Compliance Specialist/Technical Designer
Results-driven Technical Designer with over 25 years of experience that oversees the timely development of fit and construction of a group of styles within a specific product category I possess a strong knowledge in manufacturing, product safety and compliance, production scheduling and quality control of garment’s production. I manage and facilitate fit session on live models and/or dress forms and take ownership of specific products. Strong written and verbal communications skill set with an affinity for being detailed oriented.
Baltogs & SGI – 2017 – 2019
Specked & prepared samples for fittings.
Conducted fittings with designers, track and file samples for easy reference.
Responsible for communicating to factories the outcome of fittings for clear concise production changes.
Assisted with the daily running of design room with garment specs, cataloging and organizing samples, grading
specs and photos.
Constructed patterns, cut fabrics and prepare samples for sewers.
Constructed patterns and cut fabric based on sketches for prom dresses, top, bottoms, knits and wovens.
Traveled to Walmart (Bentonville, Arkansas) for sample approvals.
Freelance Clients: 2011 – 2017
Dress Barn: Mahwah, NJ (2016 – Present)
Toys R Us/Babies-R-Us: Wayne, NJ (2013 - 2014)
Strange Vixens: Brooklyn, NY (Freelanced November 2012 - March 2013)
Sisa Designs: Union, NJ (Freelanced 2011-2012)
Li & Fung (formerly Kids Headquarters), New York, NY 2000 – 2011
Managed the technical design department and staff of eight sample makers.
Executed design and fit intent based on bulk production and quality control with extreme attention to safety issues (ASTM, AATCC & CTL).
Trained subordinates on quality control monitoring, production fit and construction with ongoing support to retailers for custom testing.
Evaluated staff on performance and responsibilities the reflected on their raises and bonuses.
Facilitated the transition of apparel styles from design concept/first prototype to final production ready samples.
Resolved production issues through communication, weekly meetings with Product Development, Design and Merchandising staff.
Ensured size and fit consistency within the brand and across product categories.
Completed design specification package, including flat sketches with measurements, construction detailed measurement specifications with appropriate tolerances and any predefined performance standards.
Managed and facilitated the communication of all information necessary to create garments, graphics and placements and advised designers of safety issues.
Developed technical specifications and communicated to vendors/factories for corrections and/or approvals.
Traveled to Wal-Mart to assure proper fit and construction of garments to obtain quality control approval to avoid any hazard compliance issues.
Worked closely with designers, fit models and dress forms to ensure integrity of design-approved prototypes while monitoring targeted price.
Analyzed garment to determine compliance of specs and communicated with outside labs (Vartest, Intertek) and maintained detailed library of all testing.
Prioritized submittals of sample production to increase efficiency of time.
Instrumental in launching other brand name product lines and licensing brands.
Consistently multitasked by assisting other departments (production and control).
Met all deadlines and effectively influence staff to perform.
Amerex of California, New York, NY 1997 – 2000
Assistant Manager/Production Coordinator
Improved department operations resulting in increased productivity.
Reviewed and approved pricing, verifying specifications of material and garment purchase orders.
Updated and maintained cost and product database.
Proficient in handling in simultaneous projects and meeting deadlines effectively.
Analyzed and instructed others to calculate and read detail sheets for purchase orders.
Served as a liaison for overseas accounts to ensure accurate invoices, payments and billing.
Authorized the completion of production for delivery deadlines.
Tropic-Tex International, Inc., New York, NY 1996 – 1997
Technical Engineer/Asst. Manager
Communicated with overseas manufacturers regarding garment fit and specification corrections.
Inspected pre-production and production to ensure flawless specifications and quality merchandise.
Conducted extensive sample tracking procedures.
Liaison between testing facilities and production departments.
Compiled test results within production deadlines.
Compared testing and tolerance standards of major department stores.
Gitano Fashions Ltd. New York, NY 1992 – 1995
Garment Technician/Assistant Patternmaker
Assisted design staff with garment fit and specifications adjustments.
Inspected piece goods, patterns and markers to ensure proper specifications and quality of merchandise.
Conducted extensive factory inspections to maintain control over lot from first ply to shipped goods.
Liaison between design, production and patternmaking divisions.
Established and implemented methods measurement manuals for global distribution.
Performed AATTCC and ASTM test methods for garment specifications responsible for comparison testing of name brand competitors.
Costume Gallery, Burlington, NJ 1989 – 1991
Designed garments, constructed patterns and supervised sample makers.
Applied Lectra system to computerized patterns for grading and creating markers.
Maintained work flow for cutting room and coordinated production of company catalogue.
Microsoft Office (Windows Word, Excel, Internet Explorer)
Grading - Size Specifications
Traphagen School of Design – New York, NY
American Institute of Design – New York, NY
Photoshop – Certificate
Adobe Illustrator – Certificate