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    Creative and forward-thinking designer with over 10 years of experience evaluating and designing women's fashion. Offer ability to capture new market segments by skillfully pushing design lines. Accomplished and energetic leader with passion for finding absolute finest fabrics and prints. Known as reliable mentor and leader who continuously contributes to professional growth of many associates andpeers. Command significant experience overseeing complete project from conception and production to consumer sales. Areas of excellence include:

    Clothing Design * Fabric Purchasing * Garment Fit & Construction * Color Direction, Analysis, & Corrections * Merchandising * New Business Development * MarketAnalysis * Quality Control/Assurance * Print Selection, Layout, & Approval

    PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

    Casuals Etcetera, Inc., Division of Carlisle * New York, New York, 2000 to Present

    Design studio and manufacturer of women's high-end clothing wardrobe, specializing in business, casual day and cocktail attire. Launched line as the initial designer. Sold through direct sales channels with current annual sales exceeding $90M.

    Designer: Conceptualize style, content, and color for following season, developi

    ng custom prints, woven fabrics, yarns, and trims. Direct team of woven, sweater, and technical designers as well as patternmakers, seamstresses, cutters, fabric buyers, and assistants. Manage annual sample budget of $200K, including oversight of store bought samples, original artwork, and fabric sampling. Provide final approval for all woven and print designs. Interface with current season buyersto merchandise current and proposed lines, adjusting designs quickly to meet market trends. Research current trends worldwide. Fit and correct garments from prototype through pre-production. Showcase current collections in regional previews and promote design studio through general design process and current trends presentations.

    *Increased annual sales 10% by instituting washed garment programs for denim andcasual categories.

    *Expanded customer base and developed new division and line of clothing, launching clothes from concept to implementation and expertly capturing fresh market segment.*Exceeded corporate growth projections by adjusting product line to age- and trend-appropriate designs, following full evaluation of sales demographics.

    Harold's Stores, Inc. * New York, New York 1999 to 2000

    Collection of over 50 stores nationwide, serving southern customer niche marketand offering quality casual, denim, and office attire.

    Woven Women's Designer: Designed monthly store merchandise, including suits, dre

    sses, denim, outerwear, and casual prints. Directed and developed all aspects ofwomen's sportswear categories. Selected and purchased original prints from print studio in New York City and Europe. Engaged in monthly merchandise and productdevelopment meetings, presenting results to corporate buyers.

    *Distinguished company from its many competitors through keen identification ofnational and international fashion trends and skillful enhancement of upcoming and outgoing styles.*Visited Prato, Italy to work directly with fabric mills, as designer. Traveledevery 6 to 8 weeks to ensure fresh ideas through fabric choice and design.

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    Burberry London * New York, New York 1995 to 2000

    Licensed division of Burberry owned by Sanyo, focusing on U.S. bridge market. Sold nationally in high-end department stores and free-standing stores, offering English-inspired traditional sportswear.

    Designer: Designed new lines under direction of Design Director and within corporate guidelines. Oversaw 11 direct reports, including pattern makers, seamstresses, design assistant, and cutter. Controlled sample room and associated fabric budget. Organized showroom for buyer visits, expertly applying knowledge of fabric, flow, and feel to increase sales. Traveled to fabric trade shows globally, selecting sources and fabrics for upcoming seasonal designs.

    Career Note: Additional positions included Associate Designer at Nippon Studio in New York, New York, Freelance Designer/Illustrator in San Francisco, California, and Designer's Assistant at Empire Line, Ltd. in Sydney, Australia.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, Kingston School of Fashion. London, United Kingdom

    Portfolio available upon request.