicles, fixtures, trade shows and headquarter’s campus design. 2002-04 CARLSBAD, CA
GAP - Brought on board to inspire and take on Gap Kid's first redesign in 30 years. Presented directly to CEO Mickey Drexler. Designed and built a multi-million dollar offsite test mock up store design that was approved in 6 months for full global new store design roll out. 1999-2001 SF/CA
BURTON SNOWBOARDS - As Associate Art Director, founded and lead Jager Di Paolo Kemp's first Branded Environments Team. Clients included, Burton Snowboards, Rock Shox, Eastpak, Petzl, Champion Paper, New Era Cap Company, Osram/Sylvania, Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory. 1996-99 BURLINGTON, VT
• One-on-One Workshops with CEO's and their multi-disciplined teams.
• Creative Vision, Guiding Principles, Design and Build Timeline Road Maps.
• Expert knowledge with helping clients pre-visualize and improve their environments with retail science and kickass product presentation storytelling.
• A-Team-builder and Creative Director who empowers prototype and fixture display fabricators, interior and visual merchandising designers, 3D renderers, architects, and general contractors to do their best and then some.
• Executing rapid brand reinvention with proven track record of high ROI.
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
- Jonathan Swift
“Nobody who ever accomplished anything big of new or worth raising a celebratory first in the air did it from their comfort zone.”
- Jen Sincero
"Laugh. People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves."
- Bruce Mao
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” - Henry David Thoreau
“Sometimes we need to close our eyes to see better. Sit with a group of people and you can feel the presence of others around you. It is not the same feeling as sitting in your apartment alone. My definition of energy is “subtle communication system.” My goal is to use mindfulness and presence as a tool to become more aware with the way our energy is flowing. Without checking in, our daily energy is directed from outside sources and tends to become dull. Moments like this re-calibrate our hearts and energy fields back to positive flow.” - Eoin Finn
"Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes." - Unknown Buddha
“It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” - Bruce Lee
"Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others."
- Saint Madeleine-Sophie Barat
New work in progress for 2018