Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Merchandise Manager for Couturious.com

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  • Vendor relations- communications with high end designers and major retail groups worldwide
  • Manage all incoming/outgoing product
  • Product procurement
  • Trend research
  • Market research
  • Arrange photo shoot schedule
  • Employee training and management
  • Account management 
  • QA for Couturious.com
  • QA for Boutiques.com
  • Cross branding Couturious.com and Boutiques.com
  • 2009 - 2010

    Merchandise Manager for Couturious.com

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    • Vendor relations- communications with high end designers and major retail groups worldwide
    • Manage all incoming/outgoing product
    • Product procurement
    • Trend research
    • Market research
    • Arrange photo shoot schedule
    • Employee training and management
    • Account management 
    • QA for Couturious.com
    2007 - 2009

    Wardrobe Supervisor

    Stiletto Entertainment

    • Continuously used knowledge of garment fit and function to facilitate use of costumes for stage and quick changes.
    • In charge of millions of dollars worth of wardrobe and props aboard 14 cruise ships in various global ports
    • Purchasing/making props
    • Hiring wardrobe staff
    • Organize/plan yearly work schedule for wardrobe staff
    • Stock and inventory control
    • Vendor relations
    2006 - 2007

    Co-Manager

    Forever 21

    • Maintained daily functions of store location while highly motivating staff by providing a fun and challenging environment.
    • Employee training and leadership
    • Problem solving
    • Daily cash reconciliation
    • Stock and inventory control
    • Interviewing and team scheduling
    2003 - 2006

    Freelance Designer

    Various Companies

    • Designed juniors and women’s wear
    • Designed handbags from sketch to finished product while communicating with our offices in China
    • Used marketing and advertising strategies to further product line development
    • In charge of all material/hardware sourcing
    • Spec. writing for each individual design
    • Supervised production at all stages
    • Shipping and receiving
    • Market research
    • Account management and sales 
    2004 - 2005

    Sales Rep, showroom

    Silk Culture
    • Generated new business and maintained current clientele
    • Assisted clients in the selection and purchase of products
    • Actively prospect via outbound sales calls and field sales
    • Effectively communicated product information
    • Conducted customer follow-ups to ensure satisfaction
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Visual merchandising
    • Press packets
    • Account management
    2002 - 2004

    Buyer

    Crossroads Trading Company
    • Trend forecasting
    • Sales
    • Purchasing
    • Market research
    • Visual merchandising
    • Setting price points
    • Trained new staff members while supervising sales floor
    • Maintained high company standards of store cleanliness and professionalism of staff.

    Education

    Education
    1999 - 2001

    AA

    Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

    Studied all aspects of design ranging from illustration to garment construction and fit.  

    Also covered merchandising and marketing in its relation to the fashion business.

    Skills

    Skills

    Wardrobe Stylist

    I have experience in styling for photo shoots and web production. I also have experience in procuring items for shoots as well as major design label vendor relations.

    Microsoft Word and Excel

    Quickbooks

    Jewelry Making/Handcrafted Design

    I am currently working on a line of jewelry which is based on renewal. I love to create things, especially when its making something old new again. I have added pictures for your convenience.

    Photoshop

    I love making beautiful things look even better and I have always had an innate ability to do so.  

    Draping and fit tech.

    I have a very high attention to detail and an eye for fit and garment construction. I first learned how to fit and sew at 10. I then followed up with that knowledge in my degree program at FIDM. 

    Photography

    I own a Canon Rebel and I am able to use it to its full potential.  I have basic knowledge of lighting and item placement for advertising with still photography. Experience with fashion, advertising, and nightlife photography as well as landscape and commercial photography.  I have also shot sports and motion photography.

    Summary

    Merchandise Manager and Sales Professional with a vast range of experience in all aspects of production, buying, merchandising, account management, and market research. Direct experience with web production, sales, and sourcing new clients. Extensive supervisory roles with regards to team hiring and management.

    Specialties:

    Merchandising, sales, problem solving, production (in all stages), market research, trend forecasting, branding and identity, and vendor relations.

    Interest

    Photography, travel, design, gourmet cooking, writing, hiking/camping, architectural 

    history, reading novels, playing mandolin and harmonica.