SENIOR FASHION DESIGNER – Freelance

RD Style USA -Los Angeles, July 2016 – Present

  • Create women’s contemporary tees and sweaters for private labels, with retail checkout of 95% to 98% per style for major customers
  • Communicated and maintain strong business partnerships with the major customers

SENIOR LEAD DESIGNER & MANAGER

Love Remedy/Bonded Apparel  Los Angeles, March 2020

  • Created women’s young contemporary line for Bonded Apparel new line, Love Remedy, with a part of the profit going to the humanitarian organization Mentari to help the survivors of human trafficking
  • Communicated with local LA based suppliers and managed the patternmakers and sample sewer

HEAD DESIGNER

Naked Zebra –Los Angeles March 2019 – March 2020

  • Design top selling ladies’ contemporary styles for the lines Naked Zebra, Lost April and 1250°C representing 35% of the sales in their respective categories
  • Perform research on trends, textiles & prints, select fabrics and generate full tech packs
  • Oversee fit sessions and communicate with overseas suppliers

HEAD DESIGNER & MANAGER

We Walk/Charlène Tang–Los Angeles September 2017 – March 2019

  • Designed full collections of sustainable athleisure styles for ladies & men’s young contemporary market and collections of ladies’ high-end resort wear
  • Implemented all procedures, managed the design department and lead design meeting
  • Created libraries of ideas and tools to optimize the workflow
  • Selected all fabrics, created and developed prints; established color palettes for every season
  • Communicated with local LA based suppliers and contractors for domestic production

SENIOR FASHION DESIGNER – Freelance

Keniston Brand–Los Angeles 2017

  • Performed research on trends and textiles, created mood boards and built full color cards
  • Selected all fabrics and prints and generated full tech packs
  • Created full collections inspired by the California lifestyle for the junior contemporary market

SENIOR FASHION DESIGNER

R.D. International – Montreal 2007–2016

  • Created styles for private labels and for in-house collections for women’s & men’s contemporary markets; including sweaters, knitwear (tees), shirts, blouses and sportswear (woven)
  • Developed products and styles for a major customer and built a lasting business partnership that resulted in a $5 million account representing 15% of the company’s annual revenue (Canada and USA)
  • Established organizational structures through follow-up strategies that optimized the productivity by 30%
  • Designed knitwear and sweater lines that were featured in major fashion magazines that helped raise the sales by $6 million, representing 30% of the sales in the United States in 2014
  • Contributed in developing new markets by lowering the cost of new lines by 20%
  • Instrumental in developing lasting business partnerships with increases in excess of 40% in sales
  • Interviewed potential candidates with the Creative Director and coached new employees

FASHION DESIGNER – Freelance

Zen Pour Toi– Montreal 2007–2008

  • Created new women’s wovens and knits fashion lines
  • Supervised fittings, produced prototype measurements, created specific follow-up charts, pattern grading templates and garment technical drawings (flats) and maintained style sheets

FASHION DESIGNER

Casabawa Imports– Montreal 1999–2007

  • Designed new fashion knits and wovens lines and created mood boards, developed textiles and prints, researched trims and built full color cards for each season
  • Attended international trade shows in New Delhi to source new vendors and to supervise the quality of the production from actual partners
  • Built lasting business partnerships with major accounts and established organizational structures to optimize the productivity of the design and production team

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / FASHION DESIGNER

Ukiuq Design – Montreal 2000–2003

  • Created women’s fabric and leather accessories
  • Managed the production, finances and distribution of the collections 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS         

 Member of the International Design Academy – Grand Jury

 A’ Design Award

Canadian National Cultural Entrepreneurship Award– Nomination

I Start My Own Business and Ensure the Next Generation– Award

Awarded by the Montreal Mayor’s Foundation and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

Young Entrepreneurs– Award

Granted by the Quebec government

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                                                           

Management Training Seminar

Innovam, Montreal

Development and Innovation Seminar

Saga Design CentreVedbæk, Denmark

College Diploma – Fashion Design (Bachelor’s Degree equivalency)                                                         

Marie-Victorin College, Montreal

College Diploma – Fine Arts (Associate Diploma equivalency)                                                        

Old Montreal College, Montreal

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS                                                                                                               

Adobe suite: Illustrator, Photoshop

Office suite: Outlook, Excel, Word

Operating systems: Mac OS, Windows

Specialized: Clo3D