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Apparel Design

Los Angeles, California, United States
January 23, 2017

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Grace Daniels Cervantes

***** ****** ****** **** *, Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) ***-****


Result driven Fashion Designer, with extensive experience in the design and development of innovative apparel, that meets desired price points for private label accounts, major department stores and specialty chain store retailer’s. Seeking to secure a challenging position in a company that offers growth opportunity and values experience, creative talent and technical skill.


Experienced in design and merchandising of Women’s, Missy/ Plus size, Junior and Girls 2-16 import and domestic apparel.

Capable of executing a sample line from concept through the production process.

Extensive knowledge in program development for specialty and major chain department stores.

Exceptional creativity in the product development of prints and graphics.

Great design/ color sensibility for screen prints, sublimation, trim development and garment dye/wash techniques.

Technical knowledge of production process: garment construction, tech packages, artwork approvals, lab dips, strike off’s, pre-production samples and costing.

Administer first through production fittings, to insure proper fit.

Professional flat sketches and illustrations; experienced in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Experienced in import design/development and communicating with overseas suppliers.

Efficient and detail oriented; able to work independently, under tight deadlines.

Computer literate on Mac and PC; proficient in MS Office, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Fluent in Spanish.


Designer/ Merchandiser and Product Development

Fulltime Freelance- BaldwinSun, Fresh of L.A. Inc and Styletex 11/12 to Present

Design and develop product for the apparel line and specific accounts; adhering to retailer’s trend reports and price point.

Collaborate with sales team to insure the product line is relevant to the customer’s need/ request.

Building on past and current best selling styles to secure re-orders.

Administer first through production fittings and sample approvals.

Creating CADS for buyer presentations and style reviews.

Design across categories for accounts such as: Cato, Belk, The Avenue, Ashley Stewart, Chico’s, Macy’s, Ross, Burlington, TJMax, SteinMart, Walmart and Nordstrom.

Designer/ Product development

Truly Me 4/11 to 10/12

Designed trendy tops, dresses and related separates for strictly import production apparel.

Increased department store business through relevant design in: Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

Administered first through production sample approvals and fittings.

Created tech packages for import production and communicated with multiple factories overseas.


Volume One 6/08 to 3/11

Designed and merchandised newly launched tops, dresses and related separates apparel line.

Designs successfully retailed for accounts: Cato, Lord & Taylor, TJ Max, Von Maur and Kmart.

Collaborated with art department and provided trend direction for the development of new artwork and textile prints.

Worked with sales and buyers in the development of seasonal product.

Designer/ Merchandiser

VIRTUOSITY 6/04 to 5/08

Designed and merchandised Women’s and Girls tops, dresses and separates for boutique market.

Managed costing and development to meet desired price points.

Worked with sales team to ensure product line is relevant to current market interests, while adhering to the vision of the line.

Involved in all aspects of design, through the production process.

Designer/ Merchandiser

FILATI 3/01 to 5/04

Designed Junior and Girls novelty tops, dresses and sets for major department stores.

Managed and supervised design department.

Responsible for all production approvals ranging from fit samples to fabric and trim.

Traveled and worked with sales representatives on major department store accounts.


Next Generation 3/96 to 12/98

Designed Junior and Girls novelty tops, dresses and separates for major department store accounts.

Developed innovative, yet price conscious product on a seasonal basis.

Experienced in fashion cut and sew knits, wovens and graphic driven t-shirts.

Managed design room.

Assistant Designer

Vintage Blue 2/93 to 2/96

Assisted in the design of Women’s denim dresses and sportswear.

Responsible for the preparation of line sheets, sample line and sample requests.

Managed and supervised design room.



Los Angeles, CA Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Design

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