james buford

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  • date: 6-23-13
Accomplished Fashion Designer with an exhaustible knowledge of trends and branding. Formal and extensive background in tailoring. Denim specialist and enthusiast. Fantastic understanding of technical specifications for menswear and women\'s wear.
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    30-40 $
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    Massachusetts College of Art & Design

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Levi Strauss and Co. + New York, NYC + Presently
Expert Tailoring Assistant
+ Supervise all repairs, denim alterations and hemming.
+ Executed all restoration work on vintage clothing. 
+ Assist Master Tailor +Denim prep + Pattern Cutting + Construction of Levi’s custom made to order Jeans
Reebok International + Caton, MA + 2008 + 2012
Designer + Reebok Men’s Sports Training + 2011+2012
Played a key role in researching and developing apparel for the launch of Reebok’s cutting edge technology pillars, X+Tech, ZigTech, and EasyTone technology.
+ Lead designer for men’s high end/core+performance and active+wear categories.
+ Produced tech packs with detailed specifications for development.
+ Conducted weekly fittings to amend garments for final production.
+ Consulted the costing team to ensure margins were met.
+ Examined samples for approvals and modifications prior to production.

Designer + Reebok Classics Lifestyle + 2010 + 2011
+ Designed Retro+Sport Classics and Heritage products.
+ Created Classics tech packs for product development.
+ Researched and developed knits and color.
+ Art directed and shot FW10 Classic product video for internal PR and marketing collateral.
+ Worked simultaneously with Lifestyle and Sport Calendars (12+month and 18+month).

Associate Designer + Reebok Men’s Basketball+ 2010
+ Designed Sports Essentials and fundamental apparel for Reebok Basketball categories.
+ Lead Technical Designer for Sport Essential Basketball.
+ Produced graphic art and pattern applications for apparel.

Assistant Designer + Reebok Women’s Tennis + 2009
+ Lead Tech Designer for Cirque du Soleil collaboration.
+ Developed and designed running, tennis, and performance tech packs.
Intern/Freelance Designer + Reebok + 2007
+ Worked closely with the women and men’s apparel team developing detailed tech packs.
+ Filed new seasonal fabrics, researched new seasonal sport fabrications, trends and color.

Manimal + New York, NY + 2007
Production Assistant
+ Commissioned by independent designer to produce suede and leather moccasins.
+ Assembled moccasins by hand.

Liz Claiborne + New York, NY + 2006
Men’s Knitwear Intern
+ Managed visual merchandising/showroom for major presentations.
+ Worked with research and development to approve fabrics, color dips, and trims, from knit manufacturers.
+ Produced trend, mood and flat boards for knit collections.

O.K.W. Incorporated + Boston, MA + 2004 + 2005
Technical Design Intern
+ Compiled, cut, duplicated, and developed new patterns.
+ Purchased new fabrics and trims.
+ Modified measurements and fits for clients.

Founder and Writer of
+ Maintain and design Infashuated content on blog.
+ Orchestrate all fashion interviews, and street photography for blog.

Fourth Wall Project Gallery + Boston, MA + 2011 + Human Powered Works
Gallery at the Piano Factory + Boston, MA + 2009 + Untitled

2012 + Published in Fashion Design Portfolios+From Concept to Presentation by Joanne Barrett (Condé Nast)
2007 + MassArt Best of Fashion Design
2007 + 3rd place National CFDA Finalist Target Competition
2006 + Jean Shohan Scholarship (Departmental Honors)
2004 + Ron Brown Scholarship
2003 + Four+Year Masonic Scholarship Award


Daily Tasks+Color and Trend Research, Social Media, Travel Research, Styling, photography and presentation skills
Practices+Pattern+Drafting, Tailoring, Printing (Graphic Applications), Drawing, Illustration, and Lithography
Software+Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, U4ia, Dreamweaver and Microsoft Office
Web Knowledge+CSS, HTML, CMS


2003 + 2007 + BFA Mass. College of Art and Design. Boston, MA + Fashion Design and fine Art
Specialization+Couture and Sports Apparel
Concentrations+Film and Video, Printmaking, Textiles

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