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MERCHANDISE MANAGER: LADIES & JUNIORS
6+ years experience in Ladies Apparel Design, Merchandising, Research, Product Development, Technical Design, and Licensed Apparel.
Clear passion for researching, trend analysis, designing, merchandising, product development, utilizing technologies, and improving processes.
Highly committed team player and independent worker with initiative.
Greenville, SC 29607
2008 - Current Category Manager: Ladies & Juniors Sportswear
Knights Apparel, Inc.
#1 Apparel Licensee of mass market team sports in the U.S.
Design, Merchandise, and Manage all Ladies & Juniors apparel assortments for multiple retailers at a constant fast pace, while multitasking, and maintaining creativity.
Communicate directly with Factories, Buyers, Sales Representatives, and internally with Sourcing, Hong Kong team, Tech Designers, Graphic Artists, Fit models, and all internal teams.
-Lead, inspire and manage one Assistant Merchandiser, and her workload
Research & analyze trends to translate into Team sportswear for mass market
-Develop, assemble, and ship presentations using cads, fabrics, inspiration samples.
-Create cads, rack plans, line lists; manage reference samples;
-Select ideal silhouettes & fit details; partner with Tech Design, Quality, & Sourcing to ensure execution.
-Lead market research initiatives, attend shopping trips and compile competitors’ categories, landscape, and pricing for personal and upper level management evaluations
-Request and track samples
-Lead Line Review and Adoption/ Order Review meetings to present each garment & art details individually and in detail to all internal departments.
~Increased sales of Ladies/Juniors category over 100% in some retailers.
~Proven sales have led to Retailers more than tripling assortments, and still introducing new categories.
~Employee of the Month October 2008.
*Brands & Retailers:
~Pro Edge & NHL for Target, Kmart, Meijer, Shopko, Blain’s Mill & Fleet.
Pro Player 2 for Sam's Club.
~NCAA, NHL, & Disney for Walmart.
~Disney for JC Penney
2006 - 2008 Technical Designer: Ladies Activewear & Sportswear
Sears Holdings Corporation (Hoffman Estates, IL)
-Developed and completed tech packs from sketches, reference samples, and photos.
-Translated ideal fit from selected fabrics and silhouettes requested by Designers.
-Communicated directly with multiple Designers, Fit Models, Managers, and Illustrators.
*Brands & Retailers:
~Attention & Athletech for Kmart.
~Bold Spirit & Nordic Track for Sears.
2005-2006 Product Designer & Marker Maker
OneUp Innovations (Atlanta, GA)
-Designed, developed, & sampled Soft Goods production patterns & markers.
-Originally hired as Part Time Designer/ Part Time Assistant Quality Assurance
-Quickly promoted by studying existing production practices, analyzing options, and presenting to the Owner available, & simple alternatives to execute higher pattern and marker efficiencies that would easily save the company thousands.
-Designed, merchandised, & domestically sourced Men’s and Ladies line of tee shirts.
-Worked directly with Screen printer to select print mediums and approve production runs.
-Worked directly with Owner, Graphic Artists, Photographer, and Production/Factory sewers.
~Assisted the Company to save over $28,000 in fabric consumption alone.
~Promoted to Full Time Production Designer and Marker Maker.
2004 Bachelor of Fine Art, Fashion Design & Marketing
American InterContinental University (Atlanta, GA)
Magna Cum Laude
~Mac/PC, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Acrobat, Lotus Notes, Outlook, iPhoto, & Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, & Powerpoint.
European Studies in DesignEuropean Studies in Design
American InterContinental University
We KAre Board, 2008.
Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities, 2003 & 2004.
National Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities, 2003 & 2004.
Dean's List, 2002-2004.