Rachel Eberle

Product developer and designer - Print & Knit

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About me

 

I am a 24 year old Brit who has been living in Berlin for the past four years. I have a degree in fashion design, but my real passion is creative problem solving regardless of theme or subject. I enjoy reading on the themes of psychology and philosophy, and taking online courses in a variety of subjects to expand my knowledge and skills. In my free time I like to knit, sew and draw as well as to get out into nature. Most of all I am excited to discover the new possibilities that will result in the next stage of my career. I have a strong desire to find the best outcome for every challenge I am set. I can combine creativity and a keen analytical mind to achieve thoughtful, elegant solutions. My ability to work independently or within a group, and to respond well under pressure, makes me a versatile and valuable employee. My enthusiasm to acquire an in-depth understanding of every aspect of my work and to invest in lifelong learning outside of working hours ensures that I will always bring fresh ideas and knowledge to any role I undertake. I have a keen interest in sustainability and innovation and my career goal is to work on the cutting edge of sustainable innovation within the fashion and textiles industry. Whether that may be though a design lens, or more or a production and supply chain perspective I am open to discovering.

Skills

 

  • Adobe Indesign/illustrator/photoshop
  • Hand and Machine Knitting
  • Garment Technical Drawings
  • Creative Pattern-cutting and Draping
  • Surface and Pattern Design
  • Colour Correction
  • Digital Print Textiles
  • Ability to Produce Innovative Design Concepts
  • B2B Communications
  • Lookbook Production

Work history

Currently

Fashion Product Developer

Front Row Society

Sep 2015
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Full Time
  • Product Developer – Printed Collection and Labelling (2016) • Conducted trend research, created mood-boards and set online design contests for a community of worldwide independent artists • Identified artists for special collaborations and worked closely with them to achieve the best results • Organised, colour corrected, and curated the digitally printed scarf collection • Worked together with the sales team to find the designs that would work best for existing customers at particular price or material levels • Prepared design files and ran a strike-off process to achieve the best end result • Liaised with suppliers to develop and improve the product, as well as for day to-day communication • Ensured the timely delivery and high quality of the SMS pre-collections • Prepared labelling design files, instruction manuals and quality controlled delivered goods. Fed back to suppliers regarding their goods • Organised labelling logistics, securing the timely production and delivery of the correct labels to suppliers across a wide range of products with varied labelling requirements • Created hangtags, look-books and other sales materials Designer & Product Developer – Knitted Collection (2015-2016) • Jointly conducted trend research and worked to a loose brief set by the head designer to design a new product line of knitted accessories • Researched, identified and acquired knit suppliers able to work to our specific needs as a small company • Conducted yarn research to find the companies with the highest quality and most interesting stock yarns to fit to the seasonal colour palette and inspiration • Prepared technical files, and design files for producers and ran a process of swatches and sampling to achieve the desired effects • Counter sourced products from multiple suppliers to create the best product at the best price, both before SMS and between SMS and bulk production runs • Undertook a solo supplier trip to China to expedite development and cement business relationships. • Worked closely with the sales team and CEO to understand budget and customer requirements and altered product accordingly • Liaised with suppliers to ensure product was correctly labelled and delivered on time in the highest quality possible for SMS pre-collections and bulk collections • Colour corrected and jointly curated printed collection, and prepared print files for suppliers • Assisted the strike-off process for the printed collection • Created hangtags, look-books and other sales materials Designer – Non-Printed Collection (2015) • Worked closely with select fine artists to translate the essence of their artwork into a range of accessories as part of a collaboration • Designed a range of laser-cut, knitted, jacquard woven, embroidered and perforated scarves. Designed placement patterns for perforated leather handbags • Balanced the wishes of artists with the brand’s design identity and seasonal theme • Designed a range of printed scarves on the theme ‘Tiled’ as part of the brand’s design challenges • Jointly colour corrected and jointly curated printed collection, and prepared print files for suppliers • Assisted the strike-off process for the printed collection • Created hangtags, look-books and other sales materials

2015

Assistant Product Manager

Front Row Society

Nov 2013 - Sep 2015
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Freelance
  • Assistant to the Head of Production (2013 - 2015) • Created hangtags, look-books and other sales materials, having to liaise with all other teams to get all the correct information to create the look-books and hangtags in time to be printed before the SMS collection delivery • Jointly prepared print files for production • Assisted in colour correction of print files • Designed a new range of jacquard woven tone-on-tone scarves, the brand’s first non-printed products • Assisted in garment fittings and on photo shoots • Conducted research for a number of possible new product line ventures • Organised and updated details of contest winning artist for use on hangtags and promotional material

2014

Creative Intern

Christopher Raeburn

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
  • London, UK
  • Internship
  • Christopher Raeburn - Studio Intern (2014) During this eight-week internship I assisted in the sewing of toiles, quality control, studio reorganisation, preparation of promotional material (including sewing a giant inflatable polar bear for Harrods), and liaising with factories. I also supported the brand during fashion week at model castings and fittings, their Somerset House showroom, and backstage at the catwalk show.

Education

2015

Fashion Design Technology Womenswear

Esmod Berlin International University of Arts for Fashion

Sep 2012 - Jul 2015
  • Berlin, Germany

2012

UAL Foundation Diploma in Design and Media

Ravensbourne

Aug 2011 - Jul 2012
  • London, UK