Responsibilities included: Directed operations for two departments grossing 2.5 million annual sales with 15 employees and 4800 sq. ft. retail space. * Exceed sales targets by 25% to 50% on average per shift. Analyzed daily production reports of sales, markdowns/ markups, lost and stolen items, and payroll. Merchandise * Enhanced merchandising strategies, resulting in increased niche product sales (e.g., plus-size sales increased 162% in six months). * Organized a team, and we slashed the shrink percentage to 1.7% from 5.3% -the lowest in company history in all districts. * Successfully made all quarterly goals in the year 2014 with a 25% profit increase.
EENAMARIA-Handbags and Accessories
Long Island City, NY
* Partnered with company founder to designer collections, each with 15 to 50 pieces: * Research color story for the upcoming season -e.g., Pantone, WWD trends, Cotton Incorporated, etc. * Designs from the "Chelsea Boi" Collection chosen as official VIP gift bags by the Grammy Foundation Annual Gala (2008) and FGI ACE Awards (2008) Collections heightened the company's industry profile: Added six new showrooms in the US, Japan, and China * Press reviews/mentions by WWD, NY Times Style. File, Women's World, Teen Magazine, New York 1 Television, Misbehaving Magazine, and Progress Newspaper. Accomplished the complexities of daily production and operations for a leading Handbag Company. * Implemented remarkable set communication schedule with overseas manufacturers, contractors, factories from development, quality control, through import production (Email, phone, Skype, and text messaging.) * Created all technical specifications, price negotiations, and market schedules. * Directed all aspects of production: sourcing, negotiations, tracking, and quality control worker with fabric, trim, and hardware vendors to develop customized items, including label/hangtag. * Select colors, design prints, fabric trims, hardware Created mood and fabric boards, sketch design ideas, created Illustration and technical specifications.
Handbags and Accessories Head Designer
Design & Market Research
Rego Park, NY
Successfully designed and launched 2011 Resort & 2015 Spring / Summer collections. Conducted trend research and sourcing (e.g., color, textiles, hardware, style, etc. to anticipate and address consumer preferences and industry trends. * Achieved and coordinated all communications with China manufacturers, vendors, and tanneries in samples construction. Skilled in heavy administrative tasks, implemented organizational procedures, follow up with emails and phone calls on daily basics. * Reviewed samples and modify designs specifications. Oversee modifications, quality control, testing of fabrics, and creation of garment care labels. * Established price points for the wholesale and retail market. * Achieved and managed vital relationships website designer, photographers, stylists, sales representatives, showrooms, and other crucial staff for a successful launch. Accomplished label publicity, social media, and outreach to the fashion press. GOLDEN TOUCH IMPORTS-Importer for Women and girl's apparel, New York, NY Apparel & Shipping Logistics Manager * Accomplished and implemented logistic procedures with all international company partners and vendors in (China, Bangladesh, India &Pakistan) sourcing and product development. * Strategically and innovatively approached mediating issues relating to international shipping & delegating sampling progress. * Meticulously implemented departmental flow on various tasks, i.e., lead testing, lab submits, and sample process timeline in AS400 and PLM. * Successfully maintained coordinated structure with Spec Manager & Production Managers on production timelines & client timelines to ensure ample time to review work, ship, and make deadlines. * Accomplished research for new vendors, clients, and brand partners. The developing company shared folders and files, assisting and collaborating with all departments, i.e., Merchandising, Sourcing...