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Karine Cote Lamirande

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  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Pattern Making
  • Product Development
  • Technical Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Mood Boards
  • Trend Theme Research
  • Specification Sheets
  • Footwear Design and Production
  • Market Competitive Analysis

Work history


Design & Wholesale Catalogue Coordinator

The Dune Group

Nov 2014 - Feb 2015
  • • Worked closely with the international director in designing footwear and accessories updates for the international market • Worked independently on the catalogues for four brands of The Dune Group on InDesign and hand drew all the shoes and accessories included in this document


Design, Buying Intern (footwear and Accessories

The Dune Group

Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
  • Full-time industry placement: • Researched and identified key trends using different sources (Blogs, trend websites, social media) • Created trend reports, colour palettes and mood boards for different brands of the Dune Group • Learned to translate trends into commercial footwear • Created competitive shopping documents by doing research online and in store • Developed detailed specification sheets/amendment sheets and sent them to the suppliers • Attended fit session with the design team and learned to amend initial samples • Developed organization and time management skills • Updated footwear designs under the direction of the design manager Developed high proficiency and speed in CAD (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign) • Developed great precision in hand drawing by working on the catalogues and drawing full-size designs • Organized footwear samples and leather swatches in catalogues


Footwear Design Intern

Chelsea Paris

Jul 2012 - Jan 2013
  • • Learned to use InDesign and developed excellent Illustrator and Photoshop skills • Created specification sheets to send to the factory • Developed great management skills and sense of initiative • Researched trends for the design team and created trend reports • Participated in the creation of the range by doing design thumbnails • Kept the office tidy and organized swatches in catalogues


Footwear Production Intern

Chaussures Dicaire, Official Cirque DU Soleil Shoemakers

Apr 2011 - May 2011
  • • Achieved a good knowledge of the footwear making process and materials. • Developed ability to read specification sheets • Learned to use machinery such as the hydraulic cutting press and cut the appropriate leather pieces according to the specification sheets.



BA(Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development

University of the Arts, London

Aug 2011 - May 2015
  • Grade achieved: 2.1 Merit Plus • Created professional retail analysis for different brands • Engaged in the creative process and design of a footwear range plan • Developed sense of organization, team work and time management • Developed excellent CAD skills (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, etc.)


Diploma Leather Garment and Product Making

Centre de Formation Professionnelle de Neufchatel, Quebec City, Canada

Aug 2010 - May 2011


    Diploma in Visual Arts

    Laval University, Quebec City

    Aug 2009 - Aug 2010
    • • Developed my sense of observation and proportions • Explored different artistic media: Metal sculpture, silk screen printing, lithography, drawing, painting.


    Pre-university Diploma in Creative Arts, Literature and Languages: Languages Option

    College François-xavier-garneau, Quebec City, Canada

    Aug 2007 - May 2009
    • • Developed excellent communication skills in native and second language (French, English, German, Spanish) • Gained experience as a French tutor with two students (French as a first language and French as a second language)



    Head to Toe Exhibition

    • Sanadahimo footwear prototype exhibited at Crafts Central's Head to Toe Exhibition


    Tommy Hilfiger Industry Project

    • Semi-finalist for the Tommy Hilfiger Industry Project.


    Sanadahimo Industry Project

    • Finalist for the Sanadahimo industry project in collaboration with Orimoto Sumiya Co., LTD. Project presented in front of a jury including Georgina Goodman.