Ashley Rabin is a women’s apparel + accessory designer with 15 years of industry experience. Most recently, Rabin was the designer for contemporary career apparel brand AMANDA + CHELSEA. She joined parent company MHB 225 back in 2011, and played a crucial role in developing the contemporary fit, quality fabrics and polished aesthetic for the “wear-to-work” brand.  In the 9 years that she held this position, she was responsible for the entire design process, from sourcing fabrics and making linesheets to creating tech packs and communicating all factory approvals.

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Concurrently, Rabin developed an interest in sustainable fashion and in 2016, wrote “Desperately Seeking Sustainable Style.” The process inspired her to launch GILDED-MANE, an evolution of the wearable art she had been creating since 2004.

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GILDED-MANE started off as a collection of headbands, and eventually expanded to include a complete collection of jewelry. Rabin drew inspiration from her own embellished apparel, and designed versatile pieces that can be worn all year, and by women of every age and size. She uses reclaimed leather in her designs which makes the pieces lightweight and durable, but also helps to minimize waste.

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Through GILDED-MANE, Rabin has not only challenged herself creatively, but has become proficient in Shopify and building E-Commerce channels from scratch. She used her Photoshop skills to create engaging Instagram posts and after participating in her first pop-up market in October 2019, has developed a greater understanding of her target customer.

Prior to these accomplishments, Rabin developed her skills as the Associate Designer for the Missy brand ROBERT LOUIS. She held this position from 2005 to 2011 and provided critical support to the Head Designer. In addition to creating linesheets and making factory approvals, Rabin was responsible for developing all the print artwork for their extensive loungewear division. This required Graphic Design skills, such as generating pattern repeats, but also a keen eye for creating color palettes and commenting on all strike-offs.

As an invaluable member of the design time, Rabin continued this work part time from 2006 to 2008, the two years she spent earning her Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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