Sonja Nijssen

Freelance Designer & Creative

“I am an enthusiastic creative who gets excited

by any kind of project, driven by passion!”

About me

I am a freelance designer, with a rich experience of over 15 years in fashion design and product development.

I love to create

With years of experience in fashion design I have mastered the skills of understanding brand right requirements according to the latest trends. I have worked with passion in teams on different projects so you can rely on me for yours.

I’ve spent most of these years working as an outerwear designer, specialized in functional menswear jackets, leather jackets and suit separate blazers. Within these product groups I gained knowledge of functional outerwear fabrics and their applications. Having worked on various collections that have been produced and sold in various stores, I can help you with the best possible suggestions and ideas for commercial purposes. I give you a variety of options we can work on together.

What I do

From understanding your requirements, designing a concept and delivering the final product, I do everything that falls in between these lines.


I make sure the design is innovative and commercial. By making a clear technical sketch the design will be easy to understand by the supplier in order to get the best outcome for a first Proto sample.


It's part of the design process to think about the right trims such as zippers, buttons, labels and stitchings to get the product you want. I make sure that all of this information will be merged with the technical sketch. Together with the final size spec this complete tech pack will be ready to instruct the supplier accordingly.

concept &

If you are looking for a designer who’ll take over the research and development of a concept and colourcard, I have the knowledge to help you with this.


Whether you need a magical wedding or party invitation, a special birth card, a new logo or business cards. Whatever you're looking for, I can create a personal design. We choose the right material and colors to get the best result that will make you smile.



My Experience


Just Brands –  Lijnden

Logo Vanguard
Logo Cast Iron
Logo PME Legend

Outerwear designer

I started as a shirt & outerwear designer for Vanguard and got some experience in the sweat group as well. For the last couple of years I got specialized in outerwear, focusing on the jackets, blazers and leather jackets for Vanguard and partly Cast Iron. From the start of a new collection I have experience and knowledge of the whole development. Like making a concept, colourcard and fabric selection, up to making the sketches, tech packs and communication with the suppliers. With all the commercial aspects in mind I can create a collection which fits the brand platform.


Vilenzo / Waalwear Kids –   Badhoevedorp

Allround designer

I started my career as a junior designer for the brand 'Pointer'. I was responsible for the whole build up of the collection like tops, sweats, knits, trousers and jackets. I made the sketches and the tech packs.


Peek en Cloppenburg –  Zoetermeer



For the kids collection I joined the design team as a trainee. I worked together with them to help design and develop prints and styles for the tops within the collection.


Contact Me

And let me know where I can help you out with!