SENIOR DESIGNER with international travel experience and extensive knowledge for taking product from design concept into production. Looking forward to be part of a cohesive creative team and to bring innovative design products to market.
Design: NedGraphics, Adobe CS6: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
Applications: Matrix I, Style Manager, Kaledo, Web PDM
Communications: MS Office 2013
Studio Equipment: Digital Camera
Hong Kong, China, India, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, London, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Amsterdam
1996 BFA Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Design, Major: Intimate Apparel and Knitwear
1991 BS Michigan State University, Major: Clothing and Textiles
Angie’s Bloomers Designs, New York, NY
Contract/Freelance Designer 2008-Present
? Fashion Options; Cool Blossom; Bella Donna Intimates; Real Underwear; Petite Sirens; Walmart; and JS Group International.
? Create fashion design concepts for intimate apparel (bras, panties, daywear, sleepwear, loungewear), activewear, and casual for the Children’s, Junior, Young Contemporary, Missy, and Plus categories.
? Design presentations with flat sketches, boards, fabric swatches, colors, and themes.
? Prepare for sampling with tech packs: specifications, garment construction and details, color, print and pattern, fabric quality, and technical flats.
? Direct the correct execution of product from concept through production utilizing sample review, fit, lab dip/strike off and fabric approvals.
? Communicate with overseas factory for style/product follow-through.
RUSSELL-NEWMAN, INC. New York, NY
Head Designer 2007-2008
? Commanded the design and design execution of seasonal intimate apparel collections (bras, panties, daywear, sleepwear, loungewear) for private label and department/specialty store brands (Ivy & Annabelle, Seductive, Bridal, Willow Creek) for the Children’s, Junior, Contemporary, and Missy markets.
? Directed team of 2 design assistants, junior designer, technical designer, and CAD specialist in creating styles to meet product/line requirements as specified by sales and customers.
? Established creative direction including seasonal themes, color palettes, fabrics, trims, silhouettes, prints/patterns, and embellishments based on fashion trends, brand image, business strategy, and target customer’s needs.
? Managed product development through effective communications with domestic and overseas offices and vendors; conduct sample reviews and coordinate approvals on quality, fit, and color (lab dips/strike offs).
? Researched, developed, and specified fabrics and trims to achieve desired need within budget.
QVC INC, West Chester, PA
Senior Designer 2003-2007
? Designed intimate apparel, casual, and activewear for all proprietary labels, appropriate for well-defined target markets and TV selling, including Beguile, and Anybody.
? Educated the buying team and on-air hosts on fashion/color trends, styling details, and fabric characteristics.
? Presented cohesive product presentations and previews including: market research, concept boards (color, print, and story), seasonal line proposals, and samples.
? Supervised and mentored design assistant and interns, facilitating growth, creative inspiration, motivation, and leadership in professional capabilities.
? Sourced fabrics worldwide and developed prints, patterns, and embellishments.
? Selected Accomplishments:
? Conceptualized, presented, and won buyer/QVC approval of Beguile, a new intimate apparel line with Victorian influences.
? Secured airtime to introduce the Beguile concept and present initial product offerings via on-air hosts on one-hour show, selling out of all styles in 44 minutes.
? Designed and pitched styles for on-air presentation as a “Today’s Special Value” (TSV); secured approval of 7 TSVs (double annual department goal).
Blair Corporation: Crossing Point Catalogue, Warren, PA
? Design, developed, and directed the execution of design concepts and translated trends into fashion-forward styles of intimate apparel, sleepwear/loungewear, activewear, sportswear, and swimwear.
? Managed assistant and interns to achieve design goals; mentored team members to develop their professional skills.
? Selected Accomplishments:
? Contributed to the Crossing Pointe Catalogue recognition as the Silver Medal Winner, Consumer Catalog of the Year Award; set design direction for the catalogue’s launch.
? Designed and developed styles for the new Jane Seymour Signature Collection.
The May Merchandising Company, St. Louis, MO
Technical Designer 1999-2001
? Created and translated design concepts and fashion trends into style tech packs with revisions for intimate apparel and cut and sew knitwear for Missy, Women’s, Petite, and Junior categories. Tech packs included: technical flat sketches, specifications, garment construction and details, color direction, print/pattern, grading, and fit/pattern/spec adjustments.
? Conducted fit sessions and communicated with overseas offices to ensure adherence to quality, fit, and construction requirements for sample approvals.
? Analyzed design, quality, construction, and measurements of competitors.
? Directed review and approval of development and production samples.
Henry Lee & Company, Chicago, IL
Associate Designer 1997-1999
? Designed loungewear, soft related separates, dresses, and sportswear for special size lines (Petite, Missy, and Women’s lines) for private label and department/specialty store brands.
? Drafted and draped first patterns, communicated with sample makers regarding garment construction issues and solutions, and made adjustments to fit and shape for design consistency.
? Selected Accomplishments:
? Conceptualized and implemented designs that became seasonal Best Sellers; first design became a best seller for Henry Lee & Company.
NATORI, New York, NY
Design Intern 1995-1996
? Drafted and draped first patterns for intimate apparel. Designed silhouettes, lace placements and embroidery layouts.