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 Expert  724142

Expert in Garment Industry, Quality Assurance, Vendor Compliance, Start-Ups, Production Evaluation etc.


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Arkansas (AR)
USA
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has over 30 years in the garment industry. She has extensive contacts with many different mills and converters, both woven and knit. If you want a special fabric made she can get it made for you. Her product development skills also cover hard lines as well as soft lines If you need any type of prototypes made she can help you get it done. Environmentally sustainable & socially compliant garment and textile manufacturing alternatives are also in her field of expertise. There is a choice now, for green textile sourcing, and green garment manufacturing. Expert is on the ground floor of R&D on new clean closed loop bamboo fiber processing into thread and textiles. She is also involved in R&D with many other cutting edge sustainable fibers and textiles. She consults with the client on the best possible design to achieve maximum wear. Fabric, fabric finish, sizing, trim, thread, stitch and seams will be addressed. She has of strong skills in recreating garment style and fit. She can re-engineer to reflect higher or lower cost structure. One of the biggest problems today is finding reliable garment contractors. Expert works with some of the best contractors remaining in the USA. She also works with some of the best off shore contractors with low minimums. Expert can assist her clients select which dyes are correct for which textiles. Different dye processes are used for woven and knit fabrics. The expert can direct her client to the right dye process they wish. PFD textile, garment and most wet processes are also consulted on. Color matching and strike offs are addressed using standard methods as well as computer-based methods.The expert presently is consulting many of her clients on the use of sustainable & environmentally friendly finishes and dye processes. Designing for the environment and recyclables is a pet project of the expert's and she is engaged in continual research on the subject.

Expert also offers education and management training for group seminars or as individual one-on-one sessions. Hands-on training is offered for apparel studies program educators. Educators will learn to teach step-by-step workshops that can be taught in the classroom. Workshop class syllabuses are included in the seminars. Corporate seminars to fine-tune your management team in all aspects of garment product development. One-on-one training is also available. Hands-on workshops are offered for businesses as well as educators.

She has strong abilities in sewing and manufacturing. These abilities enable the expert to be able to access optimum constructability of a garment. The main objective is to assure that the patterns are made and marked correctly. When the pattern marking is correct the garment can be constructed easily.

All design houses set their own standard of quality. Once the expert has been informed of the price point and level of quality she will advise on the proper design path. She will always attempt to reach the highest level of quality that as costing structure will permit.

If you are a couture house or high-end better goods, this expert has an extremely strong foundation in this type of manufacturing. Her hands-on background is in better goods. She drapes and is a sample maker by trade and has extensive knowledge of procurement of high -end piece goods. This background does not prevent her from working at lower price points.

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clothing industry

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design for assembly

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design for disassembly

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design for environment

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design for recyclability

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dye selection

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embroidery

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fabric structure configuration

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fabrication

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fashion industry

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garment

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garment company startup

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garment contractor sourcing

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garment cutting

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garment discoloring

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garment processing

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garment product development

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material design

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material manufacturing

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sewing defect

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sewing machine

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textile company startup

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textile product sourcing

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wear design

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constructability

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design for manufacturability

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design for manufacture and assembly

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design-for-quality

This expert specializes in new line start-up and feasibility studies. She will determine style marketability in relationship to price and demographic target market. Proper fabric and fabric availability will be addressed. She can help you decide whether to manufacture domestically or offshore. Rapid prototyping, i.e. first samples and costing are all part of this service. She has the ability to assess a new style or design and advise if the garment can be made and sold. Once samples are made she can help you get your new line to market.

The expert is able to view a garment design concept and suggest the correct path for the engineering of the garment. This engineering reflects the highest standards in wearability, fit, quality and construction.

All design houses set their own standard for costing. Designing for price point is one of the main objectives in the garment industry. Once the expert is informed of the price point; she will advise on the correct path to achieve this cost. Design, fabric, cutting, finishing and shipping logistics are all taken into consideration.

Fabric is the most important component of a garment. The expert will examine all aspects of usage of correct fabric for garment design and price point. Fabric content, weight, dye, print and logistics are all evaluated. If the manufacturing of the garment is being done domestically or off shore, then a large consideration is the selection of mill or converter.

She has extensive background in garment production and manufacturing. She has a strong understanding of all aspects from pre-production, wip (work in process) to wet processing and shipping. This expert also teaches production sewing and is well versed in ASTM seam and stitch standards and commercial sewing machines.

This expert offers trend and market research. Trend boards are available upon request. Demographics and target market are all taken into consideration.

The experts understand that if the volume is high enough, then low pricing structures are with in reach. She is will versed in off shore production as well as domestic. Please note that the expert makes every attempt to maintain the highest quality available even at high volume production.

The garment industry lifeblood is time to market! If you do not get your merchandise shipped out and on the floor on time your orders are canceled. This expert has an acute understanding of this part of the industry. Fabric lead-time and good sew floor or contractor communication is of paramount importance.

She has a strong foundation in commercial sewing. The expert has and trained sewing operators and taught production sewing for garment product development. She also has a solid understand of seam and stitch construction specializing in ASTM stitch and seam standards.

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new product assessment

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new product development management

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rapid prototyping

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design engineering

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design for cost

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fabric coating process

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product manufacturing

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market trend

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high volume, low cost product design

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time-to-market

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production sewing

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sewing

Expert's consulting business is evolving to a new level. They are proud to be working with cutting edge entrepreneurs and inventors. With this new project, they put together a winning team of product development professionals to engineer spot on prototypes for a Surf Expo. The products hard-line frame and soft-line support system showcases their versatility and flexibility. Their mission is to always provide clients with total transparency in the supply chain. This allows them to flow seamlessly from product development into production.

Her consulting business is spending more time in the USA working with American factories helping to streamline production problems. They are proud to be working with one of the finest production engineers in the Untied States. This individual works with her consulting business helping with off shore production management. Some of the new projects this year are Men's Suite factory restructuring North America/ China. Uniforms and sports apparel production restructuring and analysis North America. Her consulting business is doing more and more one on one special study with USA based companies that want to keep their people at the top of their game. Quality assurance and vendor compliance is one of the biggest concerns. The business is still building strong ties with Europe based production. They are also proud to announce that they are being used as an expert witness for industry related disputes. The business is open for any expert witness work of this type.

This expert writes vendor compliance manuals and helps set standards if you're working with a factory or you are a factory. She is an expert in time studies, SAMs (standard allowance minutes), work flow and ergonomics.

Expert is an expert in the evaluation of manufacturing facilities both domestic and off shore. In March, Expert will be attending a compliance conference as she does regularly and is highly involved internationally.

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production engineering

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prototype development

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quality assurance

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reconstruction process

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compliance

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facility evaluation

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offshore structure

Often requested
with this expert:

Apparel Manufacturing
Apparel Business: Standards, Licensing, Trademarks, Trade...
Textile and Allied Industries
Textile Fibers

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1975   Took basic requirement classes with main focus on commercial sewing   Commerical Sewing   Santa Monica City College, California  
1977   Associate Degree   Fashion Merchandising   The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, California   member of F.A.M.E. Fashion Achievement Merchandising Excellence

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Consultant

 

Expert's Firm for garment industry; Production director and sourcing for Jordan Crowson Couture; Private label production and sourcing for Vogue Italia

2001 to 2006

 

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

 

Apparel Studies Program

 

Instructor

 

She taught Introduction to Apparel Production, Quality Assessment and Visual Merchandising. Northwest Arkansas is the home of Wal-Mart. Many of her students are placed with Wal-Mart's product development division. She has developed and fine-tuned a series of workshops that were used her Quality Assessment classes. These workshops are now offered for use in universities, colleges, and corporations.

1986 to 1990

 

Italian Designer Labels, Boca Raton, Florida

 

off shore and domestic production/retail operations

 

Manager

 

I.D.L. was owned by Merv Brody. This company is now called Vogue Italia. I.D.L. sold designer Italian active wear at discounted prices. They did direct importing and some of their own private label goods. She worked with domestic and off shore production, agents, and customs. She also worked on merchandising and operations for their 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse. The warehouse was wholesale to the public.

1980 to 1986

 

Designers Factory Exchange (DFE), Kendal, Florida

 


 

Managing Supervisor

 

job responsibilities included getting the goods out of customs, working with contractors (domestically and off shore), locating discounted designer labels for the retail operation, getting Loris Azzaro shirt samples ready for trade shows, helping set up trade shows, making sure goods were shipped on time, customer follow up, and helping run the retail outlet. D.F.E. also carried her freelance designs under its private label

1979 to 1980

 

Informalities by Oleg Cassini Target Sportswear, Men's Outerwear, New York

 

Operations and Sales

 

Vice President

 

Helped supervise production in Hong Kong and worked with the contractors until we achieved the quality and price we wanted. Styles were researched in Italy and manufactured in Hong Kong and the New Territories. She also worked with key accounts in showroom during market and helped set up trade shows. Target Sportswear lost the Oleg Cassini license in 1980 after a bitter battle with another licensee, Burma, which held the license for Oleg Cassini golf jackets. It was a wonderful learning experience. Merv Brody was President of Informalities by Oleg Cassini, and this was the beginning of a life-long business association.

1978 to 1979

 

Design U.S.A., a division of Jac Mar Sales

 

Sales and Production

 

Director

 

Designs U.S.A. made uniforms for the fast food industry. Her job was to work with the contractors in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. She did a lot of selling, and she put together a direct mail program.

1979 to 1979

 

Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising

 


 

Instructor

 

import export class

1977 to 1978

 

Bullock's Department Stores

 


 

Executive Training

 



Career Accomplishments:
Awards/Recognition

Graduated with the President's Award in Merchandising in 1977.The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, California


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Fit and physical features of garments - SIZING: learn the correct way to communicate sizing, fit changes and problems to pattern makers.A hands-on workshop will be e-mailed to the client to guide them step by step on how to communicate fit changes and problem to the pattern maker. The consultant will work with the client on the phone and answer all questions
  • ASTM D6193-97 standard practice for seams and stitches/SEWING OPERATIONS.MARKERS/FABRIC USAGE/ CUTTING TICKETS/ TEXTILE QUALITY Control. How to implement textile quality control, before and after cutting. How to flag flaws. Learn about CAFÉ and the four point system. Learn the correct way to create a cutting ticket. Learn how to collect the information needed to create one. Learn what a marker is, and how to make one. Learn how to procure fabric. Learn how to source fabric and determine the correct lead times for production. Learn what lab dips, shade bands and strike-offs are. Learn how color matching for fabric is done before and during production.All of the above have workshop files that can be sent to the client for consulting on the phone.
  • Identify all stitches and seams used in apparel production. Identify and list in proper order, the different sewing operations used in the making of a garment. Gain a basic understanding of ASTM D6193-97This is an on-line on- phone workshop that can take up to 10 hours, sometime more.
  • COSTING/PRE-PRODUCTION : Cost garments correctly from the cutting table to the shipping floor. Domestic and off shore costing. Gross margin costing and traditional costing. Understand the difference between costing for large, medium, small, and couture operation. Duty, Discounts, Agents and Customs BrokersThere are worksheets that are sent via e-mail. The consultant will go over it step by step with the client on the phone.
  • GARMENT COMPONENTS:Identify the parts, panels and pieces of a whole garment. Gain Understanding what production engineers and sewing floor managers need to spec. garments for production.There are worksheets that are sent via e-mail. The consultant will go over it step by step with the client. Client will learn to make spec. sheets
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

She is currently conducting her own online tutorials on industry time studies, foreign labor relations, and the current non-quota situation. She is always updating her knowledge to offer it to her clients.


 

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