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Testimonials from Textile Design Program Alumni

Andrea Singer
: Associate Designer for Target

Andrea Singer designs Seasonal home products for Target located in Minneapolis, MN.

The process begins by traveling, researching trends, shopping the market and putting trend reports together. Story boards are then created and presented to the company. With the aid of a digital design team, print and pattern is developed and applied to product. The product development cycle includes working closely with the technical team, the merchants and outside vendors. Samples of the product then begin to arrive and are reviewed and presented to the company. By looking at sales history and what the current trends are, it is determined which products are the right ones to be placed in stores nationwide.

Marielena Gallucci, Sohail Sikander, Patricia Miyamotto-Luque for IKEA

Marielena Gallucci, BS Textile Design, Dec 2006
Textile Technician, IKEA Trading Services, Inc., Houston, TX

Marielena is currently works with Textile Suppliers located in Canada, US, Mexico and South America.  She is responsible for different types of fabrics and different final products such as chair pads, arm chair cushions, sheep skins, different type of pillows and quilts, sisal rugs, just to mentions some.

Sohail Sikander, BS in Textile Engineering, May 2001
Internal Auditor, IKEA Trading Services, Inc., Houston, TX

Sohail audits all suppliers on the West coast, Mexico and South America.  He also helps coordinate the Quality and Environmental aspects of the involved factories of all material areas: Bedding, Textile, Upholstery, Satellite and Plants.

Patricia Miyamotto-Luque, MS Textile Design, May 2001
Purchasing Technician, IKEA Trading Services, Inc., Houston, TX

Patricia coordinates Bedding Suppliers located in Canada, US and Mexico.  The range includes Children's mattresses and several different Sofabeds.


Kevin Michael Lyons : Associate Textile Designer for Calvin Klein Jeans

Kevin Michael Lyons, Textile Design, class of 2003 is currently working as an Associate Textile Designer for Calvin Klein Jeans in the Garment District of New York City. Kevin's duties are broken down into three main objectives:

- The first and most fundamental is Research.
Trend researching involves traveling, shopping the markets, attending trade shows and fashion exhibitions, in order to be up-to-speed on the immerging trends or forecasted fashions of the apparel world.

- The second is the most involved and is the actual Designing of the print or pattern.
Fabric designing for the apparel industry is done mostly by hand then imported into the various computer software that aid in the technical development of a design.

- The third and most important is the Development.
The development is actually how this design is going to be translated into producible fabrics, at a comparable price point, at an offshore manufacturer.


Amber Crossen and Deanna Wood : The Echo Design Group Inc.

As members of the Cold Weather division at The Echo Design Group Inc., a leading accessory company, Amber and Deanna work with ECHO and ECHO Men’s branded product, in addition to several private label accounts, including Adrienne Vittadini, GAP, Talbots Women’s and Talbots Kids.

In working with a wide array of knitted and woven products, as well as fur and leather gloves, both alumni are responsible for trend research, product development, technical design and production assistance.

Daily interaction with international resources in places such as the Far East, Europe and India, provides Amber and Deanna the opportunity to directly apply their knowledge earned at Philadelphia University in a real world environment within the textile/apparel industry.


Emily Kaplan
: Shaw Industries

Designweave and Tuftex are divisions of Shaw Industries and are located in Santa Fe Springs, CA about half an hour outside of downtown LA. Designweave is the commercial division and Tuftex is the residential division and products from both divisions are tufted and dyed here.

Tuftex is high end residential carpet known for its shags and popular colorlines. Designweave products range from Tenant Improvement to high end A&D. Suzanne is the manager for the Designweave division and Mike is the manager for the Tuftex division. Ron does pattern work for both divisions and also works on custom projects. I am learning about all areas of the business. I have helped with pattern work for both Tuftex and Designweave and have also worked on colorlines for both divisions.

We use Nedgraphics for our pattern work and then run the trials on sample tufting machines. Once we get a pattern worked out, then we proceed to the colorwork and making the final decisions about the type of yarns to use and whether the pattern will be in a loop format or sheared. We color the product based on feedback we get from customers, current trends in the market, and other flooring materials such as stone and tile. In addition we have a bank of current contract and residential fabrics that we use as color inspiration.

We utilize both pre-dyed yarns and yarns for piece dying. We have a full dyehouse on site and all the carpet is tufted, dyed and finished here. We also work with marketing to create identities for the collections, names and numbers for the colors and help with decision making involving sample vehicles and photography. There are many similarities between tufting and weaving and even tufting and knitting and my knowledge of yarn and color has helped me greatly in this job.


Stacey Testa and Elizabeth Payne
: Lilly Pulitzer

Beth Payne, Print Designer/ Print Stylist, contributes print designs for Lilly Pulitzer. In addition to print design, Beth also works on colors, concepts and trends. Stacey Testa, Associate Fashion Designer for Lilly Pulitzer, also contributes prints for collections and new accessories lines.

Dawn Pechin: Milliken Senior Designer for the Contract Fabrics Business

Dawn Pechin is responsible for working with Milliken's development team to design and produce fabric for office seating and vertical services. Customers include Herman Miller, Haworth, CF Stinson and Knoll.

From yarn development to face finishing Milliken strives to set ourselves apart from the competition
through innovative designs and proprietary finishing techniques to deliver the final product. Trend and color research is also a continual process achieved by visiting global trade shows and attending industry related conferences.

Milliken’s rich history of technological innovation has resulted in more than 1,800 patents and the development of the largest textile research center in the world. We have over 14,000 associates located at more than 65 facilities worldwide working with more than 38,000 different products.

Milliken makes a variety of fabric, yarn and chemical products that keep astronauts safe, make major league baseball players comfortable and adorn homes and businesses around the globe. Our products also give tennis balls their soft texture and Jell-O pudding its creamy smoothness.



Olimpia Panfil
: Design Consultant

Olimpia Panfil was born in Poland, raised in Austria, and educated in the United States and France. She is both a designer and a marketer, whose professional experience extends across several continents. She has worked in the textile manufacturing industry in Europe and the United States for over 15 years.

A world traveler, Olimpia credits Philadelphia University for her breadth in design education that has fueled her career. In 2002, she moved to Paris and obtained her MBA from the grand ècole ESCP-EAP.

She is now a consultant, with a recent project in Guinea, West Africa, working for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), where she assisted in poverty reduction through building local competencies that created jobs and stimulated markets for innovative products of the local textile designers.


Michelle Rossi : Designer for Wallquest

I design wallpaper for Wallquest, a company which distributes wallpaper worldwide.  I work with the stylists on a variety of projects, ranging from kids to contemporary to traditional.  My job includes working up designs into repeat, and modifing and adding to exisisting artwork to create cohesive collections.

María José Leaño: Textile Print Designer

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