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Laura Blackburn

Menswear Designer

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About me

I am a versatile and ambitious Menswear Apparel Designer, who possesses a strong eye for detail, colours, trims, textures and washes. Inspiration is drawn from a variety of places, such as hunting out vintage, traditional and technical garments, and using them to create fresh and innovative designs, whilst working within the brand identity and consumer expectations. After working for various Streetwear and Lifestyle brands in London, including Ben Sherman, I moved to Amsterdam two years ago to be the Men’s Lifestyle Wovens Designer for O'Neill. During my six years in the industry, I have maintained the highest standard of quality and workmanship, and worked to continuously develop the skills fundamental to the creation of cohesive commercial collections. I am a skilled researcher with a great awareness of new and emerging trends, and am proud of my ability to compile ranges, product styles and key looks. I have also focused on improving cross-divisional communication flow by working very closely with other designers, graphic designers, buyers and technicians on a range of issues such as market pricing, sampling, creative direction, design and commercial strategy. My current position has then further developed my communication and organisational skills, plus my capacity for progressive fashion design, and helped me develop abilities required in a leading role. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at O’Neill, taken on great responsibilities heading up my product categories, and learned much about active and performance techniques, I am now looking to progress in my career. Being diligent, self‐motivated and a recognised team contributor, I feel that I would be an excellent addition to the team and can fulfil all the requirements of this position.

Skills

  • Fashion Design/patternmaking/construction/dds/illustration
  • Adobe Illustrator/photoshop/indesign
  • Trend Forecasting and Research
  • Garment Costing
  • Garment Development
  • Garment Fitting
  • Menswear Design
  • Styling

Work history

2018

Menswear Outerwear Designer

We Fashion

Apr 2017 - Apr 2018
  • Netherlands
  • Full Time
  • • Worked in the Headquarters in The Netherlands. Taking on full control of the Mens Outerwear collection design. • Created collections matching the various in house ‘brands’ of the company. Sticking to the ideals of the customer pro les. • Developped collections based on divisional line plan, turnover budget, margin targets, pricing proposals, latest trend research and market performance. • Worked very closely with the Buying department and other Design members to create a cost e ective collection. Focussing on detail and trend research to create a trend forward cost competitive collection. • Took on all responsibilities of the designer from inicial research all the way through to nal production, and store placement. • Responsible for over seas comunication to suppliers and factories to ensure a quality driven collection. • Travelling for shopping, research and development trips are a key aspect of the role. • Main focus is keeping up and beyond competitors bar on trend and value.

2017

Menswear Outerwear and Wovens Designer

O'Neill Europe

Dec 2013 - Mar 2017
  • Netherlands
  • Full Time
  • • Worked in the European head o ce, creating innovative market driven collections according to a de ned target group and brand DNA across all woven product within Mens Lifestyle Design, specializing in Outerwear • Develop collections based on divisional line plan, turnover budget, margin targets, pricing proposals, latest trend research and market performance. • Keen eye on trend/competitor research and market observation, travelling frequently around Europe for trade shows and research trips, and to factories in Asia for development trips. • Take on all responsibilities as Designer, from hand sketch to nal production for the Mens lifestyle collection and outerwear for O’Neill Europe & Australia. • Manage all lab dips and colour processes • Responsible for the creation of all sketches, technical and detailed sampling documents, ttings, review of sampling/workmanship, supplier meetings abroad. • Play an essential role in all presentations of the collection at Concept/ Trend stage & global sales meetings • Take part in showroom and fashion show set-ups. • Have a main focus on pushing and progressing the brand forward in to a more trend led market.

2013

Jul 2013 - Dec 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • • Worked for this Tailoring company on a freelance basis, taking on all responsibilities of a Designer for the Brooks Brothers and G-Star account.

2013

Menswear Designer

Oligarkey London

Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • • Worked on a freelance basis for this start up Streetwear Brand, across all product areas including Outerwear and Accessories. • Completed all technical design packs ready to send to factories abroad. • Took on all responsibilities of a Garment Technologist, and had an essential role in t meetings. • Regularly liaised with factories abroad to ensure a strong collection.

2012

Aug 2011 - Oct 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Worked for this streetwear brand as a multi product Designer, working across all areas within Menswear, including Accessories. Designing and developing successful ranges within critical path deadlines. • Took on all responsibilities as a Garment Technologist for all designs. • Corresponded with suppliers and factories abroad, ensuring a well executed collection. • Worked closely with the CEO to ensure current trends and customer expectations were met. • Brought innovation to the brand, researching and developing new ranges. • Went to trade shows abroad such as Bread and Butter, as well as UK based shows such as Stitch, and Jacket Required. • When Boy London was bought by Criminal Damage, I took on all responsibilities as a Garment Technologist for all designs, for this brand as well as Criminal Damage

2011

Junior Menswear Designer

Ben Sherman

Mar 2011 - Aug 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Worked on the Global Apparel department, as a multiproduct Junior Designer, covering areas such as Outerwear, Jersey and Casual Bottoms. • Attended design meetings with designated Senior Designer, to listen, observe, record, and action, all design developments as instructed. • Created initial technical make sheets in Illustrator, for designated product styles to create initial prototypes. Updated technical packs, throughout the prototyping and salesman sample stages. • Attended t sessions and made amendments to make sheets ready for salesman sample handover to sourcing. • Gained experience with higher quality fabrics and execution, as the company expanded in to a higher quality brand.

2011

Assistant Menswear Designer

Arcadia

May 2009 - Mar 2011
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Worked within the menswear design team across all product areas • Worked with the Buying team and external suppliers to produce multiple collection. • Worked with the press team, getting ready for events such as photo shoots and PR events. • Drove trend and strategy

Education

2009

BA(Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear

London College of Fashion

Aug 2006 - Jul 2009
  • London, United Kingdom

Awards

2013

Drapers 30 under 30

Drapers Awards