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SEARS HOLDINGS NY, NY
03/2015–02/2016 DESIGN CONSULTANT
Working with design director to overhaul and elevate Kmart and Sears fashion accessories departments.
Creating new designs as well as working with overseas vendors to source price sensitive product.
Collaborating with RTW teams to achieve one voice through apparel and accessories.
Actively participating in the conceptual development of product lines.
Providing recommendations regarding seasonal themes and insight for style & fit of product.
Identifying opportunities for process improvement.
CIPRIANI/ GLOBAL BRANDS GROUP (LI & FUNG USA), NY, NY
02/2013–11/2014 SENIOR DESIGNER
Team leader for the following brands:
Ivanka Trump, Jennifer Lopez (Kohl’s),
Sofia Vergara (Kmart), Nine West cold weather, Liz Claiborne for JCP.
Meeting with licensors to ensure brand integrity.
Designing all original prints for scarf layouts as well as developing tech packs (including pitch sheets and color breakdowns for engineered and repeated prints).
Reviewing lab dips to ensure consistency with color standards.
Researching seasonal trends through trade shows, seminars, forecasting agencies to develop mood boards for each license.
Developing line lists and creative direction for each license listed above.
Overseeing and delegating work for assistant and associate designers on the team.
Negotiating prices and developing costing sheets for each style placed into sampling to provide target pricing for sales team.
Merchandising licensed showrooms for set-ups and overhauls each season.
Supporting design director and vice president of design & merchandising during sales and buyers meetings.
Responsible for all packaging and ticketing for each licensed style bought.
THE ACCESSORY COLLECTIVE, NY, NY
05/2011–02/2013 SENIOR DESIGNER
Solely in charge of the designing & direction for soft accessories of The Sak handbag & SLG brand.
Working closely with The Sak design and sales teams to preserve brand integrity.
Designing cold weather, scarves, hats & hair accessories for private label business.
Maintaining newness in the showroom for a plethora of customers which include:
Urban Outfitters, New York & Company, DSW, Free People, Hot Topic, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack.
Researching future trends for development of private label lines.
Organizing flow of work between several factories to ensure timely delivery of samples.
Merchandising products for customer display in the showroom.
Traveling to China to meet and work with factories in person to make certain of proper sampling.
Negotiating FOB pricing to hit target prices.
ACCESSORY NETWORK, NY, NY
Creative conception & technical layouts of ladies, mens, & childrens accessories (knits and cut & sew) & handbags.
Designing specialty knits (cables, pointelles, bobbles, Fair Isles, etc.).
Creating screen prints, embroideries, appliqués, trims and repeats.
Working with various private labels to ensure integrity of brand.
Meeting deadlines for sampling products at overseas manufacturing facilities.
Working with creative directors & sales to achieve look and feel of clients design specifications.
Researching current trends for cold weather, spring & back to school accessories.
Reviewing sample designs & communicating directly to overseas factories with feedback & revisions.
Developing packaging & POP displays to correspond with specific accessories in store.
Creating and updating trend boards, sourcing materials, market research and forecasting seasonal colors.
Developing & maintaining line sheets and planograms for each style and trend as well as preserving seasonal archives.
RUBIE’S COSTUME CO., NY, NY
06/2006–06/2007 GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Completing screen print & embroidery artwork for assorted costumes and products.
Responsible for the development and execution of company & licensed brand packaging for costumes, masks and accessories.
Developing and overseeing design and production of company’s 700+ page catalogs.
Working within the graphics department to ensure all aspects of the catalog are being produced properly.
Designing several publications for various seasonal events.
PAPER MAGIC GROUP, INC., NY, NY
08/2005–06/2006 GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Producing new and updating older packaging for Halloween costumes & accessories.
Developing and executing the design of the buyer’s catalog while influencing company to change layout and over-all look of publication for better sales to target audience as well as corresponding new packaging to look of catalog.
Working with licensed characters.
ITS CLASSICS, Hilton Head Island, SC
09/2004–01/2005 GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Designing original screen print & embroidery artwork.
Directing the flow of all art work that went through large screen printing & embroidery facility.
Preforming prepress operations (color separations, registration, etc.).
BFG COMMUNICATIONS, Bluffton, SC
06/2004–08/2004 GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, 2004
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
ADDITIONAL COURSE WORK
U4ia I & II
Fashion Institute of Technology, Fall 2009
Beginners Machine Knitting
Fashion Institute of Technology, Spring 2013
Fashion Institute of Technology, Spring 2015
Expert computer knowledge of:
Eye for detail
Great communications skills, as well as patience while working in a fast-paced environment.
Hard working & highly motivated.