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Work experience

Oct 2010Dec 2010

Freelance Designer

J.Crew
  • Assisted the embellishment team with design, development and execution of embroidery, bead/ sequin work.
  • Created layouts and placements of embellishment concepts on apparel, handbag and footwear samples.
  • Mocked up special construction details and finishes for application across different product categories.
  • Responsible for replenishing stock and sourcing new materials for embellishment concepts.
Jul 2010Aug 2010

Design Internship

DKNY Jeans
  • Assisted in fabric sourcing and organization.
  • Designed placement embroidery layouts for knit & woven tops in multiple techniques.
  • Updated technical files on ‘Style Manager’- ePDM.
  • Created and modified flats on illustrator for technical files and line sheets.
Jun 2010Aug 2010

Design Internship

Tahari by Arthur S Levine
  • Developed silhouettes for the Luxe line by Tahari ASL.
  • Designed and executed protos of embellishment including embroideries, bead/stone/sequin work and combinations of techniques suited to Tahari aesthetic.
Feb 2010May 2010

Technical Design Internship

Armani Exchange
  • Attended fittings for all women’s woven samples.
  • Assisted in measuring, commenting on fit and construction.
  • Updated web-based product development and production tracking systems.
  • Communicated with factories and agencies regarding specs.
Oct 2006Mar 2009

Head of Design

Andre Bini UK Ltd.
  • Researched trends and created story/mood/color boards.
  • Sourced fabrics and trims in relation to themes and customers.
  • Designed and developed seasonal collections of women’s sportswear.
  • Managed product development team in China for sampling.
  • Presented range to buyers, designers and product managers of Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Pull and Bear, River Island, Next and Promod to secure orders.
  • Extensive travel to US/EU for inspiration, China and India for collection sourcing and development and EU for presentation to customers.
Apr 2006Jun 2006

Design Internship

Nicole Farhi
  • Designed print and embroidery motifs for the Spring/Summer 07 collection.
  • Developed repeats, placement prints and engineered prints.
  • Coordinated duties between merchandising, sampling and design.
Jun 2003Oct 2004

Designer/Product developer

Ambattur Clothing Ltd.
  • Designed and sampled seasonal collections for customers: J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Diesel.
  • Traveled to Tokyo for inspirational sample shopping and domestically for collection presentations.

Education

Sep 2009Jul 2010

AAS Fashion Marketing

Parsons The New School for Design
Sep 2005Sep 2006

MA Fashion and Textiles

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Jun 2000May 2003

Fashion Design Diploma

National Institute of Fashion Technology

Achievements

  • Named on the Parsons Deans List with a GPA of 3.93
  • Awarded International Student’s and Dean’s Scholarships at Parsons
  • Graduated as the Best Outgoing Student and awarded the Gold medal for academic excellence in 2003 by the National Institute of Fashion Technology
  • Ranked #7 All India and #1 in Chennai in the National Institute of Fashion Technology entrance examination in 2000

Skills

  • Trend research, concept creation/moodboards, illustration, flat sketching, technical design.
  • Fabric and trim sourcing, sampling co-ordination, communication, presentation.
  • Ability to plan, multitask, work with deadlines, work well in a team, lead a team.
  • Computer skills:  Web PDM, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw, Easy Weave, MS Office.