Iwona Kapcia-Paila

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My goal is to join a design team where I can utilize my knowledge, and gain further experience. I will apply my talent and skills to help your company grow and flourish, and maintain a strong position within the industry. email:



  • Category

  • Market Segments

    Fashion Illustration
  • Availability

  • Hourly Rate

  • Relocation

  • Technologies

    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
    MS Office
    Web Based PDM, Flex PLM
    Mac, PC
    Adobe InDesign
  • Schools/Training

    Marymount University / BA in Fashion Design

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Sep.2012-current Sears Holdings Corporation,, New York, NY
Associate Designer, Jaclyn Smith Missy and Plus Sportswear Collection (freelance: Sep 2012-February 2013), BE Missy and Plus Sportswear Collection (Feb 2013-current)
- Responsible for woven, denim and sweater categories
- Participated and conducted presentations during seasonal meetings with marchandisers and upper management
- Participated and contributed in creating seasonal design direction for the brand
- Participated in seasonal trend research and comparison market shopping
- Communicated with overseas vendors and offices regarding different stages of sample development.
- Conducted fittings
- Managed, created and updated sample information using Flex PLM software.
- Collaborated with the technical and pre-production teams regarding updates and sample approvals and development.
- Created and updated technical flat sketches in Adobe Illustrator for Summer, Fall and Holiday 2013 seasons
- Created and updated seasonal sample development boards

Aug. 2011-May 2012 Bagatelle International, New York, NY
Assistant Designer, Bagatelle and Badgley Mischka coats, private label

- Assisted design director and 2 designers with all aspects of developing Bagatelle sportswear and Badgley Mischka coat collections, and sportswear samples including jackets, dresses, skirts, tops and pants for private label customers including: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Mark & James, Carlisle Etcetera, Scoop, Pink Tartan, Bebe, Urban Outfitters, Chico’s, Macy’s (Alfani, Charter Club, Style&Co), Ann Taylor, Boston Proper and HSN Shopping Network (Iman, Coleen Lopez, American Glamour)
- Managed 2 design assistants
- Participated in research and development of seasonal trends utilizing web based research, forecasting services, and shopping the market seeking design inspiration, trend ideas and new merchandise
- Created mood boards/presentations for seasonal sales team/ customer meetings
- Participating in meetings with private label customers to present and discuss fabrications, print and designs in accordance with their seasonal direction and brand image
- Assisted and participated in seasonal collection presentation to owners and the sales team
- Participated in seasonal meetings with fabric/print mill vendors and attending trade shows (PV New York, Texworld USA) shopping for new fabrications trends and ideas
- Lab dip and strike off approvals
- Created tech packs for sample development
- Created POs and managed sample development using Sapphire PDM software
- Creating CADs
- Daily communication with overseas factories in China and India in order to ensure proper and timely sample development
- Performed quality control of samples to ensure adherence with Bagatelle's and customers' standards
- Worked in partnership with tech design and production to achieve best fit for proto samples and attend meetings to ensure proper transition of product from development to production

Oct. 2009–Aug. 2011 Micky London, New York, NY
Assistant/Associate Designer, Womenswear

- Designed styles for Fall 2010, Resort 2010, Spring 2011 collections according to trend direction and design details provided by the head designer
- Created free hand fashion illustrations of designed styles
- Assisted the head designer in sourcing fabrics and trims for Resort 2010 and Spring 2011 collections
- Assisted in seasonal collection presentation to owners and the sales team
- Assisted in lab dip and strike off approvals
- Created flats and specification sheets for tech packs used for sample development
- Assisted the head designer with fittings by contributing design and fit comments and by taking notes
- Conducted fittings under supervision of the head designer
- Communicated with overseas factories in India regarding sample development
- Responsible for creating line sheets using Excel and Illustrator
- Responsible for trend and color research for Resort 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011 collections
- Created mood and inspiration boards using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- Assisted the head designer and the owner in conducting market research
- Assisted the head designer during production time on resolving quality issues regarding fit, construction, trims selection and fabric orders
- Provided assistance in creating looks and styling for fashion shows and photo shoots


May 2009 Marymount University Arlington, VA Major: Fashion Design, GPA 3.90, Minor: Fashion Merchandising


MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Web PDM, Flex PLM, Mac, PC

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