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Time to scale up! – @Inspirational_U London Fashion Week #LFW Masterclass – Thursday 25th February 2016

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Inspirational YOU, supported by Impact Hub Brixton, FunkyNChunky and Lambeth Council

present

Ready to scale up!

Fashion and technology industry masterclass

#LondonFashionWeek

Thursday 25th February

7pm – 9.30pm

Impact Hub, Brixton

Inspirational YOU brings fashion and technology together, connecting retailers, investors, startups and industry influencers. For those who are involved and interested in the rapidly growing world of Fashion and Technology this is a fantastic opportunity to be inspired, network and get a better understanding as to why the fashion technology scene in London is so hot right now.

Come along and meet an award winning fashion photographer, Trademark Attorney, International Brand Specialist, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Product Specialist who will inspire you to grow your business within the fashion, digital and retail industry.

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Speakers (Click on names for full bio)

Daren Dixon – CEO of Above & Beyond Creative Agency

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Daren Dixon is founder of creative agency Above and Beyond and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. With a strong focus on talent, brands, youth-markets and multi-cultural consumers both he and Above and Beyond have built campaigns for Nike, Levis, YouTube, Twitter, Reebok, Google, Samsung, BBH, H&M, ASOS among others.

He has worked with talent such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Solange, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Cheryl Cole and Gwen Stefani. Prior to founding Above and Beyond, Mr. Dixon worked with top music artists as an A&R Manager at RCA Records where he discovered and signed international rock band ‘Kasabian’. Mr. Dixon also served as Head Of International for Beyonce Knowles for 5 years handling a number of high profile brand alignments as well building strategic international plans for her.

He has a proven track record of identifying successful partnerships and has garnered significant recognition as one of the most influential brand marketers in Europe. His most recent work includes the Google Glass campaign featuring FKA Twigs.

He currently works on creative marketing and endorsement deals for a long list of talent clients including Pia Mia, Selena Gomez, Keri Hilson, Miguel, Solange and Lady Gaga alongside his role developing the stars of tomorrow whether it be photographers, bloggers, actors, models, artistsetc “Spending time with next generation talent is vitally important to me as they are the path and heartbeat to the future…understanding them gives me the advantage and helping them achieve their goals is a great feeling”.

Arieta Mujay – Head of PR and Communications at Boohoo.com

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Arieta Mujay is a London based fashion creative that has been working in fashion at various capacities for 15 years across the UK and Africa.  Starting out as a window dresser for GAP which allowed her access to seeing how looks are pulled together as worldwide GAP is applauded or their fabulous and consistent windows, while working as a window dresser for GAP in Brighton she started to get involved in styling.

She then moved on to fashion PR and worked as press officer for New look on the UK high street but still styled part time, Arieta rose to the position of PR Manager before leaving the company for another High street Brand River Island where her duties included running the PR Department, being the fashion Editor of the River Island In store Magazine as well as shoot director and stylist for some of the online e-commerce content. As head of PR UK for River Island, Arieta worked closely on the Rihanna for River Island collaboration and was part of the 777 tour.  She also worked with the British Fashion Council to bring the collection to be shown at the SS13/AW13 shows.

In 2013, Arieta launched African creative collective a PR and brand consultancy with the sole aim of nurturing African creative talent in the UK and as an advisor to brand and retailers who are interested in activations across the continent.

Arieta is a reviewer and contributor for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s online platform, a mentor to young businesses and an avid supporter of female empowerment.

Arieta has always been sought after and is now heading up PR and Communications at boohoo.com.

Mette Andersen – Product Lead at Ustwo

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Mette is a Product Lead at ustwo. She specialises in innovation, proposition discovery & development, and has 8+ years of experience in designing valuable and engaging customer experiences.

Mette takes a keen interest in emerging technologies and in that capacity she has recently published a thought piece on the future of retail https://ustwo.com/blog/rethinking-retail, offering a fresh perspective on how tech-enabled services can play an integral role in shaping forward-thinking product experiences that can further customer loyalty and drive conversion.

Ade Hassan – CEO of Nubian Skin

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Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

Inspired by trail blazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin. It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.

Nubian Skin launched in October 2014 with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.
So for all you beautiful women, next time you need a nude pair of hold-ups or maybe a nude strapless bra to go under that stunning white halter dress, Nubian Skin is only a few clicks away.

Jacqueline Pang – Trademark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis LLP

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Jacqueline specialises in trade mark work and deals with a wide range of issues in the UK and before OHIM, including prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings. She also advises on large international filing strategies and has experience in domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

She has experience working in a wide range of sectors including Cleantech, consumer products, food & beverage, computer software, mechanical & structural engineering and retail.
She has an LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an LLM from the University of Cambridge.

Jacqueline joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2011. She qualified as a UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 2014 and is a representative authorised to act before OHIM.

Oliver Morris – Creative Director & Award winning photographer

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Oliver Morris, renowned as a creative leader within the Arts and Fashion elite and industries and who, for many years has infused his cutting edge signature and avant guard style of direction globally for prestigious magazines.

Oliver Morris has received countless accolades across the globe, awarded fashion photographer of the year and described by critics as one of London’s finest exports. Oliver’s love of people, dance and cinema permeate through his work, combined with his inexhaustible stamina to create. A true master in captivating and engaging with his audience, he has an unfailing track record of producing exquisite pieces of work across a range of disciplines – producing, art directing, photography, videography and events.

His extensive portfolio is wide and varied, featuring a vast array of brands, from talented independent designers, such as Love Makya, Jennifer Klein, Pocket London, Billionaires Menswear, and Rio Ferdinand; To fashion powerhouses such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, DVF, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jaeger, Karen Millen, and Reiss. Also including endorsements from Lamborghini, BMW, Audi and Jeep. Oliver Morris’s editorial work is frequently published in Vogue Italia, as well as producing & art directing for Tramp and Obscure magazine. He has also art directed for the world’s first International supermodel Janice Dickinson, collaborated with the supermodel Sophie Anderson and the innovative charity Models of Diversity.

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The Panel will focus on:

  • The impact of technical revolutions on the fashion industry
  • Digital innovation and the retail industry
  • Increasing your brand profile
  • Protecting your brand – Understand IP and Copyright
  • Tips for selling successfully via online stores and platforms
  • Securing brand partnerships, media coverage and celebrity endorsements
  • Selling globally, are you ready?

Attendees will have the option to automatically join the South London Fashion and Creative Industries Network (SLFCN) and get a day pass to the Impact Hub in Brixton.

Who should attend?

  • SME’s trading 1 year wanting to learn the latest trends in tech, PR, branding and IP+
  • Those who are starting up in the fashion and creative industry
  • Those who want to network and connect with those in their field and senior industry leaders
  • Business owners who live or work in Lambeth

Timings

6.45 – 7.00 Guests seated for discussion

7.00 – 8.00 Welcome, intro and panel discussion

8.00 – 9.00 Q & A

9.00 – 9.30 Networking, Close and depart

 

Impact Hub Brixton

Pop Brixton, Brixton, London SW9
Nearest mainline station: Brixton

Supported by Impact Hub and Lambeth Business

http://www.inspirationalyou.co.uk 

07545 156 111 | info@inspirationalyou.co.uk
@inspirational_u

Book today – Limited Spaces

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Jennifer Williams – Baffoe

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Host of the Inspirational YOU Fashion and Entertainment Masterclass

Thursday 26th February 2015

Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford

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As a Creative Business Development Consultant Drapers Record, OHTV and The Guardian have spotlighted her for her creative business prowess.

A visiting lecturer and alumni of University of the Arts London, (Central Saint Martins and The London College of Fashion), she received her PGCE in Teaching at Canterbury Christchurch University. Jennifer has been teaching for over 10 years online and offline and has an extensive business development background in fashion and creative industries.

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Jennifer has worked with The British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week, The Mayor of London, The Fashion and Textiles Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous creative businesses. She is the author of the Designer Manufacturer Handbook, a best Practice guide for producing garments – Published by the British Fashion Council.

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After her 20-year career in creative business development Jennifer decided it was time for a change in scenery (and weather) and moved to Accra, Ghana, where she was offered tenure with the United Nations on a creative fashion project.

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Passionate about delivering creative business courses online Jennifer wants to live in a world filled with innovative business, where travelling to and from Africa is cheaper, and finding shoes that are made from chocolate.  When she’s not writing or creating courses online you can find her creating one off art pieces with postcards.

Jennifer currently resides in between Ghana and London she can be contacted at info@willbaforce.com.

Book your ticket:

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Get ahead in the fashion industry masterclass – Thursday 26th February 2015 – Stephen Lawrence Centre

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Inspirational YOU

Fashion and Entertainment industry masterclass

Thursday 26th February 2015

Supported by Lewisham Homes,

Oliver Morris & Willbaforce Ltd

An evening fashion masterclass for those who want to connect and learn from senior leaders from the fashion and entertainment industry.

Join our masterclass featuring an expert panel of successful leaders and find out how they got to the top.

You will meet our senior specialists and hear their advice on growing your business or progressing your career in the industry.

Click on names for full bio’s

HOST

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe – Director Willbaforce – Creative Business Consultancy

As a Creative Business Development Consultant Drapers Record, OHTV and The Guardian have spotlighted her for her creative business prowess.

A visiting lecturer and alumni of University of the Arts London, (Central Saint Martins and The London College of Fashion), she received her PGCE in Teaching at Canterbury Christchurch University. Jennifer has been teaching for over 10 years online and offline and has an extensive business development background in fashion and creative industries.

Jennifer has worked with The British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week, The Mayor of London, The Fashion and Textiles Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous creative businesses. She is the author of the Designer Manufacturer Handbook, a best Practice guide for producing garments – Published by the British Fashion Council.

SPEAKERS

Oliver Morris – Creative Director of OliverMorris.co.uk

Oliver Morris, renowned as a creative leader within the Arts and Fashion elite and industries and who, for many years has infused his cutting edge signature and avant guard style of direction globally for prestigious magazines including a kaleidoscope of luxury brands and power house designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, Lamborghini, and Rio Ferdinand.

Rachel Ritfeld – Model, Actress and Blogger

A face and name synonymous with international fashion campaigns and catwalk shows, Rachel Radharani Henna Ritfeld is the embodiment of diversity — professionally and personally.

Rachel beguiled viewers in the talked about Lynx Effect commercials in 2008. Rachel was the face of multi-millionaire entrepreneur Damon Dash’s Tiret watches in the UK and superstar R&B group Jagged Edge used her image for the top-selling album ‘Ghetto Guitar’. A Madame V lingerie campaign showed off her angelic expressions wrapped in spicy garb.

Both L’Oreal and Tony & Guy featured Rachel’s glowing face and fantastically versatile locks while Firetrap, Jean Paul Gaultier, LaPerla, Babyphat and Rocawear sent her down the catwalk worldwide.

Jennifer Klein – Luxury Fashion Designer

London, Paris, New York and Spain were the backdrops and influences growing up with a mother who was a model and an International fashion tycoon for a father. Jennifer began her 14 year career in beauty as a professional makeup artist working with prestigious brands such as MAC, Laura Mercier, Space NK and Shu Uemura.

Along with her fashion and beauty editorial background, she has also worked within corporate PR and media.

Lisa Buchan – Head of European Entertainment at Puma

Lisa is a dynamic, strong individual, with a colourful past, and a bold future.

A chance call from a friend led to Lisa getting her first job in the music industry for an independent music PR company. It was not long before Lisa realised she had found her calling and quickly embraced her new role representing clients like Princess Superstar, Vikter Duplaix, Mark Morrison, Dionne Warwick, Suge Knight and DJ Jazzy Jeff. She had the opportunity to travel extensively and in the process built a strong network of industry contacts globally.

Lisa was head hunted by Puma.  Here she started off as Artist Liaison manager responsible for increasing the brands network of talent and exposure throughout Europe. She made strong relationships with bands like Kaiser Chiefs, Hard Fi, Basement Jaxx, Akon, Ludacris, Calvin Harris, Faithless and Paolo Nutini, It was not long before Lisa was promoted to manager and not long after that to run the department’s European Entertainment efforts.

Now 10 years into the job Lisa’s focus is on the overall global strategy for the brand.

She continues to work with talent and relationships include Rihanna, Deadmau5, Chris Hemsworth, Djimon Hounsou, Tyson Beckford, Professor Green and Jamal Edwards. She has also been responsible for a list of high profile events throughout her career and has programmed events like PUMA’s celebrations around the World Cup 2006 Berlin (Akon, Faithless), European Championships Vienna (New Young Pony Clubs, Robyn, Calvin Harris) as well as the 2012 London Olympics where she programmed the PUMA Yard in East London.

Aicha McKenzie – CEO of AMCK Models and AMCK Dance Agency, Creative Director / Choreographer / Movement director

 

From her career as an international model and dancer working with artists such as Ricky Martin, The Backstreet Boys and Take That, Aicha found her talent lay in naturally creating scenes and moves for artists with her first major assignment being that to create the feel of Kanye West Golddigger promotional campaign which culminated in the legendary Brit Awards performance that featured 80 gold covered girls.

Aicha has choreographed some of the UKs most high profile shows and events including the London Olympics 2012 bringing together her sporting and creative successes to her home town. MTV European Music Awards where she was the resident choreographer for many years creating performances for all the artists and hosts of the show from major pop artists like Katie Perry to hip hop royalty Snoop Dogg, The Brit Awards and the Mobos for various artists.

Her knowledge of the dance and fashion industry led her to start her own business with her two agencies AMCK Dance and AMCK Models under the umbrella of AMCK Management. The dance division which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year supplies dancers to the very best music artists worldwide including Pharrell, Beyonce, Madonna and Rihanna. AMCK Models is the first and only high fashion model agency in London that solely represents men and is listed within the top premium mens agencies in the world.

The roster boasts top models with campaigns from Armani, Prada, DKNY to Vivienne Westwood. Her agencies have won industry awards and Aicha has been named as one of the top 50 influential black women in the UK today by the Power List.

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Do you want to grow your business or career in the fashion or entertainment industry?

Do you have your own business or want to expand it?

Do you want to work for one of the major fashion houses?

Do you want to raise your profile?

Do you want influential contacts in the fashion or entertainment industry?

Do you want to work with well-known brands or A-list celebrities?

Learn how our panel are balancing their success.

 

Enjoy our informal networking session at the end of the evening.

Book your place today:

http://fashiontalks2015.eventbrite.co.uk

info@inspirationalyou.co.uk | 07545 156 111

FREE places to Lewisham Homes residents.

Light refreshments provided

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Romero Bryan – Fashion workshop – 20th – 21st February 2014 – Lewisham

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Romero Bryan will be delivering a fashion workshop in Lewisham for local residents who want to gain practical skills and learn about the fashion industry.

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It is widely acknowledged that designers from the UK produce some of the world’s most cutting-edge fashion; one of them being Romero Bryan, 29.

Mr Bryan’s talent and innovation have been widely recognised by members of the international fashion press and fashionistas.

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From a young age London-born Romero Bryan aspired to become a world-renowned fashion designer and he began to hone his skills for design and creation at just thirteen. Mr. Bryan has fashion in his genes – both his grandfather and uncle were tailors, whilst his grandmother was a seamstress. Mr. Bryan’s designs first caught the media’s attention in 2001, when UK singer Samantha Mumba attended the Brit Awards in a Romero Bryan dress with a plunging neckline.

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Mr. Bryan graduated from the London College of Fashion in late 2005 and his career took off soon after. His designs have been worn by ‘A-List’ celebrities across the globe including Alek Wek, Cameron Diaz, Destiny’s Child, The Noisette’s lead lady & Fashion Icon Shingai, Mariah Carey and Usher, to name but a few. Romero Bryan’s garments have also been purchased by Kate Moss, Katy Perry & many more. Over the years, Mr. Bryan’s clientele has broadened and the “boy wonder” (Vogue.com) has matured into a wonderful young man.

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Romero Bryan’s talent, hard work, determination and potential have been recognised by Philip Beresford in the predicted ‘Rich List 2020’compiled for the Royal Bank of Scotland. The list appeared in international publications such as Forbes Magazine.

Most recently named on the Lloyds TSB & Thomson Reuters ‘POWERLIST 2013’ as one of ‘BRITAIN’S MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK PEOPLE.’

Book your ticket today:

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Denise Brown – Stylist, Editor & Designer (Speaker) – The business of fashion – Saturday 23rd March 2013

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‘The business of fashion’ talk at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Fashion Changed My Life is run by qualified fashion stylist, designer and tutor Denise Brown. After ten years of working in the industry Denise decided that she wanted to set up her own fashion courses, inviting young people and adults to explore the wonderful world of fashion and equipping them with a range of skills specific to the industry.

 

The name Fashion Changed My Life represents a very personal journey to Denise, as it captures the essence of her very own narrative: ‘Fashion has been the one constant throughout my life. For one reason or another there was a lack of nurturing and love in my childhood. But once I discovered fashion I embraced it, harnessing  my skills with all the love that I was lacking growing up”.

A women’s wear graduate from the world renowned London College of Fashion, Denise Brown acquired a strong sense of identity through fashion from the first time she picked up a needle and thread to hand sew her own outfit, aged just 12. Realizing her life’s purpose and embracing it, Denise developed her styling techniques in both menswear and womenswear, exceeding the industry boundaries and expectations. Denise has experience styling some of the biggest names in pop culture including Kanye West, Rihanna, Eliza Doolittle and Noisettes. Denise’s international clientele also includes MTV, GMTV, Nickelodeon, New Era, Polaroid. Denise has also had the opportunity to work with other prominent magazines/newspapers such as Time Out, NME, Lurie, Pride, The Guardian, Fantasic And Men, Fault, Noise and The Metro.

Denise taught fashion design in the London Borough of Lambeth since 2004. During this nine-year period Denise worked for Flipside Project alongside the Metropolitan Police, attending various youth clubs in Lambeth. Denise is also proud of her work that she has done with the Prince’s Trust, delivering a one-week workshop to 16-19 year old NEETS. She has also taught Fashion Styling at CNWL, Fashion design at Royal Court Theatre, customising garments at Postitive Activities For Young People,  and various other fashion courses Brent Summer Uni, Wembley Community Centre, Ground Works, Surestart Plus,  The Davis School and Burnside Schools.
In 2007 Denise embarked on the launch of her successful clothing label Don’t Judge Me- a label based on her struggles, accomplishments and life lessons. The launch was a triumph, actively conveying the message of ‘perseverance through misconception’ and winning the hearts of Mariah Carey and Tulisa from N Dubz, whom both wore the Don’t Judge Me collection.  Denise’s innovative label rapidly captured the interest of magazines around the world, allowing her to showcase her personal and original style. To date, a youtube video of Denise’s work has generated nearly six million hits.

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Joy Odunsi – Stylist & Director (Speaker) – Get ahead in fashion – Saturday 23rd March

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Joy will be joining our ‘Get ahead in fashion’ talk on Saturday 23rd June at Birkbeck, university of London as part of our ‘Be Inspired 2’ day.

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Joy is the Senior Stylist and Director of Potential U – a bespoke Style and Image Consultancy.

She is a qualified Personal Stylist from the London College of Fashion with over 8 years expertise in the fashion industry. Her passion for style together with comprehensive training has equipped her to confidently style clients and celebrities over the years.

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Potential U is a fabulous Style & Image Consultancy that helps Women and Men achieve Style and Confidence with their wardrobe! Her consultancy offers an array of personal  styling consultations; Image make over’s, Personal Shopping, Wardrobe Detox/Management, Ladies Style and Colour Parties, Colour Analysis etc

Bold and confident she can make anyone look and feel their best. Joy is on a mission to help Women and Men achieve their style dreams!

Her achievements thus far comprises of:

• A professional database of over 2000 clients

• Voted amongst UK’s Top 25 Stylist’s in Vogue magazine

• Worked on various BBC and ITV productions

• Freelance stylist at Selfridges, Liberty and John Lewis

• Style workshops for Virgin 1st class clients, HSBC, city Investments banks and law firms

• Editorial in Psychologies magazine

• Features in national and local newspapers

• On-going Style workshops at Champneys Spa’s across the UK

• Regular style advisor on BBC London radio, Premier Radio and Colourful Radio FM

Book to attend:

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Emile Carr – Fashion Designer – Speaker – Get ahead in fashion – Saturday 23rd March 2013

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Emile Carr will be joining our ‘Get ahead in fashion’ talk on Saturday 23rd March at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Emile is a British fashion designer who is a graduate from London College of Fashion.  Currently 28. he started sewing when he was 18 after been taught by his mum and a good friend before he started his degree. By the time he finished studying he had already built up good working relationships with a range of companies that would later help to further his career.
After leaving uni he set up a high street brand called Bellanina which was selling to the likes of Topshop, ASOS and Allders. In 2008 Emile was chosen by the London Development Agency with a handful of other designers to go to New York and represent The best of young British designers during New York Fashion Week.
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In 2010 Carr chose to break away from high street fashion and move up the ladder into high fashion setting up the brand Emile. Since launching in the area of the market he has worked Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Erdem and was part of the small British contingent that helped to get the Australia Olympic Team Uniforms looking so sharp. Aside from design Emile has also worked with NEET‘s, the disabled and ex offenders teaching them how to sew in independently run workshops.
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Contrast and structure are symptomatic features of Emile’s collection from now and beyond. His brand aim is to use its British heritage to attract Asian and European clientele.
The distinctive style will marry up well when translated through the up and coming menswear collection launching September 2013.