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Caroline L. Potter

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  • date: 9-23-20
Senior Designer Developer.12 years experience working for global retail clients in UK, Europe&USA. Excellent understanding of design,development & manufacturing process. Clear communicator. Energetic, friendly and positive.Organised,and adaptable.
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TECH PACKS

TECH PACKS X
TECH PACKS

WOVEN FABRIC DESIGN

WOVEN FABRIC DESIGN X
WOVEN FABRIC DESIGN

GARMENT SKETCHES

GARMENT SKETCHES X
GARMENT SKETCHES

GARMENT & FABRIC DEVELOPMENT

GARMENT & FABRIC DEVELOPMENT X
GARMENT & FABRIC DEVELOPMENT

SEASONAL CONCEPT, COLOUR AND DESIGN

SEASONAL CONCEPT, COLOUR AND DESIGN X
SEASONAL CONCEPT, COLOUR AND DESIGN

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT X
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • Category

    Textiles
  • Market Segments

    Wovens
    Knits
  • Specialties

    Textile Design
    CAD / Photoshop / Pointcarre
    Product Development
    Trend & Concept
    Colour
    Fabric Development, Design and Sourcing
  • Years of Experience

    11
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Relocation

    Yes
  • Technologies

    Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
    Pointcarre
    APSO CADvantage
    APSO Dobby Designer
    Microsoft Office
  • Schools/Training

    BA Textile Design (First Class)
    Art Foundation
    BA Philosophy and Sociology
    A levels B
    10 GCSEs A*-B
  • Social

More Information

SUMMARY:
I have a passion for design and will rise to any creative challenge. I like to think on my feet, but also to plan and manage critical paths and timelines. I will always do my best to achieve the highest quality in whatever I do and take pride in my attention to detail.

SKILLS
• Strong, adaptable design skills for any market
• Excellent timekeeping and critical path management
• Hardworking, efficient, friendly and a good communicator.
• Fabric knowledge – strong understanding of structure, yarn properties, washes and finishes.
• Trends – ability to identify and work with concepts and trends including colour work.
• Clear, strong and fair leadership style.
• Competent with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
• Excellent comprehension of Pointcarré (weave), Weavemaker, APSO Dobby Designer and APSO CADvantage Jacquard.
• Microsoft Office (Qualifications: ITC 1, IBT 2 and ECDL) Daily use of Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook.
• Full Clean Driving Licence
• Basic Spanish, and French

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

• SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER & DEVELOPER January 2020- to date
BG (Retail) London
-Design and Development of home accessories: cushions, hampers, bags, tableware (ceramic, glass tea and coffee), tins, enamel and stationery.
-Creating pattern design and branding for in-house labels
-Managing timeline from concept to order ensuring costs and margins are in line with targets.
-Sourcing and proposing products suitable to customer portfolio.
-Cost calculations, negotiations, sourcing and strategy.
-Clients: British Museum, Cath Kidston, Charlotte Posner, Clarissa Hulse, Glyndebourne, Harrods, Laura Ashley, Levi Roots, Marks & Spencer, Next, TK Maxx, TJ Maxx and The White Company

• SENIOR TEXTILE DESIGNER March 2019-September 2019
Boden, UK
-Textile designer for Menswear, Boyswear and Baby boys.
-Designing, sourcing and developing woven and circular knit fabric for shirts, knitted tops, underwear, nightwear, outerwear & accessories.
-Proposing fabric bases & patterns seasonally, creating patterns appropriate to brand and presenting to senior management. Working to tight deadlines and managing critical paths closely with design and buying teams.
-Arranging and approving lab dips, handlooms, wash panels and strike offs with a large supply base across Europe, Turkey, Portugal and the Far East.
-Regular communication internally and externally, updating PLM and trackers. Attending trade shows and meeting mills and suppliers.

• SENIOR DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, January 2016-March 2019
Esquel Apparel Ltd, London.
- Mens shirts and shirting developer (Casual and Formal) and mens circular knit developer
- Garment styling and proto management - ordering, monitoring and approving
- Fabric development and design (woven and circular knit / jersey): CADwork, strike off and handlooms
- Daily liaising with clients across EU and factories in HK, China and Vietnam
- Managing critical path, key dates and timelines
- Monitoring current trends in market and visiting trade shows
- Presenting new concepts to clients and sourcing fabrics
- European travel for design meetings
- Travel in Asia to liaise with operations (sales teams and factories)
- Fabric sales with customer base across UK and EU
- Handling orders and internal approvals of lab dips, strike offs and handlooms.
- Managing a small team
- Customers include: Benetton, Bestseller, C&A, Charles Tyrwhitt, FILA, Fred Perry, Gant, H&M, John Lewis, Marc O Polo, Moss Bros, Riverwoods, Sisley, Thread, Walbusch and Zara,

• DESIGN MANAGER, January 2014-December 2015
Esquel Apparel Ltd, London
Managing a small design team. Account manager for Marks and Spencer and Charles Tyrwhitt Jersey team
Design support for customers including Fred Perry, Gant, Bestseller, Timberland and Lacoste.

• ASSISTANT DESIGN MANAGER, January 2010-December 2013
Esquel Apparel Ltd, London
Account manager for Marks and Spencer Formal and Casual shirt development and Jersey.
Design support for customers including Fred Perry, Next, Ted Baker, Gieves & Hawkes and Jaeger.

• ASSISTANT DESIGNER January 2008-December 2009
Esquel Apparel Ltd, London
Key account manager for Marks & Spencer’s Casual shirts.
Design support for customers including Fred Perry, Ted Baker and Next.

• FASHION SHOW ASSISTANT: New York Fashion Week, USA: February 2006
Support for Lacoste, Alice Temperly and Custo Barcelona shows at New York Fashion week.

• INTERNSHIP: WallaceSewell, London: August 2006
Preparing looms & finishing Woven Lengths. Processing, labelling & packaging orders. Assisting in studio shop.

• INTERNSHIP: Paul Vogel Design, Suffolk: September 2006
Assisting with development of CADs. Selecting designs for clients & organising archive for trade shows. Creating mood, colour trend and concept boards.

• INTERNSHIP: Paul Vogel at Indigo Premiere Vision, Paris: September 19th – 22nd 2006
Paul Vogel at Indigo. Assisted on the stand at the tradeshow; supporting with client meetings.

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