Rory Gartelmann


An accomplished designer with experience designing and producing a women's footwear collection as well as in cutting, draping and sewing original clothing. I am able to thrive in a dynamic work environment while remaining focused.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2008 - Present

Designer/Private Label

Sam Edelman Shoe
  • Responsible for sourcing, designing, sketching and producing the American Eagle Outfitters collection.
  • Build line from conceptual sketches to final approved prototypes.
  • Travel to China 4-5 times a year to work on development, production and quality control and continues working very closely with the technicians in our China office.
  • Communicates daily with overseas offices regarding the status of products and approvals.
  • Continues to assist with sketching and development of the Libby Edelman and SE Boutique collections.
  • Heads development of footwear collection for Aeropostale including sketching, sourcing and production.
  • Established and maintained effective working relationships with license partner's senior management in order to provide products that aligns with their brand vision and customer.
  • Works with Trend Department as well as licensed brands senior management to design products that are brand appropriate and market relevant.
  • Responsible for creating line sheets, shortlists and general organization of all licensed brands.
  • Works with fellow designers to mentor and improve their sketching skills.
  • Develops color palettes and material lists each season in conjunction with Trend Department for individual licensed brand.
  • Shop for inspirational designs each season.
  • Work closely with sales team to monitor sales trends.
  • Effectively manages time and multi-tasks, as well as pays strong attention to detail, and works within a team environment.


Aug 2007 - May 2009

Associates of Fashion Design

Fashion Institute of Technology

• Graduated with Honors in top 10% of class• Completed courses in Draping, Fashion Art, Fashion History, Illustrator, Digital Flats & Specs and Web PDM.



Sketching footwear

Exceptional skills in sketching footwear with emphasis on Woman's and Juniors

Adobe Creavtive Suite

Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat