Hannah Feilmeier

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Creative and Technical Design
Company/Organization: Duluth Trading Company
Company/Organization website: http://www.duluthtrading.com
Destination: Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Timeframe: Summer
Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu


Responsibilities include: Research and select fabrics, trims and textile technologies. Research trends and design inspiration. Ideate and develop new styles/products across multiple categories. Assist in market research – competitive and aspirational. Support the product team by preparing necessary visual tools (i.e. sketches, presentation boards, fabric swatches, color standards, etc.) for meetings. Assist with daily communication with external vendors as needed, as well as, assist as needed in maintaining product specifications in PLM including technical illustrations, bills of materials, prototype requests and construction details. Attend fit sessions and cross-functional meetings to achieve an understanding of the product lifecycle. Assist with lab dip, trim and strike off comments and filing. I also built a seasonal color palette and chipboards. Partner with cross-functional interns to prepare and present a capstone project.


Being asked to continue with the company and work remotely for 6 weeks following the end of my 12-week internship because the company really valued my work ethic, willingness to learn and the ability to get projects done efficiently.

What advice would you give?

Go in with an open mind, willingness to learn, ability to fail and try again and overall excitement for an internship opportunity. When asked to help with a project, always say YES, because you will likely learn something new from it. Make connections with as many people as you can and explore other departments to see what you do and don't like.

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