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  • Olaya Navarro

    Footwear, handbag and accesories designer

    Suitable for Europa, USA, Worldwide, Spain

Senior Employed and Freelance Footwear and Accessories Designer I am specialized in women's evening and casual shoes Luxury and Urban Fashion. I have also the ability to handle women's sports, men's and kid's any categories. I am available for freelance or full time footwear design work worldwide. You can contact me at olayanavarro@gmail.com or on +34 625586636.

Work Samples

  • Adidas Originals Task

  • Lola Cruz SS 2011 - Clog Collection

  • Lola Cruz SS 2011 - Chain Collection

Work History

PERSONAL SKILLS After working in the industrial design (furniture and interior) industry for 7 years as a full time designer, I started my fashion career 3 years ago, because fashion is immediate, I enjoy the prediction trend forecasting task itself and I love to see people wearing the shoes I have designed. I am highly organised, committed, hard working, unselfish, confident, proactive and versatile. Available for freelance projects too. Interest in new challenges. Multicultural attitude. PROFESSIONAL SKILLS * Extensive development experience in China and India. Also have worked with Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico and Spain. * Responsible of organize and attend to international travel for research shopping, consumer retail, and market trends. * Shoes featured in the companies campaigns in international (Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Italy...)Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle... as well as in the most relevant international fashion blogs and TV shows. * Proven success in designing fashion footwear and building lines with high sales power. * Manage motivate & train junior designers. * Extended knowledge of women’s, men’s and kid’s footwear constructions, product development and manufacturing techniques. * Presentations of the collection to salesmen and in the international trade shows to our customers. * Acknowledged team leader with communication, time-management and organizational skills. * Responsible of organize and attend to international travel for research shopping, consumer retail, and market trends. * Responsible for sourcing and ordering lasts, leathers, fabrics, soles & trims design. * Excellent liaising with clients and overseas factories. * Strong fashion and trend forecasting relevant to market and brand identity. * Excellent hand and computer sketching: with call outs and specifications. * Basic pattern making knowledge. * Sample development: upper pattern / last / outsole / heel / hardware design and correcting. * Fit testing and final sample approvals. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY 2012-present SENIOR FOOTWEAR DESIGNER Worders Shoes, Alicante, Spain http://wonders.com/ 2011-2012 SENIOR FOOTWEAR AND ACCESORIES DESIGNER Lola Cruz and Bibi Lou brands, Valencia, Spain www.lolacruz.com * Responsible of managing the building two Ladies footwear brands, Lola cruz and Bibi Lou ,of the company. * Lola Cruz is a top-end brand of footwear and accessories that is currently supported in 10 countries, through some high profile stores including Liberty, Harvey Nichols (London), and Bloomingdales (USA). * Bibi Lou is a fast fashion range that is sold to their high street independent clients. Bibi Lou has a young-trendy target and is currently supported in 4 countries. * Presents the collection at MICAM (Italy) and FFANY (USA) trade shows. * Responsible of design process from research and trend predictions through to working with the factories to get the samples ready for the product launch. * The footwear is produced in Spain and the Far East. * Managed 5 overseas colleagues in China and India. 2010-2011 JUNIOR FOOTWEAR DESIGNER Bershka-TEMPE, Alicante, Spain www.bershka.com www.tempe.es http://www.tempe.es/tempe/web/10136/42 * Employed to work on the ladies Bershka footwear brand, in the TEMPE company, designing casual and evening shoes for this international retailer for the SS 2011season. * Work closely with the controller, buyer and product manager team to develop designs, concepts and ideas and deciding the final collection. * Follow the buyer plan, target costings and product manager info about retail, when designing range. * Responsible for researching materials and developing new lasts, soles and hardware. * Sketching and prepare technical packs for factories overseas (China, India, Taiwan, Mexico). * Fit testing and final sample approvals. * Presentations of the collection in-house team and to the retail INDITEX head Office team in Barcelona. * Total control and guidance of information about product sales (not only about Bershka, also about the other brands colleagues; Zara, Pull and bear, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, ...). 2010 FOOTWEAR AND HANDBAG DESIGN INTERNSHIP Mustang Inter, Elche, Spain www.mustang.es/portal * Assistant Footwear and Handbag Designer Casual Women. * Design support through trend & material research and prepare trend reports and specification sheets. * National presentation to customer, supporting the Women’s shoes and bag collection for the company. 2009 JUNIOR HANDBAG AND LUGGAGE DESIGNER Nobuck S.L. Company www.nobuck.info * Designed bags, luggage and small leather goods for Men’s and Women’s Accessories collection. * Responsible for communication with China supplier to check production to oversee sample production, and work with agent and factories on prototype development. * Materials sourcing, development calendar maintenance, sample approvals, collaboration with outside designers. * Co-managed in-house colleagues at the samples factory. *Suppliers to: Zara, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, El Corte Inglés, Barrats... 2001-2008 SENIOR FURNITURE AND INTERIOR DESIGNER Several Companies * Employed to work as Industrial/Product designer developing Furniture and Interior designs. * Interior designs as: trade shows Stands, Shops, El Corte Inglés corners, International events... * Sourcing new customer. Establish & maintain strong customer relations through meetings to discuss the briefing. * Managing the assembly team for every project. * Responsible for researching and developing every project, from briefing to customer presentation of the project already built. QUALIFICATIONS 2008 - 2009 MA, Footwear Design INESCOP Institute (Footwear I+D Institute of Spain) Elda, Spain Specialization Course 1200 hr degree program in Footwear Design. * Technical footwear mass production. * Footwear materials. * Cutting footwear patterns. * Sketching, computer design and fashion style focused on footwear design. 2000-2001 Fashion Design, Vantaa University of Helsinki, Finland Specialization Course degree program in Urban Fashion Design. * Emphasis on: fashion forecasting, trends research, fashion mass production,textile materials, pattern making computer design. 1997-2000 BA, Industrial Design Engineer, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain Specialization Course 1200 hr degree program in Footwear Design * Specialized in Fashion/Textile Design 1999 * Specialized in Furniture/Interior Design 2000 AWARDS 2008 INJUVE (Youth Instute of Madrid) *Best youth design studio of the year" 2003 International furniture Fair of Valencia *Press selection “Best Design Collection” CLASSES / WORKSHOPS / INTERNSHIPS 2011 Social Networking Management 150 hr Instructor: Francisco Bellver (Project Manager at Canica Company valorestrategico.es) *Manager of Lola Cruz brand Facebook *Manager of Lola Cruz brand Twitter 2011 Coolhunter Spanish National Association of Coolhunting www.aecoolhunting.com * Learning tools for managing online reputation of the company 2010 Footwear Design Internship Mustang Inter, Elche, Spain * Assistant Footwear and Handbag Designer Casual Women * Design support through trend & material research and prepare trend reports and specification sheets * National presentation to customer, supporting the Women’s shoes and bag collection for the company 2001 Technical Drawing Teacher Assistant Grant in San Juan University of Argentina *Internship as Technical Drawing Teacher Assistant 3rd year of Industrial Design in the AECI exchange student program. COMPUTER AND LANGUAGE SKILLS *Proficient on Macintosh/PCs in: Illustrator, Photoshop, Corel Draw, InDesign, Office * Advanced in 3D Studio, Autocad, Sipeco, Flash, Porengineer. * Spanish mother tongue. * Advanced (CAE) Cambridge English. * Basic French. URL Follow me on: http://olayanavarro.wordpress.com/ for footwear information http://olayacollection.wordpress.com/ to see mi Degree Project on Footwear Design http://olielidesign.wordpress.com/ for previous and nowadays design projects not related to fashion References or resume in other language, will be provided upon request.


Escuela Superior de Diseno de Valencia-Universidad Politecnica de Valencia Politechnic University of Valencia, Spain



1st prize NUDE 03 Selected for exhibition in NUDE 04 Selected for exhibition in NUDE 05 Valenciacrea 1st prize product design Selected for exhibition in Saint Etienne Selected for exhibition in Paris/designlab