Greater New York City Area


Tel: 646-464-3572

LinkedIn: Nina Harrell Means

Professional info


I am a driven fashion professional with an insatiable artistic curiosity.  I believe in strong collaboration with internal and external partners to deliver a superior product.  I balance the customer's preferences with industry trends to deliver bottom line results.






Work experience


Designer, H by Halston, Wovens and Structured Knits, XCEL Brands 2015 - Present

I design all categories to include outerwear, jackets, dresses, tops, skirts and pants for woven and structured knits for elevated day wear label offered only on QVC.  I source and develop fabric and trim, as well as coaching vendors and factories on garment execution. I work hand in hand with technical design partners to guide critical measurements for the overall success of the style.  I manage an assistant designer and a freelancer on our team to consistently meet aggressive and competing deadlines on time.  I maintain healthy relationships with domestic and international sourcing and production partners.


Assistant Designer, Women's Wovens & Knits, American Eagle Outfitters

2012 - 2015


I consistently contribute to collection design and development for the women's line for dresses, skirts, rompers, jumpsuits and bottoms (pants and shorts).  I support the managing design team with meticulously detailed tech packs, vendor correspondence, managing locally made samples, and participating in fittings.

I am committed to making deadlines and prioritizing competing needs effectively.


Design Intern, Rebecca Taylor

Jan 2012 - June 2012


I worked with the shoe designer and apparel team to learn leather and fabric sourcing and to provide support on concept research and development.  Participated in fittings with the head designer; Provided Illustrator CADs for the sweater designer; Prepared cut tickets for domestic sample rooms; Hand embellished runway looks.

Intern, ODILON, Los Angeles


Promoted the line to buyers with significant  details  about the make and origination of the line at Market Week. Assisted  with linesheet updates. Assisted with Mercedes-Benz  Fashion  Week presentations. Responsible for coordinating logistics of getting the LA based company around  NY. Styled models during  lookbook photo shoots directed by Keegan  Singh

Production Assistant, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Swim - Miami, Florida

2010 & 2011


Assisted with front and back of house logistics for high end swimwear fashion shows in Miami









2010 - present

2010 - present



Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

2010 - 2012

Associate of Applied Sciences, International Fashion Design

1 year of study in Florence, Italy; 1 year of study in New York City

George Washington University, Washington, DC

2006 - 2010

Master of Public Health, Health Communications and Marketing


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1999 - 2003

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Spanish Language Minor