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GAP INC. - GapJanuary 2011 to CurrentSenior Manager New York, NY
Women's Denim, Woven Bottoms, Outerwear, & Maternity Global Production.
SEARS HOLDINGSJanuary 2008 to December 2010Senior Manager New York, NY
Girl Gender & Infant Denim R&D and Global Production
Manager, Girl Gender & Infant Denim R&D and Global Production.
Manage all aspects of production for the Women's denim, woven bottoms, outerwear, and maternity teams, to deliver production ready garments in compliance with Gap Inc.
Responsible for all denim fabric research and development focusing on building a mill-vendor base to reflect the growth needs of the women's business.
Partner with mills and suppliers to anticipate and co-create new non-existing fibers, fabrics or finish technology options.
Adhere to AUC targets and raw material costing guidance to ensure the department will achieve and/or exceed product cost and margin goals through responsive platforms and cost negotiation.
Oversea all assortment test & respond programs to deliver proven styles in season with established predictive selling.
Selected to be one of five Retail Management Program (RMP) facilitators, teaching Placement Strategies and Garment Costing 101 to Gap Inc.
Chosen to be the denim teacher for the Retail Academy: Denim Fabric Construction & Costing Class.
Worked closely with Woven's & Denim Director on high level Gap Inc.
Denim RFP project.
Effort to expand Gap vendor base to reflect brand growth by division and category in partnership with production.
Built and standardized development process for all denim adopted by all global cross-functional partners (design, Gap International Sourcing (GIS) and production teams):.
Organized bi-annual denim mill weeks.
Created denim pipeline and implemented all dates.
Established mill week guidelines.
Constructed denim fabric selection and leg panel development process.
Travel overseas bi-annually to work directly with factories on dry process development and GIS offices on costing and bulk execution.
Learned numerous new laundry practices, chemical innovations, and solutions to wash issues in bulk.
Developed new specialty wash processes that met our AUC as well as passed all Gap Inc.
Hired, trained and developed four Managers and Associate Managers responsible for denim and woven's production.
Continue to work closely and build strong relationships with cross-functional partners (design, technical design, GIS, global merchandising, and global inventory management).
POLO RALPH LAURENNovember 2007 to December 2007Associate Manager New York, NY
Denim Development & Pre-Production.
Shop domestic and overseas markets for denim trends in wash, fit and silhouette; as well as attend trade shows for the latest techniques, chemicals and processes.
Organize bi-annual denim mill week with relevant mills, with each brand and gender's price point in mind.
Identify key fabrics for multi-season use and establish a full range of base shades to maximize the use of a single quality in a given season.
Manage fabric and wash development for 25 brands, encompassing Men's, Women's, Boy's, and Girl's product.
Partner with design on the development and creation of trend forward and customer appropriate denim washes for each season.
Schedule sketch review meetings with each brand's director and design team to assort dry process developments.
Thus, presenting production ready garments at line presentation meeting.
Create charts and reports that track seasonal fabric/wash development, sampling and style adoption.
Train wash facilities to set up, establish, and maintain wash standards in order to replicate for sampling and bulk production.
Work with design and overseas denim team to improve the wash direction to ensure the brand's aesthetic is met, as well as travel to oversee execution of production washes.
Denim Product Development, American Living.
Liaison between Manufacturing, Technical Design, Design, and Production departments.
Establish tech packs in PDM and update as changes occur.
Create Fabric IC's and enter into PDM.
Monitor T&A for all design approvals including graphics, fabric wash and trim for samples.
DKNY JEANSDecember 2004 to October 2007Denim & Trim Specialist
Denim & Trim Coordinator New York, NY
Assistant Denim Development.
Learned the complete understanding of product lifecycle from research and development thru bulk delivery, inclusive of weaving techniques, construction and washes.
Researched target markets to create innovative product for each category, by shopping seasonally and presenting concepts to design and merchandising teams.
Designed and developed fashion and replenishment washes incorporating seasonal trends and styles.
Interfaced with design, merchandising and production teams to ensure styles are on trend while maintaining appropriate price points and margin goals.
Traveled domestically and internationally to work directly with the factories and laundries to aid them in executing our desired aesthetic.
Oversaw and approved all final bulk fabric and wash production from every vendor.
Managed trim development and production for Women's and Junior's brands including shanks, belts, and rivets.
Education and Training
UNION COLLEGEJune 2004Bachelor Degree: Art History & Visual ArtsSchenectady Florence, NY, ItalyArt History & Visual Arts
HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN2003Certificate of Completion - Career Discovery ProgramCambridge, MA
Activities and Honors
Denim development and production professional with over 11½ years of experience in the apparel industry with leading consumer brands. Responsibilities have covered management of the entire garment life cycle; from fabric and wash development through bulk production for all age ranges spanning Men's, Women's and Kids.