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Megan Connerley

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  • date: 9-6-11
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile! I am an experienced Los Angeles CA based cut and sew knits designer, with vast experience in the industry that stretches from small specialty boutique, high end contemporary to mass import manufacturing.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Womens
    Childrens
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Hourly Rate

    TBD
  • Relocation

    Yes
  • Schools/Training

    AIU-LA B.F.A.

More Information

Aside from juniors knits apparel I have knowledge and experience in swimwear, hosiery, girls, and womens high end contemporary as well as mid-tier missy. I received most of my training at a vertically ran juniors company which gave me an in depth understanding of what it really takes to create a garment in a realistic manner thats going to sell and still be manufactured at a mass low price point level. Over the years through trial and error I have become very knowledgeable in screen printing, dye processes, washes, knit fabrics, fits, etc. Working with big name retailers such as Walmart, Nordstrom, and Target has helped me further expand my creativity to meet lower price points while not compromising the integrity and value of my employers product. I am a designer who thrives in a team environment, and isn\'t afraid to lead or bring new ideas to the table.

Professional Experience
All Access Apparel/Self Esteem, Montebello CA 4/10-Present
Truself Head Designer
Launched new “MISSY” division for All Access Apparel; responsible for all aspects of design; management of (2)sewers, cutter, patternmaker, graphic artist and assistant; set up packages for imports department; worked closely with pre-production to insure smooth production; handled all send outs for screen printing; conduct fittings to insure fit; sourced and developed prints/trims/fabric; responsible for all in house production approvals; major customers include Belk, Steinmart, Sears and Walmart; developed close relationships with vendors
Material Girl Designer
Responsible for shopping and development for Madonna’s “Material Girl” collection, develop line on a monthly basis for monthly deliveries; source and trim development with overseas factories; work closely with graphic artists for prints and graphics; meet seasonally with Macy’s buying team; responsible for all CADs
Belle du Jour Designer
Design monthly line for in-house juniors label; responsible for all stages of sampling; source trims/fabric; work closely with patternmakers to insure fit

K Bell Inc., El Segundo CA 4/07-4/10
Senior Designer
Hosiery/leg wear designer; Walmart exclusive LEI designer, trend/market research, work closely with Jone’s New York team to develop seasonal lines and attend LEI meetings with all LEI teams seasonally in NY; Designer for other major retailers including: Urban Outfitters, Kohl’s, Target, Costco, Claire’s, Hot Topic, Torrid, JCP, Journey’s; Created CADs and Linesheets for all designs and groupings including mock planograms for in store displays; Presented concepts and ideas for seasonal lines reflecting apparel trends to design team, design director, merchandiser and board members; In charge of approving/revising samples in a timely manner; Shopped nationally and internationally for new trends to be translated into hosiery; Sourced and developed new and innovative yarns, trims and silhouettes; Designed displays and packaging for Costco; Assist in design and execution of all seasonal catalogues for all in-house lines.

Scrapbook Originals, Westminster CA 5/05-10/06
Designer
Launched SB Bags, SB Dreams, and Crafty Kids lines. Major department store (Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s) Scrapbook line designer; Executed lines start to finish, including CADs, first through final fits, all sampling and duplicate sampling; Designed specially priced import programs for major retailers; Worked with in-house artists in development of new graphics and prints reflecting “homegrown” junior look; Managed vertical manufacturing departments to ensure highest standard of product in a timely manner; Organized/shopped/styled all seasonal lookbooks for in-house lines; Design/Art director for MAGIC tradeshow booths; design consultant for CAL MART showroom.

Eisbar LLC, Beverly Hills CA 2/03-4/05
Design Assistant/Director of Communications
Assist in design and execution of six delivery per year women’s high end garment dye knit contemporary line; participate in fittings from first to production; approved production strike offs at screen printers as well as TOPs at sewers and dye houses; researched trends and design concepts; present trend boards to design team including design director and CEO; managed interns; managed accounts receivable/payable; styled photoshoots for seasonal lookbooks.

Freelance
Young Contemporary Womens Cut and Sew Knits, Long Beach CA 11/09-Present
Responsible for all aspects of design for women’s young contemporary cut and sew domestic knits line; Created linesheets, CADs and tech sheets for pattern/sample makers; Trend/Market research in LA and NY; Prepare inspiration board, illustrations, tech packs and linesheets

LucaLynn Swimwear, Newport Beach CA 12/06-4/07
Designed silhouettes for Juniors swim wear line, Worked closely with design director/owner in all aspects of design and execution as well as launch of line; Responsible for designing and producing prototype samples for Brazilian mills; Created all linesheets, CADs and techpacks for sewers, topical sewers and screenprinters; Sourced/ Corresponded with all domestic contractors on a daily basis; Art Director/Stylist for seasonal lookbook photoshoots

Kritik Clothing, Beverly Hills CA 1/07-4/07
Assisted in all aspects of business operation including design, marketing, and customer service

Sirens and Sailors Boutique, Echo Park CA 4/05-5/07
Assisted owner in all aspects of business including buying, styling, merchandising, searching for new lines, marketing, and sale planning

Foreign Languages
Spanish

Skills
Proficient in: Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign, Garment Base Pro, MS office, PointCarre, both MAC and PC, Intranet; Detail Oriented; Highly Creative; “Out of the Box” thinker; Team player; Sewing; Patternmaking/Draping; StyleSite/WGSN research;

Education
American Intercontinental University-LA
BFA-Fashion Design

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