PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EXPERTISE SUMMARY

SOURCING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:

  • Wide-ranging experience in Fashion/Accessories and Lifestyle products.

  • Extensive experience in design, sourcing, product development and production management.

  • Passionate about creating and developing products with the confidence to fully engage in the process and have an impact.

  • Interest in rolling sleeves up and getting into the details.

  • Established supplier base.

  • Experience in sustainability.

  • Excellent in time management and working to deadlines.

  • Responsible for all of the prototype checking, spec sheet adjustments, etc.

  • Management of salesman sample (quantities per style 1pcs - 60pcs).

  • Controlled and followed bulk production based on quality, execution and timing (quantities per style 20pcs - 8000pcs).

  • Oversee Quality control.

  • Bridging communication between related departments. 

DESIGN:

  • Brand identity

  • Trend and market research.

  • Design and concept of collection (Women Ready-To-Wear, Accessories, Home Décor, Jewellery).

  • Print Design.

  • Innovation and sustainability.

  • Developing Marketing Material.

  • Fashion Shows and Shootings.

  • Styling and managing Showroom/ Trade Show.

  • Event concepts and organisation.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS:

  • Highly organized, demonstrates the ability to prioritize, manage, and coordinate diverse activities simultaneously whilst also keeping a 360 view of the entire process and progress.

  • Business administration including all aspects of small business.

  • Ensure that the production will be cost effective by negotiating budgets with both clients and manufacturers.

  • Builds and motivates a dynamic team: Inspiring leader.

CONSULTANT DESIGN, 

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, STYLING

FREELANCE

SHANGHAI - CHINA

DESIGN, SOURCING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:

  • Clients include: Studio Stare Shanghai, Hai London, Roling-import Amsterdam (COEXIST, PARX), and others

  • Consultant and management in design, sourcing, product development and production

  • Creating, styling and developing inspirational, on brand and on trend outfits and ideas for clients, including accessories and jewellery aligned with their strategy and needs.

  • Logos, layouts, and other design elements: Art & Illustration.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Fast and proactive support of projects: problem solving and sharing ideas to improve current processes.

DESIGNER, PRODUCTION MANAGER

NTS LTD.

SHANGHAI - CHINA

SOURCING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:

  • Clients including Miss Sixty, Marc Aurel, Apanage, Adler, C&A, Vanilia, Beaumont, Zero,Charlotta Gandolfo and others.

  • Expert in sourcing materials and products for Fashion and Accessories in China.

  • Support of client’s buying team during annual visits to Shanghai and trade shows.

  • Ensure the quality of the material/product from the start of development to final production.

  • Checks all components with an eye for quality and performance.

  • Demonstrate a strong technical understanding of materials and 

  • construction techniques.

  • Experience with product management system.

  • Creates and manages calendar to promote development flow; discusses and resolves discrepancies with related departments.

  • Reviews and oversees the output of all specifications (Tech Packs) for accuracy, completeness, quality.

  • Communicates with overseas offices and suppliers on issues and changes to specifications and standards: assists with interpretation of design requirements, brand standards consistency, reviews and approves colours and materials and manages any discrepancies.

  • Fit/Quality control.

  • Cost/Budget Management - Responsible for achieving margin target.

DESIGN:

  • Works with various design and production teams to fully understand product intent.

  • Design of Women Ready-To-Wear woven categories: tops, bottoms, jumpsuits, dresses and outerwear.

  • Analyze and identify key product trends and silhouettes in the market and highlight the concepts relevant for client; translate these ideas into products.

  • Works closely with design teams on seasonal requirements, recommends improvements, design and material options to enhance brand handwriting and meet financial requirements.

  • Tests questionable materials and treatments in the development cycle for performance and compliance to avoid production failures e.g. wash/wear tests on ironed appliqués etc.

  • Develop bespoke print design to refine brand identity and trend translation. 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Problem-solver extraordinaire in design, sourcing, product development and production management.

  • Supervision of sampling and production process of orders, with over 300 styles per season.

  • Continuously building a strong, strategic supplier base.

DESIGNER

NIENHAUS & LOTZ GMBH / KAPALUA

SHANGHAI - CHINA

SOURCING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT:

  • Extensively research creative ideas, source fabric and trims at vendors and in the market to provide input on the key design elements of each season.

  • Work closely and communicate daily with all departments for the development of sampling to ensure a smooth work flow every season: provide input and support, and adjust tasks as needed.

  • Communicate and give pattern makers direction to ensure understanding of design proportions and finishes.

  • Following up on all changes that relate to the product on a daily basis.

  • Manages all rounds of fittings and collaborate with Senior Design, and pattern makers for compliance to quality and brand standards.

  • Oversee fit standard and grade scale.

  • Close cooperation with the Tech department.

  • Oversee the flawless maintenance of all systems, files and processes.

  • Monitor productivity rates and product standards.

  • Ensure orders are completed on time and budget and that quality standards and targets are met.

  • Act as a positive ambassador in times of company change and growth.

DESIGN:

  • Research trends that work into brand strategy, translating these into the collection.

  • Responsible for designing and executing of seasonal collections under the guidance of the design manager: 

  • (Women – Ready-To-Wear) – Outerwear, Blouse and Shirts, Dresses, Skirts, Casual Pants, Knit – 50 styles per season.

  • Technical drawings for pattern maker and production use.

  • Execute designs in style sheets and product management system to be completed to ensure a high standard in manufacturing.

  • Prepare overviews of the collection for merchandise and internal presentations.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  •  The first German team member in a local team proactivly further development of intercultural communication and process optimisation.

  • Liaise with all departments and vendors to implement the company’s policies and goals.

  • Support of sampling, with 250 styles per season.

ENTREPRENEUR, DESIGNER 

LFTLT – LIVE FOR THE LITTLE THINGS

SHANGHAI - CHINA

SOURCING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:

  • Expert in sourcing sustainable Home Décor goods and Jewellery in China and Indonesia.

  • Creates and ensures development timelines and action calendars are followed, but has the flexibility to adapt when required.

  • Oversees the flawless maintenance of all systems, files and processes.

  • Manages seamless handover to all related departments, teams and companies e.g. suppliers, customers.

  • Monitor productivity rates and product standards and implement quality control programmes.

  • Monitor the production processes and adjust schedules as needed.

  • Ensure that the production will be cost effective by negotiating and agreeing budgets with both wholesale customers and manufacturers. 

DESIGN:

  • Brand development: Logo, Branding, Packaging, Website look, etc.

  • Design and Concept of collection (2 seasons per year with 30 styles per season). 

  • Innovation and sustainability: re-inventing unwanted materials into pieces of art.

  • Styling and managing Showroom during Market week High Point NC (Trade show -USA).

  • Event concepts and organisation.

 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS:

  • All angles of business administration and management of small business.

  • Manages systems to track budgets for prototypes, samples, equipment and courier shipments.

  • Supervise and motivate team members.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Reduce waste of resources by sourcing leftover materials and repurposing them into new designs.

  • Inclusion of Workers with Disabilities.

  • Showroom High Point, NC-USA.

ENTREPRENEUR, DESIGNER

FRAU ANA

SHANGHAI - CHINA

SOURCING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT,  PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:

  • Develop and manage execution of fashion/accessories products: sampling, production, marketing, sales. 

  • Overcoming challenges with small production quantities.

  • Manage a multi category design projects (food & fashion).

DESIGN:

  • Create guidelines for brand identity.  

  • With the goal of achieving style and performance, develop key trends and seasonal direction for silhouette and fabric.

  • Research current bestsellers and trends to develop new styles, designs, and brand evolution

  • (2 seasons per year – 30 styles per season including Accessories).

  • (Women – RTW) –Blouse and T-Shirts, Dresses, Skirts, Casual Pants.

  • Fashion Shows and Shootings: Concept, Styling, Management.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS:

  • Business administration; anticipate, recognise, and solve potential problems.

  • Budget management.

  • Conduct all pricing and price negotiations to ensure cost-effective production.

  • Provide leading guidance and support to a small team.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  •  One of the first foreign independent designer brands in Shanghai.

  • Fashion shows in front of Shanghai skyline. 

  • Self-published cookbook.