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Senior Footwear Designer
Manchester, United Kingdom
Manchester, United Kingdom
Hi I'm Luke, a dedicated and creatively driven footwear designer with over a decade of experience working within the sporting goods and fashion industry. If I was to sum myself up in 10 simple statements, they would read as follows... - I love to create , it is when I am most happy, I am lucky to do what I do daily. - My best ideas often occur whilst I am in solitude, or, during a run through the forest, I like to be in nature it is when my mind is most free. - I believe things that are acceptable to the masses are generally mediocre, I never settle for mediocre. - I detest loud mouths, know-it-alls and a closed mind mentality. - I like to question the status quo and challenge conventional thinking. I see things from perspectives others do not, I also seek to look at things from others point of view. - I am sometimes guilty of pursuing perfection, I can obsess over the smallest detail, but I know how to get things done. - I attribute curiosity as one of my greatest assets, and look for inspiration in many different places. - I like to help and see others succeed; my ambition is to make a positive and lasting impact on our industry. - Failure has not stopped me from trying again; I’ve learned that sometimes when we lose we can also win. - All of this has allowed me to become the person and designer I am today. Specialties : Creative flair, quick at generating ideas, high-level sketching and rendering skills, able to create and communicate complex technical spec sheets and outsole tech packs, trend forecasting and analysis, commercial awareness, print and pattern design, hand shoe-making experience, colour direction, knowledge of materials and manufacturing, appreciation for shape and proportion
Ecco : Intrinsic 2
Ecco : Terra Cruise
Ecco : Oregon
Managing the design and development process, bringing world class, market leading footwear projects to life. Working on a variety of categories including all terrain running, road running and Performance Training.
Working within the Ecco Sport Design Lab, responsible for the design and development of performance trail running, hiking and outdoor inspired lifestyle footwear.
McConnie Design is a freelance footwear design service, specialising in the sports, lifestyle and fashion sectors. I manage relationships with existing and prospective clients to bring their ideas to life, and oversee all aspects of the design and development process. Quite simply, I love what I do and strive to deliver well crafted and engaging design.
Specialised in Clarks (Sport) outdoor and sailing categories, generating innovative fit-for-purpose designs for global markets and the needs of their target consumer.
Designed commercial mens footwear ranges for in-house fashion brand Nanny State that addressed consumer, retailer and company needs on a seasonal timeline.
Responsible for designing and developing sports, leisure and outdoor footwear for men and women. Working on in-house and licensed brands including Karrimor, Run365, Travel Fox, Champion and Ellesse.
Played a key role within the design team responsible for the creation and development of Futsal footwear (indoor soccer), and various soccer accessories. Got my first experience working in the Far-East. Thrived within the team and relished learning different aspects of the design process from the senior designers.
Responsible for designing a diverse variety of products for all genders ranging from kid's wellies to men's hiking boots. Fast paced environment where I got my first experience creating technical spec sheets and liaising with suppliers.
During my second year of study at De Montfort, I was fortunate enough to win a design competition amongst my peers to travel to the Far-East to develop my winning range.
I started my academic career in 2001 at De Montfort University Leicester, gaining a BA Hons degree in Footwear Design. De Montfort gave me an invaluable hands on experience of the shoe making process which included: last making, pattern cutting, machining, shoe constructions and the lasting process.