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  • Hester Vlamings

    ★ Advanced Footwear Designer ★

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

Objective: Results driven all-round Senior Designer / Line Builder and Product Developer with exceptional achievement in ladies, (mens+kids) fashion and sports footwear used to a position which can fully utilize fashion forward thinking. Almost 30 years of design experience and highly finessed marketing, management and product presentation skills. Career Summary: -Innovative thinker with proven ability to understand evolving consumer footwear needs and able to identify cutting edge marketing opportunities -Skilled product developer with an international understanding of innovative materials, new manufacturing technologies including as well as traditional last improvement, sole development, moccasin, stitch down, san crispin, california, goodyear, vulcanised -Highly knowledgeable in all aspects of footwear design and creation, including: trend spotting, research, sourcing, presentation, handdrawings, Illustrator, specifications, tech-packs, and final sample approvals. - Knows where the shoe pinches: fit-testing, corrections. -Experienced in recruiting, training, and managing design and development staff Qualifications: As a senior designer/linebuilder/developer I use rather a classic approach in fashion. My goal is to locate a trend in an early stage and use my skills to translate the trend properly into the brand style of the company.

Work Samples

  • GAASTRA SS-2011 - AW2013

  • MARUTI - SS2012

  • Indian Eagle - Private Label SS-2012

Work History

Professional Experience april 2017- : Buffalo.de ( Hochheim/Köln ) • BUFFALO Design/ Product Management feb 2013-april 2017: Belmondo.de (Görtz, Hamburg) • BELMONDO - BRAX - WELLENSTEYN - COX Design/ Product Management / Sales (BeNeLux) reason: new investor cut back the wholesale (Belmondo). 20 people affected. Recruiter brought me to Buffalo dec 2011- feb 2013 Salamander.de (Ara, Langenfeld) • SALAMANDER Senior Designer/ Product Line Consultant reason: Company downsized. Head of Brands took me to Görtz. june 2009-dec 2011 Gaastra.com (Gaastra, Amstelveen) • GAASTRA Senior Designer & Grafik Design for lifestyle sneakers reason: Gaastra downsized: sold footwear-licence to Trend Design, Recruiter brougt me to Ara, Germany Consultancy Own Brands Design/PM Design / PM Design / PM Consultancy Consultancy Consultancy 2009 hestervamings.com HUB footwear Piedro/Livingstone Anna van Toor investor Piedro bv Sneakers comfort shoes Sourcing (Portugal) Product Management Jan Taminiau: Anouk Wipprecht Alexander vd Slobbe fashionshow Superbowl USA fashionhow Lady Gaga Black Eyed Peas Beyonce 2008 hestervamings.com HUB footwear Piedro/Livingstone Anna van Toor investor Piedro bv casual comfort shoes Sourcing (Portugal) sleazycheezy.com Product Management investor Ferro Footwear 2007 hestervamings.com HUB footwear Piedro/Livingstone Loints investor Shoe Concept casual comfort shoes comfort shoes sleazycheezy.com investor Ferro Footwear 2006 hestervamings.com Body Glove Hi-Tech UK Loints investor Shoe Concept sneakers sneakers comfort shoes 2005 hestervamings.com Rucanor Hi-Tech UK Yellow Cab investor Shoe Concept sneakers sneakers casual streetwear shoes 2004 Graduation: teacher for MBO-HBO 2004-2011 Family planning 2004-2007 Parttime Teacher AMFI, DTH, HvA, SLEM Footweardesign, Rangebuilding & Product Management reason: consultancy going too well, stopped teaching 2002- Ferro Footwear Waalwijk 2003 Senior Designer - Sportswear Private label - Product lines for Mexx, Le Coq Sportiv, Bristol etc. - Researched, sourced, designed and developed seasonal collections 2000- Wrangler Footwear/ Kingsway Waalwijk/Leichester 2002 Senior Designer/Line builder - Researched, sourced, designed and developed seasonal collections - Introduced sportswear into the formally basic collection - Production trips to Spain, Italy & Portugal 1999 - Napolina / Jimmy Joy, Kaatsheuvel 2000 Design- & Markteting Manager - Managed design & product development for women�s & kids comfort shoes and special sizes - Refreshed the target group with a new image and strategy - Successfully developed branded line with an appeal to specialty boutiques and high end retailers - Production trips to Spain & Italy. - Invented new footwear technology based on traditional ones. 1997 - UFA United Footwear Association, Leimuiden (MAG - AdamsBoots - Marlboro Classics) 1999 Concept Developer / Product Developer - Redefined the collections of Adams Boots, Marlboro Classics & Mag - Designed, developed and sourced all categories of fashionable comfort Footwear - Sole- & last development, handcrafted. - Production trips to Spain 1995 - Bronx, Dijkmans, Waalwijk 1996 Junior Designer for Branded Division - Assisted line builder with seasonal designs, sketches and colour boards - Created individualized line sheets and detailed specifications for high end retailers - Production trips to Italy 1991 - Freelance designer 1995 Gained experience at: - Zoo, Dr. Martens, Trend design, Memo, Bad Boys, McGregor, - Sacha, Cinderella, Shoebaloo, Catja, Tiramisu, Fred de la Bretoniere Education: 1996 - 1997 Fashion Management, TMO, Doorn Marketing, International Trade, Line Building. Speciality: Shoes & Sportswear 1986 -1990 Technical Education, SVBO, s-Hertogenbosch Handcrafted shoes, Sole- & Last Development, Patternmaking, Stitching, Clicking. 1984 - 1989 ARTEZ Art academy, Arnhem Fashion Design, Industrial Design. Internship at head office Cinderella Amsterdam Computer and Language Skills: Photoshop, Canvas, Adobe Illustrator, Exell, Word German, Dutch, English Accomplishments - SEM supports starting young fashion designers, member of board - SLEM Shoes & Leather Business association, member of board - Fashion Centre Nieuwegein input Young Fashion, - Teaching footwear design


  • Fashion Business School TMO, Doorn

    • Master Fashion Marketing
    • 1996 - 1997

    Fashion Marketing 10-stage Buying plan Analytics Rangebuilding DETEX- leather and synthetic knowledge International Trade

  • DHTA, Den Bosch - now Utrecht

    • degree in Shoe Technics by hand
    • 1986 - 1990

    modelling, paper patterns, crafts (clicking by hand: cemented, stitchdown, goodyearwelted, moccasin, strobelen) lastmaking, heel-making, sanding soles.

  • ARTEZ, Academy of Arts Arnhem

    • BA Fashion- and Industrial Design
    • 1984 - 1989

    Focus on vision, ambition and innovation Experimental labs for high- and low tech. Collection-design and development of researchprojects. Design the world of tomorrow with an experimental and critical view. Innovative orders and exceptional interns International teachers

  • Cinderella

    • Internship Cinderella (retailer)
    • 1988 - 1989

    making customer-profiles. deviding the collection with the Bock & Decker Barometer visiting fairs visiting trendseminars designing commercial but exceptional footwear