Paul Dillinger joined Levi Strauss & Co. as senior director of global design for Dockers brand in 2010. In this role, he has partnered with the company’s Social and Environmental Sustainability group to further develop methods for applied sustainability in both the supply chain and the design process for application across the entire enterprise.
Born in Tacoma, WA, Dillinger earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Washington University in 1994. 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.
Over the next 15 years, Dillinger worked as a fashion designer and brand development specialist at fashion houses in New York, including Calvin Klein and DKNY. In 2005 he launched the Martin + Osa brand for American Eagle Outfitters; the dual-gender retail concept grew to 28 stores by 2010. Since joining Dockers, he has launched two new collections for the brand—K-1 by Dockers and The Art of Khaki—to appeal to the top tier of European and North American distribution.
A frequent guest on E! Entertainment Television’s The Daily 10, Dillinger has been featured in Glamour, Los Angeles Confidential, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Business Times, and his work has appeared in major fashion publications. Based on his work in the field of applied sustainability, he was invited to serve as a judge for the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education’s Faculty Pioneers Award. He has taught in the Fashion Design program at Washington University as the Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence.