Karen Paris

Karen Paris

Summary

12 years of experience in fashion design, specializing in denim and wovens design.

Strong understanding of technical design, fabrics, and denim wash development. Extensive background in print, color, design presentation and styling. Ability to manage a team and understand the creative process from design through production. Results-oriented team player, able to implement sourcing strategies and negotiate garment prices in order to reach margin goals. Flexible artist able to design appropriately for the customer, with experience in many age groups. Exceptional eye for trend and ability to shop for the customer in international markets.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Present

Senior Designer, Wovens

Liz Claiborne Inc.
  • Manage design of wovens for Axcess, updated missy brand sold exclusively at Kohl's, and created and executed highly successful denim programs and tests
  • Communicate daily with Li and Fung and visit their overseas offices, exhibiting problem solving and negotiating skills
  • Responsible for achieving company's margin goals in difficult economy, and ending year's sales above projections through design
  • Source opportunities for duty free denim production in Egypt and Jordan, and work hands on in Egypt factory to build relationship and set up structure
  • Use styling skills to set up showroom for each market week
1997 - Present

Design Intern

Susan Cianciolo, RUN Collection
  • Created hand made soft sculpture mannequins for the Paris shows
  • Embroidered, sewed, and draped designs in the studio
  • Researched design inspiration based on a circus theme for upcoming collections
2006 - 2008

Senior Designer, Wovens

Goody's Family Clothing
  • Managed design of denim and woven bottoms for Duckhead Jean's Co. Juniors, Children's, and Men's divisions
  • Exhibited leadership in the set up of a New York design office, implementing web PDM, and building structures between Tennessee and New York offices
  • Traveled to Tennessee office to present line to the buyers twice monthly and demonstrated success in team building and design leadership
  • Boosted sales of replenishment denim programs, through redevelopment of fit, fabrics, and washes
  • Implemented a re-branding of Duck Head Jeans Co. and directed the creation of a labeling package
2005 - 2006

Senior Designer, Wovens

Jordache Enterprises
  • Managed design of Junior's and Plus Size denim for Jordache Gold, Jordache Legacy, No Boundaries, and Faded Glory
  • Implemented a wash library for the benefit of the company, and sourced denim qualities that would be versatile in achieving many washes
  • Brought to the table new vendors for production, which are currently still partnering with the company
  • Directed graphics team on denim embellishments and embroideries
  • Exhibited ability to work under pressure and successfully met tight deadlines
2000 - 2005

Designer, Wovens

Jones Apparel Group
  • Promoted from Assistant Designer to Designer after demonstrating leadership and dedication
  • Awarded Gloria Vanderbilt Star Award for continued teamwork and good attitude
  • Successfully responsible for launch and design of Glo Girl, tween denim line
  • Founding member of Glo Jeans, and assisted at establishing the signature Flame Jean, best selling replenishment at Kohl's
  • Met with stylists to choose and design clothes for editorial shoots and Girl's Rule fashion shows at Bryant Park
  • Honed denim wash development skills working hands on in the Jones laundry
  • Responsible for bringing back the sample line from Shenzhen China on multiple occasions
1998 - 2000

Assistant Designer

Calvin Klein
  • Communicated strong drive to advance to the director, and accepted the responsibility of graphics tees designer in addition to the assistant design duties
  • Honed presentation skills, in design review meetings with management
  • Assisted designers in all CK Jeans divisions, formulating a strong design background and taste level
  • Gained a understanding for fit and construction through attending fittings with technical design team
  • Grew more focused and directed my career on denim brands during my experience at CK Jeans

Education

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Kent State University
  • Attended the Shannon Rogers And Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Member of the Honors College and the Fashion Ambassadors