Hannah Andrade-Samala


I am a textile and surface designer specializing in classic themes with a twist. I love color and have a talent for choosing unusual color combinations along with my strong imagery. I am also passionate about product development and collaboration, and have honed my skills in these areas in my varied experience as a product manager, merchandiser and buyer in different areas of fashion. This is what sets me apart from most designers: I have spent a decade working in the business and product development side. I have a deep understanding of trends, seasonality and profitability, and the skill to interpret this information into designs that my target market responds favorably to.

My favorite parts of my previous jobs were trend research and product development. I am a believer of of interacting with one’s world wherever one may be and find plenty of inspiration this way. With product development, I find the process magical when a sketch is eventually translated into an actual product. I adore collaborating because I believe we all bring something different to the table, and can only be better together. The realization that I liked the creative part of my job more than the business part is what led me to the path that I am now.

I have recently graduated from the intense 1-year Associates Degree Textile/Surface Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology where only 25 students are accepted every year. While I had been creative in my own time and have been taking online textile/surface design courses through Pattern Observer, Lilla Rogers Studio, and Jeanne Oliver, my year at FIT was what I needed to push me to the next level in my designs and to define my style. I have always designed with the end use in mind, and in my courses, limiting the use of color to accommodate different printing methods and working in fully customizable layers are key concepts that I adhere to in my work. I look forward to sharing my designs in different industries and my long-term goals include creating smart designs that can be used as learning tools for kids and creating travel-driven lines that inspire people to engage with their physical world in this age where people tend to exist in their little techie bubbles.


Graduating Students Exhibition at Museum at FIT, New York, NY


  • Textile/Surface Design
  • CAD
  • Childrenswear
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Point Carre
  • Colorways
  • Creating Repeats
  • Color Separation
  • Photography
  • Weaving
  • Ceramics
  • Hand Drawing
  • Painting