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Stacy Garcia Shares Her Path to Licensed Pattern Design Success

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Stacy Garcia

Surface Pattern Designer Stacy Garcia has made a name for herself, sharing her aesthetic through her hospitality textiles company LebaTex as well as licensing her designs across multiple categories, including her second patterned textile collection with Crypton. Stacy also shares her Color Crush and design insights as one of our bloggers.

The Licensing Life

Stacy Garcia Home Crypton

We caught up with Garcia at ITA Showtime last month, where she unveiled her second textile collection with performance fabric house, Crypton. After starting her own hospitality textile company, LebaTex, to establish her brand, Garcia added licensing and a design firm, Stacy Garcia Inc., where she partners with leading manufacturers to create products for resorts and homes that cover floor to ceiling. www.stacygarcia.com

Drawn to Art

Stacy Garcia Crypton

Surface pattern design has been part of Stacy Garcia’s life from early on. As a child, she was drawn to art, leading to a degree in surface pattern design and an internship at Ralph Lauren Home, “a magic-making company.” It was at Ralph Lauren that Garcia got her first exposure to licensing, and she was hooked. “I learned about the art of licensing and lifestyle from one of the masters in the retail world,” Garcia says.

Stacy’s Aesthetic

Moroccan Sunset

When asked about her design ethos, Garcia says, “I don’t narrow myself. I’m inspired by so many things.” She tags her aesthetic as sort of “global eclectic but with a refinement to it.” 

Inspired by travel, collecting and vintage design, “it’s about the colors you can see in new places and collecting pieces that inspire patterns,” she says. “I take the rules away. Color can drive the cohesion for patterns to work together.”

Stacy’s tips for design licensing

  • ”Be unique in telling your story and have a point of view.”
  • ”Protect your designs categorically. When licensing your art, license your design with a company by category so you have the ability to continue to leverage that design in other categories.”
  • ”As you develop your reputation, create multi-year partnerships for your brand. You want partners interested in a marriage, not just dating. You’ll want to grow together over the long haul.”
Designer Stacy Garcia
Designer Stacy Garcia focuses on patterns for hospitality and home.

Meet Stacy.

A leader in design, Stacy Garcia has built a global lifestyle brand featuring products with personality. Her designs aim to be inviting and add to the sense of well-being to all who enter a hotel or home.

Stacy strives to inspire designers and design-minded individuals to create distinctive environments that have a positive impact on others. Noted for her bold color combinations and unexpected designs, Stacy Garcia remains a leading innovator in the industry.

The Foundation

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Surface Pattern Design from New York’s prestigious Syracuse University and studied Textile Design at Central St. Martins in London.

She began her professional career selecting color palettes and assisting in design and showroom development for Ralph Lauren’s Home Collection “I learned about the art of licensing and lifestyle from one of the masters in the retail world,” says Stacy of this pivotal experience.

Following her work with the iconic brand, Stacy was hired as Senior Designer for Richloom Contract Fabrics, where she directed the textile and pattern design collections for their hospitality division.

Blazes Own Trail

At age 26, Stacy decided to strike out on her own and founded LebaTex, a commercial textile supplier, named after her Great-grandmother, Leba. In 2004, she created the global lifestyle brand, Stacy Garcia. Both companies are headquartered in New York. Today, the Stacy Garcia design house produces designs for textiles, carpeting, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, pillows and mosaics.

Stacy Garcia offers a complete design story in the hospitality industry. Stacy Garcia branded products can be found in five-star hotels, resorts and residences across the world.

At Home in the World

Taking a global perspective on design comes naturally to Stacy. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to parents who she says, “Spent a little too much time following the Grateful Dead on a motorcycle.” A descendent of German, Russian and Polish immigrants, Stacy is the mother of three boys and a recently adopted Russian daughter, and enjoys traveling with her family.

Connecting Through Design

“At the end of day, design is about wanting to feel connected,” says Stacy. “It’s a form of communication – a language. If you are part of a tribe of people, you feel more connected. I’m inspired by the designers, manufacturers and individuals with whom I work; and I hope to empower others to have the confidence to make their own connections and creations – in design and in life.”

To learn more about Stacy Garcia, visit her blog, life-styled.net or website, stacygarcia.com

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