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 ABOUT 

I’m a Fashion Designer with more than 15 years of experience in the fashion and consumer products industry. During my professional career I have worked with important consumer product brands and helped emerging designers and startups convert their ideas to reality. I am highly creative and passionate with a strong sense of color and taste. I have designed products for prominent retailers such as Walmart, Sears, Kmart, and high end global brands leading to my designs being featured in the US and around the world, I have also worked in licensing with Nickelodeon and Hasbro, designing consumer products for brands like SpongeBob SquarePants, My Little Pony, and Transformers.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Marynes Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua / Miami, Fla.                     2002 – present

Designer – Fashion and Consumer Products 

As a creative professional, I have specialized in design and product development for apparel, and consumer goods. I have designed products ranging from accessories, sportswear, graphic t-shirts, and couture pieces. My experience has led me to work directly with both local and international clients, startups, and Fortune 500 companies, where I established a strong reputation as a high-quality designer.

GFK Bar, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.                                       April 2019 – present

Co-Founder & Creative Director 

I am a co-founder of GFK Bar, a startup company that sells wall art, skate related collectibles, and celebrates design through artistic collaborations and capsule collections. As the creative director, I am primarily responsible for the development of products from concept to completion. I also partner with team members and vendors to market and place our goods.

Hasbro Latin America, Miami, Fla.                                    Sept. 2014 – June 2018

Regional Lead Product Development: LATAM  

In this role as manager, I led the Latin American “Design and Development” team and partnered with the global teams to raise design standards in the region. I was responsible for managing the consumer-product approval process, creating and implementing strategies to produce best-in-class goods and provide creative direction to the team and licensees. My teamalso provided guidance and training to our partners in the region, comprised of over 100 licensees, to ensure that licensed products complied with the brand’s reputation for producing high-quality goods.Among other accomplishments the team streamlined processes and collaborated with key partners to produce best in class products, activations and promotions.

Viacom International, Miami Beach, Fla.                          July 2010 – April 2014

Designer, Nickelodeon Consumer Products: Mexico, Brazil, LATAM, and Canada

In this role, as part of the CP team for the Latin American and Canadian regions, I managed the licensing approval process. This required that I provided training and assist licensees with design and development and ensure that their product was aligned with brand guidelines. I provided creative direction and reviewed product approval submissions within a range of categories directly from external partners and identified creative needs for the specific regions.  

 

Intradeco Apparel                                                               May 2007 – July 2010

Designer for Product Development / Merchandiser (accessories, apparel)

Conceptualized and created artwork for apparel, screen-printing, and accessories; oversaw the design and product development process; and reviewed samples to ensure that the product met the company and client standards before going into production.  Participated in vendor meetings while presenting new designs and screen-printing techniques to the creative teams.

PERSONAL SKILLS

Goal Oriented

Productive

Efficient

Organized

Team Player

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, Spark, Acrobat)

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Creative Direction

Fashion Design

Technical Drawing

Sketching and Illustration

Sewing Techniques

Garment Construction

Patternmaking and Draping

Product Development

Accessory Design

Trend Research / Forecasting

Color Direction

Graphic Design

Print Design

Packaging Design

Screen-Print

Color Separation­­

LANGUAGES

English – Fluent

Spanish – Fluent

Understanding of Brazilian Portuguese

EDUCATION

Ai Miami International University of Art and Design

Miami, FL

Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design

 

Universidad American (UAM)

Managua, Nicaragua

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising. Thesis: Feasibility Study for the Implementation of a Calibration Laboratory

 

Business Administration and Marketing

Universidad Americana

Courses in human Reengineering, Service, and Quality Management

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Marketing and Business Admisnitration

HONORS AND AWARDS

Design Competitions

Honorable Mention, Career Day 2005, Fashion Group Foundation, New York

Best national Costume Award, Miss Expo World 2004, Guatemala

Titan Award, Miss Earth 2004, Philippines (Special National Costume Award)

 

Fashion Competitions

Top Model, Intermodel de Mexico, Nicaragua, 1998

Miss Amistad, Managua, Nicaragua 2000

Miss Nicaragua International 2002, Tokyo, Japan

Miss Nicaragua Earth 2003, Manila, Philippines

 

Academic

Academic Performance and Arts Scholarship, American University 2001 – 2003

President’s List, MIU Summer 2005

Dean’s List, MIU Fall 2005, Spring 2005

Honor’s List, MIU, Fall 2004, Winter 2005

Fashion Group Foundation Scholarship Nov. 2005

 

Other:

Guest of Honor and Key to the City Of Barranquilla, Colombia 2006

Guest of Honor of the City of Medellin, Colombia, 2003

Guest of Honor and Keys to the City of Pasig, Philippines 2003

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Judge in various beauty pageants and fitness events

Fashion Styling for fundraising fashion shows

Runway classes for children with disabilities

Amigos Near Foundation

Viacommunity

Global Day of Joy, Hasbro – Miami Children’s Hospital

Seeds for Progress Foundation

Los Pipitos, Nicaragua

Telethon Organization, Nicaragua

CONANCA (Nicaraguan Help Commission for Children with Cancer)

Hogar de Niños Pajarito Azul, Nicaragua

Aproquen - Nicaragua

Feeding South Florida

Camillus House - Hope For All Gala