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Dresser for the Jacquemus S/S17 show during Paris Fashion Week.
References available upon request. I work and support the Roksanda Sales team during market week in Paris. Over these 7-8 days, I help set up and pack up the showroom - both the merchandise and visuals. Responsibilities included Model Dressing, styling, Visual Merchandising, maintaining showroom standards & other related duties given. This experience was good to have as I was able to get an in depth look at how the showrooms work as I was able to observe the appointments. I return to the showroom each season to assist the team during market week. June 2016: 25th June - 29th June: Resort '17 September 2016: 29th September - 6th October: S/S17 RTW January 2017: 20th January - 26th January: Pre-Fall 17
Office Manager General Responsibilities: • Manage reception duties such as switchboard, couriers, visitors. • Manage building maintenance contracts. • Ensuring general office environment is maintained and well presented, inc. Showroom area • Facilitating senior management meetings and VIP guests. • Assisting during busy periods such as Fashion shows and London Showroom. • Manage stationery and office supplies. • Looking after and liaising with Design & Production with day to day requirements and general maintenance. • To create and maintain a pleasant work environment, ensuring high levels of organizational effectiveness, communication and safety. • Provide admin support to CEO and Creative Director. • Any other ad hoc support where required. Other: During this time I was able to help out in the design department with embroidery sampling and general hand sewing jobs between seasons, as well as to the lead up of fashion week. After interning previously with the design team I was able to maintain communication which gave a balanced work load from office manager duties as well as furthering my skill set in design when needed.
During these three months Interning at Roksanda I worked with the embroidery and surface design team. This allowed me to further my practice and background in textiles, as well as quickly improving on my hand sewing skills. I was able to join the team at the start of the season so I was able to understand and oversea the process of a collection from start to finish. Responsibilities included developing ideas through sampling and experimenting with embroidery samples as well as carrying out further research for inspiration. I was given great responsibilities during show time by working on the embroidery final collection pieces and providing finishing touches. This gave me the opportunity to work up close with the collection and understand quality standards as well as working with urgency towards a deadline. My hand sewing has improved a lot working here and I have gained so many new skills from the Roksanda team, which will help me further my education in design during Senior thesis Collection coming up. Other tasks given during this time included maintaining studio standards, arranging pick ups and drop offs on orders and supplies as well as preparing for the AW16/17 Show, which I was able to assist by dressing models and helping backstage. Interning here was such a rewarding and inspiring experience as I was able to work closely with an amazing design team who really get you involved in the whole process.
I worked and supported the 3.1 Philip Lim Sales team during market week in Paris. Over these 10 days I helped set up and pack up the showroom, both merchandise and visuals. Responsibilities included Model Dressing, Visual Merchandising, maintaing showroom standards & other related duties given. This experience was good to have as I was able to get an in depth look at how the showrooms work as I was able to meet the buyers and observe the appointments. The team at Philip Lim also allowed for a question and answer session for us in which we could gain further knowledge and discuss how the experience taught and benefitted us.
During these four months interning for Giles, I was able to gain new skills in design as well as see and experience the process of a collection from start to finish. Responsibilities included developing ideas and experimenting through embroideries and fabric manipulation as well as being given opportunities to work on client orders and couture garments. My hand sewing has improved and I have gained so many new skills from the Giles team which will help me further my education in design. Other tasks given during this time included maintaining studio standards, picking up and dropping off orders and supplies as well as preparing for the S/S 16 Show, which I was able to assist by dressing models and helping backstage. Interning here was such a rewarding experience.
I supported the Zac Posen Collection and Zac by Zac Posen Sales team during market week in Paris. Responsibilities included Model Dressing, Merchandising, Showroom standards & other related duties given.
Volunteer during Paris Fashion Week to assist with the IndigialMedia team for Style.com Assisting the digital team and acting as a runner for shows. I was able to attend the Dries Van Noten show!!
Freelance work during Market Week. This was my first experience in showroom market weeks. Jobs involved included, dressing and styling models, maintaining showroom standards, setting up the showroom, prepping shipment and organizing Designer Collections. Onward Luxury Group are responsible for the showrooms of multiple brands, including John Paul Gaultier, Veronique Branquinho, Rochas, Jil Sander NAVY, Antonio Beradi and more... This allowed me to be up close with the collections and work with the merchandise, giving me the opportunity to view construction details and understand the quality in luxury merchandise and goods.
Assisted with Marjorie Renner, Accessory & Handbag designer at the ENK international Trade Show. Involved with interacting with buyers and showcasing the product as well as organizing shipment.
Part-Time Sales Associate while studying at Parsons NYC. I worked at the FlatIron store as a sales associate whilst studying for my degree towards fashion design. Prior to this, I had a few years retail experience with Gap, which helped me tremendously in setting me up for this position. Working in a new market selling luxury goods was new to me and so my previous training helped me in setting myself up in this role and pushing forward what I had previously learnt. I was able to study the differences between high street stores and luxury stores as well as learn about target markets and how best to sell to them. Weekly goals and targets allowed me to work towards deadlines and work with urgency to meet these goals. Building a client base was also key in this role in order to maintain good sales and a secure customer base. I was able to meet set targets given, work towards goals, provide excellent customer service, maintain store standards as well as providing styling for clients.
Dresser for the Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti show during New York Fashion Week. This was my first opportunity dressing during Fashion Week. I was able to see how a show functions back stage and the process before and after. I was responsible for maintaing standards in the backstage area and dressing the models.
References available upon request. Part-Time Sales Associate - June 2011 - August 2013 - December 2013 - January 2014 - December 2014 - January 2015 - August 2015 - June 2016 I am able to carry out friendly customer service as well as provide helpful advice and take on other responsibilities around the store such a visuals and merchandising. The tasks I took on whilst working varied between cash wrap, fitting room and customer service as well as replenishment of stock and presentation standards throughout the store. Gap was my first retail job gained. I have been able to grow in sales and customer service skills during my time here. I am fortunate to gain a position at Gap in between months when I am studying towards my degree in Fashion Design. I work with an amazing team and always love returning to the store each year. Key achievements • I was given store merchandising and visual display responsibility within first three months of joining • Recognised for delivering some of the best most natural fitting room service “Warm genuine approach that helps build rapport with every customer – awesome!” • Won “Best dressed to sell” regional county competition • Promoted to Senior Sales in 2016. • Cashwrap & Store responsibilities.
Spring semester of Junior year in Paris. Senior Year in Paris.
New York Campus: August 2013 - Dec 2014 Paris Campus: Jan 2015 - May 2017