Laura de Vries

Accessories Designer/Creative Assistant

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About me

 

I am a fashion design graduate (RMIT University - BA - Hons) originally from Melbourne, Australia. I am now residing in London and looking for new and exciting opportunities to utilise both my design and fashion business skills. I have a varied background working across design, buying, creative and finance at major suppliers and retailers in Australia and the UK. Throughout my experience I have maintained a focus on developing accessories products for women combined with a unique take on trend reporting. My goal in London is to find a creative role where I can express my creativity as well as improve business with my eye for trends and excellent knowledge of manufacturing and costing in the accessories fields. I am also passionate about sustainability and ethical production and where possible I aim to help the industry improve on this through my contribution as a designer. In my own time I like to pursue my interest in illustration and graphic design as well as spending time immersing myself in the art and culture of London.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Art Direction
  • Drawing
  • Accessories
  • Buying
  • Design
  • Product Development
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Powerpoint
  • Costing
  • Trend Analysis Forecasting
  • Microsift Office Competent
  • Photoshop/illustrator/indesign
  • Admin Skills

Work history

Currently

Retail Development Coordinator & Credits Assistant

Pandora Jewellery

Sep 2014
  • - Analyse customer returns and create and issue credit notes. - Assist in the creation of new Pandora concept stores throughout the UK. - Liase with suppliers across Europe and the UK to arrange store fit outs. - Create store development visual presentations.

2014

Accessories Buyer & Creative Assistant

The Ark Clothing CO

Mar 2013 - May 2014
  • Oversaw the buying and product development of the entire accessories department for four stand alone stores. Categories included jewellery, scarves, shoes, handbags and seasonal products such as sunglasses and hosiery. - Continually increased sales for the accessories department and developed top selling products. - Improved and developed new systems for the successful running of the accessories department. - Designed and communicated visual merchandising concepts to co-ordinator and stores for all accessories. Assisted in all creative aspects of the company including apparel design, marketing, visual merchandising, print design and product development. - Developed new product lines for in house brands including digitally printed scarves and apparel. - Assisted in the development of marketing materials including social media, catalogues, emails and look books. - Created and implemented visual merchandising across all retail stores including window installations.

2013

Accessories Designer & Account Manager

S R Fashions

Jul 2011 - Mar 2013
  • Designed and developed accessories products in collaboration with leading Australian womenswear retailers. Categories included jewellery, soft goods, hair accessories and handbags. - Designed and produced best selling products in the categories of soft accessories, jewellery and handbags. - Continually exceeded set sales budgets and margin targets. - Acquired new categories with existing customers. - Compiled and presented seasonal trend forecasts to external clients. - Designed and developed textile artworks using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

2011

Junior Accessories Designer & Accounts Executive

S R Fashions

Sep 2010 - Jul 2011
  • Assisted in the design and development of accessories products in collaboration with leading Australian womenswear retailers. - Assisted in the design of soft accessories, handbags and jewellery. - Designed and developed textile artworks using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. - Conducted design meetings with clients.

2010

Design Intern

Limedrop

Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
  • Assisted in pattern making, sample sewing and technical illustration for both mens and womens apparel ranges.

Education

2009

Bachelor of Design (fashion) Hons

Rmit University

Feb 2007 - Dec 2009
  • Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

Awards

2010

L' Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Graduate Showcase

  • Selected as one of the top 12 fashion design graduates in Australia to present my collection at the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Metamorphosis Student Showcase.