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Meet the Rising Stars: Tyler Dowdy

(December/January 2018) posted on Thu Dec 20, 2018

Tyler Dowdy shares his knowledge and standardized process across Abercrombie and Fitch Co.


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By Kelsey Johnson

Tyler Dowdy
Senior IDC Technician | Abercrombie and Fitch Co. | Columbus, Ohio
Age: 32 | Years in the Industry: 5

Community Involvement: Active at Grove City Community Church, leading the music program, singing, and playing guitar; supports the American Lung Association, fundraising and participating in the annual Fight for Air Climb



Tyler Dowdy began his specialty printing career “catching garments at the end of the dryer” at a contract print shop, diving into apparel decoration with the desire to learn everything about the medium. Always up for a challenge, Dowdy quickly learned how to do specialty prints, create samples, manage staff, and train new team members, writing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and creating the educational training used for onboarding. In his current role at Abercrombie and Fitch Co., Dowdy manages his department, trains staff, assists in the development of graphics for seasons in advance, works to standardize print processes, and more. 

“Tyler is one of the most technically sound printers in the US,” says his nominator, Nathan Leber of Leber Design and Print, who first employed Dowdy in the print industry. The two now share a workspace. “Tyler started with zero print knowledge. After three years, he was my right-hand man. Now, he is not only a print expert, but also an expert on dyeing and wash techniques, separations, and management. You can’t help but feel more positive when he’s around, and he has leadership skills that are second to none.” 


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