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EDUCATION

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science & Apparel Design, concentration in Apparel Design
Graduated: May 2014

Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Institute of Textiles & Clothing // Spring 2013

Cornell University Summer College,
Introduction to Architecture // Summer 2009

Parsons the New School of Design Summer Intensive Studies,
Drawing and Design // Summer 2008

UCLA Design and Media Arts Summer Institute,
Graphic Design // Summer 2008

WORK EXPERIENCE

Calvin Klein, New York, NY
Assistant Designer – Knits // February 2016 – Present

  • Support the Knits Designer with concepting, sketching, & presenting product for Women’s Retail
  • Own research & design for Jacket/Cardigan category
  • Develop key ideas for seasonal fashion items and novelty updates of business driver programs
  • Align strategic vendors with brand aesthetic by continually communicating new design ideas during the development cycle
  • Traveled to London and Copenhagen with division VP of Design to conduct market & trend research
  • Build technical packs in PLM and webPDM
  • Collaborate with Buyers to achieve merchandising objectives through silhouette, color, print, and design details
  • Liaise with Raw Material, Sourcing, Technical Design, and Product Development teams to execute best in class product at the best price
  • Partner with Trim Manager to create custom trims
  • Participate in sample fittings

Calvin Klein, New York, NY
Assistant Designer – Wovens // February 2015 – February 2016

  • Realize concept direction and manage sample development and execution for all “Refined”​ lifestyle Pants and Shorts for Women’s Retail
  • Support Tops Designer by contributing tears, design ideas, and sketches for both “Refined”​ and “Casual” lifestyles
  • Create thorough construction and stitch detail pages to yield correct product execution and fit
  • Ensure consistent cross-functional alignment across all teams through clear, effective communications
  • Comment on and approve strike-offs and lab dips based on seasonal print and color direction
  • Partner with Raw Materials team to develop and source fabric

Elie Tahari, New York, NY
Assistant Knitwear Designer // July 2014 – February 2015

  • Research and hand sketch Sweater and Cut & Sew inspirations and designs for Elie Tahari Collection
  • Develop knit-downs for novel stitches with vendors
  • Communicate fit comments and relay design changes to full package contractors
  • Create and manage all knitwear product development sample tracking charts
  • Issue fabric purchase orders and transfers; allocate all sample yardage and trims to factories for SMS
  • Liaise with Production & Merchandising teams
  • Organize and upkeep design boards by deliveries, factories, and fabric/yarn qualities
  • Support Knitwear Design Director and SVP of Design during sample reviews and fittings with Mr. Tahari
  • Sewed alterations for and assisted with the launch of ‘Elie Tahari Sport’ with Spring 2015

Calvin Klein, New York, NY
Design Intern // Summer 2013

  • Created garment and trim Illustrator sketches and detail pages for technical packs
  • Made line sheets for Spring ‘14 woven styles
  • Shadowed Design Director of Women’s Retail during fittings, sourcing shows, and meetings between Design and Merchandising teams
  • Liaised with Sourcing, Tech, CAD, & Color teams

The Row, New York, NY
Design Intern // Summer 2012

  • Sketched Illustrator flats with print, embroidery, and colorway details for design team meetings
  • Collaborated with patternmakers to sew garment prototypes and construction swatches
  • Conducted design research
  • Communicated with factories about samples

HONORS AND AWARDS

Honored Maker at the White House’s First-Ever Maker Faire // June 2014

Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship $30,000 Winner // January 2014

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Scholarship // Fall 2012

Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation Fiber Arts Scholarship // Fall 2012

Alice Woo Scholarship // Fall 2012

FSAD Design Awards:
Outstanding Senior
Outstanding Junior
Outstanding New Brand & Marketing Plan
Outstanding Sophomore
Outstanding Special Event Wear with Sonobond Surface Design
Excellence in Draping
Outstanding Course Work

EXHIBITIONS
Barbara L. Kuhlman Scholars’ Fiber and Wearable Arts Exhibition // Fall 2013
Built a fiber arts installation funded by the Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation and based on the theme “Maladjusted”

International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition // Fall 2012
Designed and sewed a three-piece outfit accepted for inclusion in the live exhibit

Cornell Fashion Collective Annual Fashion Show // Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Designed and showcased apparel and accessories

SKILLS

  • Proficient in PLM; webPDM; Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign; OptiTex
  • Sketching, sewing, draping
  • Cross functional communication; strategic and proactive problem solving; time management to adhere to time and action calendar; thriving in a fast-paced environment; fostering a strong team dynamic; attention to detail; organization