Resume of Kit James

Creative, proactive, and results-focused professional with 25 years of experience in product
development, design, and quality assurance of apparel within highly competitive environments.
Demonstrate strong command in all aspects of product development spanning from design to
commercialization, which include materials, trim sourcing, costing, negotiation, lab dips, design, and
fittings. Employ hands-on and cross-functional leadership style, with proven success in ensuring
well-organized, high-quality and on-time delivery of products. Additionally possess exceptional color
management abilities and advanced software and technical design skills across multiple platforms.


GMPC/econscious Petaluma, CA            2014- Present
             Product Development/ Production Manager
  • Oversee Development and production of Private Label Apparel and 
    Accessories for multiple accounts
  • Create and oversee creation of CADs and tech packs
  • Manage product quality and cost from design inception to production. 
    Adhere to customer timelines and target FOBs
  • Source, Cost, Sample and Produce with dozens of factories overseas 
    and domestically
  • Manage POs, Packaging, Customer Compliance, Testing and 
    Delivery of Goods
  • Social Media Management and Curation for in house brand
  • Oversee development, color management, production, distribution 
    and all certifications for sustainable in house blanks 
    brand econscious (sold at Alpha Broder)
  • Specializing in the needs of sustainable outdoor/ athletic apparel 
    and accessories requiring transparent supply chains
  • Accounts include: Marmot, Pure Fishing (Newell Apparel brands), 
    Johnnie-O, Royal Robbins, Duluth Trading, Pearl Izumi, 
    Mountain Khakis, CamelBak, Toad & Co, Fitbit, Dicks Sporting Goods, 
    Kitsbow, Wolverine Worldwide

SimplyShe San Francisco, CA                2012- 2014
             Design Manager
  • Accessory, Apparel, Textile and Graphic Design Management
  • Mechanicals / Planograms / Lab Dip and Prototype Approval
  • Oversee new product from inception to production maintaining target FOBs and company standards
  • Technical Design Department Manager/ Spec Packs (China Production) Managed Team of 3
  • Customers include: Walmart, Target
Icelandic Design Longmont, CO             2009 - 2012
             Design Director
        • Line Research and Design, Color Trending and Palette Design
        • Fully Fashioned Knits/ Cut & Sew Knits/ Engineered Jacquards
        • Tech Packs/ Embellishments/ Embroideries/ Prints
        • Prototype & Lab Dip Approval / Line Presentation
        • Nepali (wool) and Peruvian (alpaca) knitter and artisan program
        • Catalog Design & Production/ Photography Art Direction/ Packaging/ Trade Show Booth Design and Signage/ Social Media
        • Managed Team of 5 : Apparel and Technical Designers
        • Oversaw new product from inception to production maintaining target FOBs and company standards (China, Nepal & Peru Production)
        • Customers Include: Gumps, Nordstrom, Sundance, TravelSmith 
Maharishi Ayurveda Products Colorado Springs, CO    2007-2008
            Product Developer
        • Line Research and Design, Color Trending and Palette Design
        • Apparel, Accessory, Textile and Graphic Design/ Art Direction
        • Organic Cotton Certification
        • Oversaw new product from inception to production maintaining target FOBs and company standards (India Production)
        • Tech Packs, Prototype & Lab Dip Approval
        • Line Presentation/ Marketing/ Catalog Layouts/ Packaging

  Fang Los Angeles, CA                    2007
             Graphic/ Textile Designer
        • Screenprints, Embroideries, Prints & Presentation
        • Customers Include: Macy’s, Nordstrom
Strategic Partners Los Angeles, CA            2005-2007
             Freelance Textile Designer
        • Licensed Character Prints (WB, Disney, Hanna Barbera)
        • Customers Include: Cherokee
BEPC Los Angeles, CA                 2005
            Contract Designer
        • Textile Design, Embellishments, Embroideries
        • Flat/ Technical sketching
        • Customers include: Toy R Us, Babies R Us, Chico’s

 Paris Blues Los Angeles, CA                2001-2005 
             Art Director
        • Apparel & Textile design
        • Screen Prints/ Embroidery/ Hardware/ Embellishments
        • Flat Sketches/ Presentation Boards/ Press Kits/ Packaging/ Trade Show Booth Design and Signage
        • Website and Web Store Design/ Management
        • Managed a Team of 4: CAD Artists and Warehouse Personnel (for order fulfilment)
        • Customers Include: Macy’s, Nordstrom, JC Penney
Kellwood Los Angeles, CA                1997-2001
              CAD Artist
        • Embroidery, Prints, Screenprints & Presentation
        • Flats/ Website Design/ Corporate Identity/ Packaging
        • Customers Include: Macy’s, Nordstrom, JC Penney
SF City Lights San Francisco, CA             1995-1997
             Assistant Designer
        • Responsible for all color R & D (Garment Dye)
        • Catalog Design, Flat Sketching, Advertising, Screen Prints
        • Sample Line Production/ Color Cards
One Step Up New York, NY                1993-1995
            Assistant Designer
        • Color Boards/ Color Cards/ Trend Boards/ Packaging
        • Textile Design, Technical Sketching and Sales Presentation
Software                       Illustrator        Colour Matters          Excel   
                                     InDesign          Color’in                   Word
 Photoshop       PrimaVision         LightRoom
Dream Weaver     U4ia            PowerPoint
Education                  University of Colorado Colorado Springs, CO        2009-2011
        • Art History

Fashion Institute of Technology NYC, NY        1991-1993
        • Fashion Design, Graduated Cum Laude

FIDM San Francisco, CA                1990-1991
        • Fashion Design

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