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Tupita Kurkcubasi

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Over 12 Years professional experience in Women\'s Knitwear/Sweaters. Also am comfortable with wovens. Extensive knowledge of machine & computer knitting, hand knitting, gauge, intarsias, etc. Can do hand flats as well as Illustrator flats.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Womens
    Womens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Hourly Rate

    Pls contact to discuss
  • Relocation

    No
  • Technologies

    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
    Microsoft Office
    Web PDM
    PLM
    BMS
  • Schools/Training

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Cotton, Inc. - Swtr Manufacturing Courses
    Machine Knitting - F.I.T.
    Hand Knitting - F.I.T.

More Information

Tupita Kurkcubasi
(p) 201.284.1241 (e) tupita_k@hotmail.com

• Self-Driven Knits/Sweaters Designer with extensive experience in both the Women’s Better and Mass Markets.

Work Experience
Hansae Co. Ltd.
Design Manager – New York Office
October 2010 – January 2012
Responsibilities: Provide Design/Trend support for the companies like Target, Kohl’s, Pink, Gap, Old Navy, Hanes; Travel to Europe/Asia for trend research and to meet with teams in Seoul; Created and managed seasonal trend booklet to share with both domestic and overseas teams; Create monthly American retail market reports, including both Mass and Specialty retailers; Prepare and present silhouette and fabric trend information, plus market analysis when meeting with buyers; Design and develop samples, based on current trend information and buyer’s requests, to be adopted into their collection.

Isaac Mizrahi Live!
Senior Designer – Knits, Sweaters, Swimwear, Sleepwear
July 2009 – October 2010
Responsibilities: Helped to create the most successful brand launch in the history of QVC; Work with Design Director and Creative Director to research and put together initial concept; Source own fabric & yarn qualities; Work closely with Director, Product Manager, and factories to create product from concept to production; Work with a broad range of garment development to hit 3 major price points; Carry through with production details through bulk delivery

Elie Tahari
Senior Designer – Private Label Knits & Sweaters
October 2007 - December 2008
Responsibilities: Created and maintained Development calendars; Communicated daily with factories in Asia and South America to develop Knits & Sweaters sold under the T-Tahari and Off-Price labels; Worked with vendors to source and develop new silhouettes, fabrics, and yarns in adapting the Collection aesthetic to a lower price point; Ordered sample yardage, strikeoffs, and labdips for samples; Worked closely with Sales team to analyze selling reports; Traveled to Asia to develop new qualities and silhouettes, and also oversee sample-making; Worked closely with Production team to ensure all designs met deadlines and maintained specific markups.

Isaac Mizrahi for Target
Senior Designer – Sweaters, Knits, Swim, Outerwear
March 2005-October 2007
Responsibilities: Developed categories to maintain high-quality product for mass-product retailer, using cost-effective fabrics, silhouettes, trims, and graphics; Worked closely with fabric/trim development team to create and source new core and novelty fabrics and trim, while maintaining the Isaac Mizrahi aesthetic; Traveled frequently to Target Headquarters in Minneapolis to work with garment developers and to present merchandised collection to Buyers/Sales team; Elevated the level of Knits and Sweaters being sold under the Isaac Mizrahi brand by introducing Italian yarns and fine gauge Cashmere; doubled overall knit & sweater business by introducing doubleknit suiting, fashion tops, and Holiday knit dressing.

MICHAEL Michael Kors
Associate Designer - Knits & Sweaters
July 2003 - March 2005
Responsibilities: Part of the original team to launch brand; Developed initial Tek Pak for Design Team; Followed development of garments from concept stage to production, while adapting the Collection aesthetic to a lower price-point; Assisted in designing and sketching flats and technical illustrations; Attended fittings and recorded changes; Communicated daily with factories; Created and updated tek paks in Web PDM; Developed prints and commented on strikeoffs.

DKNY Jeans/Juniors
Assistant Designer - Knits & Sweaters
April 2001 - July 2003
Responsibilities: Researched trends in both Missy and Juniors Markets; Assisted in design/sketching process; Created and maintained sketches, tek paks, and presentation boards in StyleManager; Communicated with Merchandising and factories overseas regarding trims, logos, and colors; Commented on labdips; Attended fittings and recorded changes.

RALPH Ralph Lauren & LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Design Assistant - Knits & Sweaters
August 2000 - April 2001
Responsibilities: Assisted Designers with spec detailing, tracking and receiving samples, creating and updating presentation boards; Created and updated seasonal color boards.

Computer Skills
Microsoft Office; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, StyleManager, Web PDM, PointCarre, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), BMS

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design, May 2000
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA

- References available upon request -

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