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GABRIELLE ESPIRIT BARBU

EXPERIENCE
EDUCATION
Gabrielle.Barbu@gmail.com | 404.536.8909
242 East 60th st. Apt 2L NY, NY 10022
COACH, New York
Assistant Designer, June 2011 January 2013
Poppy full-price Handbag Designer for Women
Created and designed flat handbag sketches, CADs, created color flow, presentation boards and tracking samples per season.
Spec samples for accuracy. Collaborated with cross functional partners and designed into target price point. Travel
internationally for final production and to gain a better understanding of hardware, fabric and leather tanneries.
COACH, New York
Associate Designer, January 2013 Present
Small Leather Goods Designer for Women
Work with Engineers and Production team to develope new techniques and constructions at in-house sample room and
overseas factories, to help maintain a clean asethetic at a conscious price point. Design innovative products such as wallets,
small leather bags, technology cases, travel accessories and novelty gifts that build on Coachs new design direction. Travel
frequently to China to work on all proto-type samples for milestone meetings with senior creative designers.
Internship, January 2011 March 2011
ALICE + OLIVIA, New York
Internship, December 2010 January 2011
Technical designer for Womens-wear
Hand drawn technical flats, CAD flats, and spec samples; fixed patterns. Hand beaded and hand wove garments which were
shown Fall 2011 runway. Participated in photo shoots for look-book; sourced fabric for production team for Pre-Fall 2011
JUICY COUTURE, New York
Internship, June 2010 September 2010
Fashion Accessories for Women and Kids
Assistant designer; designed for Spring 2011 through Cold Weather 2011. Designed and sketched hats, scarves, and
accessories for electronics, dogs and back to school. Illustrated hand flats and CAD flats; worked with production team
to ensure sample delivery.
THE ROW, New York
Internship, December 2009 February 2010, September 2010
Womens-wear and Menswear Designer
Designed for Spring/Summer 2011. Traveled to factories, attended fit meetings, booked runway models, hand illustrated flats,
helped design runway show. Designed, patterned, and sewed Spring/ Summer 2011 handbag.
AEROPOSTALE, New York
Internship, January 2009 April 2009
Knits Designer for Menswear
Designed Holiday & Spring 2009/2010 stripes for knit tops. Assisted designers on their daily tasks including hand
illustrated flats, trend research and concept development. Worked with Production Team and attended fit meetings.
WORTH GLOBAL STYLE NETWORK, New York
Internship, June 2008 August 2008
Trend Forecaster for Womens-wear
Created a published collection for Autumn/Winter 2010. Researched fast track designs and specific trends in the market.
Helped develop presentation boards for our think tank forecast meetings. Illustrated hand flats and technical flats.
Diversified creative eye through incorporating European trends into design aesthetic.
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, Ohio
School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Bachelor of Science in Design, Design Track 2011
SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS
AWARDS/INVOLVEMENT
Adobe Creative Suite CS, Cinema 4D, PLM, Microsoft Office, Design Cards, Hand sketching, Concept boards, CAD-ing,
Color cards, Matrices, Cost Saving Designs
Graduated Suma Cume Laude; Delta Delta Delta Gold Standard Scholar; Delta Delta Delta Special Events Coordinator;
Fashion Design Student Association; Freshmen Student Council member of The University of Cincinnati
COACH, New York
Novelty and Fashion Accessory Designer for Menswear
Designed and presented Q3 FY12 collection. Attended design time, leather PPD, and PTM. Researched seaseonal concepts
and helped develop innovative product to help build on the Coach asethetic and appeal to the Coach consumer.