FASHION DESIGNER PRODUCT MANAGER
PATTERN DESIGNED BY TANYA CARUSO
•Adobe Illustrator / InDesign /
•Managing Tech Packs, BOMs, SPECs
•Development Grading Rules
•Textile and Garment Analysis
•Supply Chain Management
•Garment and Sample Tracking
•Microsoft Word / Excel /
•Apparel and Graphic Design
•Collegiate & Brand Licensing
The University of Alabama
BA, Graduated with Honors
Major: Apparel and Textile Design
Minors: Art History and Advertising
Santa Raparata International
School of Art, Florence, Italy
Concentration: Fashion Design
Well-rounded fashion designer with
9 years of industry experience
under her vintage leather belt.
Tanya’s experience in the fashion
industry ranges from creative
design to product development to
production. These experiences have
allowed her see the big picture of
the product cycle and create
solutions tailored to various
projects, clients, and production
runs. Her passions lie in the areas
of design innovation, textile
procurement, and ﬁt. She believes
these crucial aspects are the
foundations of any product and
need to be properly assessed and
applied. She is currently looking for
a long-term role where she can
create innovative designs that will
improve the lives of clients through
them gaining conﬁdence.
Tanya Caruso Designs Atlanta, GA March 2015 - Current Freelance Designer
Specializing in full-package apparel design and graphic design projects with a dedication to deadlines. Includes but not limited to, creative and technical design, product development, sourcing, and production. Notable clients include FILA, Premier Live, and Concept Sport. Project examples and references available upon request.
•Collections for FILA were composed of accessories and graphic tees. 3 different product lines consisting of feminine, trendy, and iconic themed goods were presented to the client. Each line was composed of 15-30 pieces which utilized various fabrications, color palettes, and trims. Select items were brought to production in China.
•Graphic, textile, and apparel designs were created for Concept Sport’s professional and collegiate team licensed sleepwear. Cohesive lines were developed for men and women that were centered around AOP textile designs. These collections were composed of 8-12 pieces that has t-shirts, pants, shorts, and dresses. A main responsibility was creating replications for different sports teams while following licensing and production guidelines.
•Managing the product cycle for Premier Live’s brand Lemurwear allowed me to have full control of the design, sourcing, development, and production of mens and women’s knit polos for the brand’s launch. For these garments, grading rules and SPECs were developed from scratch. Other responsibilities for this project included: supply chain coordination at global and domestic levels while ensuring quality and timeline criteria were met.
•Coordinate the delivery of products to ensure goods are delivered as intended within a given timeline. Coordinated through WIP reports, phone and email conversations, and constant communication with team members.
•Develop and manage apparel design and graphic design projects from concept through completion. Collaborate with teams and clients to create visions and reﬁne designs, while meeting deadlines and requirements. For these projects, I utilize Adobe Creative Suite Applications to create products and designs formatted for sales presentations,production, and patents. Pivotal Partners Atlanta, GA September 2018 - May 2019 International Production Manager and Technical Designer Managed the production of t-shirts and sweatshirts produced in China and South America from concept to delivery. Solved ﬁtting, production, and logistical obstacles allowing goods to be delivered within the client’s chosen set-ship window preventing charge backs from occurring.
•Managed production orders ranging from 500 – 50,000 piece deliveries. Throughout production, I ensured factories had space on their lines to ﬁll orders within the acceptable time frame. During this time, I pursued weekly WIP reports to track production and make sure there were no issues with the factory, acquiring packaging materials/trims/blank goods from third party distributors, and disputed errors found on WIP reports that could interfere with delivery.
•Created grading rules for SMU programs. Devised, revised, and managed men’s and women’s garment Spec s and samples. For these garments, I managed their development and production with the Chinese factory. This consisted of Tech Pack development, lab dip management, measuring and assessing samples, conducting ﬁttings, requesting samples based off revisions, and conducting quality control audits.
•Ensured goods were properly packed through analyzing packing lists and labels used for goods packed in cartons. This allowed for customers to received correct orders which reﬂected their packing standards. By doing this I prevented charge backs from occurring.
•Worked with vendors to release goods to afﬁliate warehouses and POP display packing facility. Once goods were released, I worked with logistic teams to coordinate freight pickup at designated dates and times to ensure the goods were sent to the client’s warehouse. If the factory shipped goods to the warehouse incorrectly, I created instructions for the warehouse to pack the goods which varied per client.
Contributing Writer, Huff Post Style
(05/15 - 12/17). Covered fashion trends
in domestic and international markets.
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FASHION DESIGNER PRODUCT MANAGER
PATTERN DESIGNED BY TANYA CARUSO
•Finalist in Phifer Wire’s Textile
•Finalist in Toastmaster’s Humor
•Participant in Fashion for Life
Senior Mentor, The University of
Alabama (08/15 - Current)
Empower senior fashion design
students by providing guidance,
feedback, and encouragement to
help them achieve their
Brand Manger, Smoothies Cases
(08/17 - 12/17)
Cross-functionally collaborated to
create and maintain brand image
and reach customers through
Shopify, Amazon, Instagram, and
Costume Designer & Wardrobe
Supervisor, Fabrefaction Theatre
(04/15 - 05/15)
Designed, ﬁtted, and styled over
200 garments in a
post-apocalyptic rendition of the
Fashion Week Miami Sets the
Stage for Global Talent
•Oily Skin vs Nars Velvet Matte
•Savannah, GA the City of New
•Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Australia, Resort 2016
•NYFW Cynthia Rowley’s S/S 16
•NYFW Nanette Leopore’s S/S 16
•The Renaissance of Fashion -
Haute Couture Week July 2015
•My Thrive Tribe
Ambro Sport Atlanta, GA August 2017 - September 2018 Product Manager and Design Associate
Facilitated the design and development of garments and accessories for fashion companies. Assigned Chinese and Peruvian factories to client orders based on garment type, minimum, and turnaround time. Clients included: Southern Proper, FILA, Stella & Dot, Brewer’s Lantern, & Moxie.
•Managed client’s products from inception to delivery to ensure goods were created per their requests. Once collections were designed, I developed and managed RTW and graphic tee tech packs. When creating manuals, all garments / accessories / trims / packaging were illustrated to highlight details and call out speciﬁc placement, trims and fabrics were referenced, colorways variation noted, and changes were logged. Guides and material references were sent to factories in order to produce samples. For this process to ﬂow smoothly, all information was clearly communicated to international factory representatives.
•Worked with pattern makers to ensure the ﬁt of garments was right for the clients target market. This was done through ﬁt meetings with models. Once alterations were made to the garments, measurements on the garment’s SPEC were adjusted to reﬂect changes made. Changes made on the SPECs were highlighted and sent to factories for revised samples to be created.
•Devised an approval tracking system that noted approvals and comments made by clients on trim, fabric, and product samples sent by the factories. Worked as a lesion between factories and clients to allow communication to ﬂow. This allowed for production to stay on track and development needs to be met.
•Assessed all samples to ensure the measurements were within tolerance and no defects were present on any products. To ensure these measures were met, I developed factory guidelines and testing procedures based on each clients desired standard operating procedure.
•Designed apparel and accessory lines based on speciﬁc companies needs and desires. Developed mood boards, color stories, CADs, and sales presentations that captivated clients and spiked their interest into using the company’s design service.
Unlimited Brand Group New York, NY March 2015 - April 2016 Design and Product Development Coordinator
Developed and maintained mens, womens, and children’s footwear designs and marketing materials for internal and external functions. Clients included: Levi’s, PONY, Baby Phat, Phat Farm, FUBU, and Mountain Gear.
•Corresponded with Chinese development team to ensure products were developed correctly, allowing the cost of the goods to stay the agreed upon value. Developed tech packs illustrating footwear, trim, logo placement and their speciﬁcations and clearly identiﬁed call outs. I ensured all samples matched all speciﬁcations noted on tech packs.
•Collaborated with sales and marketing teams to produce customer engagement materials, allowing customers to gain interest in products and sales to increase. Materials included seasonal product catalogs, banners, ﬂiers, national advertisements, POP shoe stands, and packaging materials. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop were used to develop these marketing materials.
•Devised a shoe box product label for Costco, which was introduced as their standard shoe box label for all vendors. This bi-lingual label is color coded to represent the size, clearly shows the product name, color, item number, UPC code, tracking code, image of the shoe, and country of origin. This label allowed for shoppers to clearly ﬁnd products since the label was visible on all sides of the box.
•Submitted images of market-ready footwear and their speciﬁcations to licensing teams. This allowed for products to be clearly communicated to corporate ofﬁces for approvals and comments to be made.