ANTONIA Reilly is senior director of the Creative Services department at Walmart, the world’s largest retailer.
When joining Walmart in 2007 she initially headed up the women’s design team for the company’s private label brands. As a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Reilly’s degree in fashion design brought her to work in Paris with Karl Lagerfeld at the House of Chloe, and then designing her own collection for four years in Tokyo.
Since arriving in New York in 1998, she has worked with the famed designer Oscar de la Renta in addition to leading design teams for major retailers, including Saks Inc. and Kmart/Sears Holdings.
For Walmart, Reilly currently overseas a team of 20 associates which includes the CAD, graphics and color and trend teams. She and her team travel the globe to determine what will influence the fashions of tomorrow.
Reilly’s fashion career has been documented by Irish broadcaster RTE for its series Made in America -- Inside the Rag Trade which was nominated in 2006 for an Irish Television and Film award for documentary of the year.
Reilly is an avid supporter of Irish culture and arts in the U.S. She has been on the board of directors of Origin Theatre Company for the past three years.
She is also a member of numerous Irish organizations in New York, including the IBO, In-NYC and the Irish Arts Center.
Reilly also served as a New York executive committee member for the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland 2005 visit when they played Carnegie Hall for their 10-year anniversary. She was treasurer of the same committee in 2009 when the orchestra played in Lincoln Center.
Reilly is founder and director of Accepting Fashion, a non-profit, cross-border organization helping young students understand the importance of acceptance and integration in modern Ireland.
Reilly resides in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
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