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My design philosophy; The design process is seamless and forever evolving! I am passionate about textiles and the many different applications for all of them! I adore getting crafty with raw materials that can be manipulated into something wearable, sellable, and appealing to a specific client. The creative process is most interesting to me when there is a history to work from, that facilitates development with an intent to work out the imperfections, and evoke awe-someness!
My philosophy in life is most easily described as Ayurvedic. I believe in engaging day to day with the environment I live in, including nature, food, culture, creative activities, exercise, friends, family, and health! Life knowledge is contributing and connecting to the world you live in!
Cover, Metropolitan Magazine, April 2000
Lily Samii and team, 2000-2003
2005 Wedding gown and brides maid dresses, summer wedding in Hawaii
Specialties: Freelance Apparel designer with 10+ years apparel design, product management, and product development experience. Specializing in creative problem solving to improve overall efficiency and profitability of product. Always interested in new applications of fabrics and components.
Freelance Apparel Designer
January 2010 – Present (3 years 1 month)Portland, Oregon
One of a kind apparel designs for urban clients seeking the unique. Focus on design and fabrications that call to each clients individual style. Proven results and direct experience with men's, women's, outerwear, sportswear, and special occasion product.
February 2004 – January 2010 (6 years)Portland, Oregon
Designed men's, women's, youth, technical outerwear, active end use sportswear, and collegiate product with double digit growth 4 consecutive years. Collaborated with corporate teams to streamline production efficiency and increase profit margins. Self managed workload to meet all corporate calendar deadlines.
Assistant Production Manager
September 2000 – August 2003 (3 years)San Francisco
Collaborated with sales, and production teams to ensure quality and timely delivery of materials for production. Managed timeline of production to meet fitting and final delivery deadlines. Procured materials and samples that promoted sales for the sales team. Facilitated clients in finding the right fabric color, weight, and trims package for their needs. Managed materials and trims inventories. Assisted Management at seasonal fashion shows and PR events. Networked with retailers and management to obtain sales history and client feedback.
June 1999 – September 2000 (1 year 4 months)San Francisco
Assisted owner and Designer in design and development of samples from concept through production. Managed sample cutting and pattern grading/manipulations to produce samples that met specifications. Initiated creative placement of pattens on fabric prints to produce samples that increased sales. Communicated print placement to production teams to ensure markers and consumption were efficient and followed samples. Collaborated with Sales Reps to meet sample delivery deadlines to showrooms. Traveled to seasonal markets and shopped to analyze trends.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, San Francisco
Associate of Arts (A.A.), Fashion Design
1997 – 1999
While attending F.I.D.M. I was awarded the only paid internship in my class. I assisted the owner and Designer of Space Cowgirls through one season of design, development, and production. My favorite project was hand cutting and appliquéing a Golden Gate Bridge to the cape that George Clinton (& Parliament Funkadelic) wore during a concert in San Francisco. Because I was successful in the internship the owner connected me with Julienne Weston, of Weston Wear (my first job in the industry) and my path as a working professional in the Apparel Industry had begun.
Activities and Societies: Space Cowgirls, Diesel Flagship San Francisco, Britex Fabrics, Art Fibers, Flax, M.O.M.A.
East West College of the Healing Arts
Graduation and L.M.T. certification through Oregon Board of Massage Therapists
2009 - 2010