Tara Sauvage Resume - Professional Stuff!

Tara Sauvage
Sr. Designer/Product Development
Handbags, belts, Small leather goods and fashion accessories.

Phone: 206.295.5863 E-mail: tarasauvage@comcast.net
Online portfolio: www.coroflot.com/roccodante/portfolio

Professional Experience

Rocco e Dante LLC, Seattle, WA:  Creative Director/Entreprenuer                         2008 – 2012

v  Design, sketch, and source handbags, small leather goods, belts, and fashion accessories for brand Rocco e Dante.
v  Manage collections from concept to final prototypes and production.
v  Work includes: sketching, technical specs, sourcing, product development, and collection editing and review.
v  Travel to Italy and Hong Kong to oversee sample and design process, source new materials, and meet with factories.
v  Manage sales reps, attend trade shows, and oversee all business development.

Sauvage Design Lounge, Seattle, WA:                                                     2007 – Present
Sr. Handbag & Accessories designer/product development  (freelance)
Freelance Handbag & Accessories Designer.  Design handbag and accessories collection for various clients throughout the USA and Canada.  Design, sketch, product development, pricing, hardware selection, trend research, technical specs,  leather selection, negotiation with factories, sourcing new factories and materials, manage the product development process from first sketch through to final production.

Chelsey Henry Holdings, Seattle, WA:  Senior Designer of Travel bags & Accessories   2010 – 2011
v  Designed collections of travel and computer bags from first sketch through to final production.
v  Responsible for leather and fabric selection, sketches, technical drawings, spec packs, T&A calendar, product development, and following production.

Report Footwear, Bellevue, WA:  Sr. Handbag/Accessories Designer            2006 – 2007  
v  Designed and sketched leather handbags.
v  Responsible for collection from initial concept to final sales samples.
v  Sketched silhouettes, selected colors, materials, and hardware, made sample requests, reviewed samples, and was responsible for communicating changes with factories in China and Korea.

MaCher (USA) Inc, Venice Beach, CA: Designer/Account Director                                    2003 – 2006
v  Specialized in “Gift with Purchase” and “Purchase with Purchase” for the fashion/beauty/travel industry.
v  Accounts included: Michael Stars, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Frankie B., Pure Beauty, Fudge, and others.
v  Designed and manufactured promotional items.
v  Traveled to China and Hong Kong to meet with suppliers.
v  Obtained new clients via cold-calls and networking.
v  Responsible for spec and sample development with Chinese factories.
v  Responsible for new product development, costing, freehand sketches, and meeting with corporate buyers and marketing teams.

Linea Pelle, Inc, Los Angeles, CA: Belt & Handbag Designer/Account Director            2000 – 2003 
v  Sketched and designed handbags and belts.
v  Responsible for product development, pattern design, and material selection.
v  Communicated with overseas factories, made sample requests, inspected new samples.
v  Responsible for costing, customer service, and purchase orders.
v  Designed marketing materials for the line,
v  Traveled for Fashion Week and trade shows, responsible for setup and selling at trade shows.
v  Designed for both private label and the house label, Linea Pelle.
v  Responsible for corporate sales for both private label and house label.

J & L Footwear, Los Angeles, CA: Associate Footwear Designer                                    2000 – 2001
v  Sketched and designed private label for girls and junior footwear.
v  Chose materials, colors, and designed for both categories.
v  Responsible for making sample requests.
v  Assisted in shoe design from start to finish.
v  Responsible for forecasting, pricing, and designing for private label.
v  Shopped for trends and samples.
v  Designed website.
v  Worked all trade shows: MAGIC, FFANY, and WSA.

American Studio Footwear, Beverly Hills, CA: Marketing & Sales Assistant                        1999 – 2000
Assisted in marketing for this small boutique shoe company with factories in Spain and Mexico.

Travel research assistant for Joe Cummings, Lonely Planet author                                     1997 – 1998
Traveled solo throughout Thailand and Laos for six months to do research for the following titles:
v  Lonely Planet Laos: a travel survival kit (3rd edition)1998
v  Lonely Planet Thailand: a travel survival kit (8th edition) 1999
v  Lonely Planet Bangkok City Guide (4th edition)  1999

Champion Footwear International, Seattle, WA:                                                             1995 – 1997
Executive assistant to President & General Counsel           


Instituto Internazionale Arte Calzaturiera e Pellettiera (ARS ARPEL) Milan, Italy            2007

Handbag design, Italian leathers, and handbag pattern-making

Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, Study Abroad                        1993 – 1994

International Business with focus on Southeast Asia

Washington State University, Pullman, WA                       

B.A. International Business     1995

B.A. Mass Communication     1994

Skills and Expertise

v  Trend research and analysis
v  Handbag design
v  Production
v  Costing
v  Prototype development
v  Flat sketching & fashion illustration
v  Factory sourcing & supplier relationships
v  Fashion design
v  Hardware & leather knowledge
v  Sales
v  Negotiation with pricing
v  Social media & brand-building
v  Collection development
v  Adobe Illustrator


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