About

Womenswear designer with experience in luxury high end/runway collections, ready to wear, and bridge markets.  A proven record of success for repeatedly creating innovative yet profitable collections in the retail and wholesale sectors by seamlessly merging commerce and creativity.  Continuously recognized for having both creative vision and analytical problem solving skills. Able to rapidly identify trends and develop fashion key items to build strategically thought out profitable lines targeting each brand’s customer. A strong leader and team builder coupled with a demonstrated drive to achieve goals with respect to a brand’s DNA.

Experience

Ralph Lauren — New York, NY 
Freelance Designer,  Oct 2016 ­– Jan 2017

  • Women’s Collection woven designer, Shirting & Tops
  • Sketch flats by hand and/or adobe illustrator, create initial tech packs.
  • Implement tech packs in Flex PLM.

Gabriela Cadena — New York, NY
Freelance Designer, Nov 2015 – Feb 2016

  • Designed for the ready-to-wear line.
  • Oversaw the development of muslins into completed show room samples.
  • Worked with the in-house atelier and delegated work to complete all samples.
  • Directed pattern drafters and assistants.
  • Pre-selected and ordered fabrics for sampling based on Gabriela’s approval.

Vineyard Vines — New York, NY
Freelance Designer, March 2015 – August 2015

  • Sketch flats by hand and/or adobe illustrator, create initial tech packs.
  • Research and design new details for new and existing shirt, blouse, and dress bodies.

Brooks Brothers — New York, NY
Designer, July 2012 – Feb 2015

  • Women’s Collection woven designer specializing in blouses, skirts, day dresses, cocktail and evening gowns (limited designing of pants and jackets also)
  • Design and development of a Holiday capsule collection consisting of day dresses, skirts, coats, tailored suiting, and evening gowns.
  • Develop 4 collections per year for domestic and international markets (Europe, Asia, South America, Australia)
  • Responsible for selecting and/or developing fabrics, prints, trims and embellishments
  • Sketch flats by hand and/or adobe illustrator, create initial tech packs
  • Work closely with merchandising on developing the line and Product Development on executing initial samples
  • Assisting in the design and development of woven dresses and evening gowns (red carpet) for “Black Fleece” under the creative direction of Thom Browne.

LANVIN — Paris, France
Assistant Design Intern, Mar 2011 – Sept 2011

  • Assisted in the development of the Ready to Wear pre-collection
  • Researched for the pre-collection and capsule collections for designers and for Mr. Elbaz himself
  • Draping, pattern drafting and sewing
  • Developed trimmings, swatches and embroidery layouts

Oscar de la Renta — New York, NY
Assistant Designer, Sept 2009 – Nov 2010

  • Designed for and assisted in the development of five seasonal Ready to Wear collections, concentrated in blouses and day dresses
  • Worked as the liaison between the design studio and factories in Naples and Milan as well as interfacing with the in-house atelier and domestic factories to manage the development of samples
  • Traveled to Naples and Milan to assist in fittings with Mr. de la Renta and the Senior Designer where I spec’ed sketches, advised design solutions, and acted as a liaison between Mr. de la Renta and Italian fabric mills
  • Assisted in the development and production of all fashion shows for Resort, Spring, Pre-fall, Fall, and Bridal
  • Controlled the process of finalizing showroom looks after each fashion show by overseeing alterations and additions in notions and trims.
  • Represented the design studio in interoffice affairs such as communicating seasonal inspiration of each collection to inform and motivate the sales teams
  • Spearheaded the studio intern program which entailed recruiting, hiring, supervising, and evaluating interns

Oscar de la Renta — New York, NY
Assistant Design Intern, June 2008 – Sept 2009

  • Worked primarily with the Vice President of design with draping, pattern drafting, sewing swatches, sketching, rendering and vintage research
  • Constructed muslins, cut bias strips, dyed fabrics, vintage research, communicated with factories
  • Presented blouse sketches to Mr. de la Renta and one design was developed and became the bodice for a cocktail dress. It later expanded to two cocktail dress styles and one evening gown of which one was seen on Fall 2010 runway
  • Assisted the design team in fittings led by Mr. de la Renta
  • Assisted knit designer with layouts and embroidery developments for knits
  • Developed an awareness of merchandising and business while aiding the sales team during market weeks
  • Sourced and designed trims that were presented Mr. de la Renta.
  • Participated in the Resort, Spring, Prefall, Fall, and Bridal collection development and runway shows.

Skills

Photoshop, Illustrator, PLM, Web PDM, Mac and PC platforms, Draping, Garment Fit Evaluation

Education

International Academy of Design and Technology, BA – Fashion Design and Marketing, 2008