Kemal Forrester, began her fashion career in retail working for Filene’s Basement & Macy’s, two major US department stores. She soon took an opportunity to work for the more contemporary mainstream fashion brand, Old Navy, a subsidiary of Gap Inc. Kemal officially entered the creative sector of the fashion world as a Design Assistant at Tiger J, a mid-sized independent fashion company specializing in private labels & celebrity clothing lines. She was soon offered a position as a Fashion Assistant at Brooks Brothers working with Women’s, Men’s & Children’s apparel in the areas of Product Development and Production. Lanvin soon came knocking, and she responded to the opportunity to work as a Stylist/Dresser for Market Week. Ms. Forrester continued to follow the path of Product Development with other notable brands, including Coach, managing her own handbag series as well as completing special projects for Coach 1941, Coach 75th Anniversary & Coach Enamel Stud campaign. As a result, Kemal is well versed in product development knowledge & recently launch her own consulting services. She works with independent or emerging designers to streamline their product offering while reducing design & production related expenses. A lack of funds as well as over-spending, are common problems for many designers. Her service techniques help them to increase their brands' profits, which can result in improved business cash flow. In addition, Ms. Forrester provides mentoring to aspiring fashion talent who wish to pursue a career in the industry.
Kemal Forrester is a former Fashion Design major from Parsons The New School of Design & an Alumnae of The Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in International Trade & Marketing for the Fashion Industries.
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