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Carla Knapp

  1. 1. PROFILE A creative professional in the fashion industry with significant experience in all aspects of design, trend forecasting, product development, merchandising, sales and marketing. Skilled in design, leadership, communication, human resources and public relations. Recognized as an ambitious designer with strong professional skills. EXPERIENCE M I S C H E N – C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R NYC, NY 2006-2009 Established the design direction and managed the operations of a new international women’s clothing company Managed and led all aspects of Mischen, including research and development, design, material procurement, product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales, public relations and office administration Conceptualization, design and product development of 8 full collections, beginning with trend forecasting, market research, vintage library research, following up concepts with the development of color story, textile design, embellishment design, and sample fabric and trim selections Established Mischen’s brand presence among public market place, communicated extensively through influential and industry leading publications and media, developing brand identity, business strategies and marketing events, including a runway show and presentation, trunk shows, store based brand events and magazine editorials, was selected by industry professionals to participate during New York Fashion Week in the Gen Art Fresh Faces fashion show Spearheaded the development of all marketing materials related to Mischen, including the company website, look books and linesheets, directed Mischen’s first presentation during New York Fashion Week Coordinated and oversaw all domestic and international production, dealt with all aspects including daily communication with garment manufacturers and material suppliers, coordination of development and production processes with manufacturers to ensure that products met quality requirements and were delivered on a timely basis, and oversaw all internal fittings as well as pattern and digital technical package revisions Developed Mischen’s knit collection by working closely with sweater manufacturers on yarn sourcing and style development, providing them with detailed technical packages containing sweater and stitch layouts as well as customized stitch swatches Organized and managed a design and production staff of 7, as well as freelancers and consultants, acting as hiring director, established Mischen’s Internship Program by working closely with colleges and universities including Parsons, F.I.T., Kent State University and the State University of New York College at Oneonta PA P E R D E N I M & C L O T H – C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R NYC, NY 2004 – 2006 Member of the company’s senior management team, working directly with owner on strategic direction and expansion of the denim and non-denim apparel and accessories divisions into a larger worldwide market Identified creative direction and design of all garments and accessories, developed color story, textile and garment screen-print design, organized market research trips to Europe and Japan Worked closely with sales director on merchandising the newly expanded non-denim division, presenting new collections to sales teams around the world, from Europe, South America, Japan, and Canada Oversaw all sample development with both internal and international product development teams, communicated with manufacturers on a daily basis to ensure accuracy, made frequent trips to both European and Asian manufacturers and traveled to domestic wash facilities to work on new denim washes and finishes Managed a team of design and technical design assistants, as well as freelancers and interns 9 1 7 - 4 7 0 - 5 7 4 2 7 C A M B R I D G E P L . B R O O K LY N , N Y 1 1 2 3 8 MISCHENCLOTHING.COM TELEPHONE ADDRESS URL
  2. 2. JILL STUART – SENIOR DESIGNER NYC, NY 2003-2004 Member of the company’s senior management team, charged with developing creative direction and the design of the ready to wear collection as well as the footwear and accessories collections Participated in the procurement of research materials, working together with domestic and international fabric and trim suppliers, purchasing prints and vintage garments, shoes and accessories on local and international buying trips Worked closely with patternmakers to ensure correct pattern development, communicated regularly with domestic and international factories on development of all woven and knit garments, traveled to Europe to oversee sample production, worked with suppliers on specialized fabric and trim developments, embellishments and custom prints Merchandised ready to wear collection with sales director, developed line for both domestic and international accounts, oversaw licensed denim line in regards to design, fit, fabrication and wash and collaborated with influential figures in the industry on runway shows and worldwide ad campaigns, including Tabitha Simmons and photographer Mario Sorrenti L I Z C L A I B O R N E I N C - A S S O C I AT E D E S I G N E R NYC, NY 2002-2003 Promoted from assistant to associate designer while working on wovens and knits and started a new design initiative called LizQwik, involving quick turn fashion groups, working closely with the design VP and the Director of Trend Forecasting to create trend right product Worked closely with fabric R&D, color and CAD departments, as well as outside print studios to research and develop custom prints, embellishments, and fabric finishes and communicated with overseas offices regarding artwork and color approval, fit and costing and developed stitch layouts, oversaw all fittings and worked with technical designers on developing updated fits for the company N O R D S T R O M P R O D U C T G R O U P – A S S I S TA N T D E S I G N E R S E AT T L E , W A 2 0 0 1 - 2 0 0 2 Coordinated with private label creative directors from every department within Nordstrom Product Group, worked closely with color and CAD teams on print and pattern work for woven and knit samples and communicated with vendors and agents around the globe INTERNSHIPS LUELLA, CHAIKEN, ZANG TOI - INTERN NYC, NY 2002 Worked closely with design teams in the months leading up to fashion week to prepare collections for runway shows during New York Fashion Week, assisted with styling and dressing backstage before show E D U C AT I O N Parsons School of Design — Fashion Design 2002 The Art Institute of Seattle — Fashion Design 1999-2001 University of Manitoba — Liberal Arts 1998-1999 Torchbearers School of Germany — International Studies 1997 SKILLS / INTERESTS Fashion Illustration in multiple media, Textile Design, Draping, 3D Pattern Development & Flat Pattern Development, Hand & Computer Technical Illustration and Flat Sketching Photoshop, Illustrator, WebPDM and associated technology, MacOS, Microsoft Office, Internet Applications, Freeborders StyleManager and Textile Planning System (TPS) Fluent in German, semi-fluent in French, vintage clothing and accessories collector, high level pianist, gourmet cooking, interior design, architecture, travel art and music 9 1 7 - 4 7 0 - 5 7 4 2 7 C A M B R I D G E P L . B R O O K LY N , N Y 1 1 2 3 8 MISCHENCLOTHING.COM TELEPHONE ADDRESS URL
  10. 10. The foundation for my SPRING COLLECTION developed as the print & color boards in the office, were slowly filled with images of youthful ANGST and AWKWARDNESS; a true homage to the girl next door, behind closed doors. The collection has a CLEVER sexiness to it as our girl delights in her newfound curiosity.
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