Who am I?

I am a designer from Teaneck, New Jersey and a graduate of the fashion design program at Syracuse University.

In the beginning, I did not know what my purpose was as a designer when I started my journey at Syracuse University in 2013. Through experimentation, travel, and self exploration, I have found my inspiration in the underdogs of the fashion industry. The "underdogs" are women of color, plus size women, and men. This is a demographic that drives my aspirations to create a solid presence for them in high fashion and mainstream fashion. A presence that pushes the boundaries of what the industry has been and make the industry what it could be.

I am devoted to creating an inclusive environment in the fashion industry, inspiring others, inspiring change, and creating innovative fashion of the future.

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EDUCATION                   

Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse, New York                                      

Bachelor of Arts, Fashion Design, Class of 2017

 

London College of Fashion, Study Abroad Program, London, England

January 18, 2016 – April 15th, 2016                                     

Porfolio: www.khariwalser.com

Skills                Sewing, Pattern Making, Draping, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PLM    

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Lana Fashionwear Inc., New York, New York

Assistant Designer                                                                                                                    September 2018 – Present

  • Worked closely with the Senior Designer to conduct trend research, shop the market, and present a full overview of current trends to our clients to show them how they can provide something new for their customer.

  • Worked with the Senior Designer and Product Manager to create full collections for the client that drove sales.

  • Developed all mood boards and sketches for presentation to the client along with print and fabric inspiration.

  • Worked in Illustrator and Photoshop to sketch styles, develop prints, and was the appointed person for all Adobe related needs.

  • Used my knowledge of garment construction and sewing to create styles that worked best for the customer and created the desired aesthetic.

  • Corresponded and collaborated with clients on the development of styles and prints.

  • Adhered to schedules and created line sheets for each season and assisted in all garment fittings.

 

New York & Company, New York, New York                                                                 August 2018 – September 2018

Freelance Color and Fabric Evaluation Associate

  • Entered color comments made by product development team into their Color Management System.

  • Relayed color comments to overseas vendors via email.

  • Relayed bulk fabric approval comments to overseas factories via email.

  • Filed all color submits in the color office and made sure the color office was kept organized.

 

Tailor App

Freelance Stylist                                                                                                                      May 2018 – May 2019

  • Provided quality customer service and assisted app users in styling themselves in everyday life and for special events.

  • Identified the needs and style preferences of the user to help them find what worked best for them while encouraging them to try new things and challenge their boundaries.

  • Used my knowledge of trends, color, design, and clothing stores to drive sales.

 

Chookhare & Sons, New York, New York

Client Services/Assistant Designer                                                                       April 2018 – August 2018

  • Designed custom men’s suits, tuxedos, pants, blazers, and shirts.

  • Conducted client consultations along with the head of the company and drove the personal design process.

  • Acted as product manager from the designing of the product through delivery of the product.

  • Led fittings and acted as technical designer to get the best fit and achieve the desired style for the client.

  • Fulfilled administrative duties and communicated with overseas factories about wants and needs of the customer.

  • Maintained the client database and kept in contact with current and new clients to foster a continuous relationship to drive business.

 

American Eagle/Aerie, New York, New York

Freelance Production Assistant                                                                        January 2018 – February 2018

  • Supported the production team for intimates and swimwear.

  • Trained in the PLM system.

  • Learned the aesthetic and style of the Aerie brand and assisted in the choosing of fabrics and trims.

  • Allocated samples to correct teams.

  •        Worked with the product manager to ensure raw materials were executable and kept with the aesthetic of the brand.

  • Participated in milestone meetings with design, production, and merchant teams.

  • Completed various clerical tasks upon request.

  • Kept the fabric sample library in order.

 

DESIGN INTERNSHIPS

Fashion to Figure, New York, New York

Design Intern                                                                                                    June 2017 – September 2017

  • Assisted in the designing of each collection and created boards for presentations of collections.

  •          Did Illustrator sketching and fabric development in Photoshop.

  •          Conducted seasonal trend research and prepared for trend presentations; created trend packets.

  •          Communicated with factories in China about design and production needs.

  •          Assisted in garment fittings.

Awards      Fashion Without Limits Emme Award Winner 2016

COMPUTER SKILLS     Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, PLM

Teaneck, NJ 07666

krwalser@optonline.net

Tel: 201-873-3734

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