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Charlie Castellano is currently living in New York, New York, working as an Owner/Director in "On7th_Fashion" and is interested in Consulting, Fashion.
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CHARLES CASTELLANO
2 Ranger Trail, Lake Mohawk, NJ 07871
Home: 973-810-5641 Cell: 201-233-4379
charles_castellano@yahoo.com
www.on7thfashion.com


Senior level executive with over twenty years experience in apparel product
development, manufacturing and production/sourcing. Managed a staff of up
to fifty employees in departments such as computer design, patternmaking,
production planning, sample making, technical design and quality control.
Have a proven track record of reversing operating losses by dramatically
improving fit, construction, quality and consistency of the product for top
apparel manufacturing divisions with over $100MM in sales. Hands on
experience in every product category, with a strong technical background in
designing, fitting, garment engineering, patterns, tailoring, and testing
for fusing, wash standards and shrinkage characteristics. Have sourced and
evaluated factories throughout the world, including textile mills, knitting
mills, tanneries and laundries; countries traveled to include Argentina,
Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia,
Mexico, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and
Yugoslavia.


EXPERIENCE:

GENERRA, New York
2005-
Present
Technical Director - Product Development/ Sourcing
. Increased pant sales by 100% due to improved fit and quality.
. Implemented a modular manufacturing system in the Sri Lankan factory to
improve productivity and added stricter in-line inspections to achieve
higher quality standards.
. Manage the technical design department; responsible for patterns,
fittings, factory evaluations, engineering, and construction standards.
. Monitor the development of tech packs, grading standards, and
construction details.

CASTELLANO APPAREL CONSULTING /On7th_Fashion
2003-Present
President
. Specialize in sourcing, production management and product development,
as well as factory evaluations for productivity and quality.
. Provide consulting services for various private label companies such as
Kazu [Land's End, Lilly Pulitzer, Polo, Orvis, and Travel Smith],
Kellwood, [Sag Harbor and Izod Division]; supervise fittings and handle
factory sourcing, pattern blocks, and designing, quality control and
factory correspondence. Other clients are Camilla Staerk, Andrew Harmon
and Adam Lippes.


AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS, New York
2001 - 2003
Technical Director - Product Development/Sourcing, Bluenotes Division
. Lived in Mexico for over a year to source and monitor denim and twill
bottoms production; supervised product development, patterns, wash
standards, quality control, and fabric testing for shrinkage.
Responsible for on-time delivery of 2 million jeans within a three-month
period.
. Developed new fit standards, and supervised product development of all
garment categories, patterns, fittings and factory correspondence.
. Enhanced technical design, measurement, grading and construction
standards.
. Monitored development of the PDM department and PDM data maintenance.

APPAREL DEVELOPMENT SERVICE, LLC, New Jersey
1998 - 2001
. Provided consulting services with respect to product development,
designing, sourcing/production management, technical services, factory
engineering, line development, quality control, and measurement, fit and
construction standards.
. Specialized in sportswear, denim, and tailored clothing for men's,
women's and children's.
. Exceptionally skilled in pattern drafting, fitting, technical knowledge,
and management.
. Clients included Abercrombie and Fitch, D.K.N.Y. Kids, Esprit, Kellwood,
Limited Brands, Pennys, Polo Men's, Ralph Lauren Kids, Tahari and TC2.



ESPRIT DE CORP., San Francisco, CA
1995 - 1998

V.P. of Technical Services and Quality

. Developed a method to automatically convert adult sportswear styles into
children's and infant's using the same patterns and construction.
. Developed new fit standards and construction, and implemented higher
quality control standards.
. Managed the patternmaking, computer design/marking and grading, and
technical design/specification departments.




THE DONNA KARAN COMPANY, New York
1993 - 1995


V.P. of Production, DKNY Menswear/Women's Jeans Division

. Inherited responsibility of D.K.N.Y. Jeans Division in 1994 and
developed computer method for converting men's styles to women's and
petite sizes.
. Responsible for production planning/sourcing, quality, patternmaking,
sample making, computer design/marking and grading, and
specification/technical design departments.
. Traveled to Asia, Europe and South America once every quarter to source
and evaluate all production facilities.



LIZ CLAIBORNE INC., New York
1984 - 1993


V.P. of Manufacturing, Claiborne (Men's) Division

. Established the Menswear Division and created the standards for garment
fit, construction and quality.
. Managed the domestic and overseas quality control personnel.
. Hired and supervised the patternmaking, sample making, and
specification/technical design departments.
. Traveled to Asia, Israel, Europe, Central America and South America five
times per year to source and evaluate factories and monitor production.


. Added the first computer design/pattern and grading department for
Claiborne Division.
. Developed the Corporation's first computer spec department using a UNIX-
based system.
. Created and developed with G.G.T. the idea for the first silhouette
pattern design system.

HAGGAR APPAREL CO, Dallas, TX
1982 - 1984 Director of Design
. Reduced manufacturing costs by $0.60 per garment, saving an annual total
of $ 1,200,000.
. Successfully cut 75,000 units straight from my draft without samples or
fittings.
. Reorganized factory methods and implemented advanced standards of
garment construction with the engineering department.
. Responsible for Men's Designing.
. Developed new fit standards.
. Supervised patternmaking and computer grading / marking department.



ORGANIZATIONS:

. International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives
Member and former President of the New York Chapter, which consists of
research and development, style forecasting and practical work sessions.
Objectives are to improve industry methods and designer relations.
. American Apparel Manufacturers Association
Former member of the Apparel Research Committee
. Fashion Institute of Technology
Past member of the Menswear Student Advisory Board [Evaluates student
courses and teaching methods]
. Who's Who Worldwide
Member [Registry of International Business Leaders]


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS:

Microdynamics/Gerber, Word, Excel, Aperture, Claris, Spec Data Management

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Charlie Castellano
Name: Charlie Castellano
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Location: New York,New York,United States
Job Title: Owner/Director
Company: On7th_Fashion

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