Paul Dillinger is responsible for leading groundbreaking sustainable product and design initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co.
Paul Dillinger is responsible for leading groundbreaking sustainable product and design initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co. Focused on developing front-end methods for applied sustainability in the design process, Dillinger led the team that created the WELLTHREAD collection – a result of his fellowship at the Aspen Institute – and he is the first fashion designer to earn a First Movers Fellowship with the renowned organization. Dillinger also served as designer-in-residence for the Rhode Island School of Design through a program sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co. He previously served as faculty at California College of Art and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Paul has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and is currently on Board of ReMake.
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.