Profile

An ambitious, hardworking, and passionate designer seeking to contribute my skills and aesthetic to create stylish, marketable garments. Having the ability to speak French, I want to promote diversity and cultural values through my work. Very adaptive and always wanting to challenge myself. I aspire to continually grow and further develop my talents within the industry. 

Gustavo Design, haute couture tailoring (store and retail) for men and women 

From May 2007 – January 2013                      Johannesburg, South Africa 

 

Honors & Awards  

Best Fashion Designer, October 2011

Education

Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa 2011

Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech), Fashion Apparel Design 

 

Institut Superieur des Arts et Métiers in Democratic Republic of Congo 

National Diploma in Fashion Apparel Design

Skills

  • Flat pattern-making 

  • Draping 

  • Sewing and garment construction 

  • Technical design 

  • Textile 

  • CAD 

  • Cutting 

  • Fitting 

  • Tailoring 

  • Management and leadership 

Experience

Nordstrom Inc (Washington, Seattle) 

Fitter/ Tailor 

From May 2014 up to current

Responsibilities:  

  • Perform and complete alterations/tailor fittings according to Nordstrom guidelines and service standards 

  • Organize workload and complete items on time 

  • Meet or exceed productivity targets 

  • Follow through on customer needs in a timely manner 

  • Actively build and maintain product knowledge through an awareness of fit, style, construction and trends 

  • Educate customers and employees on proper fit, shop procedures and guidelines in a professional and friendly manner 

Luly Yang Couture Bridal (Washington, Seattle) 

Technical Designer 

From November 02/2013 - May 2014 

Responsibilities:  

  • Making flat pattern and sewing sample from a sketch to the complete garment 

  • Create and maintain consistent fit, construction, grade rules and tolerances 

  • Support and contribute to visual construction 

  • Research and resolve fit and construction issues using appropriate resources 

  • Align and deliver to agreed calendar milestones 

  • Drive block pattern development and approvals and collaborate with Product Developer on new fits for development 

  • Communicate changes to achieve final fit and construction to meet brand requirements 

  • Participate in competitive analysis process 

  • Collaborate with Product Developers and external partners to ensure project outcomes align with priorities and direction 

Gustavo Design

Dressed TELKOM & BYDESIGN

During my time with that experience, I had the opportunity to dress South African celebrities.

Responsibilities:  

  • Senior creative designer and manager with multiple task 

  • Conceptualize and sketch multiple silhouette ideas that represent the target customer 

  • Interpret fashion vision and trends into product lines 

  • Shop floor and competition 

  • Meet product development milestones and calendar due dates 

  • Select fabric and trims 

  • Research materials and components 

  • Leverages trade association to represent and advocate for the Company's import business interest 

  • Hire and supervise an efficient and effective team that meets the needs of each functional area 

  • Coach team through performance feedback, goal-setting and development plans 

  • Partner with director and other groups and leaders to ensure alignment on priorities and direction 

  • Build brand awareness. And Help non-technical employees/customers to understand product and services on a simplified level. 

 

STRANGELOVE (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Product/Pattern Developer

From August 2007 – January 2011        

Responsibilities 

  • To create a sample from a sketch while maintaining the integrity of the design concept 

  • Responsible for product creation and communication from design hand-off to production.  This includes of tech pack creation and revision throughout the product development process, meeting calendar dates and communicating with agents and manufacturers 

  • Coordinates construction details 

  • Provides technical solution support relevant to design 

  • Ensures products are engineered to cost standards and negotiates cost through order placement in line with margin expectations 

  • Confirms the final garment cost 

  • Executes placement of adopted styles in accordance with the sourcing strategy 

  • Coordinates and monitors proto samples for fit, quality, execution & construction;  coordinates the proto review  

  • Coordinates all samples for buy meetings, photo shoots and Direct to meet calendar dates 

  • Communicates changes to achieve final fit and construction to meet Brand requirements 

  • Responsible for executing consistent quality, testing and the care/content label 

  • To Work with patternmaker and sample sewers for prototypes and establish strong collaborative relationships with cross-function divisional teams to insure product success 

  • Manages the allocation of product in line with the company sourcing  and social responsibility strategy 

  • Manages the time line for development calendar and color management 

  • Manage work in progress tracking and reporting for product development 

 

Publications 

Wedding magazine in South Africa 

Nubian Brides 

January 2012