Michael Politakis

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Michael Politakis

Design manager

Current Location

London, UK

Michael is available for work

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.

  • Brands Michael has worked with
    • KILLSTAR
    • JC FASHIONS
    • LOST INK & LABELRAIL
    • DISTURBIA FEATURED
  • Michael's past titles
    • Design Manager
    • Design Manager
    • Senior Designer
    • Lead Designer
    • Senior Designer
Work Preference
Location Preference

To be discussed

Work Pattern

Open to Full time or Part time work

Employment Preference
  • Permanent Positions
  • Hourly Consulting
  • Freelance Assignments
Experience

DESIGN MANAGER

KILLSTAR

Jan 2022 - Present

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 MANAGER

JC FASHIONS

Jan 2020 - Jan 2022

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 fashio...

SENIOR DESIGNER

LOST INK & LABELRAIL

Jan 2018 - Jan 2020

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 i...

LEAD DESIGNER

DISTURBIA FEATURED

Jan 2022

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

SENIOR DESIGNER

Self employed

Jan 2022

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

  • Design Leadership

    (Advanced)

  • Design Management

    (Advanced)

  • Fashion Design

    (Advanced)

  • Fashion Consulting

    (Advanced)

  • Menswear

    (Advanced)

  • Shoe Design

    (Advanced)

  • Accessory Design

    (Advanced)

English

Fluent

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUE OF FASHION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Bachelor of Technology

to 2010

University of South Australia

Bachlor of Visual Communication, majoring in Illulstration and Graphic Desgin.

to 2008

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