Designer, Interiors, Apparel, Footwear, Tabletop, Decorative Painting
Linn Cassetta is a design professional with a background in apparel and footwear design, manufacturing and marketing. Her factory experience includes locations in Japan, China, Italy and Turkey. She has lived in London, Paris and New York. After receiving her BFA in Apparel Design from Rhode Island School of Design, she became the first American to be accepted at the Royal College of Art in London where she earned her MA. Her final degree show received standing ovations from such notables as Zandra Rhodes and Bill Gibbs as well as extensive coverage in the British fashion press. While at RCA she was a finalist in a British United Shoe Industry competition.
Her accomplishments at RCA drew the attention of Vogue editor Kay Hays which led to an immediate position at Andrew Geller Shoes. There she was mentored by both Bert Geller and Coty award winner Mabel Julianelli. She traveled frequently to the Geller factories in Civitanova Marche and throughout Italy where she learned every aspect of the shoe business from sample making to production. She and her team were instrumental in launching the first Calvin Klein shoe collection and later capturing a Vogue Shoe of the Year award.
Linn’s talents as a rising star did not go unnoticed. She was recruited by Jerrell of Texas to create an upscale apparel label bearing her name, Linn Callahan. Her collection received stellar press coverage and was featured in the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, New York which also housed a Linn Callahan boutique space. During this time she developed a relationship with C. Itoh, a large Japanese trading company which was producing many of her textiles and garments. C. Itoh asked her to become Design Director of a new international private label division. This position involved working directly with store buyers and executives to create in-store programs and required frequent travel to Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong to oversee completion of the products.
As a wife and mother of three (including one RISD grad) a hiatus from this demanding international travel schedule was necessary. During this period she focused her design efforts on fine decorative painting and trompe l’oeil. Her work was included in Martha Stewart’s “New Old House” book. She also designed several restaurants, created several earthenware collections for Deruta of Italy and restored a c1900 French Villa, all of which were featured in numerous publications. She has been involved with Near and Far Aid, Builders Beyond Borders and served on the Board of Directors of Project Return.
Linn currently offers her fine eye in design and color consultation while working on a shoe collection and some long neglected canvases in her new studio at the American Fabric Arts Building.