• Category

  • Market Segments

    Fashion Illustration
  • Availability

  • Hourly Rate

    $35 & Up
  • Relocation

  • Technologies

    Adobe Illustrator CS4
    Adobe Photoshop CS4
    C.A.D. Lectra Systems Software
    Windows Xp, Excel, Word
    Web PDM
  • Schools/Training

    FIT, NY: B.S./Product Development Specialization
    FIDM, LA: A.A./Fashion Design
    The Art Institute, LA: C.A.D. Certificate Degree

More Information

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 Women’s, Men’s, Junior, Tween, Kids, and Infant/Toddler markets.
• Product Developed/Technical Designed Intimates, Loungewear, Swim Cover ups/Pareos for Women’s/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.

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 Dillard’s and Bloomingdale\'s.
• Produced presentation illustrations and technical design specs for all Men’s 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, Men’s 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 McGuire’s 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”.

FREELANCE (2001-2010)
DUKE & WINSTON, Philadelphia, PA
Product Development Manager (2010-Presently –telecommuting)
• Design/Product Development of High-End American Lifestyle Men’s 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.

Apparel & Accessory Designer (2010)
• Designed unique African inspired Swimwear, Resort Wear, and Fashion Accessories for Young Women\'s market. -
• Partnership with women owned sustainable micro-businesses. Product developed and produced in Nairobi, Kenya.

Handbag / Accessory Designer (2005)
• Designed/Merchandised private labels and license brands for Junior, Young Women’s 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.

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 Men’s and Women’s 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.

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

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