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Elizabeth McKee

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I\'m a versatile designer, eager for my next challenge. I have a strong sense of color and trend and able take an idea from concept to production. I\'m a team player, willing to learn and work hard while keeping the customer my main focus.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Womens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Relocation

    Yes
  • Technologies

    Mac
    Adobe Creative Suite
    Microsoft Office
    PC
    Adobe Acrobat
  • Schools/Training

    University of Cincinnati
    Product Development/Merchandising

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EXPERIENCE

AUG 2010 – OCT 2012
LANDS’ END - Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Associate Designer - Womens Sweaters and Cold Weather Accessories
• Managed a team of Assistant Designers, Design Support and seasonal interns
• Designed and hand sketched silhouettes for Core, Business Outfitters and XR (Plus size)
• Selected stitches, yarns and trims based on seasonal direction, trend research and key ideas
• Created tech packs in PLM to communicate with international vendors and factories
• Responsible for fit approvals from first proto to production
• Worked with cross-functional partners, including Merchants, Product Developers, Sourcing and Technical Designers to ensure the highest quality, brand-right product
• Co-functionally developed line plans with merchant team based on selling and brand priorities
• Developed four seasons per year, managing 20-40 pieces per season as well as all color palettes per style
• Collaborated and mentored in the Lands’ End Intern Mentorship Program, working with seasonal interns to guide and continue their exploration of the design field through projects, meetings and presentations
• Contributed to the transformation of a missy branded line into an updated contemporary collection.
Responsible for redesigning the “Core Cardigan” for Spring 2012. Sales exceeded $1 million within the first month, selling through most colors in just 2 weeks

Nov 2007 - PRESENT
RUBY SLIPPERS JEWELRY
Owner
• Using vintage jewelry, trinkets and keys, I make one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets
• Treasure hunting through flea markets, estate sales and antique shops to find forgotten keepsakes, I combine these found items with natural stones, sterling and gold-filled chain to make each handmade piece special
The line has been sold at boutiques and art shows in California, Ohio and Texas.

JULY 2008 - SEPT 2010
WEILAND’S - Columbus, OH
Independent Contractor- Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator
• Weekly projects including weekly circulars, point-of-sale materials, mailers, coupons and posters for events
• Maintained and updated the company website and all social networking sites.
Since I introduced the Weekly Ad in July 2008, increased 18% (comparing July/Aug/Sept 2008 and July/Aug/Sept 2009 sales). The Weekly Ad is an in-store flyer that highlights all the sales and specials for the week.

Sept 2008 - MAR 2010
UNDONE LINGERIE & SHOE BOUTIQUE - Columbus, OH
Independent Contractor- Graphic Designer
• Business cards, store signage and postcard mailers for parties and special events

JUN 2005 - OCT 2007
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH - Columbus, Ohio
Designer- Girls Accessories, Intimates and Swim
• Managed team of three.
• Developed line assortments and oversaw multiple categories while maintaining design responsibilities
• Developed seasonal lines, created tech packs and executed line plans with follow through to T.O.P. samples
• Worked with Merchandising team to maintain aesthetic integrity in-line with brand identity, while maintaining price points
• Conducted fittings, partnering with Technical team to ensure quality and construction details
• Created seasonal trend and color boards and was responsible for presenting to CEO, Mike Jeffries
• Extensive travel for trend shopping and factory development in Asia and Europe.
Innovated the design of the Fall 2007 tote classification which boasted the highest sales of any totes across all brands under the Abercrombie umbrella. The product “Moose Duffle” made the company’s “Hot List” for 2 consecutive weeks. It was a top selling item across all Abercrombie brands.

JUL 2003 - DEC 2004
FOX RACING - Morgan Hill, California
Associate Accessories Designer- Girls Juniors
• Created concepts, designed and project managed accessories division
• Developed tech packs, created sketches and seasonally conducted trend research to keep product in-line with brand image
• Collaborated closely with Product Development team to meet tight time-lines and tiered price points within each classification.
Assistant Apparel Designer- Girls Juniors
• Assisted in design and development of seasonal lines
• Responsible for creating tech packs, assisting in fittings, color, trend and fabric development. Also approved lab dips and graphic strike-offs

RELATED SKILLS
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, PDM, IPLM, Microsoft Office, Mac OS and hand sketching. Experience with Micrografx and U4ia

EDUCATION
University of Cincinnati, B.S. in Product Development and Merchandising

ACTIVITIES
Course work in shearing, dyeing, carding and hand-spinning wool.

INTERNSHIPS
Fox Racing, Inc
Abercrombie & Fitch
Limited Too
Neiman Marcus

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