Hello! Thanks for checking out my portfolio.
I have been living and working in the Los Angeles area for over seven years. I am based in North Hollywood, where I live with my boyfriend and rescue pup, Dollar. My home studio is set up with everything I need for remote work, from a powerful updated Mac desktop loaded with design programs to a cutting table and sewing desk for pattern making & sewing.
I arrived at this spot after graduating in 2013 from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. I received a well rounded arts education from a school that offered a challenging and varied curriculum. If I could go back to school for anything, I would love to learn more about textile development and repeat print design, because I feel that the design process is so strongly led by the fabric that you start with.
My work experience has been varied and given me insight into different areas of the fashion industry. My first job out of school was at a couture boutique in Seattle, Vian Hunter. I traveled with Mrs. Hunter to San Francisco to visit her high end production facilities. Mrs. Hunter was a designer featured on NBC’s show Fashion Star in 2012 and gave me so much mentorship on getting started in the fashion industry and owning a small business. I decided to move to Los Angeles while seeking more opportunities and landed at Under One Sky. This budget friendly handbag & accessories company gave me my first experience developing tech packs, working on monthly collections, and emailing directly with our China based team to get samples made. I even helped develop a duffle bag for Rebel Wilson when she released a collection with Torrid. It was a small but exciting company that gave me insight into the off-price business.
I ultimately knew I wanted to work in apparel and moved to Johnny Was in 2015. This was a different world at a much larger company with no budget limits for design. The design team pushed our creativity under the helm of head designer Biya Ramar. I focused on embroidery development in Photoshop and assisted with silhouette development, fittings, and CADs. We had an in-house pattern making team, cut & sew room, as well as an overseas office for final production. Although it was a high pressure environment, I honed my design and self editing skills as well as understanding of how the sales & design team need to mesh.
Ultimately, I knew that I felt really passionate about intimates, swim, and dance wear. I moved in 2018 to Carrie Amber Intimates, a women owned company that offered private label, in house brands, and licensed brands. It was another big change where I got to learn more about the off-price market and designing for volume sales. I was able to help launch their private label collection for Paris Blues Intimates, travel domestically and internationally for trade shows, and launch a rave wear line that sold to Dolls Kill, and Yandy among others.
From designing intricate coats that retail for $800 at Johnny Was to $9.99 bra sets at Carrie Amber, I’ve gained experience in all different areas of the market. During the COVID-19 pandemic I transitioned to a full time freelance designer. I now am working for a variety of clients, including Carrie Amber, Jolyn swimwear, Bee Stings Intimates, and more. Whilst I enjoy my focus in women intimates, I am confident in designing all areas of women apparel and accessories. I look forward to future opportunities to keep designing and expanding my skill set.
Thanks for spending the time to learn more about me! -Rebekah