Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter

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Retail Design Institute | Southern California Chapter

Los Angeles, CA


About Retail Design Institute’s Southern California Chapter:

A non-profit organization founded in 1961, the Retail Design Institute represents a diverse range of students and professionals dedicated to creating world class experiential consumer environments. We promote the advancement of our industry by developing educational, career building and networking opportunities.

The Southern California Chapter currently incorporates the Southwest region (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico) and Hawaii. Our membership includes Architects, Designers, Art Directors, Developers, Engineers, Store Planners, Strategists, Visual Merchandisers, Educators, Set Designers, Trade Partners, Retailers, Publishers and Students. Join us!

Southern California Chapter Document Library

Applications, templates, stationery, and other documents pertaining to the Southern California chapter of the Retail Design Institute.

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Southern California Chapter Board members

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Ph: (760) 445-2285

E-Mail: [email protected]

Kim, a manager of store design and visual merchandising at Mattel, Inc. is an award-winning designer of retail stores, point-of-purchase displays and visual programs for major retailers.

Concurrently with her positions at Mattel, NBC/Universal and Petco, for 13 years, she was an instructor at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. As professor of visual merchandising and store design, Kim was nominated six times for Outstanding Faculty Member.

Her accomplished 30-year career has encompassed the strategic leadership of both visual merchandising and special events departments for major companies including NBC/Universal Studios, Petco, Kinko’s, Leslie’s, I. Magnin, Bullock’s, Saks and The Broadway.

With her design company KdH Designs, she’s created store environments for local retailers and curated large special events and runway shows for national brands and retailers.

She is on the editorial advisory board of design:retail magazine and received the prestigious RDI Professional Member of the Year award for 2017.

Melanie Gifford
Director of Business Development

Sargenti Architects

(C) 323.775.2404

(T) 310.437.8209

(E) [email protected]

You may qualify for up to one year's complimentary membership!* In support of retail professionals everywhere

Due to the novel coronavirus/Covid-19, the Retail Design Institute has waived membership fees and dues through May 31, 2021 for new members. Stay informed, stay connected and receive all the benefits of Retail Design Institute membership through May 31, 2021. Please use discount code 2020free when signing up. *All prospective members will be vetted according to the Institute's stated membership criteria.