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Born and bred Londoner Natalie Jade Best has always been a creative individual from a young age. Natalie is a fresh and talented creative with varied experience in fashion and the creative arts. Natalie has recently graduated from the University of the Arts, London where she has completed a degree in Creative Direction for Fashion.
• Helped develop customer relations and have built a portfolio of clients. • Arrange personal shopping appointments to style clients for special occasions such as weddings and big events, as well as updating their wardrobes. • Participated in various training schemes including operations and visual merchandising. • Assist with various store events within the flagship Covent Garden store. • Exceeded sales targets and remain a top seller within the store.
As the company's temporary receptionist I cover the front of house when permanent staff are away due to sickness, holiday and other such reasons. My role includes, o Managing a switchboard for for 5 different companies o Meeting and greeting clients and offering refreshments o Looking after the reception and kitchen area (including cupboards) o Managing and distribution of incoming and outgoing post o Arranging and logging private cars and couriers (same day/overnight UK/ international) o Booking and coordinating meeting rooms o Sole responsibility of replenishing & ordering stationary including printer supplies o Monitoring and ordering twice weekly food shop o Organizing catering for events and meetings if required for client meetings o Coffee runs for external clients where requested o Arranging and setting up Friday Breakfast and Friday FIKA o Providing additional help and support to the teams where needed o Fielding calls and emails and taking messages
• Organising and keeping the fashion cupboard clean and tidy. • Assisting the fashion editors and assistants on shoot preparation and on set. • Liaising with press and talent agencies. • Assisting with developing social media content as well as surface styling. • Creating looks with the fashion assistant for shoots. • Creating content for the Company Magazine Instagram account.
Holding this position under sales agency within the Saturday Group - Assisting Account Managers before and after the sales season. - Prospecting new potential clients, liaising with clients on queries, chasing orders placed and assisting selling collections. - Setting up sales appointments with buyers for the Pre Fall and Spring Summer 14 season. - Greeting buyers when they arrive for appointments. - Merchandising new collections in the showroom. - Processing orders and checking order confirmations. - Dressing models at sales appointments. - General showroom assistance and admin duties.
Held this position under the PR fashion agency within The Saturday Group. - Updating the showroom ensuring all samples were merchandised correctly. - Taking ownership of the samples which included, sending out samples to press. ensuring that samples were sent in a presentable manner, logging in and out samples through the database. - Liasing between account managers and the press. - Updating the RMO blog. - Assisting with press and celebrity gifting. - Working alongside the team during London Fashion Week including writing out invitations, working front and back of house during shows and presentations.
- I was responsible for assisting Soki Mak on both editorial shoots and music video shoots - Scheduling couriers and transport - Sample management which included on and off shoot days - Dealing with general admin duties, ensuring all garments were credited correctly. - I was also responsible to step in, if Leeann is not available to attend certain events or shoots. Worked with clients including, Music: Stooshe, Tanya Lacey, Yasmin, Kano Publications: Hunter, Fiasco, i-D, The Hunger, Dazed & Confused
- I worked in four Kurt Geiger stores including, the flagship store in Covent Garden. - I was also Key Holder for the Grafton Street Pop-Up Store. - I have been commended for my high levels of customer service and was known as one of the top sellers within the Covent Garden and Grafton Street stores and was known as an assistant who was able to up sale to a customer. - During my time at Kurt Geiger, I gained a high understanding of the retail industry. - I took full responsibility of the visual merchandising at the Grafton Street Pop-Up store. - I opened and closed the Grafton Street stored, as well as completing many back of house managerial duties such as banking and stock control. - Often managed the store working with two members of staff.
I started as an intern with Eun Jeong and progressed to a permanent role after three months. I started as an intern with Eun Jeong and progressed to a permanent role after three months. - Building relationships with buyers, press and sponsors - I was for interviewing and training interns - Updating and scheduling content for the Eun Jeong social media platforms. - Assisting the designer on developing her on schedule fashion shows at London Fashion week and point of call for all those involved including hair, make-up and models. - Organising meetings, interviews and day to day admin to promote the designer and the brand.
Dealing with customer issues regarding orders and other product issues. Organising back of house including till operation and banking. Dealing with any employee issues i.e. lateness, holiday requests, forms etc.
I completed BA Creative Direction for Fashion at the London College of Fashion in 2014. The BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion course is situated in the School of Media and Communication, and focuses on communication design for fashion and has creativity and problem-solving at its core. During my degree I took a keen interest in branding, styling and art direction. Within the degree I also gained an understanding of the following: - Moving Image & Sound - Research Methods - Cultural & Historical Studies - Narrative Creation - Image Manipulation - Creative Branding
I attended the BA Fashion Design degree at the University of the Creative Arts for two years. During my time there I gained an understanding of the following: - Pattern Cutting - Draping - Creative Cut - Tailoring - Trend Prediction - Styling & Promotion - Garment Production
Fashion Portfolio is a preparatory and diagnostic course designed for students who want to progress to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion, similar to a Foundation Degree. Within this course I gained an understanding of the following, - Portfolio Assembly - Sketchbook Presentation - Styling & Photography - Principles of Illustration - Principles of Design