Karisma Nanavati

Footwear Designer
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As a product designer specialising in Footwear and Accessory Design, I have gained extensive skills in high street retail footwear design, product development, and trend forecasting. My academic achievements include graduating in MA Design Innovation from De Montfort University with a Distinction and being a finalist for the Drapers Awards 23. I am currently seeking junior positions in design, buying and product development. At present, I have a Graduate Route visa which entitles me to work in the UK until 2025.

Previous Brands
Gush Shoes and Accessories
I Trent Ltd. – Westside Stores
Part Time I Love Red Label Ltd.
Part time I Talent25
Tiesta Shoes
Work Experience
Public Engagement and Creative Assistant
Feb ‘23 - Now
Part time I Talent25

A25-year action research study focusing on young children & families. •Assisting artists to design a creative space for toddlers to take part in creative sessions and promote innovative cultural activities

Office Assistant
Aug ‘22 - Dec ‘22
Part Time I Love Red Label Ltd.

Adesign office producing garments and accessories for high street retailers such as Next, Pretty Little Things, Boohoo and more. •Facilitating an efficient workflow with the Design, Merchandise & Accounts team •Overseeing the incoming orders and pending shipments •Sending fabric orders East Asia production factories •Sketching garments for design department's pattern making •Creating bills and invoices using QuickBooks

Junior Footwear Designer
Aug ‘19 - Jan ‘22
I Trent Ltd. – Westside Stores

Westsideunder Trent Ltd. is a leader in the branded retail industry in India, with high presence of over 200 stores in 82 Indian cities. •Designing footwear product ranges for men, women and kid's brands •Spearheaded the 'Artisanal Collection' for Women's Luna Blu Brand •Illustrating prints and patterns for printed footwear range •Creating trend boards using leading forecasting like WGSN and Pantone •Developing detailed technical packs for vendors in East Asia •Building and maintaining vendor relations while overseeing sampling •Assisting buying teams with best/ worst seller analysis, comp shop & market study

Footwear Design Intern
Aug ‘18 - Feb ‘19
Gush Shoes and Accessories

Gushshoes is a homegrown brand that designs artisanal animal-friendly footwear. •Designing graphics, illustrations and GIFs as a part of the social media activity •Designed the Gush Lookbook 2018 for store stockists

Graphic Design Intern
Jun ‘17 - Jul ‘17
Tiesta Shoes

TiestaShoes customised luxury footwear brand based in Mumbai. •Designing customised shoes for clients •Creating graphics posters for social media and set design/photoshoots

Education & Training
De Montfort University
‘22 - ‘23
Master of Arts
National Institute of Fashion Technology
‘15 - ‘19
Bachelor of Design
London, UK