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Senior Technical Apparel Designer

Amenia, New York, United States
April 27, 2019

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Innovative and quality apparel design, fit and integrity leveraging latest technical trends

Global Leadership Cross-Cultural Training & Coaching Startups Process Improvement

Apparel Fit Patternmaking Draping & Grading Technical Packages Production Quality Control


Strong organizational skills with the ability to work independently, effectively managing technical staff and prioritizing multiple competing deadlines in a fast-paced setting

Collaborative team player with the ability to work effectively across teams in the Product Development process

Constantly striving to improve processes and procedures to improve efficiency, quality and cost

Proven ability to provide effective training and development of overseas technical and quality staff at all levels

Extensive patternmaking, draping and construction skills resulting in better fitting garments

Specialist in fit and product development of tailored clothing for all size ranges


FREELANCE Product Development &Technical Design Consultant New York, NY 2016 – Present

Product development, pattern making and technical design packages for apparel companies

RAILHEAD JERK RESTAURANT Co-Owner & Partner Amenia, NY 2016 – 2019

Conceptualized and translated a vision into the first of its kind restaurant to a community featuring local Jamaican dishes

Serve as Head Chef and Manager. Hired staff and provided training on cultural cooking techniques and practices

Designed a Jamaican-themed venue, signs and menus and oversaw multi-media marketing efforts

LF DISTIBUTION HOLDING - Division of Li & Fung Senior Technical Designer New York, NY 2009 – 2015

OXFORD APPAREL Product Development Manager 2006 –2009

OXFORD APPAREL Senior Technical Designer 2004 –2006

Accounts: Macys, Target, Amazon, Kohls, Orvis, Casual Male, Oxford Golf, Costco, Converse

Labels: INC, Alfani, Tasso Elba, Philip Lim, Merona, Cherokee, Croft & Barrow

Categories: Suits, Suit Separates, Blazers, Jackets, Outerwear, Tops, Bottoms, Dresses, Shirts, Knits, Sweaters

Size Ranges: Men, Young Men, Big &Tall Men, Boys, Missy, Women

Directed the initial set-up of the Technical Design Department, including business strategy and staffing

Managed the product development process collaborating between Creative Design and Production

Established and managed libraries for construction, measurement methods, grade rules, patterns and sketches

Developed block specifications and block pattern slopers to standardize all size ranges of in-house open lines

Designed and managed in-house computerized technical specification packages

Responsible for communicating solutions to all issues of fit and construction to the appropriate factories

Supervised staff patternmakers in development of first patterns or the correction of the vendors’ patterns

Implemented time and action calendars to meet critical deadlines

Managed the activities of technical design staff including hiring, coaching and development

Provided technical input to Sourcing and Merchandising teams regarding fit, construction and costing

Organized and conducted weekly, live model in-house fit sessions with our Merchandising and Production teams to

ensure correct fit and construction is maintained for each brand

Attended accounts weekly live model fit sessions with their Product Development teams to ensure consistent fit is maintained

Approved pre-production samples for each private label account and graded size set samples for Target as a Target Accredited Business Partner Fit Engineer (ABPFE)

Developed and provided comparison fit specifications and construction reports for our private label accounts

Traveled to Far Eastern offices and factories to troubleshoot pre-production and production issues and provide training for spec technicians and quality control staff. Improved fit and quality standards significantly by initiating ongoing training of the technical staff in our overseas offices

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES VP Product Development New York, NY 2000 – 2004

Accounts: Emmanuel, Reebok, Greg Norman, Brooks Brothers, EP Pro Golf, Liz Claiborne

Categories: Suits, Suit Separates, Blazers, Jackets, Outerwear, Dresses, Tops, Bottoms, Dress Shirts

Size Ranges: Men, Young Men, Big &Tall Men, Missy, Large Size Women, Boys

Technical design services to include full technical design packages, fittings, patterns and production

Creative design services to include line planning, development, story boards and mood boards

Negotiated prices and reviewed final shipment styles from warehouse to ensure correct quality and fit

GFT EMMANUEL, EMMANUEL UNGARO Patternmaker - Lectra New York, NY 1998 – 2000

Categories: Better Suit Separates, Blazers, Jackets, Dresses, Tops, Bottoms

Size Ranges: Missy, Large Size Women, Petites

Draped and developed 1st through production patterns

Conducted live model prototype fit sessions

Supervised sample makers in the sewing and construction of garments

FEDERATED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Technical Designer New York, NY 1995 – 1998

Label: MT Studio

Categories: Suit Separates, Dresses, Sportswear

Size Ranges: Missy, Large Size Women, Petites

Partnered with Merchandising and Creative Design to ensure clear understanding and interpretation of sketches with regards to brand, style and industry trends

Input and maintained on-line libraries for all grade rules, measurement methods and product labeling.

Developed and maintained data library of pattern slopers

Organized and conducted live model prototype and production fit sessions, communicating results to our foreign office representatives, vendors and merchandising team

Supervised in-house patternmakers in development of first patterns or correction of the vendors’ patterns

Supervised distribution and workflow to technical design assistants and freelance staff

Critiqued and reported on fit and construction of approval samples from domestic and overseas factories

Evaluated vendor specifications and production patterns for import and domestic programs

Kept abreast of and adhered to development and production schedule of all styles so that delivery dates could be met

SPORTSWEAR PRODUCERS Production Manager/Assistant Plant Manager Jamaica, W.I. 1993 – 1995

Managed production in 807 garment factory of over 700 employees with a weekly production quota of

55,000 dozen Hanes panties, exceeding weekly production target by over 10%

Supervised staff of 15-20 direct reports

Managed start-up operations of 2nd garment factory of over 300 employees with a weekly production of 3,500 dozen

Hanes T-shirts, realizing production growth to 8,500 dozen T-shirts in 3 months

ASSOCIATED MERCHANDISING CORP Technical Designer New York, NY 1989 – 1993

Programs: Social and Better Dresses, Beaded Eveningwear, Beaded Jackets, Suits and Suit Separates

Size Ranges: Missy, Large Size Women, Petites

Developed graded, computerized size specs; developed patterns or corrected vendors’ patterns

Conducted live model fit sessions, reporting to overseas offices and factories with regards to fit and construction

Traveled to our overseas offices and factories to provide technical training to technicians and quality staff

ALCOTT & ANDREWS Tailoring Manager New York, NY 1987 – 1989

Devised and implemented operational procedures for the tailoring department

Handled and directed customers fittings in store or at their offices

Hired, trained and directed tailors and fitters in customers’ fittings and alterations

Ensured all customers’ orders were altered satisfactorily and delivered on-time

EDUCATION Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY

AAS Fashion Design

AAS Fashion Buying and Merchandising

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION Target Accredited Business Partner Fit Engineer (ABPFE)

SKILLS Lectra Patternmaking, Knowledge of Gerber, Tradestone, PDM, PLM, Outlook, Excel, Illustrator, Power Point

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