ANNA COHEN by mifei


									ANNA COHEN

My intention is to bring leadership and direction through my creative vision, talents and experience into an inspired supported team working toward the common goal of building strong brands with integrity, excellent design and communication. HIGHLIGHTS Ten years as a designer, illustrator, stylist and creative director, including two years in New York and four years in Italy where I worked for top design houses in the fashion and textile industries and became fluent in Italian. I have built and led a successful apparel company that attracted multiple prestigious awards and international press including Vogue, ELLE France, and covers of WWD for bringing excellent design with sustainability into the forefront of the fashion industry. I led all creative direction including branding, media, print, apparel, graphics, and web design. I use the latest communication and digital technologies in my work; this includes Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite and web design and intranet tools. I also led the design and creation of a ColdFusion application, an online apparel design project management system that tracks design, development and production as well as streamlines database driven website management. I have a strong passion and commitment to building community. I have done this through volunteer work in many forms, teaching underserved youth and college students, mentoring 25+ interns, sitting on educational advisory boards, creating and sitting on industry leadership boards and public speaking for universities, the public and industry professionals. PROFESSIONAL INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE FREELANCE – NYC, Florence, Italy and Portland, OR 1997-Present Creative Direction, apparel and graphic design, fashion show production, illustration and styling. ANNA COHEN inc – Portland, OR 2005-2008 Founder, Creative Director, CEO Create and direct one of the leading high fashion ready-to-wear apparel companies successfully bringing sustainability and social responsibility to the forefront of the industry. The company produced biannual collections of 20-30 styles per season with multiple complex teams of contractors, staff and interns. ANNA COHEN inc garnered praise from Robert Polet, CEO, GUCCI GROUP, was featured in film and television specials, two books on sustainable design and attracted extensive national and international press and awards. ADIDAS – Portland, OR 2004 Women’s Apparel Designer Co-design all women’s core performance activewear apparel collections for US market Spring 2006 collection. SUESAN FALKNER Design Studio – Florence, Italy 2003 Design Assistant Design development of handbags for GUESS and women’s knitwear collections for MAX MARA. PATRIZIA PEPE –Florence, Italy 2002 Designer Design high end weekly women’s ready to wear “Pronto” collections for European, Middle East and Japanese Markets. BINICOCCHI – Prato, Italy 1999-2001 Creative Assistant (former Intern) Provide creative support for textile collections including illustration and graphics for prestigious global trade shows, assisting selection of color ways for textile collections, executive support and sales representation at trade shows.

PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING and EDUCATION ART INSTITUTE OF PORTLAND – Portland, OR 2005-2006 Adjunct Instructor Courses in Concept Development and Fashion Forecasting. SELF ENHANCEMENT INCORPORATED (SEI) – Portland, OR 2005-2006 Teacher Apparel Design and Salsa Dancing for underserved youth. PANELS & PRESENTATIONS – Oregon, California, Italy Guest Speaker: Art Institute of Portland for Apparel & Accessory Design, Marketing & Branding and Sustainable Design Courses 2005-Present; University of Oregon, Eco Fashion for The Sustainable Business Group, 2007; FIT at Polimoda, Florence, Italy Working in the Italian Fashion and Textile Industry 2002. Selected Panelist: Designing with Conscience, Sustainable Fashion Symposium, UC Davis, CA 2008; Sustainability in Practice, Ultra PDX for Portland Fashion Week 2007; Eco Fashion, Portland Fashion Week 2008. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION BOOKS ANNA COHEN inc was included in two recent publications: “The Lazy Environmentalist – Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living” by Josh Dorfman. “Green is the New Black – How to Change the World With Style” by Tamsin Blanchard. RADIO, TV and FILM “A Passion for Sustainability” documentary film by Landfall Productions on the Sustainability movement in Portland, Oregon. One of 14 featured companies. The Oregon Natural Step Network’s 10 year anniversary video. One of 10 featured success stories. “What’s Up in Finance” a television segment produced by WNET, NYC and American Public Television. One of three featured stories focused on educating young people about finance. News Stories: NPR’s “Market Place” example of sustainability movement as a large trend; OPB’s “Oregon Considered” interview on sustainable design; FOX News, feature on sustainable design. PERIODICALS Business Feature Articles: Oregon Business Magazine, Oregon Natural Step Network Newsletter, Portland Tribune – Sustainable Life, The Oregonian, The Oregonian Ultimate Magazine, World BOOK Moda and others. Fashion Spreads for ANNA COHEN collections: Women’s Wear Daily Covers, Vogue, Teen Vogue, ELLE France, Lucky, Portland Monthly, Oprah’s O Magazine, NY Times, Nylon, Body & Soul, Domino and others. AWARDS ECOSTYLE AWARD one of the top 7 nominees chosen world wide for product design and architecture companies successfully merging design & sustainability in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec 2007. EILEEN FISHER $10,000 grant winner for socially responsible woman owned company, NYC Feb 2007. PRET A PORTER Invited to participate in prestigious trade show gratis, Paris, France Feb 2007 Design Competition fashion show and auction 2004 Florence, Italy. One of 15 designers chosen worldwide for participation. Awards were given by FERRAGAMO, PUCCI, and PITTI IMAGINE. All proceeds went to The Children’s Fund in India. Fashion Group International of Portland, 1998 (work displayed in Saks Fifth Avenue, Portland). Certificate of Appreciation, Secreteria de Salud del Estado, Mexico (Secretary of Health in Mexico), 1995 For volunteer efforts and achievements, collaboration and promotion of sanitary living. Scholarships: Gladus Marcus Scholarship, FIT International Fashion Design Scholarship, FIT Fashion Design Scholarship, FIT Potential for Excellence Scholarship, Art Institutes Intl. Portland

BOARD MEMBERSHIP Art Institute of Portland – Advisory Committee for Apparel and Accessory Design and Design Management Programs Portland Fashion Week – Board Member Sustainable Design Alliance – Founding Board Member Sustainable CEO round table - Member EDUCATION BFA: FIT at Polimoda; Florence, Italy (FIT Student Association President, Sr. Year) AAS: Fashion Institute of Technology; NYC

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