Tolu Coker

Fashion and Textiles Designer

  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsFashion Designer - Illustrator - Textile Designer
  • Emma Harwood
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Projects

  • REPLICA
    Tolu Coker
    Fashion and Textiles Designer
  • PANTHER
    Tolu Coker
    Fashion and Textiles Designer
  • MAISON MARGIELA COUTURE AW16
    Tolu Coker
    Fashion and Textiles Designer
  • TOLU COKER X TATE BRITAIN ARTIST COMMISSION
    Tolu Coker
    Fashion and Textiles Designer

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About me

Tolu Coker is a Young British-Nigerian Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and illustrator based in London. Following several successful stints at Maison Margiela, J.W. Anderson and Celine, she recently graduated from London's prestigious Central Saint Martin's Design school with First Class Honours. Largely inspired by identity and social climates, Tolu's work and collections have since been internationally recognised by publications such as Vogue, Love Magazine, Dazed, Hunger, An0ther, WWD and NME, as well as LVMH teams and even the French News! She boasts a global client base, with her roster including high-profile names such as Rihanna, Jorja Smith, Elton John, Steff London, Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi. The young designer is now based in London and focusing on building her eponymous label, TOLU COKER.

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Skills

  • Ethical Fashion
  • Womenswear Design
  • Menswear Design
  • Fashion Print
  • Print Design
  • Fashion Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Couture Sewing

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  • Louis Vuitton

    Louis Vuitton

    • Fashion and Textiles
  • ASOS

    ASOS

    • Fashion
  • The Telegraph

    The Telegraph

    • Publishing
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    Inditex

    Work history

    2018

    Womenswear Designer

    Inditex

    Aug 2017 - Feb 2018
    • Spain
    • Freelance
    • Womenswear Designer responsible for research, trend analysis, design and development of Womenswear Collections across all seasons. Responsible for overseeing Womenswear Denim and Outwear categories, with a strong ability to present research, sketches and samples, as well as direct the design process with internal patternmaking and external suppliers, from sampling to commerical production. Additional duties include working closely with buying and merchandising teams to source, present and select commericial ranges.

    2017

    Client Advisor

    Louis Vuitton

    Aug 2016 - Apr 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance

    2016

    Artisanal Design Assisstant

    Maison Margiela - Atelier Artisanal

    Apr 2016 - Aug 2016
    • Paris, France
    • Internship
    • Artisanal line design assistant for the upcoming ‘Fall/Winter 2016/17’ Couture show, reporting directly to both Head Designer and Creative Director. Responds and interprets creative briefs from Creative Director and is responsible for the Artisanal print design. Main duties include hand-drawing, print-design/development, sample development, in depth-research, draping and toiling, industrial sewing, creative styling, material sourcing and Photoshop renditions. Attends and engages in all print/ fabric and design meetings and fittings with Creative Director.

    2016

    Studio Assisstant

    Céline

    Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Internship
    • Studio assistant supporting studio manager and RTW design teams in research and development, archive and vintage selection and sample development/selection. Further duties include assisting in fittings and design meetings

    2016

    Fabric Development Assisstant

    J.W. Anderson

    Sep 2015 - Feb 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Internship
    • Part of a team responsible for selecting, developing and presenting Men’s AW16 and Women’s PF16 fabric options. Duties include handling both external and internal fabric communications, liaising with manufacturers and suppliers, using CAD to create linesheets, engineer new fabric designs and developments and presenting fabrication choices directly to men’s and women’s head designers. Additional responsibilities extend to preparing artwork for fabric manufacture, creating fabric sheets and fabric/design boards, expense budgeting and reporting and assisting with Atelier pattern-cutting/ print application.

    Education

    2017

    BA (Hons) Fashion Print

    Central Saint Martins (UAL)

    Sep 2013 - Jun 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • FIRST CLASS HONOURS

    2013

    Art and Design Foundation Diploma

    Central Saint Martins (UAL)

    Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
    • London, United Kingdom

    2010

    Sep 2005 - Jun 2010
    • Horsham, United Kingdom
    • GCSE'S - 5 A, 6 A*

    Awards

    2017

    Sophie Hallette Design Award

    Sophe Hallette

    • Award for best use of lace and design in the graduate year 2017

    2017

    Nina Stewart Award

    Central Saint Martins

    • Design Award Sponsorship for final graduate collection