Alumni portfolios

  • Dockers® Wellthread 1.
    Dockers® Wellthread 1.
  • Dockers® Wellthread 2.
    Dockers® Wellthread 2.
  • Dockers® Wellthread 3.
    Dockers® Wellthread 3.
  • Dockers® Wellthread 4.
    Dockers® Wellthread 4.
  • Dockers® Wellthread 5.
    Dockers® Wellthread 5.
  • Dockers® Wellthread 6.
    Dockers® Wellthread 6.

Paul Dillinger

Biography 

Paul Dillinger joined Levi Strauss & Co. in December 2010. He served for three years as Sr. Director of Global Design for the Dockers® brand before moving into to his current role as Head of Global Product Innovation for Levi Strauss & Co.

Dillinger is responsible for the development of industry-leading product, process, and design initiatives. Following his passion for sustainability, he continues to be an integral partner with the company's Social and Environmental Sustainability group to develop front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process.

Dillinger led the design team that created the Dockers® Wellthread collection, a result of his fellowship at the Aspen Institute. He is the first fashion designer to earn a First Movers Fellowship with the renowned organization.

Before joining Dockers®, Dillinger worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist for 16 years at a variety of fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY. He also helped launch American Eagle Outfitters' brand, Martin + Osa.

In addition to his work as a designer, Dillinger serves as designer-in-residence for the Rhode Island School of Design through a program sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co. Previously, he served as faculty and a Beaumont Fellow at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Dillinger received his BFA in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation he moved to Milan as the first Fulbright Scholar in fashion design, researching the influence of emerging luxury markets on high fashion design directions and commercialization. Concurrent with this research, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Domus Academy in 1995.