Onisha Román Espada

2016-08-08

Greater Atlanta AreaApparel & Fashion

Current Oni Espada, +FRESH.i.AM+, Body Politik

Previous +FRESH.i.AM+, Spelman College Bookstore, Onisha Roman

Education American Intercontinental University

Summary

Garment engineer. Production Development & Implementation. Assistant Designer. assistant Creative Director with Freshiam. 

I'm responsible for developing and designing products and their manufacturing process. 

I am skilled in Patternmaking and sample making. I train and manage a team of students who assist me in garment development. I also train and manage the team responsible for day to day operations of production, online, retail, and wholesale order fulfillment.

Experience


Garment Engineer

Oni Espada

August 2010 – Present (6 years 1 month)

Meet with clients and asses needed services. Take and record proper measurements. Complete the job within a timely fashion.

Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Production Designer, Garment Engineer, Operator, Supply Chain Management.

+FRESH.i.AM+

January 2009 – Present (7 years 8 months)Atlanta, Georgia

Garment design and development. Textile/materials sourcing. Patternmaking. Sample making. Cut & Sew. Costing. Hiring & training. Office Management. Supply Chain Management.

Seamstress/Creative Director

Body Politik

January 2008 – Present (8 years 8 months)

Research and develop ideas for collections and collaborations.

- Create patterns and first samples which are fitted and altered.

- Any orders made by clients are produced in house.

- Source fabrics, findings and supplies based on 3 principals: customer needs,

sustainability & locally produced.

- Established and maintain dye lab where textiles are dyed and techniques are tested and

implemented. Currently all work is being done by another designer so I communicate with

her my needs, manage sample production based on research and inspiration. Also manage

production and quality control of finished fabrics.

- Worked with stylist to create a collection of tops and leggings to meet the needs of

their specific photo-story. Spread was published in Jezebel magazine.

- Responsible for booking photographer, model, hair and makeup artist for photo-shoots

and runway shows.

- Customer relations

- Sales

- File management

- Collaborated with local brand on products needed for packaging and sale. Create

samples and final product.

- Participate in photo-shoots, fashion shows, and productions as needed in the capacity

of a model where I also offer and provide assistance in creating looks or performing

alterations.

- Worked closely with web and graphic designer on the production of website, product and

packaging needs.

(Open)1 recommendation

Jamal Otolorin

Jamal Otolorin

Director | Animator | Designer

Making Art & Animation is a dangerous job which often leaves my clothes tattered and worn. Onisha has heroically rescued my wears from an abysmal existence on several occasions. Her fashion knowledge is intrinsic. She lives and breathes this stuff....View

Assistant Stylist

+FRESH.i.AM+

December 2014 – December 2014 (1 month)Atlanta, Georgia

Pulled looks necessary for Holiday 14 lookbook shoot

Freelance Makeup Artist

+FRESH.i.AM+

December 2014 – December 2014 (1 month)Atlanta, Georgia

Worked with the creative director to develop the look required for the Holiday14 lookbook. Applied and maintained makeup on model for the duration of the shoot.

Accounting Coordinator

Spelman College Bookstore

January 2007 – May 2012 (5 years 5 months)

Present Accounting Co-Ordinator

- Train all new cashiers prior to start of each semester. 

- Manage customer checkout by scanning items, removing sensor tags and hangers,

communicating with customer to see if all needs have been met and completing transaction

by accepting all forms of payment

- Maintain the overall look of the store by cleaning, organizing, re-stocking, vacuuming

etc.

- Maintain all snacks and drink area by restocking several times a day as needed.

- Place order once a week for snacks and supplies.

- Cash out cashiers by verifying tills at the end of their shift. If there is a

discrepancy, I team up with management and research all possible avenues.

- Manage payments of store invoices and credits by mailing them to the appropriate

department and checking our accounts paid reports monthly. Further research is done on

any delayed payments/credits.

- Research and gather receipts for department charges from school based on monthly

statement. Deliver paperwork to schools payment department. Follow up calls if needed

for any late payments.

- Suggested and implemented in-store recycling program before one was created by the

school.

- Participate in annual store inventory count.

- Work closely with store manager on various projects and store functions and am given

extra responsibilities and duties when they are unavailable for extended periods of time.

- Associates trust and refer to me for advice, knowledge and expertise on various things

when the store manager is unavailable.

- During recent annual review the position of store manager in training was made

available.

writer

+FRESH.i.AM+

January 2009 – November 2010 (1 year 11 months)

Propose, research, review, and post articles to freshiam.net regarding music, fashion, and events in Atlanta

Stylist

Onisha Roman

January 2009 – December 2009 (1 year)

-Responsible for pulling clothing for shoots based on client requirements, perform fittings as needed, on set look management, etc.

Also responsible for making sure all items pulled are maintained and returned to shop/owner in a timely manner.

Freelance Writer

Onisha Roman

January 2009 – December 2009 (1 year)

Researching topics. Writing & posting content.

assistant

Muni Studios

March 2006 – April 2007 (1 year 2 months)

Assisted in managing appointments, client information, payment, acquiring props, etc. 

Education

American Intercontinental University

B.F.A, Fashion Design & Marketing

2002 – 2005

Participated in dual degree program where, upon graduating, I earned both an British and

American degree.

North Springs Charter Arts & Sciences HS

Fine/Studio Arts, General

1997 – 1999

Organizations

Additional Organizations

Big Brother's Big Sisters Meals on Wheels

Projects

FRESH.i.AM's 2014 NYFW Event

February 2014

FRESH.i.AM's inaugural showing at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban AgricultureFarm Assistant

Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

November 2014Environment

Assist in tasks as needed. Some previous tasks include weeding plant beds, repairing plant bed frames, installing irrigation.

Causes Onisha cares about:

Animal Welfare

Arts and Culture

Children

Civil Rights and Social Action

Economic Empowerment

Education

Environment

Health

Human Rights

Poverty Alleviation

Science and Technology

Social Services

Languages

English

Native or bilingual proficiency

Spanish

Limited working proficiency

Recommendations

Seamstress/Creative Director

Body Politik

Jamal Otolorin

Director | Animator | Designer

Making Art & Animation is a dangerous job which often leaves my clothes tattered and worn. Onisha has heroically rescued my wears from an abysmal existence on several occasions. Her fashion knowledge is intrinsic. She lives and breathes this stuff. I highly recommend her. I'm looking forward to working with her on creating custom pieces for experimental Film &...more

February 12, 2011, Jamal was Onisha's client

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