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Ana Portela

Humanoid Designing a Circular World
About

Mexican psychologist that decided to follow her dreams and take a fashion job in Italy without speaking the language ( the original Emily in Paris with better style and respect for other cultures ). Fast forward 10 years, living on 3 continents she found home in London. As a daughter of globalization, Ana appreciates and enjoys its benefits but now more than ever cherish and wishes to protect the local sense of community. She understands the importance of educating ourselves on different cultures to #givecredit. Traveling the world showed her first-hand the problems of the fashion industries and made her more determined to keep the promise she made to the planet as a child: to take care of it. This commitment is taken into her work; searching for better and more circular ways of living/creating. When she is not writing about herself in the third person Ana does enjoys the simple things in life, like yoga, hand embroidery, drawing, and reading from victorian Gossip Girl ( aka Jane Austen) to Japanese magic realism as Natsume Sōseki. A bit of a philosopher "Stan", always trying to learn more, reading scientific reports or studying biomimicry she takes inspiration and determination from nature. Sustainable Fashion Languages: English (Advanced), Spanish (Native), Italian (Advanced) French (Basic) Technical: Adobe Suite CS6, Office, Advanced Mac, and Windows user Professional: Trend analysis and forecasting, garment development, communication, supplier relationship

Previous Brands
Original Creator
Profesional Independiente
Marks and Spencer
Alpha 211 (Uk) Limited
LTB
Arav Fashion Spa - Silvian Heach - John Richmond
Trista
Work Experience
Creative Design Manager
Feb ‘20 - Now
Original Creator

Sustainable Design Consultant
Dec ‘20 - Now
Profesional Independiente

Junior Designer
Oct ‘17 - Sep ‘21
Marks and Spencer

Fashion Designer
Jan ‘15 - Sep ‘17
Alpha 211 (Uk) Limited

Womenswear Denim Designer Design meetings with buyers and brands' designers. Designing multi-products in Denim, Twill, Chambrey, Lyocell, and Eco-leather. Developing a seasonal trend range and collections for clients. Research and shopping trips to America, the Far East, and Europe. Sourcing new suppliers and fabrics at international fashion fairs. Development trips to China and Bangladesh. Creating CAD and measurement specifications. Liaising between factories and buyers to meet deadlines. Clients: Serfine, Mothercare, Jaque Vert Group (Dash, Percis ), Pennies & Primark, TU, Dunnes.

Assistant Head Designer
Mar ‘14 - Aug ‘14
LTB

Womenswear and Children Multi- Product Designer Assisting Art Director with research, mood boards, sample shopping, sourcing, fit meetings and developing seasonal collections. Presenting a cohesive collection, look book, and campaign concepts while coordinating runway shows for buyers. Working with suppliers in Turkey, India, Bangladesh, and China Assisting in the coordination and supervision of 30 merchandisers and 15 designers. Meeting with the sales department and key clients to develop a more precise product according to the client's demands.

Assistant Fashion Designer
Sep ‘11 - Mar ‘14
Arav Fashion Spa - Silvian Heach - John Richmond

Planning of new collections, according to the Wardrobe System, developed by the Universita Bocconi. Creating mood boards and colour stories Working with suppliers in Italy, India, and Bangladesh. Development trips to China. Analyzing "best sellers" and creating a "move-on" maintaining the brand´s identity while being trend relevance. Developed a new men's line, in collaboration with Terry Richardson.

Fashion Designer
Aug ‘10 - Aug ‘11
Trista

Languages
English
Spanish
French
Italian
Japanese
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Full-time
Part-time
Employment Preference
Freelance Assignments
Hourly Consulting
Permanent Positions
London, UK