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I have just returned to the UK from a working holiday in Japan where I was working for Laila a Tokyo based vintage fashion retailer. My role was within the design team and involved helping in the design and development and production of Laila own label menswear clothing range. I am a flexible and versatile professional who has worked in both fashion design and production at the highest level in men’s and womenswear. I have excellent knowledge of the end to end processes involved in design through to production and a good insight into how to co-ordinate clothes. Finally, as someone who has spent many years working with different nationalities and cultures I believe I am well suited working with a diverse range of people helping to co-ordinate and bridge gaps in understanding.
Full time job within up and coming Tokyo based fashion design label and retailer which specializes in vintage fashion. My role was within the design team and involved helping in the design and development and production of Laila own label menswear clothing range. Key responsibilities involved design drawing, production oversight and working with suppliers. My influence within the company resulted in an adoption of a better design process that fully supported and instructed the producers and factories in making better quality products and therefore helped to increase sales of their own brand label products.
Work experience placement within the Jacket Makers workshop of one of the most famous and respected Saville Row tailors.
Full time job working within a popular and bustling London city (financial district) bespoke tailor’s shop. My primary duties and responsibilities are in managing the jacket and coat for first baste fitting section and assisting master tailors with other tasks. In addition to this I regularly deal directly with a range of city finance workers (bankers, brokers, traders) during their fittings so have good customer care skills. I also work with our suppliers a task that requires a detailed understanding and knowledge of fabrics used in English menswear.
Designing Men’s range of shirts using second hand selected kimono combined with traditional shirting material. The collection can be viewed at http://www.ernestandi.com/
Trading in vintage and quality second hand clothes in trade markets and through the Internet has given me experience at running my own business and allowed me to improve my administration, organisational and retail skills. It has also given me a platform for pursuing my interest in design and fashion.
An assistant designer role within the design team at Vivienne Westwood giving exposure to all elements of the design process within a leading English international fashion house. A challenging and exciting role providing a grounding in how to channel taste in style and aesthetics in design for an established brand with its own distinct image. Specific responsibilities included assisting senior designers in the design of new collections for Japanese Red Label and Anglomania as well as taking lead responsibility for Japanese Licences.
Graduate Diploma Interior Design (Distinction)
First Class Honors Degree