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I graduated in December of 2006 and I loved my time at Oklahoma State. I studied apparel merchandising and also took an interest in Spanish and marketing while I was there. During my time at Oklahoma State, I was required to do an internship in my field in order to graduate. So, I went to New York City and interned at a tiny store (s) called Purdy Girl (thanks to Diane Limbaugh). I was able to get a buying internship and attend trade shows in Manhattan, showroom appointments, learn open-to-buy plans, etc. It was amazing. I returned to New York after graduation with a job buying lined up at Purdy Girl.
Shortly after I arrived back in Manhattan I got an offer to move to the wholesale side of the business. I took the job with G-III Leather and I have been in wholesale ever since. I am on year 10 in New York and currently work in the Fashion District in Manhattan for The Kasper Group which has brands such as Nine West, Anne Klein, Kasper, etc. I work with buyers from Belk, Stage, Steinmart, Hautelook, etc. I recently moved to Hoboken with my husband and 3 animals and we plan on staying as close to the city as we can for as long as we can.
I studied Design, Housing, and Merchandising with a focus on Apparel Design and graduated in 2004. I loved my time at Oklahoma State and am grateful for the program and professors. The fundamentals I learned in the DHM courses prepared me for a career in this industry. My education at Oklahoma State put me at a level on par with my peers who graduated from the most prestigious fashion colleges in New York City.
Shortly after graduation, I moved to New York City and started working in product development for men's and women's shoes. Currently, I am the director of product development at Global Brands Group for Calvin Klein footwear. I am responsible for costing all lines, factory sourcing and compliance, and overseeing men's and women's commercialization.