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SXP 100 Design and Product Development Technology Made Easy
1.5 CEU
Get up-to-date knowledge on the evolving computer solutions for designing, developing, and producing fashion products to achieve speed-to-market. Program covers CAD, color management, design research, and technical design technology used in fashion and textile product development and manufacturing, both popular and innovative. Make yourself more valuable in the marketplace as you improve your ability to strategically analyze software integration efficiency and investment.

SXP 105 Quality Fashion: How to Make It, How to Deliver It

1.2 CEU
Overcome retailer RTVs and customer dissatisfaction by instituting a profit building quality assurance program. Don't just concentrate on inspecting goods only after they're finished - learn how to construct quality programs by building on a foundation of proper specifications correctly communicated when and where they are needed. Techniques stressed are applicable to manufacturing anywhere. Auditing methods, total quality management, AQL, and ISO9000 certification are covered, and discussion includes independent auditing for continuous improvement.
Recommended as the first course for beginning the Product Development Manager or Certified Technical Designer certificate programs.

Instructor: Bernard N. Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant

SXP 110 How to Master Global Security and Social Compliance
1.2 CEU
Learn how to navigate national and international security requirements that challenge the manufacturing of private label and branded goods. Successful strategies to gain approval from even the most stringent social compliance programs are emphasized. Special attention is paid to dealing with the compliance requirements of multiple retailers. Current Homeland Security regulations, C-TPAT, WRAP, and other initiatives are included. Highly recommended for supply chain managers and sourcing professionals.

Instructor: Bernard N. Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant

SXP 120 How to Build a Better Garment: Stitches, Seams, and Finishing

1.2 CEU
Whether you are a sourcing or production manager, technical designer, or product development professional, you must be a master of garment construction in order to produce superior products. Learn about best practices in garment construction and detail writing. Learn about universal stitch and seam terminology so that your specs can be understood in any language. Topics covered include the secrets of proper finishing, to ensure that your products grab the customers' attention at retail.

Instructor: Bernard N. Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant

SXP 250 How to Write Garment Specs for Improved Manufacturing Consistency in Wovens and Knits

1.2 CEU
Highly recommended for technical designers and as prep for SXP 315 and SXP 351.
Upgrade the quality and consistency of your samples and production by improving your ability to write comprehensive, accurate specifications. This hands-on workshop explains how to measure and set up a spec sheet to communicate in any market and at any price point, whether you are sourcing abroad or at home. Review the techniques necessary to analyze the particular specs for cut-and-sew knits, sweater knits, and wovens. Learn how to change the specifications of an existing garment and develop a new one. Highly recommended for technical designers.

Instructor: Eileen Karp, assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel; creative designer, and apparel technical design director.

SXP 305 Technical Design from Product Analysis to Fit Approval
1.8 CEU
Learn how to fix sample problems prior to line production for ultimate customer satisfaction with your label. Begin by learning the steps in the fit approval process including sample measuring, construction and workmanship, as well as comfort and range of motion. Formulating corrections and fixing problems is stressed. Experience the role of the technical designer in examining visual appearance, utilizing patternmaking and grading know-how. Program stresses using proper language to communicate changes to develop a superior garment.

Instructor: Irene Mak, vice president technical design, New York & Company; formally with Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters.

SXP 315 Real World Technical Design Studio and Workshop
1.8 CEU
Prerequisite: SXP 305 or equivalent work experience
Gain invaluable experience viewing a variety of garments on a live fit model and then documenting the fit problems and construction advice for factory use.  Each session includes one hour of research with a new garment (skirt, knit top, woven top, woven dress, dress slacks, suit jacket and jeans), followed by guided documentation of all the fit and finish issues identified.  Learn advanced skills in analyzing fit, garment appearance, and construction.  How to document problems with garment balance, symmetry, fit and appearance clearly for factories to interpret and make corrections is stressed.  Workshop includes creating a tech pack with fit corrections, measurements and construction comments for each session's garment, worthy of your resume/portfolio.

Instructors: Irene Mak, vice president, technical design, New York & Company, technical design consultant and former executive, Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters; and Dale Noelle Weil, owner, TRUE Model Management, specializing in professional fit models for the garment industry, with guest fit models.

SXP 320 How to Reduce the Lead Time in Garment Preproduction
0.9 CEU
Are you caught up in the revolving door of resampling and late deliveries at the expense of delivering hot new looks on time? Learn how to reduce multiple sample requests and develop accurate diagrams that clarify and illustrate problems of fit and finish. Learn effective sketching and illustrating techniques that communicate your corrections in any language. Program includes sharing methodologies to reduce development time. Enable yourself to minimize costly resampling, saving time and money.

Instructor: Irene Mak, vice president, technical design, New York & Company, formerly with Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters.

SXP 351 Expert Fit Patterns: Grading and Specifications
1.8 CEU
Your ability to communicate, construct or evaluate garment specifications and manufacturing directions is essential to product sell through at retail. Upgrade your understanding and execution of the components that comprise a quality spec pack, whether you design, analyze garment fit, oversee production quality or work in technical design. Start with how superior shape and form is created when flat patterns are done correctly, including how draping is employed for fit analysis. Discover proper grading methods to adjust armholes, sleeves, lengths, seats, torso and waist fit. Increase your ability to communicate clearly with better measurements and written specifications to get garment you need from contractors and factories, no matter where you source. Learn to control final product outcome and avoid costly mistakes. Highly recommended as a follow-up to SXP 250.

Bring to first session: 60-inch tape measure, 2-foot plastic ruler, three lead pencils, three colored pencils, one paper cutting scissors, 1 1/2 scale L-square, and one yard muslin.

SXP 400 The Product Developer's Guide to Effective Managing: Communication, Organization, Integration
1.2 CEU
Are you ready for a promotion but haven't developed a strong management style? Do you struggle when you need to get your peers and partners to adhere to your time and action calendar? Do you find your employees grumbling about miscommunication or having to waste time doing the same tasks more than once? This unique program combines the best of business management theory with the specifics of working with fashion-related product manufacturing and sourcing and teaches you to use techniques vital to managing the product development process. Gain respect from those around you and improve your career advancement opportunities by learning to develop clear concise communications, simplified organization, and use of cross functional team integration for effectiveness and efficiency. How to apply a holistic approach to managing your product lifecycle, is stressed, along with developing a stronger image for yourself through lecture and role play.
Students should bring laptop to each session to complete in-class assignments.

Instructor: Barbara Zeins, president, Gerson and Gerson; sourcing and supply chain executive and industry consultant. 

SXP 600 Fundamentals of Technical Design for Apparel Development
1.2 CEU
If you're a professional in apparel development for your success depends on correct communications to factories for sell-through garments that fit and satisfy the customer. Perfecting your hands-on technical skills is easy. Learn what to look for measuring, constructing, fitting, and determining quality standards and expectations for garments. Through this easy to follow program, you can gain practical experience in the use of succinct industry terms, technical sketches/photos, and the recording of accurate specifications that clearly communicate your garment details. Learn how to make tech packs and ask for prototypes with heightened accuracy so you can reduce costs and lead-time. Recommended for patternmakers, designers, and product developers who are new to the field or looking to develop more effective work methods.

Instructor: Eileen Karp, assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel; creative designer, and apparel technical design director.

SXL 100 55A Intro to Intimates and Swimwear Product Development and Manufacture
.9 CEU
This dynamic program provides a complete overview of the intimates and swimwear industry to help you shape your career goals.  Let our global industry expert introduce you to the depth and breadth of product assortments including women's and men's categories. Learn about sleepwear, undergarments, shapewear, specialty intimates, and every type of swim design from string bikinis to jammers and board shorts.  Information overviews distribution channels, price points, and regional and cultural differences.  Sector-unique challenges such as use of high performance fabrics, fit issues, and ever changing fashion silhouettes are stressed.

Instructor: Andrew Sia, founder, Ace Style Group, a vertically integrated intimate manufacturing business;  founder, Ace Style Institute of Intimate Apparel, Institute of Textiles & Clothing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University; adjunct professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; publisher, Intimate Apparel Journal.

SXL 200 Bra Development and Design Fundamentals
1.8 CEU
In this in-depth course an industry professional introduces how bras are designed. Learn the process of how a bra is created including the components such as cups, wires, elastics, and more in addition to fabrics, embroideries, and laces. Meet experts from the intimate apparel industry that will share their experience for creating comfortable, well-fitting garments that foster customer dedication and repeat sales.

Instructor: Camille Block, intimate apparel executive of design, merchandising and product development, board member, The Underfashion Club, former vice president of design, special divisions, Warner's.

SXL 300 Intimate/Swim Patternmaking and Grading
1.8 CEU
This program emphasizes the correct execution of patternmaking and grading, and fit requirements across classifications in intimate and swim apparel to ensure customer satisfaction. Start with flat patterns and grading methods to adjust cups, bands, snaps, armholes, seats, torsos, and waists. Discover new 3D-body-scanning and interactive developments for improved communications, no matter where your product is sourced. Basic patternmaking knowledge is required.

Bring to first session: 60-inch tape measure, 12-inch plastic ruler, 2 lead pencils, 3 colored pencils, acid free patternmaking tissue paper, pattern paper, paper cutting scissors, seam ripper.

Instructor: Cay Paras, senior technical designer, Gap Body; former chief pattern designer, Ace Style Intimate Apparel.

SXL 400 Intimate/ Swim Technical Design/Manufacturing Methods
1.8 CEU
Learn the language and tech-talk required to effectively communicate through written and verbal methods to get intimates or swimwear products made correctly. Learn how to fix sample problems prior to line production for ultimate customer satisfaction with your brand. Begin by learning how to write clear specifications and the steps in the fit approval process including sample measuring, construction and workmanship, as well as comfort and range of motion. Program stresses formulating corrections and fixing problems. Experience the role of the technical designer in examining visual appearance and utilizing patternmaking and grading know-how for development and changes.

Instructor: Irene Mak, vice president, technical design, New York & Company, formerly with Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters.

SXL 450 Intimate/Swim Product Creation and Line Development
1.2 CEU
Learn successful practices for meeting the demands of your intimate and swimwear target customer with new product design and development. Program emphasizes the steps necessary in intimate and swim line development to respond to market demands by utilizing blended coloration, textures, and fabrication newness. Course will also discuss product launches in relation to branding and how to generate brand awareness and excitement.

Instructor:  Andrew Sia, founder, Ace Style Group, a vertically integrated intimate manufacturing business;  founder, Ace Style Institute of Intimate Apparel, Institute of Textiles & Clothing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University; adjunct professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; publisher, Intimate Apparel Journal.

SXL 480 Intimate/Swim Market Forecasting, Planning, and Sustainable Sourcing
1.2 CEU
Learn the essentials of market analysis, forecasting, and production planning specific to the intimates and swimwear businesses. Also covered is costing development in relation to domestic or overseas sourcing and how volume affects price. Find out why sustainable sourcing requires factory compliance to answer major retailers’ social responsibility agendas. Learn the tools for sustainable factory evaluation to choose the best production facilities for intimate and swimwear production.

Instructor:  Bernard N. Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant.

SXL 500 Intimate/Swim Technical Development Studio
3.0 CEU
Learn to develop and prepare intimates and swimwear for production. In this course, you create your own mini-line concepts, patterns, and fit samples while learning how to manage the production of a quality intimate/swimwear product line. Choose your own fabrics and trims, create tech packs, and learn how to oversee sample production. Program emphasizes the connection between design choices and product quality and fit.

Bring to first session:  French Curve #21, 2" x 18" grid ruler, seam ripper, fabric & paper scissors, 11" x 14" or larger tracing paper pad, Strathmore 300 series or comparable, mechanical pencil and red, white and blue pencils or chalk.

Instructor: Irene Mak, vice president, technical design, New York & Company, formerly with Anthropologie, Victoria's Secret PINK, American Eagle Outfitters.

SXL 600 Intimate/Swim Textiles and Trims
1.2 CEU
Learn the features and characteristics of the specialized fibers, fabrics, and trims used in the production of Intimates and swimwear including specialized underwire, boning, clasps, hooks, sliders, grippers, and more. The program includes lace, embroidery, narrow fabrics, fibers, yarns, and textiles used in both intimate apparel and swimwear. A special segment is presented featuring eco-silk, microfibers, spandex, Coolmax™ and DuPont’s competitive swimwear materials, as well as new fabrication concepts under development.

Instructor: Lisa Kesselman, co-owner, Kesselman Trimmings Inc.; specialist in manufacturing, design, and sale of custom fabric trims for apparel, lingerie, swimsuit, accessories, and home furnishing markets.

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