The People

From TV shows to dinnerware lines, these individuals are doing big things.

Julie Guggemos

Target’s vice president of product design and development still loves coming to work every day after 23 years. Busy overseeing a team of 220 and developing 18,000 items a year in the “home/hardlines” category, Julie Guggemos is also one of the masterminds behind Threshold, Target’s one-year-old home brand, which stunned editors, designers, and shoppers everywhere with high-style ottomans and accessories that fly off the shelves. “Threshold is a blend of good design, quality, and value that’s unprecedented—you can’t find anything else close in the market,” Guggemos says. Creating the coveted Threshold pieces is an involved process that begins with a global trip to identify trends and how they might fit to the brand, which gets updated four to six times a year with original pieces. “We don’t want to copy other things in the market,” Guggemos says. The team compiles samples and sketches to sell the ideas to merchandising and from there, prototypes are designed and products are tested and fine-tuned with "guest" feedback. Finally a trend room, such as the one shown here, is built. Constantly living the brand, the mother of three loves to shop and decorate her Eden Prairie home, taking advantage of tried-and-true-and-tested-again Target products such as a drip-proof water jug, because, she says, “the spigot is the last thing our guest should ever worry about.”

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