Kaishin Chu

Systems Thinker | Strategic Problem Solver | Experience Cultivator

Apparel Product Specialist

20+ yrs Industry Experience

Product & Systems/Process Design & Implementation

  • Apparel & Product User Experience Design & Development – Project Management
  • Product Engineering for High End Technical Performance Apparel
  • Full Scope Design Management: project management, product management, concept, research, design & development of garments including trims and accessories, packaging, prototyping, fit test evaluation, sample production, retail production
  • Graphics, Logo, & Print Design
  • Trim & Finishing Materials Design (labels, hangtags, buttons, zipper tabs, packaging, etc.)
  • Colour Management
  • System and Process Design & Implementation + Documentation Design

Organizational Design & Coaching

  • Organizational Change Management
  • Team Building and Skills Cultivation

Production Management – Local and Offshore

  • Production Coordination
  • Vendor Meetings and QA Inspection
  • Purchasing & Inventory

Inside Sales & Customer Experience

  • Servicing Sales Reps and Retailers
  • Consumer Warranty Service

Experienced in Collaborating with:

  • Clients/Customers – Directors, Managers, Manufacturers, Partner Services, Design Studios, Sales Consultants, Jobbers, Startup Entrepreneurs
  • Categories – Custom/Private Labels, Medical Wear, Winter Sport, Outdoor, Lifestyle, Children’s wearAthletes – Snow Sport, Run, Cycle, Yoga
  • Designers
  • Tech Designers & Developers
  • Offshore Merchandisers
  • Pattern Makers/Graders
  • Sample Sewers
  • Local and Offshore Factories
  • Material and Trim Suppliers
  • Trade Shows & Sales Team Liaison
  • HR management in small teams
  • Collaborative facilitation with Cross function teams (Marketing, Finance, Sales, Procurement, Disbursement, Customer Service, Directors, Stakeholders)

Companies worked with & Projects worked on:

(click on links to see available portfolio sample or company’s website)

  • Prenabelt (Medical Wearable Device – 2016 & 2019) – in collaboration with GIRHL & Shiprah Biomedical. Medical Apparel design & development and Production Mgmt. Phase 2 – Service/Business Design Coaching plus Research and Design.
  • Burgundy Bums (Baby wear startup – 2019) Apparel Business Coaching + Initial Brand Discovery for concept creation.
  • UnderArmour (Performance Snowsport Private Label for Ski Resorts 2015/16) in collaboration with Leba Design Studios & a Major Ski Resort conglomerate
  • Arctic Cat (Snowsport 2015/16) in collaboration with Leba Design Studios
  • Ride509 (Snowsport 2017/18 ) Technical Design in partnership with Westcomb Outerwear.
  • Swansea Urban Apparel (Outdoor/Travel/Lifestyle – Private Label 2013) in collaboration with Materials and Manufacturer in Bangladesh
  • Fruv (Yoga/Active Lifestyle) fruv.com
  • LIJA Style (Golf/Active – Women’s 2011 Collection) lijastyle.com
  • Garçon Model (Men’s undergarment) Startup Coaching, Graphic Design & Technical Design
  • Lela Designs (Golf/Lifestyle) http://leladesigns.ca
  • Sugoi Performance Apparel (Technical Active)
  • Sierra Design Canada (Outdoor/Active Lifestyle)
  • Westcomb Outerwear (Performance Outdoor Technical – Men’s & Women’s)
  • Leba Studios (Performance Outdoor Technical Apparel)
  • Hot Chillys (Performance Under Layers)
  • Couloir Actionwear (Outdoor Technical) Design & Development, Catalogue Design and Print Production, Design Management
  • Vancouver Opera – Wardrobe Dept. (Costume customization, creation, restoration, alteration – Sewer, Cutter)
  • Nemesis Apparel (Pattern services and Garment restoration)
  • Catherine Regehr (Purchaser/Inventory Control/Design Asst.)
  • Bard On The Beach/Vancouver Playhouse (Costume Assistant/Sewer)
  • Cannell Films (Wardrobe Department)
  • Kwantlen College (Teacher’s Assistant/Student Assistant)

Apparel Development – Technical Design samples
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Apparel Graphics and Sublimation Print Design
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