Laura Searle

Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant
  • Senior Knitwear and Jersey Designer | Design Consultant

About me

A confident, creative and intuitive Knitwear & Jersey Designer for creative luxury and contemporary brands. Leader and Manager of creative and commercial teams for collaborative design projects. Combining unique creative and technical knowledge.

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Skills

  • Knitwear Design
  • Fashion Knitwear
  • CAD Drawings
  • Developing Concepts
  • Moodboard Creation
  • Development
  • Adobe Create Suite
  • Garment Technology
  • Production
  • Trend Research

Companies I’ve worked with

  • M.i.h Jeans

    M.i.h Jeans

    • Fashion and Textiles
  • John Lewis & Partners

    John Lewis & Partners

    • Design
  • J

    Jaeger

    • K

      Kitri Studio

      Work history

      Currently

      Freelance Knitwear & Jersey Designer

      John Lewis & Partners

      Feb 2020
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • - Knitwear & Jersey Design for SS21 (Maternity Cover) - Offering new creative direction for Knitwear and Jersey offerings

      2020

      Freelance Knitwear & Jersey Designer

      Iris Fashion

      May 2020 - Jan 2020
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • - Knitwear & Jersey Design | Development for SS20 - Implementing new knitwear category direction - Providing knitwear and jersey range planning and pricing structures to fit the business - Presenting seasonal design proposals to the CEO and owner - Direct yarn sourcing proposals - Garment technical fits & comment packs - Europe & Far East suppliers

      2019

      Knitwear Designer

      Kitri Studio

      Feb 2019 - Jul 2019
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Part Time
      • - Knitwear Design | Development for AW20 - Knitwear Direction Proposals- establishing knitwear handwriting, yarn programmes, price structure, range planning - Providing specialist technical knitwear knowledge | Garment Technologist support - Far East suppliers

      2018

      Senior Designer

      M.i.h Jeans

      Mar 2018 - Oct 2018
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • - Knitwear and Jersey collection design, as well as multi product for collaborative design projects - Responsible for defining season concept for collection - Establishing close relationships with vintage dealers and vintage sourcing - Design presentations to the Design Director, Chief Creative Officer and CEO - Design research trips: LA | Paris - Sourcing trips to all major design fairs: Pitti Filati, PV, London Textiles Fair - Establishing trusted relationships and communication with fabric/ yarn agents and mills - Advanced CAD sketching, design packs and specs for all new development - Fabric, print, embroidery and yarn development- from concept to production handover - Full product development to production handover - Leading development trips: Portugal | UK - Leading fittings - Working closely with production and development departments to improve margin targets - Presenting collections tokey stakeholders, as well as Agents, Sales, PR and Ecommerce - Creative direction: pop up store concepts, editorial concepts, lookbook shoots, brand imagery and new collaborations -Managing key editorial and product shoots - Lead on brand and marketing projects for the business: Golborne Road by Bay Garnett | Denim A-Z | Denim Girls - Creating bespoke product for influencers through establishing relationships with London based creatives -Intern/Design Assistant management- establishing development programs

      2018

      Designer

      M.i.h Jeans

      Mar 2013 - Mar 2018
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Lead Designer of Knitwear and Jersey collections

      2013

      Junior Designer

      M.i.h Jeans

      Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Junior Designer across Wovens, Shirting, Knitwear , Jersey, Denim & Accessories

      2012

      Graduate Womenswear Designer

      John Lewis & Partners

      Jul 2011 - Jun 2012
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • - Working across wovens, outerwear, denim, knitwear and jersey -Assisting on the design conception and merchandising of own brand launches: KIN | Collection Weekend: Branding Research | Concept Design | In-store builds - New supplier research and sourcing

      2010

      Design Internsip

      Jaeger

      Apr 2010 - Oct 2010
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Part Time
      • - Working across all ranges within the Jaeger portfolio, including accessories. Primarily assisting on the creation of ‘Boutique by Jaeger’ - Design of key statement prints for Jaegar London Catwalk Collection- SS11 - Working on the concept store creation for Boutique by Jaeger range

      Education

      Currently

      Wool Education Programme

      The Woolmark Company

      Mar 2020
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Accredited in various Woolmark Education Courses including: - Wool Fibre Science - Wool Processing - Wool in Industry Practice

      2011

      BA (Hons) Fashion Design

      Kingston School of Art

      Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
      • London, United Kingdom
      • 1st Class Degree

      2007

      Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

      Central Saint Martins (UAL)

      Sep 2007 - Jun 2007
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Distinction

      2007

      Secondary Education

      Bourne Grammar School

      Sep 2000 - Jul 2007
      • Bourne, United Kingdom
      • GCSE's: 10 A*s + 2 A's A-Levels: 4 A's (Art, Textiles Technology (Top 10 UK Award), Psychology, Biology)

      Awards

      2011

      Hand and Lock Embroidery Prize: Commendation

      Hand and lock Embroidery Studio

      • Award for Final Collection 2011

      2011

      BFC Warehouse Competition: Finalist

      British Fashion Council

      • Final 8- selected to attend the final panel day with catwalk and interview to showcase Final Collection

      2011

      Vogue Italia: Vogue Talents- One to Watch

      Vogue italia

      • Final Collection + Portfolio featured at Vogue Italia Talents event in Milan, 2011.

      2011

      BFC Burberry Competition: Finalist

      British Fashion Council

      • University Design Competition Finalist 2011

      2007

      Fiorelli- Young Accessories Designer Award

      Clotheshow Live

      • Design Competition- 100 Limited Edition bags manufactured by Fiorelli