Monique Anderson

Freelance Business Consultant & Project Manager

Location:Pickering, Ontario, Canada
2 Skills

I am a self-directed, resourceful, hardworking individual with exceptional interpersonal skills. I excel as a leader yet thrive successfully working in a team environment as well.


• Skilled in communication with over-sea vendors
• Excellent technical knowledge of apparel construction and costume jewelry
• Good knowledgeable of fabric, as well as wash and dye techniques
• Strong design and conceptual skills
• Ability to respond to business objectives with creative and cost-effective design solutions
• Proficient computer knowledge; adobe illustrator/Photo shop, Microsoft Office and Outlook
• Self-directed with a strong sense of urgency
• Intermediate French skills


Owner/ Designer
Accessory Company ( confidential), Toronto, ON
October 2011 – Present

• Creative director for all aspects of the business
• Research trend, color direction and fabric innovations
• Managed daily communication with vendors, customers and media
• Travel abroad for sourcing and experimenting with new techniques and materials
• Public Relations and event planning
• Manage all social media platforms including blog writing, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Instagram
• Oversee two assistants daily tasks and execution

Senior Product/ Visual Coordinator for:
(Confidential- Major Canadian Retailer). Toronto, ON
September 2010 – October 2011

• Analyze and report on product planning strategies, brand initiatives and product assortment
• Be the product liaison between Head office Buying/ Design teams, store employees, contractors and customers
• Analyze sales reports/identify top sellers and determine, success or failure from market stand point
• Solicit, fulfill and report on competitor and internal research requests from Senior Buying and Design team
• Provide product knowledge coaching to staff, including developing PK training tools and organizing workshops
• Manage critical path of collections based on merchandising and sales
• Visit local contractors on behalf of production to address design concerns

Ladies Wear Product Development Manager for:
(Confidential- Major Canadian Retailer). Head Office, Montreal, Quebec
September 2007 – August 2010
• Travel to factories abroad for sourcing of new vendors, product development and facilitate relationships
• Collaborate with head designers and buying team to coordinate and wardrobe collections
• Train and manage junior design team on daily execution
• Source and develop new fabrics for seasonal programs
• Research and report trend and color direction
• Manage the critical path for the design team
• Monitor production schedule and alert buying/design team when issues arise
• Facilitate communication between buyers, designers, global sourcing and product development team for entire ladies wear department, including shoes and accessories

Creative Global Sourcing Merchandiser/ Ladies Casual Wear Designer for:
(Confidential- Major Canadian Retailer), Montreal, Quebec
November 2004 – May 2006
• Responsible for taking the product from inspiration through to production
• Collaborate with head designers and buying team to execute new development and chase in season opportunities.
• Research and report trends as they relate to our target customer.
• Travel to factories abroad for development and execution of programs.
• Responsible for sourcing and development of new vendors, fabrics and trims.
• Did sourcing across departments including denim, outerwear, and Casual wear
• Managed daily fittings and work with technical designers on creating detailed specifications.
• Sourcing and development of trims, fabrics, and fabric treatments.

Birchmount C.I - Scarborough, Ontario – September 2012- March 2012
Volunteer Fashion Design Teacher’s aid
• Teaching garment construction and design
• Taking design ideas from concept to design
• Fabric sourcing and their properties

Visual Art Centre – Montreal, Quebec- 2009 - 2010
Completed courses:

• Collage Explorations
• Jewelry Fundamentals

Concordia University - Montreal, Quebec – 2009
Completed course: Global Business Environment – Importing and Exporting in a global environment

Ryerson University - Toronto, Ontario Canada - September 2000 – June 2004
Bachelors of Design – Fashion Design
Majors: Pattern Drafting, Garment Design and Construction, Textiles, Color and Design Theory
Minors: Marketing, Business Communication, and Small Business Management
University of Westminster, England – January 2003
Ambassador for Communications and Design Exchange Program

References available upon request