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SEARS HOLDINGS CORP., New York, NY 2006-2009
Product Developer / Technical Designer Intimates/Swim/Accessories Division
Partnered with Senior Technical Designer to establish the Accessories Technical Design Department.
Product Developed/Technical Designed Handbags/Small Leather Goods, Belts, Gloves, Hats, Fashion Scarves/Shawls/Ruanas, Cold Weather Goods, and Shoes for the Womens, Mens, Junior, Tween, Kids, and Infant/Toddler markets.
Product Developed/Technical Designed Intimates, Loungewear, Swim Cover ups/Pareos for Womens/Missy, Junior, Plus markets.
Produced accurate 2-D and 3-D technical design sketches with construction specifications for tech packs.
Implemented spec and construction standards for each brand/merchandise division.
Conducted sample review sessions on live fit model -making appropriate recommendations for spec and construction details.
Communicated pattern corrections and final approvals to overseas factories via Web PDM.
PERRY ELLIS INTERNATIONAL, New York, NY 2005-2006
Designer / Merchandiser -Menswear Accessories Division
Designed and Merchandised Men\'s Leather Belts, Small Leather Goods, Cuff Links, and Tie accessories.
Designed for Perry Ellis Portfolio, Perry Ellis America, and private label for Dillards and Bloomingdale\'s.
Produced presentation illustrations and technical design specs for all Mens Accessories including Hardware mould layouts.
Developed new leathers and techniques with Italian and Chinese tanneries.
Product Developed in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Produced Target Margin spreadsheets.
GUESS, INC., Los Angeles, CA 2002-2003
Designer / Development Coordinator -Accessories, Trim & Package
Designed and Developed Hardware Accessories, Trim, Packaging, with overseas and domestic vendors for the Young Contemporary/Junior divisions, Mens divisions, Guess Collection (GUESS by Marciano) and G Brand.
Produced graphic art/mould layouts and created presentation boards.
Researched new innovative materials. Washed and tested new materials.
Wrote verbiage for disclaimer tags.
Coordinated with global manufacturers for cost estimates.
Facilitated meetings for the review, approvals, planning of all new trim and packaging concepts.
DEBRA MCGUIRE COUTURIER, Pacific Palisades, CA 2000-2001
Assistant Designer / Production Manager -Apparel & Accessories
Assisted in design and production management of Debra McGuires Ready-to-Wear Line, Accessories, and Couture clientele.
Created freehand illustrations and technical flat sketches as well as textile/color-way designs.
Sourced textiles and trims domestically and internationally. Created fabric storyboards.
Design through production planning on embroidery, and embellishment placement with contractors.
Assisted in the marketing and promotion of the Ford Focus 2001 Fashion Show. Designed costume accessories and hats with car parts and materials supplied by the Ford Corporation.
Assisted Head Stylist Debra McGuire with wardrobe shopping assistances for TV shows such as Friends, Judging Amy, Undeclared, and Grosse Pointe.
Produced suit patterns, and supervised seamstress for principals costume (Actress Lillie Tomlin) for the movie Orange County.
DUKE & WINSTON, Philadelphia, PA
Product Development Manager (2010-Presently telecommuting)
Design/Product Development of High-End American Lifestyle Mens Polo Shirts line to be debut in 2011.
Research Trends and Brand development coordination with Advertising and Marketing firm.
Source Cut and Sew Knit Factories. Source Button/Trim Vendors.
Oversee fabrications, tech packages and fit.
THE NOLCHA CARES COLLECTION, New York, NY
Apparel & Accessory Designer (2010)
Designed unique African inspired Swimwear, Resort Wear, and Fashion Accessories for Young Women\'s market. -http://www.careforkenya.org
Partnership with women owned sustainable micro-businesses. Product developed and produced in Nairobi, Kenya.
AMERICAN DESIGN COLLECTION, New York, NY
Handbag / Accessory Designer (2005)
Designed/Merchandised private labels and license brands for Junior, Young Womens and Missy markets. (e.g. H & M Europe)
Provided Freehand and Computer illustrations of Handbags/SLGs in various materials including PVC, Canvas, Natural Products
(Corn Husk, Straw, and Paper) and Leather.
Provided Technical design and Logo placement on hardware.
Product Developed in India, Hong Kong, and Mainland China.
LIZ CLAIBORNE, INC., New York, NY
Handbag / Accessory Designer (2005)
Designed in Freehand and Computer illustrations for Lucky Brand, Enyce, Liz Claiborne, Sigrid Olsen Handbags/SLGs, Belts, Gifts.
Provided Technical design and logo placement.
Computer Aided Design in textile print.
REBECCA NORMAN, INC., Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY
Assistant Designer / Production Manager (2003-2005)
Assisted in design and provided production management/planning for Rebecca Norman Mens and Womens Accessories.
(Major Clients: Saks Fifth Ave., Neiman Marcus, Fred Segal\'s)
Created illustrations and technical flat sketches.
Produced patterns for the leather accessory line. Sourced, cost and purchased of materials.
Conducted color/trend research domestically and overseas.
LINDA LOUDERMILK, INC., Los Angeles, CA
Illustrator, Technical Designer & Sourcing (2001-2002)
Produced fashion Illustrations and flat sketches for Look Book and Pattern Cards.
Advised on sewing construction and finishing for Couture and Collection lines. Revised 2nd patterns for production.
Internationally and domestically sourced / purchased high-end and vintage textiles, all types of leathers, exotic skins, trim, and accessories for Linda Loudermilk Couture, Collection and Costume projects.
Researched innovative approaches to molding synthetic materials as well as special effects and digital images on textiles.
Sourced and coordinated lighting, background screens, and stage equipment for fashion shoots and shows.
Early Career: Lectra C.A.D/Pattern Maker (JCPenny -Arizona Jeans) Guild, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Jewelry Designer Medusa, Inc., Los Angeles, CA