Irina Repponen is a creative pattern maker and garment technologist with over 25 years experience in the fashion industry and complete knowledge of draping, creative pattern making, grading, garment technology, all processes of prototype development and full production cycle.



  • Extensive background in a luxury woman's wear (Pret-a-Porter and Haute Couture), menswear, uniform and accessories.
  • Creative pattern making for high-end woman's wear and experimental solutions.
  • Pattern creation from sketch to full production patterns (both flat pattern cutting and draping to obtain correct fit).
  • Overseeing prototypes and sample production with the highest levels of quality and standards.
  • Extensive knowledge of woven, leather and stretch fabrics.
  • Handling and supervising activities in sampling department/design studio. 
  • Full knowledge of current trends and strong sense for color and shape.
  • Over 10 years experience working abroad (Paris, France and New Delhi, India)



Selected Clients

Leconet Hemant (Paris)

Peechoo & Krejberg (France)

Innes de La Fressange (France)

Pierre  Balmain (France)


Guy Laroshe (France)

Farah Angsana  (New York/Swiss)

Dany Atrache (France/Lebanon)

Phard (Italy)

Ananda SPA (India/Mauritius)

Yvonne Rohe (Spain)

Madame a Paris (France)

Porthault (France)

Lolita Jacquard (France)

Nathalie Garson (France)

Fragonard (France)

Foolish Heart (Australia)

Zazo (France)

Ritu Kumar (India)

Work Shown at

New York Fashion Week - (NY, USA) Farah Angsana Fall/Winter 2012

New York Fashion Week - (NY, USA) Farah Angsana Spring/Summer 2012

New York Fashion Week  - (NY, USA) Farah Angsana Fall/Winter 2011

New York Fashion Week  - (NY, USA) Farah Angsana Spring/Summer 2011

New York Fashion Week - (NY,USA) Farah Angsana Fall 2010 Couture

Lakme Fashion Week - (Mumbai, INDIA) LH Spring/Summer 2009

Delhi Fashion Week - (Delhi, INDIA) LH High Couture Since 1979 /2009

Delhi Fashion Week - (Delhi, INDIA) LH Autumn/Winter 08/09

Delhi Fashion Week - (Delhi, INDIA) Spring/Summer 2008

Lakme Fashion Week - (Mumbai, INDIA) Monsoon Summer 2008

Miami Fashion Week - (Miami, USA) LHMEN, LH Monsoon Summer collection 2008. LH receives the "Designer of the Year" distinction for 2007

Dubai International Fashion Week - (Dubai, UAE) Autumn/Winter 2007/08



2010 - Till date. Creative Pattern Maker/Co-Founder of Pattern Studio

A private company for handling freelance projects/orders. Specializing in pattern making and grading, designing, preparing full prototypes.

  • Creative pattern maker
  • In charge of a team creating samples and full production runs



2003-2012. Sr. Manager of Sampling Department at Lecoanet Hemant Pvt.  (Gurgaon India and Paris, France)

Lecoanet Hemant is an Haute Couture fashion house delivering deluxe ready-to-wear collections every season. Originally founded in Paris, France in 1984 the mark enjoyed it’s crowning success in ’94 as they won the Golden Thimble Fashion Award (le De d’Or). 

  • Working directly with the design team to develop full prototypes of the entire collections for each season keeping in mind the aesthetic needs of the designer and practical requirements of the market 
  • Coordinate activities between different departments to take the garment from the design stage to actual realization and finished product ready-ti-ship (Department – Embroidery/ Leather/ Metal/ Printing) 
  • Conduct fittings with the design team to resolve any type of issues and concerning construction, sewing, fit
  • Determine the feasibility of the garment production
  • Mentor, guide and oversee modeliste in pattern making and draping
  • Proficient in preparing technical documents required by the Production Department
  • Manage the logistics of fabric and trim procurement



1997-2003. Manager at Karlitone  (Tallinn, Estonia)

Karlitone – Fabrication unit dealing in Pret-a-Porte for international market

  • Handle sampling (patterns and prototype development) and production for Pret-a-Porte line for Lecoanet Hemant, Paris
  • Pattern grading for full production cycle
  • In charge of material procurement, custom documentation, logistics of prototypes and production
  • Communicated and coordinated all activities directly with the clients and supplier



1996-1997. Teacher for Paper Pattern Making and Sewing Technology in EuroUniversity  (Tallinn, Estonia)

  • Teacher for Paper Pattern Making and sewing technology in EuroUniversity



1996-1997. Freelancer Designer and Production Consultant

Frotex (Estonia) - garment and home furniture manufacturing. Veronica Gawell Designe (Sweden) - coat and jacket design and manufacturing.

  • Teacher for Paper Pattern Making and sewing technology in EuroUniversity



1993-1995. Co-President/Designer in Madame N

Madame N – Fashion house designing, fabricating, marketing pret-a-porte for European market


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