Rafaela Vidal  Erskine

Rafaela Vidal Erskine

Fashion Product ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
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Rafaela Vidal  Erskine

Rafaela Vidal Erskine

Fashion Product ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a dynamic and proactive fashion professional with over eight years of experience in product development and sourcing for luxury womenswear. My expertise includes extensive knowledge in fabric and raw materials sourcing, costing and procurement alongside a well-connected network of suppliers and vendors. I am passionate about creating positive changes in the fashion industry and looking for holistic solutions on material innovation, disruptive business models and technology. I stand for a collaborative approach and community engagement to drive systematic change in the fashion industry. I am passionate about vintage fashion and love treasure hunting for unique and special pieces. I am also an NFT enthusiast and believe in the potential it has to support artists and the creative industry. My personal interests are arts, cinema, music and everything in between. I thrive on the exchange of knowledge, experiences and cultures and this is aligned with my passion for reading and travelling.
Projects
  • SKIIM PARIS FW19
    SKIIM PARIS FW19
  • SKIIM PARIS SS19
    SKIIM PARIS SS19
  • SKIIM PARIS FW18
    SKIIM PARIS FW18
  • SKIIM PARIS SS18
    SKIIM PARIS SS18
  • DAVID KOMA PF22
    DAVID KOMA PF22
  • DAVID KOMA SS22 COLLECTION
    DAVID KOMA SS22 COLLECTION
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Projects credited in
  • DAVID KOMA | SS22
    DAVID KOMA | SS22Set at the London Aquatics Centre designed by Zaha Hadid, Renegade’s lighting for David Koma’s show was designed to enter into a dialogue between the architect’s characteristic lines and the structural properties of the aquatic wardrobe. Koma was inspired by the legendary champion Annette Kellerman, who popularised synchronised swimming at the turn of the century, and was one of the first women to wear a one-piece swimsuit. Production Company: Bacchus Lighting Design: Renegade Design Lighting
  • SKIIM SS18 Lookbook
    SKIIM SS18 Lookbook
  • Backstage David Koma AW20 collection - LFW AW20
    Backstage David Koma AW20 collection - LFW AW20short cinematic film showcasing the backstage of David Koma AW20 collection show - during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2020
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Work history
    Vivienne Westwood logo
    Vivienne Westwood logo
    Fabrics & Trims Manager/ Sustainable SourcingVivienne Westwood
    London, United KingdomFull Time
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    R&D ManagerDavid Koma
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    • Attend appointments with suppliers, fabric fairs and visit mills and manufacturers for research and sourcing for all raw materials – fabric, leather, metal and soft trims. • Manage all phases of fabric and raw materials development across all seasons, recognise key trends and present new concepts. Present relevant information – price, moq and lead times and clarify any development questions raised. Create and manage raw materials board, keeping details updated. • Build and maintain a close working relationship with the design team to develop a collection from the initial concept through sales distribution, understand the designer’s creative aesthetic design vision, and translate it to internal teams and external stakeholders. • Perform as the technical partner for the design team, attend fittings and provide feedback on technical feasibility, brainstorming ideas and solutions to ensure the collection design vision. • Communicate and act as a problem solver when issues arise, act timely and efficiently to find solutions, and fulfil last-minute requests. • Manage fabric development throughout the season, approve lab dips, trials, artworks, and strike offs. • Create and manage critical path for all raw materials in each collection - from sampling to production, ensuring deadlines and budgets are met and communicating any disruptions to production and merchandising teams. • Responsible for keeping PML system up to date with relevant information. Manage raw material archives and maintain files and samples organised. • Manage sampling and production raw materials buying process and stock levels, creating Po’s and confirming OC’s. Advise on reorders requests throughout the collection and communicate sales strategies accordingly. • Ensure all materials of sampling and production are delivered on time and meet quality standards. Responsible for managing and solving any quality/ time issues related to raw materials at all stages. • Offer commercial awareness based on the latest trends and innovations. • Work closely with the finance team to communicate payments and invoices, helping to plan cash flow and report budgets accordingly. Negotiate price and payment terms with vendors and suppliers.
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Skills
  • Fabric Construction
  • Apparel Production
  • Fashion Production
  • Fabric Sourcing
  • Sourcing Materials
  • Trend Research
  • Creative Assistance
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • Sustainable Materials
Education
    University of Cambridge logo
    University of Cambridge logo
    Short Course Business Sustainability ManagementUniversity of Cambridge
     - London, United Kingdom
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    Short Course - Fashion Management: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & SustainabilityInstitut Français de la Mode (IFM)
     - London, United Kingdom
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