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Mathew Thomas

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8+ years of experience in fashion at Calvin Klein Jeans as a graphic artist and illustrator. Education in fine arts and art history makes for inspired and artisitc graphic designs. Excellent market research skills. Experienced supervisor and collaborator.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Mens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Relocation

    Yes
  • Technologies

    Illustrator
    Photoshop
    Corel Painter
    InDesign
    HTML
    CSS
  • Schools/Training

    VCU
    Spring Street Studios
    Art Students League

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VIEW MY PORTFOLIO AT STRANGECANDYDESIGNS.COM

EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE 2008 - PRESENT

Designer/Illustrator/Art Director

Clients include Nautica Sportswear and Jeans, Carole Hochman Design Group, Bear USA, Erika Dray Designs, Concept1, Licensees of Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Guinness, Sol Beer, Mountain Dew, Amp Energy Drinks, Victoria’s Secret, and AC/DC.

DIENASTY 2008 – PRESENT

Art Director/Designer

Street wear label out of Brooklyn, NY. Responsible for everything from design, production, and marketing. Designed t-shirts, stickers, labels, look book, website, and blog.

CALVIN KLEIN JEANS 2001 - 2008

Menʼs Senior Graphic Designer 2004 - 2008

Led the men’s graphic design team in developing 30-50+ mainline graphics for t-shirts and direct applications for knits and wovens each season in a 4 season
calendar. Designed additional graphics for status denim line, CK39. Responsible for the development of label, trim, and POS graphics and for contributing artwork for in-house showroom. Additionally, designed numerous injection groups throughout the year. Supervised one full time design assistant and several seasonally booked freelance designers.

Researched global trends in fashion, art, music, and culture through travel to London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Amsterdam,
and Los Angeles. Includes market research, making connections with local artists, musicians, designers, and retailers, photographing people and places,
attending cultural events and institutions from underground rock shows and alternative art spaces to upscale dinners and international museums. Presented to
men’s jeans design and merchandising teams research culled from journeys, using detailed inspiration boards created with the findings from those trips.

Travelled to Lima, Peru to visit and work directly with factories on new techniques and production processes.

Met regularly with representatives of print houses and printing factories to research and develop new techniques and fabrics.

Attended Magic and Project tradeshows on numerous occasions.

Worked closely with Design Directors, Merchandising Director, Senior knits, wovens, and textile designers and production team to ensure that deadlines were
met and projects were completed.

Led graphics team in seasonal pitch meetings for upper management and sales team, including the Presidents of Warnaco, CKJ, and Sales.

Interviewed, hired and trained three design assistants, providing support and opportunities to grow and excel. One of them went on to take
over design duties upon my departure.

Menʼs Assistant Graphic Designer 2001 - 2003

Assistant to the Director of the Graphics Department, responsible for image research, creation, distribution, archiving and updating of
production tech packs, color matching, printer color control, ordering office supplies, and maintaining schedules.

FASHION INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE
Understand from firsthand experience the fashion design process from initial concept to showroom samples to final retail product. Includes an undertanding of global trends, seasonal concepts, colors, fabrics, print and application processes, merchandising, and sales.

EDUCATION
Virgina Commonwealth University 1997
BFA, Sculpture and Painting, Art History
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Co-founder of a number of student run arts organizations focusing on exhibitions and performance art productions. Managed and
directed upwards of 20 artists for events.

ARTS
Participated in numerous group shows in Richmond and NYC.

SKILLS
Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, HTML, InDesign.
Drawing, painting, printmaking, stenciling, photography.

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