Experience

2014 - present

Freelance Knitwear Designer and Consultant

Clients :

Luxury Cashmere factory - Nepal

  • Designer and consultant for their own label cashmere lifestyle range.

  • Developed the handwriting for the brand and responsible for the direction and design of the range.

  • Designing Women's, Mens and children's knitted cashmere ranges including accessories. Also cashmere woven scarves and home products.

  • Responsible for range structure and planning , colour palettes, tech packs, fitting and over-all range direction

Thought - UK

  • Design the womens knitwear ranges for this organic and sustainably sourced clothing brand

  • Design and develop womenswear colour palette and themes across all product areas

Cro-che - UK

  • Develop crochet tech packs for Bali crochet factory

Maya Cashmere - Nepal

  • Designed and developed the womenswear Maya brand for A/W 18  - Women’s cashmere garments and knitted accessories.

  • Developed the handwriting for the brand and responsible for direction and design of the Women's wear range. Managing own critical path.

  • Designed the colour palette and worked directly with the factory through all stages of design and fitting etc to SMS stage.

  • Arranged and planned styling for lookbook shoot

  • Planned and effected their PURE London stand from design to completion.

Luxury Cashmere factory - Inner Mongolia

  • Designed the in-house women’s knitwear range to promote further the luxury vertical manufacturer to existing clients including Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Chinti and Parker etc and to promote the factory to new clients.

  • Developed their A/W 18 seasonal colour palette for in-house cashmere yarn production.

  • Responsible for designing branding brochures and website to promote the brand to new customers for PV.

  • Designer for their manufacturing brand in China - Men’s and Women’s knitwear

​KC knitwear Co ltd - Hong Kong

  • Designed the in-house development women’s knitwear range for A/W 18 for their premium high street customers including Jigsaw, Mint Velvet and The White Company. Including fashion plain garments, intarsia, jacquards, print and embellishment.

  • Produced trend reports from catwalk and Pitti Filati and new season trend boards and key shapes.

 

Nicole Farhi - UK

  • Designed and developed the women’s knitwear range for A/W 17, including sourcing of yarn.

  • Consulted on the mens knitwear range

  • Responsible for colour palettes for main range - Womenswear

  • Worked closely with Head of womenswear and owner together with other designers on the direction of the range.

  • Managed and structured own critical path.

  • Worked directly with factories in China, Italy and the UK, and spinners in Italy and the Far East

Swatch designer

(from 2004- present)

  • Design and make knitted swatches, using vintage prints, knits and embellishment.

  • Swatches sold to: Missoni, Sonia Rykiel, Cacharel, Fendi, Etro, Yves Saint Laurent, Day Birger et Mikkelson, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Anthropologie, Rebecca Taylor, Abercrombie and Fitch, DKNY, Calypso, Gap, Whistles.

 

2010 - 2014
Senior Knitwear Designer

Monsoon

  • Responsible for all knitwear at Monsoon - day, occasion wear, premium ranges (including Esthetica range for London Fashion week) and knitted accessories, from initial concept to final seal sample.

  • Responsible for Approx 280 options PA. Approx £65m retail price PA.

  • Responsible for the design of the knitwear range that gave Monsoon its best A/W season in its 40 year history in A/W 2012.

  • Accountable for knit trend direction, strategy, comp shop reports and catwalk reaction. Set and managed knitwear critical path.

  • Responsible for knitwear colour palettes.

  • Managed knitwear design team comprising of a Junior designer and Design Assistant.

  • Worked closely with with buying, merchandising, QC, press and design teams.

  • Worked with and maintain good relationships with key industry suppliers, working directly with Far East and Turkish factories and UK suppliers.

 

1992 - 2010

Knitwear Designer

Freelance/full time clients:

Mint Velvet 2009 - 2010

Stuart Peters 2008 - 2010 (M&S)


King Deer Cashmere 2007

Gottfried and Paul 2006-2007 (Miss Selfridge/Next/Wallis)

 

Principles 1994 - 2006

  • Knit and jerseywear designer for womens wear and knitwear for childrens wear range.

Mothercare 1994 - 1995

  • Children's wear designer

Nancy Vale 1993 - 1994

  • Designed and wrote hand and machine knit patterns for Mens and womens wear for UK and Far East production. Clients including: Ralph Lauren, Joseph, Neiman Marcus, Jones New York, Anthropologie.

Tin Lung Knitwear 1992 - 1993

  • Designed in house Mens and womens branded knitwear range.

  • Designer for their supplier side for premium high street brands.

 

Qualifications

  • Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication  BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles 

  • Salisbury College of Art  BTEC Fashion and Textiles