Melba C. Solis
1251 Capitol Avenue
VISUAL MERCHANDISING SPECIALIST
Creative and driven professional with several years experience in the highly competitive fashion world. Designed and manged the opening of ten new stores. Proven record of motivating teams to excellence in fashing merchandising. Expert at spotting fashion trends.
HIGHLIGHT OF SKILLS:
· Problem Solver
· Coordination and Scheduling
· Cost Analyses
· Fashion Trends
· New-Store Design
· Fashion Sense
· Detailed and Accurate
· Team Leader
SHARLA’S FASHION EMPORIUM
1999 to Present
Assistant Visual Director
In-store Visual Merchandiser
Promoted to Assistant Visual Director after first year. Responsible for designing in-store and window displays. Worked with $1 million dollar annual budget.
Design window presentations to attract customers and increase sales and stores reputation. Oversee presentations in ten regional stores.
· Expanded stores into ten midwestern malls. Aided in the design of floor layout and Grand Opening presentations.
· Design bi-annual marketing campaigns coordinating in-store presentations with corporate materials
· Train new hires regarding the visual set-up of stores and how to create a visually appealing display. Responsible for 25 district managers and 400 salespeople.
· Proven ability to spot fashion trends. Travel to Paris three times a year to stay on top of trends.
· Conduct weekly seminars to inform buyers of upcoming lines and trends.
· Able to focus on detail while maintaining big-picture orientation.
REST AND RELAX
1996 to 1999
Sales Director (promoted from Sales Associate)
Responsible for store opening, window displays and store merchandising. Managed 22 sales associates.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Fashion Institute of New York, New York, NY
Certificate – Fashion Consultant
Gracie’s Sewing and Clothing Design School, New York, NY
Art School of New York, New York, NY
SPECIAL SKILLS & LEADERSHIP
Languages: Fluent in French and Italian.
Computer skills: Proficient in all MS Ofifice applications
Community leadership: Directed fashion show and two plays for local community theatre.
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