May 2010 - Present (11 years 8 months)
Private Label Footwear designer for Arturo Chiang, Saks off 5th Avenue, Nordstrom Private Label and Jessica Simpson.
+ Direct multiple brands in design and development.
+ Travel to Asia to oversee design development ensuring that design concepts are executed properly.
+ Produce flat drawings and technical drawings for prototypes: uppers, heels, outsoles, ornaments etc.
+ Conduct fittings to correct uppers, lasts & constructions on prototypes ensuring proper fit.
+ Source materials and ornamentation locally and in Asia
+ Conduct product meetings with buyers and merchandisers
+ Train assistant designers in trend research, material development, sketching, prototype corrections
Me Too Shoes
Dec 2007 - Apr 2010 (2 years 4 months)
+ Directly assist Chief Product Officer/Design Director in developing six collections annually.
+ Responsible for all flat drawings and technical drawings for prototypes: uppers, heels, outsoles, ornaments etc.
+ Travel to Asia to manage design development ensuring that design concepts are executed properly.
+ Conduct fittings to correct lasts & prototypes ensuring proper fit.
+ Execute technical packets sent to Asian sample development team detailing material and color selection for each collection.
+ Source materials locally and in Asia: select, order and approve leather & ornamentation.
+ Instituted a new material library cataloguing all ornaments, swatches, leathers and fabrics.
+ Manage timeline to ensure all documentation and sample development is completed in time for each presentation.
+ Meet with President of Me Too Shoes Inc. and Sales force to merchandise each collection.
Intern- Women's Handbags
May 2007 - Aug 2007 (3 months)
+ Researched, sketched concepts, rendered CAD drawing using illustrator for Bleeker handbag collection.
+ Responsible for assembling and updating presentation boards of design concepts to present in meetings with Creative Director.
+ Initiated and Revised Tech Packs for manufacturers.
+ Responsible for communicating design concepts to onsight manufacturing facility to ensure the proper execution of prototypes.
Intern- Footwear Design
Hawk Blade Studios
Oct 2006 - Aug 2007 (10 months)
+ Designed western, athletic and casual footwear
+ Hand sketched and completed computer renderings using Illustrator & Photoshop
+ Initiated, completed and updated Tech Packs for prototypes.
Design Camp Teacher's Assistant
North Carolina State University
2005 - 2007 (2 years)
+ Assisted professors in teaching students the principles of design. Supervised students in the classroom, recreation areas and dormatories.