kananimahelona designconsultant
                                                                                            • about me


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In the summer of 1982, I made an exhilarating (and shocking, for my parents!) U-turn in my career path.  About to graduate as Salutatorian of my high school class, bestowed with science and math scholarships, I abandoned my left brain to tickle my creative side, diving into the wild and wonderful "rag trade".

Landing a job as a Sample Cutter and Design Assistant with Stockton Mfg in Dallas, TX prior to graduating high school, I went on, at the behest of my industry mentors, to study in the renowned Apparel and Pattern Design degree programs at El Centro College while working as a Patternmaker and Designer at Dallas manufacturers Jerell, Jay Jacks International, MGM, J. Ellis, Agatha Moon and Malouf Co.  My passion for the business of textiles was great; and I reveled in the architecture of patternmaking, the creativity of garment and textile design and the energetic cycle of collections and seasonal markets.

In 1989, another tangent in my career: A demonstration of a new, PC-based CAD markermaking program had me marveling at its colors, its speed and accuracy.  This burgeoning field of "fashion technology" had me at “click!”.  By June of that year, I was working at the world leader in this field, Gerber Technology, as a CAD Specialist, eventually managing a team of 21 applications specialists in North America, developing training programs and sales presentations as Principal Software Products Specialist, and traveling the world to work with customers as varied in scope as Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang, Levi Strauss, Gap, US Army, La-Z-Boy, Reebok, Mattel, Toyota, Theory, Hart Schaffner Marx, JCPenney, Nanette Lepore, Lear Corp, Oshkosh, Herman Miller, BCBG, Liz Claiborne, Abercrombie & Fitch, Limited Brands, TS Tech, Calvin Klein, Fisher-Price and VF Corp.  My 24 years at Gerber Technology allowed me to apply, at last, BOTH sides of my brain and presented me the opportunity to gain expertise in computer-aided patternmaking, grading, markermaking, cut planning, and textile design, in fields as varied as apparel, furnishings, automotive, aerospace and industrial design.

Meanwhile, in 2006, studies in Interior Design at NYU helped me develop skills for yet another passion of mine; and then, in the summer of 2012, another, major shift: I decided to branch out on my own to provide the industries and customers I had grown to love a more hands-on, customized approach to learning and success.  Starting my own consulting business at the start of 2013 was an exciting challenge for me; and I have thoroughly enjoyed assisting my clients in matching their existing talents to the right skill sets and the right technology in order to create beautiful products.  I hope I have the opportunity to partner with you in this endeavor! 

                                                                                                                 

 

  For inquiries regarding services & schedule, please contact:   kananimahelona@outlook.com  214.789.1972
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