Hiles - Fashion Designer - Cape Town, South Africa

Nicky Judd Hiles

Cape Town, South Africa


Fashion Designer


Creative; ability to interpret key trends; artistic finesse with regard to style and colour; perfectionist; meticulous and methodical, good organisational skills; with high attention to detail; high integrity; intuitive; caring; friendly; passionate; enthusiastic; loyal

Work History

Assistant Dress Designer/ Cutter

Elbeth Gillis Bridal

February 2014 - March 2014

> Brief work experience as assistant to Elbeth Gillis in cutting wedding, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride dresses and other couture.
> Hand-work (hand-sewing lace, piping on tulle/mesh stoles/ bolero's, basic beadwork.
> Fabric sourcing
> Managing diary and appointments, basic admin, basic management of small staff


Truworths Women's Wear Supplier

May 2012 - April 2013

Responsibilities, but not limited to:
- Import Sketches (labelled and detailed technical drawing of garment) for
International suppliers
- Assisting designers in choosing trims and sending them to buyer for approval
- Doing basic CADS on Photoshop for Design Input and various other projects
- Issuing styles by doing a detailed free-hand sketch of garment including written
instructions, attached fabric swatch(s) and a fabric order number for pattern-makers,
cutters, seamstresses, trims department etc
- Liaising with our fabric buyers and trims buyers ensuring orders are put through correctly and timeously
- Completed Software training in V-Stitcher in 2012 conducted by a certified VStitcher
trainer from Pragma Solutions Pty Ltd

Assistant Merchandiser - Younger Boyswear Division - Woolworths Kidswear Supplier


November 2011 - April 2012

- Ordering, checking, and getting trims approved
- Ordering wash care labels and getting artwork approved
- Ordering sku tickets for import styles
- Middle-man between buyer and factory to ensure buyer gets product she wants
- Middle-man between, buyer, pattern-makers, embroiders, printers, sample room
(Making sure fits and procurement processes are completed in time)
- Liaising with suppliers locally and internationally
- Daily follow up on fits, pre-preproduction samples and production samples
- Following up with suppliers to ensure all fit and approval comments are received
- Fitting with buyer and garment technologist if Merchandiser not available
- Regular updating of production plans, weekly meetings with internal planners
- Working closely with internal designer and artist ensuring artworks, cads and tech
packs are correct for buyer's approval.
- Capturing confirmed styles into In-house system, Sync Solutions.
- Checking production contracts and ensuring all information is correct

Hostess/ Receptionist

Clock Tower Waterfront

From October 2011

31 October 2011

- Representing the "Face" of Shimansky
- Greeting and welcoming people/ tourists into the showroom or diamond museum
- Managing the front shop area, answering calls, taking messages, making
appointments etc.
- Encouraging customers to buy and invest in excellent service and product
- Handling jewellery under senior staff supervision.

Product Specialist/ Product Store Manager

Canal Walk Store

June 2010 - June 2011

Includes the following but not limited to:
- Processing sales on quick till
- Managing IBT's to and from stores
- Filing, administration, operations etc.
- Consolidating product to and from other branches
- Receiving and distributing product when necessary
- Product conference call speaker - giving weekly significant product feedback to designers, brand managers at head office etc.
- Superior knowledge of product descriptions, fabrics, fabric content, washing
instructions etc
- Meticulous, methodical and analytical approach to product - knowing about fit,
quality, colours, fabrication, price and branding
- Assisting stylists with all alterations in store
- Daily liaising between Head Office design/ brand team
- Managing product and monthly stock takes
- Daily management of inventory spot checks

Jenni Button Premium Stylist

Canal Walk Store

March 2010 - June 2010

Includes the following but not limited to:
- Greeting, Observing, Conversing, Assisting, Thanking customers
- Serving and styling clients
- Advising customer's on what styles suit their body types.
- Receiving customer product feedback and communicating this effectively to other
team members
- Building strong relationships with customers
- Understanding how a garment can be altered to suit the customer's needs
- Maximising sales

Internship, Trainee Buyer

PICK N PAY- Head Office Corporate Clothing

From June 2009

30 June 2009

- General administrative assistance to the buyer (including taking notes at supplier
- Liaison with key suppliers, with regards to all necessary technical aspects of the garments, or any other details with regards to the order process.
- Management of receipt of samples
- Completion of technical drawings (CAD) and sample briefs to suppliers
- Divisions included:
- Underwear/ Sleepwear/ Baby Wear/ Socks
- Menswear
- Kids wear

Unpaid Internship


June 2004 - July 2008

Consultations with prospective clients; preliminary sketches; pattern making; jewellery
design and making; revamped a wedding dress.

Qualifications & Certifications

Cape Town College of Fashion Design

Cape Town College of Fashion Design

Business Economics

Fish Hoek Senior High School

City & Guilds

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