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RESUME

ACHIEVEMENTS

Strong design and management experience in men’s sportswear and tailoring categories with emphasis on bottoms, jackets, outerwear and woven shirts.  Proficient computer skills with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Web PDM / DESL, Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word. Excellent computer aided technical sketches in Adobe Illustrator and equally strong hand illustration and technical flats. Very detail oriented with strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Strong textile knowledge and woven fabric construction, washes and finishes.  Solid technical knowledge of garment construction, pattern making and fit of garments. 

EXPERIENCE

TAILORED BRANDS   //   Menswear Designer  //  11/14 – Current  //  New York, New York

  • Design seasonal collections for all woven sportswear categories (sport jackets, pants, shorts, denim, shirts, vests, cloth/leather/wool outerwear)
  • Design for multiple sportswear brands including Joseph Abboud, Reserve, 1905, and David Leadbetter Golf
  • Responsible for over 1 billion dollars of product each season
  • Travel domestically and  to Europe to research global, domestic and competitive markets to identify key trends, color, fabrics and silhouette direction
  • Travel to Asia twice a year for product development, review of samples, and sourcing of new mills & factories
  • Communicate daily with overseas office and vendors for the development of fabrics, trims, garment washes, styling details, prototype samples and production samples
  • Proficient in Web PDM / DESL for the set up of technical packets and style detail templates 
  • Carries out design development through all stages of the design process from initial color and concept boards through design, technical sketches and detail callouts, technical packets and final garment production fittings

Oxford Apparel  (Global Brands Group/ LFUSA) //  Senior Menswear Designer  //  09/09 – 10-14  //  New York, New York

  • Design seasonal collections for knits and wovens (bottoms, jackets and woven shirts) for sportswear collections
  • Design for both branded and private label brands such as Vera Wang, Esquire, Geoffrey Beene, French Connection, Gilt Groupe, Egara and Dockers... Collaborated on projects for retailers including Saks, Nordstrom, Gilt Groupe and Macy's    
  • Help grow business 5+ million dollars over plan by offering better design and helping to launch additional brands and programs (Esquire, Sperry Topsider, Geoffrey Beene, Vera Wang Black)
  • Responsible for vision, color, fit, branding and styling direction for each season including the design and development of all product categories: woven shirts, bottoms, jackets, outerwear, knits and sweaters
  • Travel domestically and  to Europe to research global, domestic and competitive markets to identify key trends, color, fabrics and silhouette direction
  • Ensures product is consistent with market trends while maintaining brand identity 
  • Carries out design development through all stages of the design process from initial color and concept boards through design, technical packets and final garment production fittings
  • Create technical sketches and complete tech packs for garment sampling and production in Bangladesh, China and Vietnam
  • Assist in the creation of graded specs for production
  • Sets seasonal fabric and yarn direction working with product development on research and development of new qualities
  • Manage and mentor direct reports including assistant designers, associate designers, freelancers, and interns
  • Sets direction of fit and work closely with Technical Design in fit meetings to approve protos and final fits on a live model
  • Communicate daily with overseas office and vendors for the development of fabrics, trims, garment washes, styling details, prototype samples and production samples
  • Presents seasonal collections at buy meetings with store buyers, design director, president, and sales and production teams

 

Perry Ellis Collection //  Menswear Designer  //  05/06 – 03/09  //  New York, New York

  • Responsible for design, direction and management of bottoms, jackets and outerwear categories for premium label, Perry Ellis Collection
  • Designed separate collection for Perry Ellis Signature Collection fashion shows
  • Researched seasonal inspirational concepts through vintage stores, flea markets and European shopping trips to Milan, Paris and London
  • Developed concept, color and mood boards for presentation to Creative Director, directors and merchants
  • Prepared technical sketches and detailed specs for Technical team including construction details and trimsheets
  • Traveled internationally to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Vietnam for fabric shows, sourcing of mills and factories, development allocation and overseeing of all developments and protos
  • Managed design team: associate designer, cad designer, freelancers and interns
  • Developed new systems and procedures to streamline all design processes to reduce pipeline errors
  • Designed complete collections for bottoms, jackets and outerwear through precise, detailed technical sketches and complete mill cards for overseas manufacturing
  • Developed new elevating and branding concepts to end product 
  • Conducted model fittings to review different stages of garment prototypes for correct fit and details to final production stage
  • Responsible for all approval of lab dips, handlooms, salesman samples, pre-production samples, developments and bulk submittals
  • Communicated with overseas offices, mills and factories for all trim/fabric/style developments
  • Managed NY sample and production rooms for fashion show styles

 

Second Button  //  Design Consultant  //  03/09 – 03/10  //  New York, New York

  • Responsible for vision and execution of seasonal shirt collections for e-commerce site, SecondButton.com 
  • Create technical sketches and technical packets for sampling of shirts domestically in NY with China production
  • Design trend right saleable shirts for a younger male clientele with an eye for details and a customized fit

 

3.1 Phillip Lim //  Design Assistant  //  08/05 – 03/06  //  New York, New York 

  • Participated with design team in all aspects of finalizing collections prior to market  
  • Helped maintain consistency in design process and workflow in design room
  • Assisted in model fittings, completion of line lists, cost sheets and finalizing look book layouts

 

R. Scott French  //  Freelance Assistant Designer  //  05/05 – 05/06  // New York, New York

  • Designed complete menswear collections
  • Developed concept, color and fabric boards
  • Fashioned technical flats with Adobe Illustrator
  • Created first and production patterns and conducted model fittings
  • Executed tech packs, spec sheets, trim charts and detailed instructions for overseas manufacturing
  • Photographed look books and edited all images for web/look books/press kits and marketing materials
  • Managed NY production and sample rooms, organized look books and arranged photo shoots
  • Sourced fabric, trims, and notions from local garment district suppliers

 

Adam Lippes  //  Assistant Designer  //  08/05 – 12/05  //  New York, New York

  • Designed underwear and knit programs for production in Peru
  • Created concept/color/fabric boards to present to senior management
  • Sourced local fabric and trims for NY sampling
  • Worked closely with pattern makers and sample rooms for the execution of garment samples
  • Detailed hand flat sketching for tech packs to be sent overseas
  • Created line plans and spec sheets
  • Worked closely with production manager to manage and implement samples and production of garments 
  • Assisted in model fittings, showroom appointments, and photo shoots

 

EDUCATION:  

Kent State University  //  Kent, Ohio  //  B.A., Fashion Design 


REFERENCES

Sunny Diego //  Senior Vice President  of Merchandising & Design //  LF USA- Oxford Apparel

"Philippe is an exceptional multi-channel design talent. Not only great at cost-engineering sportswear and wovens but able to build and present trends and selling collateral to buyers, designers and sales."

Tom Weimer//  Director of Sales   //  LF USA- Oxford Apparel

"I’ve worked with a lot of designers in my 30+ years in the apparel business. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of seeing some go on to become industry leaders and super successful. I believe Philippe Trinh has that potential and more. Putting aside Philippe’s natural design talent, he’s also just an all-around quality person. Pleasures to work with, efficient, resourceful and accountable are just a few words to describe working with Philippe. If I ever have my own company "Philippe Trinh" would be the first brand I'd launch." 

Adam Lefkowitz //  Director of Strategic Merchandising & Business Development  //  LF USA- Oxford Apparel

"Philippe has a very sharp eye for trend, color, and design. I had the opportunity to work with him at LF USA on numerous men's projects including pitches for Sperry Topsider and Esquire which we later signed. We worked well together and made some really positive results. Philippe is extremely creative and has a very fashionable approach to design. What sets him apart is his commercial viability in his designs. He's a team player but is also very independent and can trend, design, spec and turn over garments quickly for market. He's involved with many of the brands here and is quite knowledgeable when it comes to fabric and apparel design. He has a very sophisticated design sense and would love to work with him again."

 

Bradley S. Arkin //  Executive Vice President of Global Sourcing //  Perry Ellis International

“Philippe Trinh was one of the most talented and visionary designers that has worked at 
Perry Ellis during my twenty three year tenure with the company. In fact, at the time he came 
to work at Perry Ellis, the Collection was going through a slump period and Philippe was very 
instrumental in helping turn things around. His taste level was extremely sophisticated, 
yet his designs very wearable and classic, but always updated and with a twist.  He was the 
penultimate “team player” in that he was very clear and focused on his vision for the line, yet he 
was open minded to feedback and he always worked within the parameters of price and production 
limitations.” 

 

John Crocco //  Creative Director  //  Perry Ellis International 

“Philippe is an accomplished, passionate, creative young menswear designer, who has learned how to balance his design integrity with the needs of the business.”  
 

Patty Mahoney  //  Director of Technical Design  //  Perry Ellis International
“Philippe is one of the most talented designers that I have had the privilege to work with. His design talents are exceptional, and he has a vision that goes beyond his years.”  
 

Brian Timmer  //  Senior Technical Designer  //  Perry Ellis International 
“Philippe is a creative and careful designer. He lead his team well and had a great working relationship with my staff. He is personable and would be a welcome addition to any design department.”   
 

R. Scott French  //  Creative Director  //  R. Scott French 
 “Philippe is a wonderfully creative, insightful designer who not only takes direction well, but comes back to the table with not only the requested product, but a host of options where he added his own personal spin. This type of collaborative creativity is a rare commodity in today's design world where it seems that every person is out to make his own name, often times at the expense of the product & the company as a whole. I recommend Philippe without reservation for any design position you have & am confident that he's able to step up & take a leading role, rather than assume the role of supporter. His vision is pure, modern, clean & mature beyond his years.”