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Samantha Mark

Collections/Multi-Product Designer

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About me

Collections/ Multi-Product Designer with knowledgeable experience and responsibilities both in Womens and Menswear. A passionate storyteller that embraces unconventional thought processes and enjoys pushing the boundaries of both conceptual and commercial design.

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Skills

  • Apparel Design
  • Trend Analysis
  • Fashion Designer
  • Creative Storytelling
  • Luxury
  • Denim
  • Adaptable
  • Curious
  • Honest
  • Creative

Work history

Currently

Senior Designer

M&S

Aug 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Senior Designer overlooking all Denim within Womenswear.

2017

Senior Designer

US Apparel

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • In charge of all U.S. accounts, I designed denim collections catered to our clients needs. I would travel onsite to work closely with the Fabric, R&D, Production and Finishing teams, providing creative direction for both the design and development of each garment created.

2016

Designer

Levi's

Sep 2010 - Mar 2016
  • San Francisco, United States
  • Full Time
  • Responsible for Designing Levi’s® Line 8, the largest Multi-Product Collection under the Levi’s brand + Crafted Directional Concepts to create strong Story-Telling, through Mood and Trend boards, Colour Stories and thoughtful Fabric and Silhouette selections + Built Core and Seasonal Styles, Silhouettes and Design Details + Lead Denim Development through Fabric, Finish and Fit Aesthetic + Worked closely with Counterparts and Suppliers to ensure a balanced collection of products succeeding every Design Development process, with the highest quality and on time Levi’s® Assistant Designer Assisted and helped grow Levi’s® Line 8, Levi’s® Commuter, Sta-Prest and Non-Denim + Carrying out in depth Concept, Trend Analysis, Historical/ Archival and Market Research, used to illustrate Brand Identity, Seasonal and Product Stories for Consumer Relevance + Continuously contributing towards Styles, Silhouettes, Fabrics, Fits, Finishes, Print & Patterns + In charge of selecting, Sourcing and the Development of Sundries and Trims + Create Detailed Technical Garment Sketches and Packages (CAD) for in house and factory use + Managing multiple collections simultaneously + Confident use PLM for initiating BOM’s and uploading vital documents for Suppliers + Sustaining Productive Partnerships with Counterparts to ensure products are engineered to meet Brand Standards, Targets and Deadlines Achievements at Levi’s® + Increased Levi’s® Line 8 in volume from 40,000 to 2 million units over a 24 month period + Assisted the development of innovative and eco-friendly Fabrications, Finishes and Sundries for Levi’s® Commuter + Owned the oldest collection under the Levi’s® brand, Sta-Prest, and pushed both its conceptual and commercial awareness to a niche target market through a bold use of colour, print and silhouette + Helped build a new platform of foundational and seasonal relevant Non-Denim to 3 million units within the first 3 seasons

2010

Design Studio Intern

McQ (Alexander McQueen)

Mar 2010 - Jun 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Worked under the Head of Mens and Womenswear at McQ. + In depth Research, creating Moodboards for Presentations to VP + Created and Customised Samples through various Surface Embellishments and Graphic Techniques, that were used for the Autumn/Winter 2011 Marketing Campaign + Creative Pattern Cutting, Textiles and Sampling

2010

Design Studio Assistant

Preen

Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Worked directly with the Designers, Studio Manager and Buyer towards the A/W 2010/11 London Fashion Week runway show. + Copying and Cutting Patterns – Sewing and Constructing Garments + Assisting on seasonal Lookbook shoot and as a Showroom Assistant for A/W 2010/11 LFW Sales

2009

Placement Design Assistant

Zandra Rhodes

May 2009 - Jun 2009
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Worked alongside both Zandra and her Head of Design, researching via the archives and creating prints that reflected the Zandra Rhodes aesthetic, which were used within presentations.

2009

Design Assistant Womenswear

Alexander McQueen

Oct 2008 - Mar 2009
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Assisted both the Head of Print/Pattern and Construction during this A/W 2010 collection. + Researched a variety of Concepts and created multiple moodboards, that were used as key story-telling subject matter for final collection + Helped with Fabric and Colour selections and maintaining an Organised and Efficient work environment + Experimental Materials/ Fabric Manipulation and Dying Techniques used for Samples and Runway + Created Artwork for Famous Skull Printed Scarf – sold in wholesale and retail stores globally + Engineered and solved creative solutions on the stand for constructive show pieces for runway + Made Toiles for Fittings and helped pattern cutters and technicians on garments for runway

2008

Design Room Assistant

Julia Smith

Jun 2008 - Jul 2008
  • Internship
  • Worked intimately along side the designer, assisting with final decisions from pattern making to final construction.

2008

Design Room Assistant

Maria Grachvogel

Feb 2008 - May 2008
  • Internship
  • From performing alterations to help finalise collections, I assisted Maria and her team with many various tasks.

Education

2008

MA Fashion Design

University for the Creative Arts

Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
  • United Kingdom

2007

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

University for the Creative Arts

Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
  • United Kingdom

2003

AVCE Art Design, A Level English Literature & Language

Harrow College

Sep 2001 - Jun 2003
  • London, United Kingdom

Awards

2008

Young Designer Awards

Young Designer Awards

  • Lead by an independent organisation based in East London. I won the opportunity to show my MA collection during NYFW.