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Hi, my name is Gavin Hastings from Belfast in Northern Ireland. It’s hard to describe yourself and make yourself seem like you have a personality over text, so forgive me while I remain on the line between being boring and, on the other hand self-obsessed. I studied International Politics and Conflict Studies, which taught me a lot about my country’s culture. This passion for culture has been mirrored through my experiences living and working in Madrid where I managed the social media accounts of a vintage shop, which further developed my ability to assimilate into a foreign culture. My communication and language skills combined with my heightened cultural awareness would be a valuable asset to any business. I worked as a stylist at All Saints for four years and this developed my sales technique through a deep knowledge of the brand and my resilience to continuously smash targets. I maintained and nurtured customer relations through my personality and ability to understand my customers needs. This skill set can be directly transferred to the client relations as an account manager in the future After moving to London I have interned with Fashion Scout and INCA Productions during Fashion Week and I was asked to stay on to represent one of the designers from the Ukraine in the Exhibition Hall for the Fashion Scout Event. I really like fashion and I am ready to learn fast and feel that my skill set is something that could be further developed by starting a career within the industry
I interned with Fashion Scout over LFW, I was part of the set up team for the venue at Freemasons Hall, I was then asked to stay and work as a brand representative in the Exhibition Hall of their event. My role was to pass on the creative vision of a designer who could not be present, I was briefed by the designer so that I could interact in a professional and efficient manner with various members of the press and buyers. I am about to work at an event at the Korean Cultural Centre which will be showcasing four designers. I have an extremely positive working relationship with Fashion Scout and hope to bring this to any future roles with other companies.
My role was administrative support in on boarding within the EMEA region. I had to deal with telephone queries in a calm and professional manner. This role enhanced my attention to detail greatly from constantly checking and clarifying information in a mass amount of records
As a stylist, I became a brand ambassador, embracing creativity and diversity whilst approaching and selling to a variety of different customers. I took an innovative approach to selling, pushing forward the style of regular customers and encouraging link-selling. I met regular targets to further increase sales. My resilience was shown through out my employment as they rehired me after my study exchange in Madrid showing that I was a valued member of the team.
I devised a marketing and social media strategy for a vintage shop in Madrid City Centre I helped plan for the various vintage markets and fairs, collaborating with the Lost and Found Market which is based in Madrid and Barcelona.
I took part in a four year course including a placement year to study in Madrid. I fluent in Spanish after having lived there for a year and was able to study modules in advertising and marketing theory whilst attending the Madrid Complutense University.