Testimonials from Textile Design Program
Designer for Target
designs Seasonal home products for Target located
in Minneapolis, MN.
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.
Gallucci, Sohail Sikander, Patricia Miyamotto-Luque for IKEA
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.
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
Textile Design, May 2001
Purchasing Technician, IKEA Trading Services, Inc., Houston, TX
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
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
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
Crossen and Deanna Wood : The
Echo Design Group Inc.
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 :
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.
Payne, Print Designer/ Print Stylist, contributes
print designs for Lilly
. 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.
Milliken Senior Designer for the Contract
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
From yarn development
to face finishing Milliken
strives to set ourselves apart from the
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
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
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 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
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.
Designer for Wallquest
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
José Leaño: Textile
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