Apprenticeship back on the Row, Chances to progress PIP and Hephzibah womenswear brand, Opportunities to Collaborate.
About me / About business or organisation:
My love is for craftsmanship, for time spent, for appreciation of skill.
Slow down, have patience, take care and build to last. Invest.
I seek the edge of a tailor’s board, the corner of the workroom.
Allow me to learn skills to work in a trade for life.
My life long mission is to establish a House that entertains bespoke suiting and custom made clothing for ladies. I believe that society has become much more aware of their consumption, with consumers expecting more for the money. The emphasis is shifting from quantity to quality. Ladies have and always will be a different bred of consumer to that of gentlemen; seasonal changes altering their wardrobe frequently. However there is still a demand for investment pieces, these pieces being suitable for ladies; increasingly as women become significant figures in high profile professions. My aim is to deliver a style that will appeal to young and vibrant clientele, whom are fashion and innovatively minded unwilling to simply slip into the plain dark conservative suit.
I also have a passion for reusing the old and making something new, I call this PIP. I am now starting to develop what started as a hobbie into a very little business and have only just done a hand full of stalls to sell my wares. Stay tuned!
Career history / Company history:
June 2010 Hussein Chalayan. Pattern cutting, Sample making, recording fabric supply, fabric costing, cutting patterns and garments.
January 2009 Norton and Sons. Personal assistant to Patrick Grant, assisting head cutter David Ward, Trimmer. Assisting on projects with designer Christopher Kane and artist Jeremy Deller. Worked closely with menswear designer Claire Malcolm on producing ready- to- wear firm E Tautz.
Cut and tailored trousers for self.
November 2007 Arcadia Group Compiled S/S 08 forecasts from research taken from fashion week, catwalk and shop reports, assisted design team on building fashion packs for customers for S/S 08. Based at the headquarters.
July 2003 De Montfort University Taken part in the “Higher Education Summer School”. Activities included: working as part of a team, developing communication, presentation and study skills, and preparing for further and higher education.
May 2002 Richard Roberts Assistant in design studio producing clothing for high street store Next. Working through complete design process, from catwalk research to producing samples and garment.
July 2009- Dec 2009
Reiss flagship store Specialised Womenswear Tailoring and Suit Sales Advisor. Taking responsibility for the tailoring and suit department in sales and training team on performance. Assisting customers through their journey in store, from advising on selection of clothing and appropriate accessories to fulfilling a desired purchase for both the customer and company. Educating the customer and delivering a high standard service,, complete with appropriate alteration fittings where needed. Meeting sales targets. Working with team to provide exemplary service.
July 2008- Dec 2008
Flores, World Tapas Bar and Restaurant Serving food and beverages within the restaurant, bar area. Started the organisation of a charity fashion show. Chalet maid for private fully serviced apartments.
July 2008- Sept 2008
Village Restaurant Serving food and beverages within the restaurant, bar area.
Nov 2006- June 2008
Evans, Arcadia Group Working towards Supervisor position. Fulfilling key role in team. Advising customers on fashion products and company services. Visual Merchandising.
Nov 2005- Sept 2006
The Ramada Jarvis Hotel. Serving food and beverages within the restaurant, bar area and room service. Catering for functions, ranging from board meetings to wedding receptions.
June- Sept 2005
CES Retail Support Limited. Revamping B&Q and Tesco superstores. Deconstructing and rebuilding racking, removing and remerchandising stock. As well as attending to the Visual Merchandising.
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Hi Jemima,.I like your philosophy. I find that a lot of designers nowadays seem to produce clothing that lacks identity. I design fabrics which can give identity and purpose and am always happy to collaborate.