Rebecca gentzane McCulloch Damm
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Profession / role:
VSO Volunteer- Working as a designer at Mongol Textile factory Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
Company / organisation:
Mongol Textile-Through VSO
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer, Press
I am looking to discover or buy
Work in S. America or India teaching textile workers within a cooperative
About me / About business or organisation:
I have worked as a menswear designer for 5 years and in fashion for 10 years. The years i worked in retail are the reason i am now nterested in ethical fashion, i experienced first-hand the greed and injustice of the industry so i decided to leave retail and hopefully one day i will be able to work again as a designer but ethically and without causing harm to others or the environment.

Ideally i would love to work in South America or India teaching what i know to textile workers, as well as learning myself about local crafts.
Career history / Company history:
W.G.S.N.-Image Analyst
April-September 2009-04-08
I reference and tag all images that pass through the sitefor the Image Search tool. I also research and write articles for the Menswear department.

Environmental Justice Foundation-Charity Volunteer
March 2009
I assisted at the EJF working with the Organic T-Shirt collections, from distribution to data input. As well as translating the Press Release for the campaign into Spanish.

W.G.S.N.-Assistant to Catwalk Editor LDN
September/October 2008 + January-March2009
I assisted the catwalk editor with the Womenswear and menswear accessories from the S/S 09 AW 09/10 collections. I edited and broadcasted live using media surface the accessories from the collections and decided upon the leading key items for this season.

Bershka(Inditex)-Menswear Designer BCN
April 2006-June 2008
During my time at Bershka I have solely designed the shirting, tailoring, accessory, leather and swimwear collections for 5 seasons.
It has been an opportunity to work competently within a pressurised and fast paced company with tight deadlines and with a high turnover, with a focus upon the Southern European market.
Key Responsibilities
- Controlling the process of my collections, to coincide with the monthly delivery dates.
- Designing my collections based upon trend research, sales and the competition.
- Daily contact with several national and international suppliers in English and Spanish throughout the Far East, India and Turkey, regarding quality, colour, production and design confirmations.
- Frequent research/shopping trips abroad, including Tokyo, London and Paris. During these trips we observe and report upon up and coming trends as well as studying the competition. This is followed by a presentation to the buyers and product managers.
- Seasonal visits to trade fairs, including bread and butter, CPG Copenhagen, Pitti Uomo and Premier Vision. During these trips we focus upon trends/colours and changes to come in the following season.
- Buying fabric/ trimmings for the following season, based upon our trend research, this usually takes place at head office with the occasional trip to fabric suppliers.
- Supplier visits abroad, this allows us to observe how sample making and production takes place, as well as to get to know our suppliers within their work place.
- Presentation and sale of my collections to the buyers and product managers

Josep Abril- Assistant to Head Designer-Menswear BCN
April 2004-April 2006
I spent 3 seasons working at Josep Abril (Head Menswear designer at Armand Basi), an independent menswear designer who creates conceptual collections now shown at Madrid fashion week; international trade fairs and sold internationally.
I assisted the head designer with designing the main woven collection, and undertook the responsibility of designing the entire jersey collection called the UNDERS label.
This position helped me to evolve my creativity within an open-minded design environment, as well as hands on experience of every aspect to how a small company functions.
Key Responsibilities
- Designing the UNDERS jersey collection based upon the chosen theme for the season.
- Selecting fabrics at fairs for the collection. Buying the fabrics quantities and controlling the deliveries.
- Buying the fabrics quantities and controlling the delivery dates.
- Manually patterncutting the jersey & woven garments, constructing toiles.
- Weekly visits to the seamstresses and tailors to control samples and production.
- Preparation for the catwalk shows, including assisting with styling outfits and arranging accessories to be made up for the show. Model casting and backstage co-ordination.
- Assisting with the national and international orders for the collection, this involved calculating fabric metres to be bought and the distribution of orders.
- Participating in Sonar 2004 and the customisation and manipulation of the Josep Abril uniforms for Sonar staff.

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Working as a VSO volunteer in Mongolia

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:24 1 Comment

Hi I'd like to introduce myself and the work i am doing. I have been in working in mongolia since August  2010, i am working with the organisation VSO helping to improve the textile industry in Mongolia, focusing on the cashmere, yak and camel hair products. I am based at a factory in Ulaanbaatar called Mongol Textile and they specialise in yak hair products, mainly woven blankets, throws, shawls etc.

Since i have been in Mongolia i have been introduced to Yak Hair weaving, i came here… Continue

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At 11:17 on January 29, 2011, jacqueline said…

love what you are doing and your background too... i too have worked in fashio nfor 10years and for the same reasons have moved into ethical fashion - though still in the process :)

would love to connect and talk to you more about your mongolian experience and VSO work too



At 5:19 on April 2, 2010, George said…

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