Wardrobe/ Editorial Stylist Summer 2018 Intern

Name: Logan Wilson

Email Address: wilslm22@wclive.westminster.edu

Title: Wardrobe/ Editorial Stylist Summer 2018 Intern

Description: I am currently a Junior at Westminster College, Majoring in Marketing and Minoring in Fine Arts.With the degree I receive I am looking in pursuing a career as a Wardrobe Stylist. Having a background in Marketing allows me to understand fashion from a self promotion level. Pairing this degree with a Fine Arts minor allows me to pair my artistic vision with the way a client hopes to portray themselves. These degrees together also allow me to understand fashion from not only a functionally beneficial standpoint but an artistically creative standpoint as well. 

I have experience in dressing mannequins for a women's boutique as well as dressing a client for a music video shoot and dressing clients for photo shoots. 

I am currently looking for experience so it is not required that the internship be paid.

Confident, Assertive, and Creative College Grad Seeking Full Time Work in the Growing Nashville Fashion Community

Name: Rachel Forshee

Email Address: rforshee11@gmail.com

Title: Confident, Assertive, and Creative College Grad Seeking Full Time Work in the Growing Nashville Fashion Community

Description: Hello all! My name is Rachel Forshee, and I am a Spring 2017 graduate of MTSU's Textiles, Merchandising, and Design Program. I received my Bachelors Degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing, I currently have relocated back to Nashville, and would enjoy the opportunity to work in Nashville's creative and supportive fashion community. 

I am very organized in all of my work. I enjoy working with a team to solve any problems at hand, but I can also work alone and complete tasks just as efficiently. I am passionate for our creative Nashville community, and have the desire to help develop and grow the creative businesses that want to establish themselves here. 

Over the course of my college career, I have gained invaluable experience through internships and part time positions in visual merchandising, merchandising, social media coordinating, marketing, sales, and client relationship development. I have also worked Back of House for Nashville Fashion Week. All of these experiences have led me to be able to juggle multiple projects at once, manage my time, and work well with others to accomplish the tasks of a business. These are some of the many attributes I can bring to any creative business in the Nashville area. 

Please see my resume below.

Rachel Forshee rforshee11@gmail.com

Summary of Qualifications
Fast learning, goal oriented, creative individual with a strong passion for the Fashion industry. Key strengths include organization, communication, and problem-solving using a broad knowledge base to overcome obstacles. Consistently recognized for leadership, initiative, teamwork, and results that exceed expectations.

Middle Tennessee State University-May 6, 2017
B.S Textiles, Merchandising, and Design with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising
Minor in Marketing
GPA: 3.89/Magna Cum Laude
Relevant coursework: Basic Design, Fashion Branding, Fashion Buying, Fashion Product Line and Development, Computer Aided Apparel Design, Apparel Selection and Evaluation, Textiles, Fashion Forecasting, Principles of Marketing, Consumer Economics, Professional Selling, Retailing, Consumer Behavior, Social Media Marketing/E-commerce
Organizations: TXMD Student Organization (Social Media Coordinator), Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Nashville Fashion Alliance
Awards: 2016-2017 TXMD Outstanding Senior Award
Other: Garment reconstruction design chosen for 2016 TXMD Runway Show (April 16, 2016), Studied abroad in Italy (May 16-27, 2016), 2017 TXMD Runway Show Assistant Director

Professional Experience
Back of House Intern
Nashville Fashion Week
Nashville, Tn
April 3-8, 2017
-Assist with designer fittings
-Create detailed collection boards for run-of-show
-Assist with run-of-show dress rehearsals
-In charge of over 60 models
-Assist in model quick changes during show
-In charge of all designers garments and accessories

Merchandising Intern
VF Imagewear
Nashville, Tn
August 15-December 2016
-Assist with specific projects such as research, compiling data, and garment evaluation
-Set up tech packs which involve detailed information about garments being constructed
-Document garments in a line plan with specific detailed information of each garment
-Gather and steam clothes for showroom presentations

Back of House
The Wardrobe Project
October 1, 2016
Nashville, Tn
-Assist with the set up/tear down of merchandise of vendors the day before/of the event
-Monitor multiple vendors booths
-Assist any guests with questions pertaining the event and vendors

Visual Merchandising/ Social Media Intern
The Buckle, Inc.
Murfreesboro, Tn
March-August 2016
-Responsible for presenting garments according to The Buckle, Inc. guidelines in order to maximize sales
-Communicate how to sell and promote merchandise in the window displays to maximize sales
-Train, coach, and give daily feedback on garment presentation to the store staff
-Inform store team about changes in the presentation of garments
-Use social media to promote The Buckle, Inc. merchandise, increased following by 500

Additional Experience
Sales Associate
Versona Accessories
Mount Juliet, Tn
February 2017-Present



Description: My name is Mary Messer, and I believe I can make a lasting impact on the Fashion Industry here in Nashville, TN.

I come from a career made in New York City, and have worked in almost every aspect of the industry for the past 7 years-from design, production, styling, sales, to merchandising. I have a huge passion for this industry, and believe each level brings its own unique challenges to the table. 

When I left New York, I was a designer for mens and ladies leather belts-working for the industry giant Global Brands Group, formerly Li and Fung-one of the largest licensing companies in the global fashion industry. I handled every area of my product's lifecycle-from initial design, sample making overseas, negotiating prices, setting retails, and presenting at market week to the buyers. My main accounts were Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Frye, Buffalo Jeans, and Guess.

I'm so excited for the potential of this city- I can almost see its evolution before my eyes into a fashion hub of not only the designer talent, but the homegrown infrastructure of skilled workers, machinery, and production capabilities that can take dreams to reality. I want to be involved, from the ground floor up, and help in any way I can to make this idea possible. Nashville has an amazing opportunity, with the economics behind it, to be a driving force in the fashion community, and I cannot wait to be apart of it.

Fashion Design Summer 2017 Intern

Name: Meleah Scot Honeycutt

Email Address: mhoneycu@kent.edu

Fashion Design student, skilled in patternmaking, illustration, sewing, embroidery, print design, and photography

As a rising fashion design student entering into her senior year, I'm looking for an opportunity to grow in my design skills while contributing to a local company. I'm born and raised in Nashville, and I'll be here and working this summer. I'm hungry to learn, eager to grow, and would love the opportunity to intern or work for a Nashville fashion company.

Georgetown Graduate Student Seeking Employment Opportunities Before Relocating to Nashville

Name: Julita Cardenas

Email Address: jsc120@georgetown.edu

Company: Julita Cardenas


Job Title: Georgetown Graduate Student Seeking Employment Opportunities Before Relocating to Nashville

Description: Hello! I'm Julita. Nice to e-meet you. I am currently finishing my graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Georgetown University and seeking employment opportunities before relocating to Nashville in July. Ideally, I would like to find a position on a flexible basis to begin immediately on a remote basis before moving to TN. If this is something you are interested in, feel free to contact me. 

- Additionally, I also have the privilege of completing my Capstone Marketing Consulting project remotely, so I am also connecting with businesses in the Nashville, TN who would be interested in exploring the possibility of my pro bono marketing consulting services. 

- For a bit of background on me: I am also a fashion and lifestyle blogger, branding consultant, and stylist. 

Please see my resume below. 

Julita Simone Cardenas jsc120@georgetown.edu

Summary Of Qualifications
Top performer and overachiever who is nearing completion of graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Georgetown University. Highly-organized, possess excellent relationship building skills, work well alone and within a team, and in tune with what marketing professionals need to know – specializing in strategy and operations for market leadership, profitable growth, and customer loyalty in highly competitive industries. Background includes leading and managing brands with high regard for analytical methodologies to ensure marketing ROI.

Georgetown University Washington, DC
Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications Expected in August 2017
Relevant Coursework: (Digital Essentials for Journalists, Reporting and News Writing, Ethics in Journalism, IMC Campaign Planning, Consumer Research and Insights, The Management of IMC, Content Strategy, Digital Marketing, Brand Concept, Ethics in IMC, and Building Your Creative Muscle) 
Extra-Curricular Groups: (Startup Hoyas, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, Georgetown Society of Professional Journalists, and Hoya Pitchmasters) 
Marymount University Arlington, VA
Bachelor of Arts in English (Writing Concentration) May 2015

Universal Coach Center and Institute Charleston, SC
Master Certification in Relationship Coaching Certification in Life Coaching

Professional Experience
Rocksbox San Francisco, California
Personal Stylist August 2016- December 2016
Created processes and tools to increase purchase behavior by identifying high margin categories among loyal shoppers where purchase behavior was used for customer re-targeting. Provided leadership in taking customer feedback into consideration when putting together a monthly jewelry rental box.
Led in definition/execution of marketing vehicles for Rocksbox, which included curating a set of jewelry for customers based on their preferences from an online platform and writing clients a personalized note.
Worked with marketing agencies and internal partners to identify and leverage market influencers, created custom marketing content, and hyper targeted customers based on purchase behavior to drive product sales.
Cultivated positive and enduring relationships with customers by providing clients with excellent service.
Resolved all customer complaints in a professional manner while prioritizing customer satisfaction.
Her Campus Media Washington, DC
Contributing Writer December 2013 – May 2015
Regularly wrote innovative articles (news and blog posts) for Marymount’s Her Campus chapter with specialty topics in: fashion, dating advice, health and wellness tips, and other self-improvement content.
Conducted focused interviews; exhibited strong attention to detail by proof reading stories for accuracy.
BEAUTYSCOUT Magazine San Francisco, CA
Deputy Editor / Contributing Writer April 2015- June 2015
Wrote a dating and relationships column – catering specifically to a demographic of women ages 18-34. 
Pitched ideas/stories directly to the CEO of the magazine, and created connections with potential clients.
Developed new and strategic marketing campaigns and promotions to increase the magazine's audience.

Product Development, Design and Sourcing Specialist

Name: Tamela VanValkenburg

Email Address: tamelavan@icloud.com

Title: Product Development, Design and Sourcing Specialist

Description: I am seeking employment in the apparel, accessories or home good markets.

I believe that I can significantly contribute to your company’s efficiencies; growth and overall profitability based on my knowledge and experience in the apparel and decorated product industry. I am a seasoned professional with 24 years of career experience, encompassing positions and responsibilities in the following areas (I have been around the block a few times): 
Product Development & Design
Fabric Sourcing & Development Trend & Color Forecasting Apparel Sourcing & Manufacturing
Product Marketing & Brand Development
Sales & Client Management
Creative Direction, Art Direction & Graphic Design
Catalog Layout & Design Product/Model Photography & Styling My success throughout my career is my understanding of the product development cycle and my ability with to work with and within a team to adhere to timelines and development cycles, while managing this process with suppliers, buyers and clients. 

I understand the importance of well-developed products that are “fashion-right”, but I also understand the need for developing products that are “revenue generators”. I work productively and gracefully under pressure, and I quickly adapt to changing situations, maximizing efficiency while minimizing costs. Additionally, I have well-developed communication skills demonstrated through successful interaction with clients, co-workers, and staff, and the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships. With any situation I take a leadership role and an entrepreneurial spirit. I bring "ideas" to the table. 

A little over a year ago I took the risk to start my own business with 3 partners and an investor. In the last two weeks we made to decision to dissolve our partnership and redirect the business.

Sr. Executive - Business Development

Kevin Easton

Sr. Executive - Business Development

An experienced executive with a record of generating profit and long-term growth in consumer focused retail and wholesale companies. Possesses both strategic and tactical skills to develop businesses, drive sales, build brand equity, establish strong partnerships, and develop future leaders. Consistently exhibits proactive and collaborative leadership style along with a strong financial discipline.


 Strategic Planning
 Sales Management
 Marketing / Advertising
 Merchandising
 Business Development
 World-Wide Sourcing
 Brand Management
 Product Development
 Inventory Management
 Coaching/Mentoring
 Building Partnerships
 Negotiation


Director of Marketing, Product Development & Retail
Leads the marketing, advertising, product development, retail sales and event sales effort in 56 State Parks across Tennessee.

President/ Partner
Founded and grew a $50 million international joint-venture; designing, manufacturing, and selling private brand apparel to major U.S. retailers. Established multiple partnerships with US retailers offering Design and Product Development services along with factory-direct Sourcing in Asia and Central America.

Vice President – General Merchandise Manager
Led a team of 25 merchants in Softlines and Home divisions, developing private brand assortments sourced worldwide. $2 billion in revenue

Executive Vice President – Chief Merchandising Officer
Vice President - General Merchandise Manager
A $2.5 billion revenue retailer with 141 stores. Responsible for total company buying, advertising, product development, sourcing, and financial performance. 250 Team Members. 

Vice President Merchandise Manager, Men’s Division
Divisional Merchandise Manager, Jewelry/Accessories/ Cosmetics
Senior Buyer, Ladies Apparel
Developed and sourced private brand assortments in Mens and Ladies Apparel along with Jewelry, Accessories, and Cosmetics divisions. Managed a team of 20 buyers with $800 mil in revenue.

Divisonal Merchandise Manager / Buyer / Asst. Buyer

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio B.A., European History

INTERESTS – Family, travel, hiking, golf, reading, antique trucks


Reach out to Kevin Easton at kevin.easton@comcast.net to learn more. 

E-Commerce Buyer, Web Merchandiser, Social Media, and Brick & Mortar Experienced Candidate

I am relocating to Nashville and am so excited to have found the Nashville Fashion Alliance; I feel like I have found "my people" before I have even arrived! I am a passionate retail professional with both brick and mortar and e-commerce experience, making me both knowledgeable and adaptable within the ever-changing retail market. I have worked in several markets in Indiana, as well as on the East Coast in the Philadelphia area, adapting each time to the customer base and market trends in every location. I am a results oriented, analytical minded individual who has grown from a sales associate to leadership positions within my 10 years in the industry. I enjoy a good challenge and working with a diverse team to get the job done (as they say, team work makes the dream work). I have experience in buying, web merchandising, social media, e-mail marketing, visual merchandising, store management, customer service (face to face, phone, e-mail, snail mail, social media), store openings, and currently dabbling in product development; needless to say, I love everything about the fashion and retail industry and am constantly looking for any opportunity I have to learn and grow. I am a proud Indiana University Bloomington graduate with a Bachelor's degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in business marketing from the Kelley School of Business. Please see below for my resume; I look forward to working with you!

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising, Minor in Business from the Kelley School of Business May 2014

Skills and Certifications
Microsoft Office, Google Analytics trained, retail math, retail key performance indicators, social media, management
Customer Service Lead Certification, Bath & Body Works

Work Experience
LaBella Flora Children’s Boutique (E-Commerce), Auburn, Indiana October 2015- Present
Merchandising & Marketing- Associate Buyer, Web Merchandising, Social Media

- Analyzed sales reporting on daily and weekly basis, reacting to optimize sales through promotions, markdowns, and/or website merchandising

- Created reporting spreadsheets using Google Analytics to report key performance indicators

- Sought out new designers and brands to support growth of product mix breadth; brought on a line resulting in 85% sell through at full-price and 0% return rate

- Maintained inventory levels throughout peak selling season through replenishment buying

- Increased preorder sales by 28% year over year for peak back to school season through a week-long campaign

- Suggested, established, and coordinated weekly office meetings to improve communication flow between departments

- Collaborated with a designer and a celebrity client for an exclusive design and social media marketing campaign; as a result, the dress was the 2nd best-seller sitewide for Fall 2016

- Established email marketing analytics campaign, resulting in a 26% higher conversion rate than overall website average

UNIQLO, Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 2014-July 2015
Assistant Store Manager
Manager Candidate Program Graduate

- Utilized sales stock planning and forecasting software to allocate merchandise from the warehouse to the store twice a week based on sales trends, floor layouts, and promotions
- Planned sales and stock targets on a monthly and weekly basis, successfully achieving a proper balance between sales and stock on hand for spring, summer, fall, winter, and continuous season items
- Partnered with area manager and head of US merchandising to create a $400,000 merchandise transfer plan based on sales, weeks on hand, and product turn
- Implemented visual merchandising displays that produced a 40% increase in sales for products on those fixtures.
- Increased tops and shirts sales by 71% for Spring 2015 through planning, layout changes, and a selling initiative
- Created a daily sales tracking plan that became a Philadelphia area store standard practice
- Streamlined company planning Excel spreadsheets for more efficient and accurate inventory and sales planning
- First manager candidate participant in program history to be chosen to participate in new store opening
- Created and presented an interactive selling strategies seminar for 45 sales associates. 

Bath & Body Works, Bloomington, Indiana Sales Lead/ Part-Time Manager July 2012-April 2013

Texas Roadhouse, Bloomington, Indiana Server September 2011-September 2012

Von Maur, Fort Wayne, Indiana Sales Associate - Children’s Shoes August 2009-August 2011

Forever 21, Fort Wayne, Indiana Sales Associate August 2007-August 2009

Additional Leadership Experience
Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington, Indiana August 2012- January 2014
Youth Cheerleading Coach (Licensed- National Youth Sports Coaching Association)

Lead a team of 12 girls ages 9-12 in weekly practices, routines, and performances
Built cheerleading program from 3 members to a full squad with a waiting list to sign up
Plan and organize fundraising events and end of the year functions
Contributed to the writing of a successful grant by quantifying the activity’s benefits to members

Please reach out to Elise at elisegongwer@gmail.com if interested.

Advertising/Fashion Photographer Available


I'm settled in now and can officially call myself a Nashville resident after 6 great months. During this time, I've shot 3 advertising campaigns along with many smaller shoots. I'm looking to help you (owners and designers) convey your vision in the best possible way to get you noticed more than you already are. 

I'm confident in my shooting and editing and this can be seen in my work. Please check out my site and feel free to contact me if you would like to talk about making your ideas come to life.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

-Chris March

Design Director

16+ years experience in all aspects of accessory and product design from initial ideas to final production. Expert knowledge in handbags, sports bags, backpacks, knits, small leather goods, promotional merchandise and cosmetic bags. Extensive skill in tech packs, product presentations, hand sketching, line building, hardware development, trend research and trend boards. Experience in Asia and India travel to overseas factories for development, sourcing and sample development. Trade shows, inspiration shopping in both Asia and Europe. Expert in communication with factories. Available full time or freelance. 

You can reach Dina Smith at dinaval@me.com.