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HIGHLY CREATIVE & ORGANIZED; VERY DETAIL-ORIENTED & SELF-MOTIVATED. Exceptional communication, follow-up, visual & technical skills. Performance-driven professional, energetic, focused, w/ a proven track record of success. Provide leadership & direction to Design, Product teams & Buyers through expertise in seasonal trends R&D. Inspire creativity & foster new concepts expanding brand growth. Excellent interpersonal & mentoring skills Natural manager of people, work product & processes, ensuring timely collection delivery. Work w/ all levels of designers to create trim, fit & style garments. As necessary, partner w/ other Design Teams, R&D & Merchants to share information on emerging trends ensuring synergy & consistency within brand & to communicate vision & design strategy aligning with brand's business & integrity. Maintain a constant sense of urgency while being creative. Efficiently multitask to execute turnaround deadlines. DELIVER QUALITY & EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS to key decision makers & management. Collaborate closely w/ VP of Merch & Design, w/ all levels of buyers & Visual Merchandisers, in showrooms & stores to maximize collection presentation. Experienced in various markets, across multiple categories, textiles & demographics. Knowledge of industry resources. Shop trend & markets, spot cutting edge high-fashion, new merchandise, ideas & design inspirations (materials, fashion, color) Set/Drive brands seasonal fashion directions, translating thematic visions, developing merchandise strategies & utilizing trend information into cohesive collections & sellable fashion-forward garments. Execute all phases of design (from original design through top stages). Construct & oversee development of sampling & production tech packs for oversea & local factories. Experienced in silhouette & flat sketches (freehand & CAD). Travel abroad to work directly w/ factories. Work well under pressure & open to critical feedback.
HIGH-END WOMEN COLLECTION Collaborating in Collections artistic direction Conception of Collection: trends direction, research and analysis, elaborations of themes & visuals, color stories, selection of materials, Elaboration of collection plan, Co-created all the collections designs and realization of 3-D flats & specs and teck-packs using free-hand illustrations + CAD software (i.e. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) Simultaneous development of prototypes in coordination with my partner (i.e : patternmaking, draping, tailoring, sewing) Promoting & Actively seeking funding for new collection, on-line and through networking (professional and personal) SENIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT to select Fashion Houses in both USA and France. (Seewww.HermelDelor.com, www.facebook.com/Hermel.Delor.Collections, pinterest.com/HermelDelor)
YOUNG CONTEMPORARY WOMEN COLLECTION SPRING/SUMMER 2012 COLLECTION Conception of new original Cut-and-Sew & Woven Designs: Tee-Shirts | Dresses | Blouses | Shirts | Pants/Shorts. Worked closely and directly with Rebecca Beeson. Market research and Trend Reports, Designed Cut-and-Sew Collections: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed selections of cut-and-sew & woven products such as tee-shirts, tank tops, skirts, dresses, blouses, shirts, pants, shorts with adequate propositions of fabrics and composition and proposition of trimmings for each style. Created full Tech-pack process: Translated all selected designs into very precise detailed hand-sketches and 3D Flats, with very detailed notes and zooms as needed. Informed w/ all the technical informations and specs for cut-and-sew or woven products : fabrics, composition. Weight/m2, threads, selected trimmings.
CONTEMPORARY RTW COLLECTION SPRING/SUMMER 2011 COLLECTION Market research and Trend Reports, Designed Sweater Collections: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed to Head Designer selections of sweaters with many different gages (from 16 to 3) with a wide proposition of stitches (from the most basic jersey- to the most fancy), some cables sweaters and hand-made crochets; and some sweaters with fancy trimmings and/or embellishments (prints, beadings and/or embroideries, Ribbons, stripes, crochet or lace.) Created full Tech-pack process: Translated all selected designs into very precise detailed hand-sketches and 3D Flats, with very detailed notes and zooms as needed. Based on brands Measurement guides, did all specs & measurements for the Sweaters Collection and/or Cut-and-sew Collections. Informed w/all the technical information for sweaters : gage, selected stitches, selected trimmings, colour cards and yarn composition.
HIGH-END "CREATEUR" WOMEN COLLECTION HEAD DESIGNER : In charge of Collections artistic direction. Positioning of the label & definition of target clientele. Market research/Trends Report. Supervised Design of Collection Conception of themes & color stories, selections of materials, built the line sheet. Managed studio & sample-room Followed up on development of prototypes & collection. Trips for inspiration, competition watch and professional exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and USA.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S COLLECTIONS | WOVEN | CUT-&-SEW KNIT | SWEATERS Counsel & Conception for Knitwear & Woven Collections for men & women Market research, trends reports & analysis Creation of themes & color stories Selection of materials Built Lines sheet based on our clients needs Trips : inspirations, competition watch & professional exhibitions throughout Europe & USA Flats & Specs & Tech-packs, Quality control follow-ups of samples development, Illustrations for commercial presentations.
MENSWEAR COLLECTION FALL 2007 RTW MEN'S COLLECTION Conception of a 35-pieces complete collection (----> Pants/jackets/Shirts/tee-shirts/sweat-shirts/sweaters/outerwear). Market research and Trend Reports, Conception of moodboards & color stories for each theme. Suggestion of prints, embroideries, prints and artwork to be developed by a graphic artist. Designed a full Sweater Collection: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed to Head Designer selections of sweaters with many different gages with a wide proposition of stitches and trimmings and some cables sweaters; Designed a full Cut-and-sew Collection: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed to Head Designer selections of tee-shirts and sweat-shirts with many different fabrics, weight, details and trimmings. Designed a full Shirt Collection: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed to Head Designer selections of shirts with many different fabrics, washes and weight (denim, twill, corduroy, plaids...), details and trimmings. Designed a full Pants Collection: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed to Head Designer selections of pants (Cargo, Worker, Camo, slim, five-pockets Pants) with many different fabrics, washes and weight (denim, twill, corduroy...), details and trimmings. Designed a full Jacket Collection: based on Line Sheets needs, created and proposed to Head Designer selections of jackets with many different fabrics, washes and weight (denim, twill, corduroy...), details and trimmings. Created full Tech-pack process: translated all selected designs into very precise detailed hand-sketches and 3D Flats, with very detailed notes and zooms as needed, informed w/all the technical informations for each style Based on brands Measurement guides, did all specs & measurements for the full Collection.
In charge of artistic and creative direction of the Womens RTW collections (450-500 styles X2 Collections per season). Naf Naf is a French company which operates in the area of distribution of clothing and footwear. In this sector, Naf Naf operates in France (directly through a network of exclusive boutiques, flagships or partners) the following brands or brands: Naf Naf, Chevignon and NC Kids. Naf Naf achieved during the year 2005/2006, ended February 28, 2006 a global consolidated revenue excluding taxes of EUR 237 million, of which approximately [> 50] million in France. Trend research & analysis, conception of seasonal themes & color stories, visual presentations, selection of fabrics, yarn and trimmings. Oversaw, Managed and mentored a team of 12 (designers & graphic artists). Validated creative propositions (designs, prints & embroideries 90% created in-house following my directions). Elaborated collection plans in collaboration w/ various products directors. Followed up on everyones tech-packs, on development & completion of samples, supervised fittings w/ drapers/pattern-makers. Validated final samples. Trips inspirations, competition watch & professional exhibitions throughout Europe & USA, shopping, collection launch & follow-ups on prototypes development in Asia (Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Jakarta) & India Permanent collaborations w/ various chiefs of products, for buying selection for boutiques & construction of in-store boutiques; & w/ merchandising team for validation of window (important themes & silhouettes). Guided products appearance in showroom/boutique by ambiences and themes, during presentation of Collection to the press & licensed buyers (hence a working-base for merchandising teams final implantations in stores.). Supervised seasonal runway shows & seasonal productions of Collection Books. http://www.nafnaf.com
SPORTWEAR LINE DESIGN DIRECTOR: In charge of the complete Knit (Cut-and-Sew & Sweaters) and Woven Sportswear line & the Denim line, supervised 3 Designers.