Casual Wovens WomensWear Designer/Product developer
Next Group PLC
Aug 2008 - Present (13 years 1 month)
Responsibilities have been to improve on Turkeys strengths Guide and support the woven department in the Turkey office for its current core business lines and look for new product to lead into new core and trend business opportunities. (casual jackets, trousers and skirts). to provide additional business opportunities that have been miss out on in the past.
Leader in introducing Egypt as a source for washed casual trouser product, This has now joined are line of core products. Currently trailing this in Next stores with 2 styles . This enables us to achieve a washed trouser belted for £32 selling price with fashionable trims and belts.
Traveling to the Head office in the UK to visit design presentations, talking to the buying teams and discussing possible future trends ideas and new developments where we can lead Turkey,
Travel tips to Paris -PV for fabric newness, European and global cities for ideas inspiration for product purchase.
After design presentation we then sit down as a team and discuss what we feel is suitable for Turkey to produce , and design into the stories and add in any new trend products to the range.
Visiting are main garment suppliers with my specs discussing details and what possible problems may occur. then revisiting when patterns have been cut and spend quality time in the sample room showing and guiding them on any issues. If garments are washed I will also over sea the process and guide throw any problems.
Casual WomensWear Designer
Jan 2005 - Jul 2007 (2 years 6 months)
Ice Fashions owning the denim brands Anyway Jeans and Love & Peace Jeans also supplier to retail stores such as Next, Dorathy Perkins Burtons and River Island.
Designing the womenswer collections for own brand Anyway Jeans and product development for UK customers. Mainly denim based but also involved in overseeing the woven and jersey product from India to insure all product has been achieved to its best possible standard in make and in design according to trend and them.
The ability to Research and predict trends for both the UK and German office.
Overseeing the womenswear design team based in the Shanghai office and insuring structure and organization to sampling.
Visiting the far east to work on the collections, going to the factories and ensuring all designs are carried out correctly as sketches on design spec and developing the product with the sample room teams.