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Silvia Garcia
Fashion Designer
15836 SW 15 Street Pembroke Pines FL 33027 Cell: (305) 975-0937 email:

Design, Development & Merchandising with focus on Technical Design & Product Management. Seeking full time position.

Experience Summary:
Creative, self-starter, passionate, focused and organized with 20+ years of experience in design, merchandising, product management, technical design and all facets of apparel manufacturing of sportswear & dresses for Womenswear, Menswear & Childrenswear.

Vast knowledge of sourcing and market research. Experienced in trend forecasting based on individual brand identity. Conceptualizing and creative development of seasonal mood boards, color palettes and line plan. Sourcing fabric & trims while developing aesthetics for cohesive seasonal collections. Creating technical sketches and development packets for accurate overseas costing and proto sample development. Sample room management and strategic scheduling assuring products are executed on schedule to meet all market due dates.

Conduct weekly cross functional meetings with all departments to maintain a steady flow of work in process domestically and with our overseas partners. Collaborating with
Internal teams to develop a finish product driven to maximize creativity and sales goals.

Graphic art direction, creation & coloration. Supervision and approval of all graphic’s execution.

Product management. Maintaining accurate records of the pre-production approval process to assure all components are submitted and approved on schedule following T&A dates so the product meets optimal quality standards and maintains timely production schedules to ensure on time ship dates. WIP report updates and follow-up.

Experienced with Asia import production.

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Power point, Word, Outlook), PLM Systems,
Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop), Corel Designer Suite 4X (Corel Designer, Painter, Capture & Photo Paint) Pattern Making and Grading. Fabric Development (Emphasis on Knits).

Business History:

2009 – Present
Younghwe USA, Pembroke Pines Fl.
Design & Development Director– (Junior, Missy, Maternity & Menswear Sportswear)
Responsible for all design, development preproduction setup for styles
pertaining to Private Label brands. Preliminary costing set up. Daily communications with our overseas production team on fabric development sourcing and proto sample making. Working with internal private label product development and design teams to achieve the proper aesthetics on seasonal product lines for The Sport Authority (Alpine Design & Aspire Brands), Jem Sport, Target & Walmart product through DI’s.

Business History:

Prajana Design Concepts, Pembroke Pines FL. / 2013 - Present
Designer / Owner – (Junior, Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear & Tech-Wearable medical Devises ) Freelance design, sourcing and pre-production management of tech-sportswear & wearable medical devises. Responsible for all aspects of the products lifecycle from sourcing and design concept through preproduction approval process.

Younghwe USA / Rhee Global Sourcing, Pembroke Pines FL. / 2009 - Present
Design & Development Director– (Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear & Plush Toys)
Responsible for design, development and preproduction setup for all styles pertaining to private label brands. Creating or editing technical design packets for preliminary costing and proto sample development. Overseeing pattern making. Daily communications with overseas production office for accurate sourcing of all garment components and appropriate factory machinery along with cross functional discussions with customer’s internal private label development teams to achieve the desired aesthetics and maximizing cost efficiency. Some travel.

Ivory/Trends International, Miami FL. / 2005 - 2009
Senior Designer / Merchandiser– (Junior, Missy & Maternity Tops)
Headed creative team for $60M private label division. Responsible for all design and development of styles pertaining to Target Private Label Lines. Initializing preproduction process and preliminary costing. Working with buyers and Target internal D&D team. Some travel.

Trends International, Miami FL. / 2000 - 2005
Senior Designer / Assistant Merchandiser– (Junior Tops)
Responsible for creative process of all styles pertaining to Target, Shopko & l.e.i. knit Tops. PLM’s style set ups and initializing preproduction process and preliminary line costing.

Dorissa of Miami, Miami FL. / 1992 -1999
Senior Designer – (Girls Dresses & Sportswear)
Design & development of six annual lines. Sample room supervision, costing and pre-production management. Responsible for overseeing the creative process of all ads and marketing strategies. Development and super vision of catalogue layouts, photoshoot’s styling, creating print copy for e-commerce website. Art direction and layout approvals for brand catalogues, ecommerce site & national magazine ads.

Dary Sue Fashions, NY, NY. / 1983 - 1989
Designer – (Private Label Dresses& Sportswear)
Member of an energetic and creative design team. Responsible for market research. Developing private label programs for mayor department stores, private label catalogs and direct mail product.
Including JC Penny, Sears Catalog and Retail Private Label Programs, Spiegel Catalogue, Avon Apparel Catalogue and Montgomery Ward Catalogue. Creating catalog's page layouts and seasonal concept spreadsheets. Working one on one with buyers for final product assortment. Some travel.

BA in Fashion Design & Fashion Illustration - FIT. NY, NY
Hardcopy portfolio available upon request -Virtual portfolio available at
References & letters of recommendation available upon request.

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