Donna Melvin has spent almost 35 years in the textile industry, acquiring expertise in design, production and sales.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in textile design from the Philadelphia College of Textile Science in 1973. Her career began in a Brooklyn knitwear factory, working as a knit designer, whose accounts included Anne Klein, Donna Karan and Leslie Fay. During that period, Donna developed good contacts, identified reliable factories and garnered global experience—crucial assets that led her, in 1986, to found DKR Concepts Inc., a 100% woman-owned business.
Donna has created a wide range of textile products for the apparel, spa and hospitality industries. Accounts included private label programs for Federated Department Stores and numerous catalogs such as Boston Proper and Mark Fore & Strike. From 2006 to 2011, Donna collaborated with Andrew Morgan of the Morgan Collection, Inc., and was responsible for the development of luxury blankets, pillows and bedding for hospitality, spa and retail clients. Many of these products have received awards for their design innovations and she was awarded a patent for a knitted box spring cover. She also developed products, which have been distributed worldwide, for accounts such as Disney Cruise Line, Hilton Hotels, Marriott International and Kimpton Hotels.
From 2012 to 2016, Donna created a copyrighted pattern directory, as well as a knitted product line of throws, bed scarves, pillows and bed wraps for the Hospitality, Assisted Living and Spa Industries.
Descended from a Philadelphia family whose presence in America dates to 1772, and whose heritage includes textile crafts, Donna has carried on in the footsteps of her long line of creative ancestors. One of them is Sarah Flickwir who, in 1846, crafted a “Friendship Quilt” that now hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of its famed Costume and Textile Collection.
“I am looking forward to carrying on this tradition of textile crafts in the years ahead,” Donna said. “I remain passionate about my trade, and my ability to continue to design and produce the most technologically innovative and commercially viable products in this industry.”