Megan Walker

Fashion Design and Marketing Graduate/Product specialist

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  • LocationAscot, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Motivated and highly creative employee with excellent communication and team working skills. A self starter and creative thinker, responding to design challenges effectively and thoughtfully. I thrive best in highly pressurised work environments with high productivity output and an meticulous eye for creative detail. The benefits of my degree in Fashion Design and Marketing has equipped me with the skills to tackle business initiatives and creative tasks in parallel whilst utilising research and analysis to interpret and deliver against key business tasks. Throughout my degree course, I have become increasingly aware of the importance of considering all aspects of marketing and fashion design when approaching projects to ensure the desired objectives and deliverables are achieved in accordance with the brief. Design and marketing are intrinsically linked and my degree course has afforded me the unique opportunity to engage market research ahead of creative design to undertake the necessary investigations to validate the opportunity, as well to ensure new products deliver the necessary benefits to the business. When responding to specific challenges in design, my approach is focused and targeted, establishing feasibility; implementing considerate risks, producing innovative approaches to potential challenges or barriers to market; analysing all factors that influence consumer purchasing behaviour and assessing overall market demand to then help inform a successful range. My overall work experience which spans secondments with fashion designers and retail, combined with my academic achievements has broadened my skill set and ability to adapt to various disciplines within the fashion industry. Utilising my industry and academic experience with respect to my positions within retail has enabled me to creatively foresee and interpret weaknesses and opportunity within purchase lifecycle stage products, which could potentially evolve strategically and creatively to encourage brand profitability and turnover. My approach in design is to keep pace with trends on a level in which is appropriate to the brands established set of principles which thus corresponds to a potential opportunity to gradually up/sell, cross-sell to the targeted consumer for successful brand development and diversification. These are all aspects of what i am passionate about in creative design. Having recently graduated , i am now looking for a creative position, preferably in a design/ product development based role which would offer me the unique opportunity to contribute my strengths whilst too enabling me to learn and develop within a reputable market leading brand.

Skills

 

  • Marketing PR
  • Brand Development
  • Marketing Strategies for the Arts and Design
  • Market Reseach
  • Brand Creation and Implementation
  • Marketing Branding
  • Fashion Design/patternmaking/construction/dds/illustration
  • Fashion Design Graduate
  • Technical Artworking
  • Marketing Advertising Campaigns
  • Fashion E-commerce
  • Fashion Design Development
  • Adobe Indesign/illustrator/photoshop
  • Fashion Marketing Degree Graduate
  • Fashion Trend Forcasting

Work history

Currently

Product Specialist

The White Company

Oct 2013
  • I have worked within the White Company for over three years now. I first started working part time as a sales assistant in The White Company’s reputable flagship store (Symons Street) and have further progressed on to be promoted to a product specialist now working full time since graduating, now located in the busy Marlow store. This is a fantastic retail position whereby i am appointed to ensure that all customers and my team are knowledgeable about all new products, current products and to educate consumers about what they are purchasing and why it is beneficial to them personally and long term. It is fantastic opportunity to spend more time with customers, make them feel valued and most importantly allowing them to leave with the desire to return and repeat purchase with a positive belief in the brands image, staff and products. Working across two busy stores with very different dynamic teams, has given me the great fortune to appreciate the importance of management, team communication and company progression. Other duties include, shop floor supervision, deployment planning when needed, checking and pushing daily and monthly sale targets, all till operations (refunds, exchanges), evening and morning banking, a key holder closing and opening the shop , assisting anywhere when needed and attending seasonal training programmes.

Currently

Product Specialist

The White Company

Oct 2013
  • I have worked within the White Company for over three years now. I first started working part time as a sales assistant in The White Company’s reputable flagship store (Symons Street) and have further progressed on to be promoted to a product specialist now working full time since graduating, now located in the busy Marlow store. This is a fantastic retail position whereby i am appointed to ensure that all customers and my team are knowledgeable about all new products, current products and to educate consumers about what they are purchasing and why it is beneficial to them personally and long term. It is fantastic opportunity to spend more time with customers, make them feel valued and most importantly allowing them to leave with the desire to return and repeat purchase with a positive belief in the brands image, staff and products. Working across two busy stores with very different dynamic teams, has given me the great fortune to appreciate the importance of management, team communication and company progression. Other duties include, shop floor supervision, deployment planning when needed, checking and pushing daily and monthly sale targets, all till operations (refunds, exchanges), evening and morning banking, a key holder closing and opening the shop , assisting anywhere when needed and attending seasonal training programmes.

2015

Creative Design Intern

Allsaints Clothing

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
  • Working at AllSaints creative head offices based in Shorditch, i was employed to work closely with the creative director, Senior creative director and graphic design department. I was given daily tasks with weekly deliverables to create fresh research proposals for new print medias used for their autumn 15/16 collection. Hand drawing was used which was then transferred into illustrator and photoshop. Other tasks included assisting photo-shoots for their Look book campaigns and website updates, whilst creating digital media concepts for photo styling and original prints medias for T-shirts and dresses.

2014

Product Developer

Indigina Technology/seko Worldwide

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
  • Employed as a temporary web screen interface designer and software analyst, I was commissioned to design various web pages for the new software “SupplyStream” to be launched in 2013. SupplyStream delivers product life cycle management, which helps organisations (especially the retail sector) ensure all design information is accurate, reliable and accessible through the entire product lifecycle, from design to in store. Main Duties: In charge of designing contracted retail Home Screens such as Cath Kidston and Reiss, Cleaning up product specification and critical path hyperlink screens.?Creating icon links and easy access web information. Designing overall software appearance fit for creative industry.

2014

Degin Intern

Shubette Group-gina Bicconi/ruby Ray/laura Ashley/phase Eight

Feb 2014 - Mar 2014
  • Employed as a product design and showroom assistant for a month at the Shubette Design Group. Working under the Gina Bicconi and Laura Ashley Label and phase 8 , i undertook mainly design tasks which included sketching up initial ideas for the brands S/S 14 Collection, scanning them through to manufacture and contributed to the development of their new collection. Research was essential throughout this period, such as collating fabric samples, exploring colour ways, and overseeing fittings. I was adapting and splitting my time between three different labels produced by the same house which was greatly challenging but very exciting, which involved a high level of organisation and communication. I also helped complete press releases for them on a daily basis using mail chimp, whilst too negotiating and sourcing new stockists suitable for the brand- within this period we gained phase eight.

2013

Design Collaboration

John Lewis and CO

Mar 2013 - May 2013
  • During University at The London College of Fashion, my course and other fashion courses under the Science department collaborated with John Lewis to compete in a design competition. Courses across the university were combined and split into groups to create a range for their A/W14 collection for their in-house menswear label, John Lewis and Co. Designated to each group were three members from my course, design and marketing, 3 from visual marketing, 3 from buying and merchandising to work together and produce a coherent range that came together through each courses strengths, We came up with the theme of a modern explorer-a modern working man who travels frequently. We came in third place out of 13 groups which was rewarding where we pitched to the fashion director and head buyer of menswear at John Lewis, We frequently over the 3 months visited the john Lewis head office in Victoria to compile research.

2011

Design & Showroom Assistant Intern

Isabella Oliver

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
  • Here i completed a short time placement during the summer holidays bridging from sixth form to Kingston College. This was to gain as much experience as i could in a short amount of time to help engage me with fashion design on a professional and industry level ready for an intensive year of education, Isabel Oliver is an established luxury maternity label that mainly specialises in jersey wear and outwear pieces. During the placement i assisted buyers and the head designer in sorting reach files, collating research for s/s 12. I assisted fashion shoots for there upcoming campaigns, and organised collections for online distribution.

Education

2016

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Kingston College of Art and Design

Aug 2011 - Jan 2016
  • From receiving my A-level results i went on to study a foundation diploma in art and design at Kingston College of Art and Design for the duration or a year. I went onto to study a foundation instead of going straight to university as i wanted to develop and refine my skills to a more professional level. Here i advanced in all in design programmes such as photoshop and illustrator which benefited me greatly compared to other students at university who had never heard of the softwares. During the foundation i completed various pathway projects including architecture, graphics, illustration, fine art, carpentry and fashion design. On completion of my Foundation Diploma i received a distinction plus.

2015

FdA Degree and BA Top Up in Fashion Design and Marketing

University of the Arts, London College of Fashion

Aug 2012 - May 2015
  • After Completing a year at Kingston College in a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, i got accepted onto the Foundation Degree course at The London College of Fashion (University of the Arts) for a duration of a two year degree with the opportunity to progress onto the BA Top up programme with consideration to an achieved credit score. I was accepted into the university on an unconditional offer, based on one interview and portfolio review by the university. I have always been highly creative and choose this degree on the basis that it was more vocational and combined creativity and academia. Being vocational was highly appealing to me as it enabled me to take work placements and creative internships throughout my studies, which contributed to innovative projects, build connections and gain industry knowledge and experience which was invaluable. Main project briefs were to create own business plans with fashion products which penetrated specific markets or to work under and collaborate with established brands and find new potential markets/ product opportunity within the brands infrastructure whilst creating garment responses to our market research. My Final major project was to come up with my own brand, business proposal, marketing plan and product range, to then be launched and sold. We were to complete the entire lifecycle stage of our own business from being a new entrant into the fashion market- to 3 year proposals and KPIS.

2011

Textiles, Photography, English Literature, Psychology

Charters Sixth Form

Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
  • Recived, A, B, D, D

Awards

2016

LCF used my work for oversee fashion ambassadors

London College of Fashion

  • University of the Arts- London College of Fashion Selecting my work as the official invitation cover to invite international oversee fashion ambassadors to the university for a charity and fundraising event.

2014

3rd Place Design Competition-John Lewis

John Lewis

  • Came in third place out for 14 groups competing for the John Lewis student design award working to create ideas for their autumn/winter14 fall collection for John Lewis and Co sub brand.

2014

Clean Bandit Used my work

2012

Foundation Course Ambassador

Further Education

  • Group Representative for my Foundation course group responsible for collating ideas about how to better support students studies and to improve the college.

2010

Sport Leader of The Year

  • Chosen as the Schools sports leader of the year.