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Penny Rand

Freelance Illustrator & Fashion Illustrator

Location:New York, New York, United States
2 Skills
Penny Rand
261 East 10th Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10009
347.782.2138 646.448.4287 Designer/Merchandiser with 20+ years in Outerwear, Jackets, Pants, Skirts

MANCHU NEW YORK 2002 – 2010
Senior Designer/ Merchandiser for vertical manufacturer based in NY/HK/China
? Worked with merchants and customer design teams to identify direction for seasonal product development for outerwear, jackets, skirts, pants, utilizing European garments, sketches, mockups, presentation boards
? Accounts include White House Black Market, Cache, NewYork&Company, ArdenB, Rampage, Limited Too, Express , Lane Byrant
? Sourcing and development of novelty fabrics and trims
? Create tech packs with tech sketches, flats, specs
? Daily communication with overseas sampleroom and merchandising offices through e-mail, video conferencing
? Responsible for showroom set up
? Hire, train, supervise, evaluate design assistant, associate, interns
? Traveled to Europe for seasonal trend shopping, attended all relevant trade shows

? Responsible for Toddler / Girls 7-16 junior inspired Mass Market Outerwear
? Hire, train, supervise assistant, technical designer, cad operator
? Work closely with sales team from concept though line development
? Communicated daily with overseas partner office

VAKKO BY KATIA 2000 - 2001
? Direct research, conceptualization and design of Sportswear and Outerwear for Vakko Collection, Vakko New York, Elements by Vakko as well as developed new youth oriented line Identity in both leather and woven outerwear and novelty jackets, pants, skirts, dresses
? Supervise design staff, in house sampleroom and all fittings
? Create shearling line with partner company in Turkey

WALTER DAVOUCCI – NY 1999 - 2000
? Freelance Outerwear Designer/Consultant
? Worked as freelance design consultant to help establish a young women’s urban leather, shearling and down outerwear line expansion, from concept through showroom presentation in leather, shearling and woven materials
? Designs featured in Honey, Vibe magazines, MTV

Designer/ Kenneth Cole Outerwear, Nine West Outerwear
? Directed staff of associate and assistand designers for each line
? Shopped European market for current trends/samples
? Attended trade shows for leather and woven materials
? Supervised all phases of line development from concept through first production
? Traveled to Korea to supervise samplemaking, Europe for samples, design direction
? Resposibilities included identitying trends, color, silhouettes, materials, sketching, presentation boards, working directly with license liasons, private label accounts
? Communicated daily with overseas offices and other manufacturing agents
? Developed junior denim line utilizing trending washes

WINLIT 1990-1995
? Responsible for all phases of product development for junior inspired ladies leather outerwear and sportswear lines both for house label and private label accounts
? Researched Europe for trends and attended all relevant trade shows
? Supervised staff of assistants, patternmakers and sample tailors in NY sampleroom as well as developed tech packs for overseas sampleroom

Design Associate
? Traveled to Buenos Aires to develop shearling line for better ladies outerwear
? Sourced leather and shearling materials, trims
? Developed color palette, presentation boards, sketches, and assisted in all phases of line development

ANDREW MARC 1988 – 1990
Design Associate
? Responsible for all phases of line development including color palette, trim research, leather and shearling materials sourcing and development, sketching
? Supervised sampleroom staff, fittings, and production approvals
? Communicated daily with overseas office and manufacture

Fashion Institute of Technology
Associate in Applied Science
Certificate in Leather Accessories

Fashion Institute of Technology
Guest Instructor in Leather Apparel division. Class is designed to take students through the process of identifying their customer, understanding and sourcing materials, and culminating in a visual presentation aimed at target customer

Guest Instructor for intensive workshop in developing leather fashion