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                                                 Fran Abramowicz
                                                  565 Stonebrook Farms Drive
                                                   Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
                                                      Phone: 678-485-2859
                                               E-mail- f_abramowicz@yahoo.com
                                       Portfolio website: http://franabramowicz.com


            A Senior Level Design and Trend Specialist with extensive experience with major retail stores
            and manufacturers.




   Exhilarating presentation of key            Motivational Design Direction in               Launch of ‘Moments’, Private
    trends in styling, fabrication and           the development of a dynamic,                   Brand of Foundations and
    color palettes to management teams           creative design team. Influential in            Shape wear for Kohl’s. Creation
    on a quarterly basis. Identification         the recruiting and identification of            of original concept and Brand
    of trends through international and          talent appropriate for the                      Strategy. Identification of all
    domestic market research and                 organization. Mentoring of young                styles prints and color.
    Trend Fairs. (London, Paris,                 talent in the design and                        Instrumental in kick-off of 250
    Barcelona, Milan, Los Angeles, New           development process.                            door test launch to key doors.
    York, Chicago)
                                                                                                Projection and maintenance of
   Merchandising and Design of                 Direct manufacturer development.                design and merchandising
    unique labels of Private Brand               (Sri Lanka, China, Taipei, Thailand,            budgets required to implement
    Intimate Apparel for a $5 billion +          Indonesia.) Development of fabric               development process and
    national retail chain of department          and trim with manufacturers of                  exceed plans on a quarterly and
    stores. Collections range from               exclusive components that meet                  yearly basis.
    junior to better missy contemporary          quality, function, and cost
    sleepwear, loungewear and                    guidelines.
    foundations with differential brand
    identifiers and retail price points



    Experience:


    Lane Bryant                                                                                               2008 - 04/2011
    Senior Designer
    Sleepwear, Activewear, Loungewear, Panties

             Senior Designer of all Sleepwear products for the Lane Bryant Stores & website.
             Design and development of the Activewear collection from initial concept thru to production and delivery.
             Technical Fit & construction of all categories, working in conjunction with the Technical Designer , attending fit
              sessions on a daily basis.
             Mentoring of Assistant Designer in all areas of Product Development.
             Development of seasonal trend and color palettes and presentations to management in collaboration with the
              Design Director.
             Building of seasonal line plans in conjunction with Product Management and Merchant teams that forecast and
              meet financial goals and established guidelines while identifying new product categories and opportunities.
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Kohl’s                                                                                                 2005     -   2008
Senior Design Manager /Intimate Apparel

      Senior Designer of all Private Brand Intimate Apparel products for Kohl’s Department Stores. Development of
       multiple internal brands of Intimates, with distinct attributes in styling, palette, and print for individual brand
       identity and price points.
      Working directly with Product Managers and Merchants in the development of strategic Line Plans on a seasonal
       basis that fulfill financial goals and brand specific identities and price points.
      Developing product both with direct resources as well as indirect development with domestic resources,
       maintaining brand identity and quality expectations.
      Senior Manager of staff of Designers and Assistant Designers in the development of multiple labels of Intimate
       Apparel from initial concept to production ready approval.
      Development of initial concept and product for launch of ‘Moments’ collection of foundations and panties in
       preparation for all-door 2008 roll out to all Kohl’s doors.
      Tracking of all adopted styles in from initial fabric development and identification, wash, color, strike off, hand
       feel / finish, trim approval, and artwork.
      Extensive International Travel in the research and development of trend appropriate product and direct
       development with International Resources for production of product.


Saks Incorporated,                                                                                       1999 – 2005
Senior Designer of Intimate Apparel
CAD Manager - All areas of Private Brand

      Merchandising and Design of all Private Brands of Intimate Apparel working directly with merchants/buyers of
       each individual department store in the development of product to meet sales and profitability expectations.
      Development of exclusive ‘Chanteuse’ collection of foundations and panties for all Saks Department store chains.
      CAD Manager – Management of CAD Department staff of graphic artists, Responsible for 11 Divisions of Apparel
       and Accessories.


Vanity Fair Intimates 1996 – 1999
Designer / Intimate /Apparel

      Development and Design of collections of Daywear and Sleepwear under the Vanity Fair label with estimated
       sales of $10 million dollars.
      Collaborative development with Nike Apparel on development of the Nike Authentic Sports Bra collection in
       collaboration with Nike Merchandisers and Designers from initial sketch to production ready product, in
       compliance with Nike required performance requirements.
      Approval of all fit and production specifications and production components and piece goods.
      International Travel to Europe and Asia for Trend and Production review.


GJM (US) Incorporated                                                                                       1995 – 1996
Design Director / Victoria’s Secret Stores

      Worked directly with Victoria’s Secret Store merchants in the development of all categories of Intimate Apparel,
       exclusive to Victoria’s Secret Stores.
      Directed staff of GJM Designers and Assistant Designers in development of all Design and development.
      Extensive international travel to factories in Asia for initial sample development and detailing.
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I Appel / Wior                                                                                           1992 - 1995
Senior Designer

       Design and development of exclusive Intimate Apparel, Robes and Loungewear for private brand National
        Department Store clients.
       Establishing new clients such as, JC Penney, Cacique, Mervyns’ by the development and design of client specific
        collections and presentation of product directly to the client’s management and buyers.
       Approval of all production fit and product attributes from initial sample to Production ready prototypes.
       International travel to Asia and Latin America in research of Trend and Production facilities.


Deena Incorporated                                                                                        1989 – 1992
Designer
   Design of the Lucy Ann collection of daywear and sleepwear for sale to major
      National department and specialty stores.
   Development of the ‘Suitables’ collection of Daywear.

Jennifer Dale Incorporated                                                                                1985 – 1989
Designer / Nicole by Fran Abramowicz

       Design of the Nicole by Fran Abramowicz collection of sleepwear for sale to better National Department and
        Specialty Stores.

Christian Dior Lingerie                                                                                   1980 – 1985
Designer / Windy Rose Lingerie
    Design of the ‘Windy Rose’ collection of Daywear and Sleepwear.




Skills:
      Expert in Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator, Photoshop
      Web PDM
      Expert- Power Point- creating exciting multi- media seasonal trend presentations.




Education:

    Fashion Institute of Technology                                                                        1978 - 1980
    New York, New York
    Major: Fashion Design -Associates Degree

    Massachusetts Southeastern University                                                                  1976 – 1978
    North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
    Major: Textile Design

				
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