Micaela Zahner

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Textile / surface designer with an undying passion for hand painting and computer generating abstract textures, geometrics, florals, ethnic prints, conversationals, and yarn-dye wovens.

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    Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Schools/Training

    Fashion Institute of Technology - Textile/Surface

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Textile / surface designer with an undying passion for hand painting and computer generating abstract textures, geometrics, florals, ethnic prints, conversationals, and yarn-dye wovens, a keen eye for color, knowledge of various print methods and fabric constructions, who creates efficient methods for tech packs and seasonal development, is organized and attentive to detail, and works well both independently and as part of a team


PVH Corp. | New York, NY
CAD Designer I, Men’s Underwear | November 2011 - present
• Design all-over prints, placement graphics, plaids, and silhouettes for men’s knit and woven underwear and sleepwear for a variety of brands: Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Sean John, IZOD, Chaps, Van Heusen
• Build collections according to each brand\'s aesthetic, target customer, delivery date, previous bestsellers, saleability, and factory limitations
• Prepare print, fabric, and trim tech packs for overseas development
• Work closely with partnering teams: sales, technical design, product development, sourcing, packaging, licensing partners, overseas factories

Banana Republic | New York, NY
CAD and Color Assistant | January 2008 - November 2011
• Processed hundreds of prints per season: exported print files from U4ia, sent tech packs of artwork, specs, and colorways to mills, ordered strikeoffs and sample yardage, prepared presentation boards with all prints for design directors, maintained print archives
• Assessed lab dips visually and instrumentally, maintained library of color standards as well as spectrophotometric database
• Assisted womenswear, menswear, and accessories design and production teams, communicated with overseas partners


Pattern Textiles | London, UK
Intern | June 2011 - July 2011
• Created mock garments for the textile design studio’s womenswear prints, embellished garments with studs, embroidery, beading

Flavor Paper | Brooklyn, NY
Intern | May 2010 - December 2010
• Constructed sample books of the company’s edgy and comtemporary wallpapers for showrooms across the world, sent samples to customers

John Robshaw Textiles | New York, NY
Intern | February 2010 - May 2010
• Prepared internationally-inspired designs for wood block printing, reviewed samples of bedding, pillows, and other home textiles

Echo Design | New York, NY
Intern | June 2009 - August 2009
• Contributed to style, color, and fabric development for scarves and beachwear, analyzed strike-offs and samples, organized sample archive


Fashion Institute of Technology
Textile / Surface Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts | May 2010
Magna Cum Laude


• Designs exhibited at the Museum at FIT
• Recipient of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA) Award 2009
• Recipient of the HFPA Graduation Award for Design Excellence 2010
• Winner of Clinton Global Initiative Sustainability Design Competition 2010


Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, U4ia, PLM, NedGraphics Dobby Pro, WebPDM, MS Office


Vermont, photography, biking, CrossFit, West African dance, hip hop dance, travel

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