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Michael Politakis

Design manager
Portfolio website
https://michael-politakis-portfolio.webflow.io/
About

Fashion speaks to us all on a personal level. For me, fashion is a form of art and self-expression. It is the skin we choose. I am a highly innovative and resourceful fashion designer and design manager with 7+ years of experience creating fashion-forward designs and contemporary collections, along with nearly five years managing large creative teams, for some incredible luxury brands. As a design manager, I pride myself in leading a team to deliver excellence, striving to always challenge, inspire and, grow their skill sets. As a senior designer, I have built brands with creative and brand directors, delivered collections from initial conception through to sampling and in some instances production stages, and have an excellent understanding of garment construction (having worked for both bespoke and ready-to-wear brands). I harbour a strong understanding of fabrics, and my previous career as a graphic designer and illustrator sees my hand drawing, CAD, and print development skills as unmatched. I have developed and managed critical paths, have been responsible for monthly cost reports, and led weekly design presentations with my Head of Product and CEO. Furthermore, I am an exceptional communicator with the ability to foster strong relationships with my team, peers, and key stakeholders.

Previous Brands
KILLSTAR
JC FASHIONS
LOST INK & LABELRAIL
DISTURBIA FEATURED
Work Experience
DESIGN MANAGER
Jan ‘22 - Now
KILLSTAR

FULL TIME. WOMEN'S AND MENSWEAR ◦ Leads a team of five in-house fashion designers, and 20 freelance fashion designers, graphic designers, and illustrators. ◦ I excell in developing and managing the design team's processes, continuously updating design systems and ensure best design practices are imple mented ◦ Work closely with development, tech, and merchandising department managers to ensure the best product possible is selected and successfully signed off, working in collaboration with the company CEO ◦ I produce creative and thorough briefs for the design team, our suppliers, freelance artists, and fabric mills and ensure they are executed on time and in line with our critical path. ◦ I continuously develop innovative new ideas that move the brand forward and stay ahead of our competition and display an in-depth understanding of our customers and market trends. ◦ I lead fittings where, with my team, we engineer the best results for our garments, saving costs, and time and always seeking the most sustainable outcomes. ◦ Nurture and grow the development of my team, a skill I take the most pride in ◦ I successfully lead ad-hoc cross-functional/brand-wide projects such as expanding our growing beauty brand Coven Cosmetics and assisting with the sourcing of new suppliers. KEY ACHIEVEMENT: Receiving praise and approval from Tim Burton on our soon-to-launch MGM Wednesday collaboration

DESIGN MANAGER
Jan ‘20 - Jan ‘22
JC FASHIONS

FULL TIME. WOMEN'S AND MENSWEAR ◦ Led a team of four in-house fashion designers, and 10 freelance fashion designers, graphic designers, and marketing coordinators. ◦ Managed my team to design fashion-forward, trend-driven collections over multi-product categories, across multiple accounts, including Free People, Topshop, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Dispinea, and more ◦ Led and worked with client's design teams on projects, managing mood boards, sourcing, fabric and trim development, designing and sampling ◦ Excelled in presenting and selling collections to clients, backing up our ideas with proven market information and reports from our sales team ◦ Collaborated with account and sales managers to drive trend-driven collections to clients, using sales data and key trend reports ◦ Cost-engineered garments with the tech team, meeting client standards and ensuring cost effective and sustainable practices were met ◦ Established strong communications with our merchandise team overseas, ensuring best manufacturing practices were executed at all times, making sure all specs were followed, fit issues fixed, and any production flaws overcome in a manner that best suited the client and business ◦ Managed and grew the development of my team KEY ACHIEVEMENT: Led the design team that successfully launched the Labelrail influencer program onto Walmart.com in 2022

LEAD DESIGNER
Jan ‘22
DISTURBIA FEATURED

WOMENSWEAR. Led design team in design, print and developed fabrics for April, SS24

SENIOR DESIGNER
Jan ‘22
Self employed

WOMENSWEAR. FW23 PARTY COLLECTION. Led design team in design, trim and fabric development

SENIOR DESIGNER
Jan ‘18 - Jan ‘20
LOST INK & LABELRAIL

FULL TIME. WOMEN'S AND MENSWEAR ◦ Led a design team of 3 designers. ◦ Created seasonal design strategies in collaboration with the design team and buyers. ◦ Exceptionally managed collections from initial concepts through to production for Labelail, ensuring collections reflected the influencer's vision, and presented collections to the talent and head of buying at ASOS for sign-off. ◦ I developed incredible designs for various product categories, including woven casuals, denim, outerwear, knitwear and jersey, lingerie, loungewear, swimwear, shoes, bags, and other accessories. ◦ I meticulously led all fabric development for Lost Ink and Labelrail, including knit yarns, denim washes, print development, and strike-offs. ◦ I ensured my team followed key dates on the critical path to ensure collections arrived in a timely manner. ◦ Collaborated with marketing and e-commerce divisions to deliver an exceptional brand vision.

Languages
English - Fluent
Location Preference
To be discussed
Work Pattern
Full-time
Part-time
Employment Preference
Permanent Positions
Hourly Consulting
Freelance Assignments
Education & Training
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUE OF FASHION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Unknown - ‘10
Bachelor of Technology
University of South Australia
Unknown - ‘08
Bachlor of Visual Communication, majoring in Illulstration and Graphic Desgin.