When I was a child I used to watch my great grandmother sew.  She would make clothing for my siblings and me for special occasions.  When she passed away she left me all of her sewing supplies.  I only knew how to sew by hand at that point, so my mother decided to put me into sewing lessons at 12 years old.  By the time I reached high school I was taking sewing and pattern-making classes daily.  I constructed most of my dresses for my school's formal dances.  After school I would work as a seamstress in a local manufacturer that made ballet costumes.  I always knew that I wanted to be in the fashion industry, so when I graduated high school I went straight to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.  I ended my last quarter down in Los Angeles where I began my career designing for the Disney Store.  From there I worked in various jobs in the industry back and forth between design and product development. 

 

Once I started a family I began working for myself so I could be home with the kids.  I started my own children's wholesale company as well as several retail companies.  Throughout this, I also consulted and worked with multiple start-up fashion companies.  My work remained very steady until the massive Northern California fires broke out in 2017, devastating our surrounding area.  That is what lead me to our big move up to Montana, where I took a position as a global product lifestyle manager and head designer.  Currently, I am focused on raising my four children, playing roller derby and looking to move back into a remote design or product development position.  Over the years, my work history has led me to a wide range of experience in the fashion industry, which makes me a great asset for your team!

A few things you will notice once you start working with me, is that my work is my passion.  You will always get 110% from me, with the up-most respect for the project at hand.  Most people think I am joking when I say my hobby is my work, until they get to know me and realize I am dead serious. I love to learn, so I am constantly going to school.  Right now I am finishing out my business management degree, and then I will be moving onto my MBA.  I love getting everything out of job that I can, so I am always willing to take on new projects and learn from those I am surrounded by.  Building relationships with peers and clients is extremely important to me, because it allows me to understand their vision and how they work. If you work with me be prepared for me to take the time to get to know you and on occasion, talk your ear off.

As serious as I am about my work, personality-wise I am far from that.  I love to have fun while working and being in a relaxed environment.  I will usually be one of the last to leave a work party, but the first to rally and give an eight hour presentation the next day (which I have done too many times haha).  If you would like to know more about me from a different perspective, feel free to reach out to me and I can provide many references for my work and work ethic.

Thank you for considering me as a potential candidate for your company.  I look forward to hearing from you!

-Jillian

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