Tom Skinner
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Tom Skinner

Creative Designer and IllustratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Tom Skinner
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Tom Skinner

Creative Designer and IllustratorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
A designer and creative, currently specialising in designing mens outerwear and tailoring. Passionate about all areas of fashion and textiles and with more than 4 years of industry experience, I am continually looking to grow and develop my skills.
Projects
  • Nightblind
    NightblindA project in collaboration with Cheap Monday challenging gender identity and the idea of garments as protection.
  • A Face Only A Mother Could Love
    A Face Only A Mother Could Love
  • Men on Scruff
    Men on ScruffLine drawings of peoples profile images from the dating app Scruff. A mix of hand drawn line drawings with pen and digital illustrations drawn on Adobe Illustrator.
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Work history
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    Menswear DesignerAAK Ltd.
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    London based apparel design agency, working with a broad selection of high profile and high street retailers to create trend based, yet commercial designs. Clients include Reiss, Tommy Hilfiger, White Stuff and John Lewis. • Designing both formal and casual product including outerwear and tailoring to client set briefs. • Commercial research & creating presentation aids such as seasonal trend boards tailored to clients individual handwriting and needs. • Researching, collating and interpreting emerging trends through various methods, including attending fabric fairs, viewing catwalk shows and remaining engaged with social media. • Realisation of concept and inspiration through flat sketching and design/tech pack creation. • Working closely with the product development team and liaising with factories on a regular basis. • Representing the company at industry events both in the UK and abroad. • Conducting seasonal fabric research from Asian, European and British fabric mills, both in the office and at international trade shows. • Managing the showroom and samples and general office errands such as ordering stationery. • Leading fit sessions with sample models to ensure accurate fits, measuring garments, updating fit comments and creating and editing garment specifications.
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    Design AssistantH&M
     - Stockholm, SwedenInternship
    Working collaboratively with product and concept designers, exploring emerging trends and designing product for the denim offering at H&M. Creating new and editing existing flat sketches on Adobe Illustrator, using Adobe Photoshop to create washes for the colour sketches, creating bodies of research across multiple categories and attending fit sessions.
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Skills
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Illustration
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Design Research
  • Trend Forecasting
  • CAD Drawings
Education
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    Kingston School of Art logo
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Kingston School of Art
     - Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
    First Class Degree in Fashion. ‘A Face Only A Mother Could Love’ - A 6 look collection and body of supporting work around the topic of masculinity and coming of age in relation to crafts such as knitting and patchwork. Completing briefs set by industry professionals in the second year allowed me to design for a wide variety of clients: menswear, womenswear and kidswear. Thoroughly researching the brands meant that I was able to get a good understanding of what garments to design and who the customer was. My ability and commitment led me to being shortlisted for an internship at Old Navy in San Francisco and winning an internship at H&M in Stockholm.
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    Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignExeter College
     - Exeter, United Kingdom
    During my time at Exeter College, I was able to gain knowledge in fabric manipulation, stand work, pattern cutting, machine embroidery andvarious drawing techniques. The work I created for my final project was selected for an exhibition at Exeter Phoenix.
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Awards
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    Kingston School of Art logo
    Best promotional package for graduate collectionKingston School of Art
    I was awarded best promotional package for a lookbook for my graduate collection, in collaboration with Graphic Designers.