Laura Gnau

Visual Merchandiser & Graphic Designer


Laura positions herself as a Multi-Dimensional Artist, who thrives on the creative energy of those around her. With 10+ years of experience in retail, half of which was in a leadership role, she has garnered a deep understanding of not only customer shopping habits, but also how her peers interact with the merchandise on a daily basis. Starting with Banana Republic, Laura has been a Visual Merchandiser for over 4 years. She approaches visual merchandising by taking into account brand standards, sales performance, the customer base, and current trends and utilizes these to create a cohesive and engaging shopping experience. Additionally, Laura is also a Graphic Designer with a B.F.A. from Ohio University. The style she emphasizes within her work is simple but thoughtful, with a strong sense of typography, and a keen eye for detail and precision. Her experience ranges from a small design company, to a printing company, to a research institute. For the past few years, Laura has been freelancing, and in 2016, she became the sole proprietor of her own freelance graphic design business.


Career Highlights:

  • Planned and Executed Numerous Floor-sets
  • Participated in Several Store Remodels
  • Launched New Brands In-store
  • Designed an Identity System for One of Philadelphia’s Oldest Special
  • Collections Libraries


Visual Merchandiser

ZenGenius, Inc.


Hands on assistance with various merchandising projects

Freelance Graphic Designer

  • University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Created technical illustrations of structures engineered by the lead physicist for various research projects


Visual Merchandising Team Leader


  • Dressed and styled mannequins
  • Set and re-merchandised the Accessories, Home Décor, and Tabletop floor-pads
  • Executed New Brand Launches


Merchandise Presentation Supervisor

Banana Republic

  • Dressed and styled mannequins
  • Planned and executed rollouts
  • Updated wall art and cabinet displays