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Carolyn Simon

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design



Company/Organization: Randa Accessories
Company/Organization website: http://www.randa.net
Destination: New York
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Design slippers and flip flops for licensee brands (Jessica Simpson, Kenneth Cole, Dickies, Hanes, Realtree, etc.). Attend meetings and present design concepts to team. Create tech packs and upload them using PLM, as well as request and approve samples.

I accomplished...
I got to design the whole 2018 Kenneth Cole slipper collection.

I learned...
Ask questions. You're there to learn, so take advantage of the opportunity.

Advice for others...
Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You're here to grow your skills and selves to be the best designers you can be. Don't be afraid to reach out and take initiative for opportunities you want, such as independent studies or conferences. This campus is full of resources and connections, if you want it, don't be afraid to ask for it. Someone will be able to connect you to the right person.

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