The designer pattern-drafting at Andrea Moretti Sartoria in Florence, Italy.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Full-time in the fashion industry for 12 years
  • Strengths in managing a team, trend forecasting, sourcing, costing and business research
  • Extensive knowledge in textiles, leather, pattern-drafting, draping, tailoring and garment construction
  • Computer skills include: Abode Creative Suite, Excel, Outlook, Lotus Approach, AS400
  • Entrepreneur, multi-tasker and trend-setter.

ACCOLADES

  • Mattel Barbie TFI’s 25th anniversary runway gala: created doll-size and life-size gown - design was featured in Flare Magazine (July 2012) and on CBC News.            
  • Mercedes-Benz Canadian Start-up Plan: 1 of 5 finalists to present on Montreal runway (2011)
  • Elle Canada TFI New Labels: 1st place winner, featured in Elle Canada August 2009 issue
  • Le Chateau Junior Girl Competition: 2nd prize winner of 40 entrants (2003)

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Design (B.des), Ryerson University, Fashion Design - 2005
  • Linguaviva, Florence, Italy - 2010
  • Toronto Business Development Centre - 2011
  • Ontario College of Art and Design - Sustainable Fibre Arts - 2014

SHOPGIRLS BOUTIQUE, Designer/Consultant + Pattern-maker + Sample Development (12/2015 - Present)

  • Researching trends, colour forecasting, inspiration board developing
  • Sketching designs and technical CAD renderings
  • Drafting patterns from original design and pattern prepping for grading
  • Sample developing: cutting, fusing, sewing
  • Fitting with owner and brand manager
  • Alteration of garments after fitting
  • Costing pieces for production purposes

YM INC. STITCHES OUTERWEAR, Product Developer + Quality Control Specialist (02/2013 - 10/2015)

  • Developed technical packages for Mens, Ladies and Boys Outerwear division
  • Measured samples and recording variances; fitting with buyers
  • Communicated daily with overseas vendors
  • Managed sample approval process; coordinating vessel with customs broker
  • Booked and evaluating factory production inspections
  • Tested: fabric quality, washability, TSSA standards, and label requirements

ELEVENTH FLOOR APPAREL, Design Manager/Design Assistant (04/2012 – 10/2012)

  • Coordinated development for 6 in-house brand
  • Developed “work in progress” Excel spreadsheet records
  • Delegated work to the design team and managed time-lines efficiently
  • Collaborated with Production Manager and designers re: sales projections and deadline management
  • Developed spec sheets: flat sketches, technical details and construction specs
  • Measured pre-production samples to ensure quality and grading accuracy
  • Communicated with buyers, sample makers, pattern-makers, sales agents, fabric venders and contractors
  • Tracked progress in each stage of development

FAREN, Designer/Business Owner (05/2009 – 02/2013)

  • Researched market trends; surveyed and evaluated customer demographic
  • Hired and managed contract employees to produce the FAREN brand
  • Communicated with buyers, clients, customers, vendors, suppliers, PR and media
  • Designed and developed the collection through draping, pattern-drafting and fitting
  • Mentored young designers 

ANDREA MORETTI SARTORIA (Florence, Italy), Tailor’s Assistant/Pattern-maker (09/2010 – 11/2010)

  • Created patterns and assisted with custom fittings; collaborated with tailor on designs
  • Refined and enhanced techniques in couture sewing
  • Acted as Tailor’s Rep in nearby cities, sourcing fabric and notions
  • Consulted with international customers and provided sales expertise

NUMODE APPAREL/SELINA DESIGNER DRESSES, Design Assistant/Liaison (01/2006 – 07/2010)

  • Product developer: researched trends and developed inspiration boards and sketches
  • Managed the design team and tracking the product life cycle
  • Calculated costs for bill of materials and Line list development
  • Rendered flat sketches, technical details and construction details for tech-pack development
  • Liaison for design room/sample room between New York office
  • Sourced fabric, notions, beading and embroidery from domestic and oversea venders
  • Communicated with buyers, sales agents, venders and contractors (domestic and over-seas). 

CODI SALES, Sales Agent Assistant (seasonal) (09/2005-11/2005)

  • Represented 20 children’s wear brands: Infants, toddlers and tweens casual collections
  • Communicated with buyers, clients, vendors and manufacturers
  • Scheduled new clients and followed-up with appointments
  • Assisted in sales meetings, presented the collections and order entry
  • Merchandised for the front window along with basic maintenance of the showroom

FREEDOM CLOTHING COLLECTIVE, Business Owner (05/2004 - 03/2009)

  • Collaborated within a team of 8 collective members to support and promote local talent
  • Organized fashion shows, community events, art openings, charity events and music shows for store events
  • Promoted local talent through social media
  • Merchandized store windows, store displays and lay-out of the store 
  • Managed quality assurance of products, store responsibilities, customer service and sale
  • Communicated with 60 local Canadian designers and suppliers 

EXPERIENCE