Chantel Terrell ('03) says her job as director of production at Fabletics is like being "a little fairy operating in the shadows."
After all, it can take up to 25 steps to produce one pair of leggings for the popular athleisure fashion line headed by actress Kate Hudson.
Terrell collaborates with design, product development, merchandising and other aspects for the brand, which produces a new collection each month.
She has been working at Fabletics since its inception three years ago after stints for a Dallas denim line and William Rast, a clothing line started by Justin Timberlake.
She began as a one-woman show and now heads a team of five who produce more than six million units a year.
"If you work in production, you are in the trenches," Terrell says. "One day you may be in meetings with the CEO, and the next you may be removing threads from a garment. Every task has the potential to influence the business in a significant way."
Jack McCue, president of global production at TechStyle Fashion Group says, "Chantel is a dynanic team leader with a strong entrepreurial drive. She has led the incubation of a $300 million business from one sourcing region to nine, which includes 50 plus factories from raw materials to cut and sew facilities totaling nine million units annually."
Terrell also plays a part in the creative process.
"You may even see my derrière in an advertisement on social media," she says. "I'm a part of the Fabletics squad."