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Emily Clark

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Creative and Technical Design

Company/Organization: Abercrombie & Fitch
Company/Organization website: https://www.abercrombie.com/shop/us
Destination: New Albany, Ohio
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Abercrombie Kids | Girls’ Fashion Tops, Layering, and Intimates | Technical Design - Revised AccuMark® PDS patterns based on fit modifications determined by tech and design teams; Developed construction detail sketches to be included in initial technical packages; Created Summer 2018 initial technical packages and patterns for presentation to management; Applied international child safety regulations to ensure garment compliance with standard restrictions; Evaluated garment samples against standards and composed fit comments for vendors; Measured samples and patterns to record garment specifications in grading worksheets; Attended fit sessions and took photos of garments on models; Communicated with cross-functional teams to track fit sample delivery; Conducted wash and wear tests on new fabric developments for original styles.

I accomplished...
During this experience, my greatest accomplishment has been obtaining proficiency in the skills necessary of a technical designer. I had the opportunity to work with AccuMark® PDS and PLM software on a daily basis to create the patterns and specifications required for successful garment production. Witnessing my progress since the first week was very encouraging and I look forward to further improving these abilities throughout my career.

I learned...
As part of the Girls' tech team for Abercrombie Kids, the greatest lesson I have learned is how to apply international child safety regulations to ensure all styles comply with standard restrictions. I found it very interesting to discover specific design details or fabrications that cannot be used with children’s clothing to prevent potential hazard or injury. Understanding all regulatory procedures is an ongoing process for my team, as restrictions are being constantly updated and adapted by different countries.

Advice for others...
Ask questions of your employers and mentors throughout your internship. Associates are very willing to relate their knowledge and these types of conversations help them to understand your thought process and problem solving skills; Believe in your technical knowledge and aptitude, but do not be afraid to learn new techniques and processes; Exploring the city where you intern is just as important as gaining knowledge about the firm. As a potential job candidate, understanding the company culture and surrounding lifestyle is a critical part of the experience.

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