Above artwork hand drawn using colored pencil | Emily Schlangen 2013
Color and Fabric inspired by the peaceful culture of Dubai. The white silk cashmere reflects the purity of Islam. The burnt orange represents the hot desert sun. The navy jacquard trim illustrates the coolness of the seas that surround the land.
Inspired by our imperfections.
Nothing in life is perfect. We are torn apart, scared by our pasts, but our strength and courage to let go and overcome allows us to become.
Inspired by the structures that surround our everyday lives and the choices we make. Yet, it is these choices that we develop our own structures. The forest green represents the Earth. The gold trim represents our successes as we live our chosen paths. The burgundy, lastly, represents love and loss.- 12/14
Jacket handmade: eleanor.
"Pulse. Heartbeat. Rhythm. Flow. These words describe the moments of creative energy that spark inspiration turning an idea into form. From a thought to a thread, from a concept to a cloth, we pull from our imaginations to create tangible objects. Through skill, time, patience and intuition, we tap into the vitality of making; of creatingthe flow, the rhythm, the heartbeat, the pulse." Pulse Statement - May 9th 2015
Threads is the student Creative Direction team through the School of Human Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison to put on a Fashion Show to showcase students designs in the Textile and Fashion Design program. Throughout this event, I had the opportunity to take on the lead role for the Graphic Design team and Creative Direction. I managed and created all graphics needed for PR and the day of the show. During performance day I lead in creating an experience for our guests outside the performance space by working with ticketing and sales. I curated an environment of positive hospitality and acted efficiently where needed to enhance the overall show experience.
Another area of passion is giving. "Amor del Mundo Fashion Show" I organized and facilitated with the help and sponsorship by Studio Quest Salon. Our mission was to raise money for the Wild Coast Rural School Project in South Africa.
Designs by Daisy Lopez Designs, Emily Sugars and pieces selected from Studio Quest Boutique were debuted along with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres donated by local Madison restaurants.
Raffle prizes were given away where guests received numerous items from local Madison businesses. Through this show we were able to bring together the community and celebrate culture and art in Madison's First Settlement District raising around $1000. A large thank you goes our to all who contributed to make this event a success. ~10/9/14
Director of Idea Incubator
Adobe Representative | Infegy Representative
At UW-Madison, Spring 2017, I facilitated a collaborative "Design Thinking" space for students to access. In addition, I represented Adobe to help integrate Adobe programs into the classroom in providing workshops for students. Lastly I represented Infegy to assist students in obtaining a basic certificate as they better understand online consumer behavior.
In March of 2017 I coordinated a JOAMM Case Competition sponsored by Adobe, Infegy and the Kohl's Retailing Center.
Through coordinating the competition as well as working with Adobe and Infegy, I have been able to expand my knowledge not only about consumer shopping habits but also in understanding human interaction and the importance of empathy. Adobe's creative cloud allows ideas to go beyond in digital story telling, while Infegy draws in direct consumer insights in understanding their true thoughts from online conversations.
I have been able to accentuate my love in exchanging ideas with students to help them expand their creative minds as they pursue their future endeavors. In these interactions I learn new insights about others and their passions. From these insights I look for my own similarities and how I can better connect through empathy.
Product Management Intern
Following my abroad experience I ventured directly to Kohl's New York Design Office in Manhattan.
My daily tasks included communicating with overseas vendors in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Shanghai and India on sending styles for pre-classification, style finalization and meeting shipment deadlines for ad samples.
I assisted in the developmental cycle through databases such as Tradestone and Enterprise Data Warehouse. I also developed retail costing strategies in comparing prices of other competitors for white space opportunity in owning our dresses category.
I and another intern partnered up to present an innovative idea on how to maintain our current customer and market to millennials through an instore personal shopping experience to the management board.
I built and presented a competitive shopping experience to capitalize on a growing opportunity with the Rock & Republic Brand to our product development, design and technical design team.
Full Time Offer
Two weeks following my internship I was offered a full time position as a Product Development Coordinator. I knew this opportunity would allow me to expand my creative path and experience a new world outside of Wisconsin. Taking this role was chance for change, challenge and personal growth.
I was able expand my learnings as an intern and dive deeper into learning more about the development and production cycle from concept to consumer. Being able to see ideas start as a thought, turn into a prototype and then be a finalized product is inspiring. The creativity of the mind and ability to work collectively with cross functional teams is essential to process. Outside of that we get to provide something amazing for our customer. I enjoy looking for new ways to streamline processes and innovate new ideas while still providing the best product.
After a year of being at Kohls, it was then time for the next adventure.
Simultaneously in pursuing my endeavors in the corporate realm. I have been blessed by the various connections I have made here in New York. One in particular, who are now dear friends of mine, that are truly the older brother and sister I never had, who connected me a heartfelt successful couple here in the Tri-State area. I am proud to call them my mentors in life. They inspire me to Dream beyond capacity, Believe in the unseen and Achieve all things possible.
I am excited for my future in impacting lives one step at a time. If there is one piece of advice I learned from my mentors, it is this: find someone who is where you want to be in life and pursue them like crazy so that one day you will have what they have and more.
Katie Sabalones Photography | Jordan Anthony Photography | Emily Schlangen Artwork & Apparel Designs | Erin Dulmes & Rebecca Miller Models