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Halle Grano

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Accomplished Sportswear Designer whose cable knit trench and tank designs were featured in WWD July 6, 2009 & February 13-19, 2009 issue of CA Apparel News. Highly skilled at analyzing trends, sketching, creating color palettes, washes & fabric sourcing.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Womens
    Mens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Relocation

    No
  • Technologies

    Fabric Dyeing
    CAD Design
    Knitwear
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
    Hand/Machine Sewing
    Rhinestones/Studs
    Trend Forecasting
  • Schools/Training

    University of Cincinnati

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WORK EXPERIENCE

HG DESIGNS
Principal Designer, Women’s Knits | Nov ’09 – Present | Los Angeles, CA
• Projects include trend forecasting, fabric research, sketching and creating look books for individual clients on a per project-basis

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Associate Designer – Women’s Knits | July ’07 – Oct ’09 | Los Angeles, CA
• Reporting to Sportswear Lead Designer responsible for creating first 7FAM first knits introductory retail store collection that exceeded projections where 3 pieces outsold denim items
• Recognized for more than 5 of the highest selling retail items aside from denim in 2009 (retail “best-sellers”)
• Sequin Blazer featured on “The Rachel Zoe Project” as well as worn by A-List celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, and Kim Kardashian; Boyfriend Blazer featured on Katy Perry in Complex Magazine cover
• Became highly skilled at designing contemporary knits, sweaters & wovens, developing unique washes & treatments, luxury fabrications, creating CADs with Adobe illustrator, coordinating and managing production of 16 sample lines distributed globally to showrooms for 10 consecutive deliveries

BEVERLY HILLS ROYALTY (Multi-Collection Project)
Freelance Specialty Designer | Oct ’06 – Oct ’07 | West Hollywood, CA
• Hand constructed over 100 exclusive pieces for celebrity clientele (Carmen Electra, Jenny McCarthy, Christina Milian, Jenna Jameson, Tila Tequila), fashion shows, photo shoots and retail stock
• 6 pieces were featured in Mercedes-Benz “Who’s Next, What’s Next” Fashion Week 2006
• Created the highest selling “T-Shirt Bikini” which then became a core item
• Applied new treatments & applications to existing production and re-created new garments (rhinestones, studs, appliqués, screen prints, stitches)

SHIRLEY OF HOLLYWOOD (Collection Project)
Freelance Designer | June ’07 – Aug ’07 | Los Angeles, CA
• Hired as a consultant to create a sexy and cutting-edge collection of over 30 Halloween costumes to add to the lingerie line
• Designed first ever dancewear category to be offered to buyers

DREAMGIRL LINGERIE (Collection Project)
Freelance Designer | May ’07 – June ’07 | Los Angeles, CA
• Developed 4 creatively named lingerie groups and added a playful twist by use of bold colors, graphic prints and fresh hardware
• Researched all fabric and trim from local suppliers

ESCANTE LINGERIE (Collection Project)
Freelance Designer | April ’07 – May ’07 | San Antonio, TX
• Represented Escante Lingerie as the Designer at 2007 Las Vegas International Lingerie Trade Show
• Generated a collection of functional dancewear which included intimate apparel, mix & match swimwear and corsets

PNB NATION (Multi-Collection Project)
Freelance Designer | May ’06 – Jan ’07 | Los Angeles, CA
• Created entire men’s & women’s urban streetwear collection domestically for Fall ’06 launch
• Generated all graphics and prints for both apparel and retail signage Designs were featured on performing artists including Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Nick Cannon himself (MTV & BET Networks), Chris Brown, Nas, The Game; Complex Magazine June/July ’06 issue featured Nick Cannon denim including other media publications.
• T-Shirt featured on “The Nation is Back” 2006 Billboard advertising campaign
• Designed and developed all top and bottom fits for men & women as apparel/accessories designer, graphic designer, technical designer and production manager all under one title
• Produced garments from concept to initial sketch to production, developed unique garment trim and hardware through use of local vendors and factories in Los Angeles

RIP-CURL, USA (Multi-Collection Project)
Freelance Assistant Designer | March ’06 – June ’06 | Costa Mesa, CA
• Engineered fun, basic prints to apply throughout the women’s junior collection for Summer ‘07
• Responsible as team lead for all revisions, trim placement and colorway selections
• Solely responsible for translating all designers hand sketches to CADs
• Attained skills in Filemaker Pro software to generate tech packs for factories

JENNY CHASE, INC. (Multi-Collection Project)
Freelance Designer | Dec ’05 – May ’06 | Santa Monica, CA
• Gained excessive knowledge in the application of luxury fabrications in the contemporary market
• Developed all technical details, specifications and fits for the Fifi Tee & Fifi Cashmere lines which retailed in stores such as Barney’s and Fred Segal
• Lead all fittings with company owner
• Directed all comments with international factories for initial fittings and final production
• Responsible for all design and production related functions

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati, BA of Science & Design (Fashion) Honors Graduate| 2000-2005 | Cincinnati, OH
• Senior Thesis Collection “Pink Light District” featured in Cincinnati Enquirer and City Beat newspaper articles.
• Curriculum required completing 8 quarters of cooperative education that were assigned by merit and academic accomplishment and were completed at the following:
• ECKO RED, Assistant Designer | Sept ’04- Dec ’04 | Los Angeles, CA
• TRIPLE 5 SOUL, Assistant Designer | March ’03 – June ’04 | Brooklyn, NY

PROFICIENCY

• Software: Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator CS3, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage), Lotus Notes, Filemaker Pro, U4ia, Optitex
• Excellent communication, project management, graphic design and collection presentation skills

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