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Graduate Student

New York City, NY
March 14, 2019

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Kelly Elizabeth Allen



University of Delaware Newark, DE

M.S. Fashion & Apparel Studies Graduating May 2019 GPA: 4.00, Sustainable Apparel Business Certificate Thesis: Measuring Sustainable Business Model Innovation Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY

Sustainable Design Entrepreneurship Certificate May 2016 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX

Major: Fashion Merchandising, Minors: Spanish, Business May 2015 Major GPA: 4.00, Cumulative GPA: 3.87

TCU John V. Roach Honors College


University of Delaware Newark, DE

Analytic Methods Fellow August 2018 – Present

• Conducted case study research in Hong Kong, China, and Cambodia; interviewed suppliers about sustainable business model innovation for future publication and contribution to academic literature

• Designed website for fashion programs at the University of Delaware and Texas Christian University to teach students about the impact of purchasing practices on suppliers Master’s Thesis

• Interviewed 12 industry experts; analyzed transcripts using Nvivo software and identified 34 indicators of sustainable business model innovation within companies

Nest, Inc. New York, NY

Fellow September 2017 – February 2018

• Acted as Director of Sourcing and Artisan Business Development to monitor product development projects and ensure quality and timely execution

• Coordinated logistics and acted as primary point of contact for 21 artisan business leaders during the 2017 Nest Artisan Leadership Summit culminating with launch of Nest Seal of Ethical Handcraft Anne Klein New York, NY

Associate Account Executive September 2015 – August 2017

• Collaborated with planning team to analyze sales and develop account-specific inventory management solutions; created and presented proposals to VP of Sales to drive full-price sales and reduce reliance on promotions

• Partnered with merchandising and production teams to develop exclusive merchandise for 3 accounts, improving account margins year over year


Of A Kind Brooklyn, NY

Merchandising Intern October 2017 – January 2018

• Reconciled inventory levels by tracking new product receipts and customer merchandise returns to prevent potential losses and guarantee accuracy of inventory availability Jimmy Choo New York, NY

Wholesale Sales Intern May 2014 – August 2014

• Conducted historical sales analysis to evaluate change in retail prices over time; generated a PowerPoint presentation with findings for Account Executive to present to company President ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Allen, K. & Warrington, P. (2017). Luxury for the masses: Why we can’t all have it all. International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings. 34. Online publication:

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