Fashion Designer
Fashion Design
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
University: Marie Victorin
Major: Fashion Design

Fashion Designer

Fashion Designer with 20 years of experience in design and more than 10 years of management experience. Member of the A’ Design Award & Competition International Design Academy in Italy. Strong skills in verbal & written communications, organization, analysis of workload and planning. Expert knowledge of garment construction, patternmaking and technical design. Skillful to adapt to different markets and maintain brand consistency. High ability to manage multiple seasons at different stages of development. Instrumental in developing lasting business partnerships with increases in excess of 40% in sales. A strong leader at the cutting edge of the latest trends recognized for responsibility and proactive decisions. Artistic, creative, detailed oriented and efficient.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

NAKED ZEBRA – Los Angeles 2019
Head Designer
• Design top selling ladies’ contemporary styles for the lines Naked Zebra, Lost April and 1250°C representing 25% of the sales in their respective categories
• Perform research on trends, textiles & prints, select fabrics and generate full tech packs
• Oversee fit sessions and communicate with overseas suppliers

WE WALK & CHARLENE TANG – Los Angeles 2017– 2019
Head Designer
• Designed full collections of sustainable athleisure styles for ladies & men’s young contemporary market and collections of ladies’ high-end resort wear
• Implemented all procedures, managed the design department and lead design meeting
• Created libraries of ideas and tools to optimize the workflow
• Selected all fabrics, created and developed prints; established color palettes for every season
• Communicated with local LA based suppliers and contractors for domestic production

KENISTON BRAND – Los Angeles 2017
Fashion Designer
• Performed research on trends and textiles, created mood boards and built full color cards
• Selected all fabrics and prints and generated full tech packs
• Created full collections inspired by the California lifestyle for the young contemporary market

R.D. STYLE USA – Los Angeles 2016–2019
Fashion Designer
• Executed research on trends, textiles and accessories, created mood boards and built color cards
• Created contemporary collections for ladies’ knitwear and sweaters resulting in retail checkout of 95% to 98% per style for major customers
• Communicated and maintained strong business partnerships with the major customers

R.D. INTERNATIONAL – Montreal 2007–2016
Fashion Designer
• Created ladies & men’s fashion lines including sweaters, knitwear, shirts and sportswear (woven), developed textiles and prints and oversaw high-quality standards for large fashion brands
• Developed products and lines for a major customer and built lasting business partnership that resulted in a $5 million account representing 15% of the company’s annual revenue (Canada and USA)
• Established organizational structures through follow-up strategies that optimized the productivity of the design and production department by 30%
• Designed knitwear and sweater lines that were featured in major fashion magazines that helped raise the sales by $6 million, representing 30% of the sales in the United States in 2014
• Contributed in developing new markets by lowering the cost of new lines by 20%
• Interviewed potential candidates with the Creative Director and coached new employees
• Developed relationships of trust with overseas suppliers through visits and regular communication and instructed factories on production quality

ZEN POUR TOI – Montreal 2007–2008
Freelance Fashion Designer
• Created women’s fashion lines & supervised fittings, produced prototype measurements, created specific follow-up charts, pattern grading templates and garment technical drawings and maintained style sheets

CASABAWA IMPORTS – Montreal 1999–2007
Fashion Designer
• Designed new fashion knits and woven lines and created mood boards, developed textiles and prints, researched trims and built full color cards for each season
• Attended international trade shows in New Delhi to source new vendors and to supervise the quality of the production from actual partners
• Built lasting business partnerships with major accounts and established organizational structures to optimize the productivity of the design and production team

UKIUQ DESIGN – Montreal 2000–2003
Chief Executive Officer / Fashion Designer
• Created women’s fabric and leather accessories
• Managed the production, finances and distribution of collections in boutiques in Old Quebec, at the Montreal Art & Trade Show and at the prestigious North American Fur & Fashion Exposition - Montreal

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

• Member of the International Design Academy – Grand Jury
A’ Design Award & Competition, Italy

• Canadian National Cultural Entrepreneurship Award - Nomination

• I Start My Own Business and Ensure the Next Generation – Award
Awarded by the Montreal Mayor’s Foundation and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

• Young Entrepreneurs – Award
Granted by the Quebec government

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

• Management Training Seminar
Innovam, Montreal 2002

• Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) – Fashion Design
Marie-Victorin College, Montreal 1996–1999

• Development and Innovation Seminar
Saga Design Centre, Vedbæk, Denmark 1999

• Associate Degree (A.A.) – Fine Arts
Old Montreal College, Montreal 1994–1996

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS

• Adobe suite: Illustrator, Photoshop
• Office suite: Outlook, Excel, Word
• Operating systems: Mac OS, Windows
• Specialized: Clo3D

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