About me

FLOOR KOLEN
Date of Birth: 13-04-1988
Nationality: Dutch

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015-2016       BALENCIAGA, Assistant Designer Accessories  (Paris, France)
July-Present. Research, design, and development of leather goods and soft accessories at Studio Homme.

2015                 LVMH, Guest designer, Creative briefing experience (Paris, France)
24 hour project, from briefing to presentation for a LVMH brand.

2014-2015       IFM collaboration projects
Delvaux (Brussels, Belgium) Bag collection
Christian Dior (Paris, France) Eyewear collection
Heyraud (Paris/St-Laud, France) Shoe collection

2012-2014       G-Star RAW, Designer, (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Designer and responsible for all product groups of the premium wmn collection, 4 seasons per year. Concept and mock-up development, design, print/material briefing, launching, atelier fittings, travel to Asia for production follow-up, sales presentations, collection and price strategic planning.

2011-2012        G-Star NY RAW, Design Assistant,  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Assisting the head designer for the NY Fashion week collection. Focus on developing, experimenting and sourcing innovative materials and techniques.

2009                 Bernhard Willhelm, Internship (Paris, France)
Sept-Jan. Design and pattern assistant for SS10 men& women collection.

2007-2008      FLO, Founder/Designer (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Own accessory label with several sales points in The Netherlands and Belgium. Publications in magazines: Elle, Code, Glamour, Celebrity, etc.

EDUCATION

2014-2015         Institut Français de la Mode (IFM),
Design Postgraduate Program, Major in Accessory (Paris, France)
Modules: Personal bag collection, Collections for brands (bags, shoes, eyewear), Communication, Creative strategy, Art direction.

2012-2014         Millinery course (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Hat making classes, evening school once per week. Focus on felt hats and reinterpretating classic materials and shapes.

2006-2010       Amsterdam Fashion Institute,
Bachelor International Fashion Design (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Graduated with a grade of 10/10 for collection and show.
- Shanghai Fashion Week, ‘Dutch Fashion Here&Now’, Presentation of young Dutch fashion talent .
- Amsterdam Fashion Week, Show ‘De Lichting’, Competition for graduates of all Dutch fashion academies.
- London Graduate Fashion Week, Graduation competition with a selected group of international students.