Actively seeking a challenging hands-on position in a stimulating and creative environment.
Extensive experience in branded trim / leather & metal items.
01/2010 - Present
Superdry Japan, Cheltenham UK.
Trim Developer / Surface Designer
All branding research and development. From swing-tags to buttons, labels to packaging, patches to metalware and even cologne. Working closely with global referred and nominated trim suppliers to innovate, develop and manage the Superdry Trims area. Also development and design of accessories, from cosmetics, to belts and socks. Making our trims unique and authentic. Extensive travel for vintage research and development.
04/2008 – Present
Freelance Graphic / Concept Designer / Illustrator: Margate, KENT. UK
Working on corporate branding / identity / store design / logo design.
04/2007 – 04/2008
Pottery Barn Kids: San Francisco, CA. US
Head Design Manager; Textiles (Rug-Window-Bath-Top of Bed)
Developing the brand vision, concepts, color palette and aesthetic each season for the PBK Textiles division. Reflecting mood,
market trends and customer/business needs. Managing, mentoring and developing a team of designers and coordinators to execute the seasonal vision. Researching and commissioning freelance artists and illustrators. Surface and vintage print purchasing. Budget , travel and freelance staffing handling.
Abercrombie and Fitch / abercrombie / Hollister Co. / Ruehl No.925 / Gilly Hicks: Ohio, USA
Senior Trim Manager; All Divisions (New Department)
R&D of branded vintage metal products for all Denim apparel brands, as well as [genuine and faux] leather items and elastics. Instrumental in creating authentic rusting and oxidized finishes for denim apparel and marketing in accordance with brand identity. Executed training and roll out of WebPDM SCA page for apparel trim/fabric components for designers use. Initiated in-house trim vendor fair (bi-annually) for designers to view the latest trends in trim / embellishments as well as thread / embroidery techniques. Building this new division from the ground up.
Too Brands: Limited Too: Ohio, USA
Senior Designer; Tween Girls Woven/Knit Bottoms
Product Developer for all woven apparel bottoms. Implementing ‘block’ fits for sizing / trending standards. Overseeing a team of associate and assistant designers.
11/1999 - 02/2002
Hollister Co. (A&F): Ohio, USA
Senior Designer; Men's & Women's: Woven/Knit Bottoms
01/1999 - 11/1999
Bay Trading Company: Herts, UK
Designer; Women’s Woven Casual
09/1998 - 01/1999
Direct Fashion Sourcing (DFS) Ltd : Kowloon, Hong Kong
Fabric Sourcing / Product Development (Freelance)
01/1995 - 09/1998
Tillsonburg Co Ltd: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Designer / Product Co-coordinator (Limited Express, Lane Bryant, Lerner)
09/1991 - 06/1994 Kingston University School of Fashion: London, UK
B.A (HONS) Degree: Fashion Design *Commendation for Professionalism in Chosen Market
09/1989 - 06/1991 Kent Institute of Art & Design KIAD: Kent, UK
National Diploma in Design: Fashion and Clothing
Windows 98/2000 Professional/Media. Lotus Notes. Microsoft Word / Outlook / Excel / PowerPoint. Micrographix Designer/IGraphix. WebPDM Gerber Systems. Corel Draw. Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator CS3. Adobe InDesign.