“Success does not come to you - you go to success.” — Anonymous.
We work with a wide range of individuals from fresh fashion graduates through to CEO’s and every level in between.
Our clients include global fashion brands, leading retailers and key vendors (suppliers ) from well-known names to start up’s and niche players. Joining Fashion Heaven is easy, head to the Jobs tab at the top of the page where you can view and apply for a position or make a general application.
If you are a designer, along with your CV it is helpful to send a comprehensive digital portfolio showcasing your best work. Ideally, 20+ pages to make a strong initial impression, including mood boards, illustrations or CAD's and flat drawings.
If we have an immediate vacancy that matches your experience, we will arrange an initial telephone call to run through the position, followed by a face to face meeting or video call to discuss your experience and career aspirations in greater detail. We will also consider current vacancies and establish the types of companies and roles that resonate with you.
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As a successful fashion designer, your portfolio is your shop window and there are a few important considerations to keep in mind when collating your work to ensure it meets the expectations of the market whether you specialize in luxury, contemporary or high street fashion.
The fashion industry is a highly competitive space, no more so than in design. Your CV and your portfolio have to work as a double act. One without the other won’t cut it. At all experience levels, a winning portfolio needs to be up to date, well-presented and comprehensive to achieve maximum impact.
Take a look at our Portfolio Heaven guide below to ensure your portfolio ticks all the boxes.
As a designer your portfolio is an essential tool in your armoury. You can work smart by collating your work throughout the season or by dedicating a weekend, so that you don’t have a mountain to climb when you are looking to move on.
Presentation is important and worth investing in. It demonstrates that you take pride in your work. Ditch the old uni portfolio if it’s seen better days and avoid the use of stationary folders, instead invest in a professional portfolio. Prat portfolios are affordable and very popular and easily available from a wide variety of online sources including London Graphics http://www.londongraphics.co.uk/. Pina Zangaro is another great choice http://www.portfoliosplus.co.uk/ very slick and more of a long term investment, they’re also fun as you can choose from a wide choice of covers and depths.
Whichever your preference, make sure you opt for the glass clear polyester sleeves to off-set your work to the max as there is no grain or colour distortion from the plastic. If your existing sleeves are looking tired, replace them.
Here’s a myth killer… your work does not need to be confined to one book! And no, no-one will be bored looking through your work. If your career is established and your visual history is relevant, it is absolutely fine to take along several books. We often recruit for luxury brands and the designers in this sector come and see us with their spinners and a book per job which gives a great insight into their skills and achievements.
It needs to be chronological, start with your most recent work and go backwards. Each season and trend should start with a mood board and fabric & colour palette followed by your designs in either CAD or Illustration format depending on how you work, supported by flat drawings and enhanced with fabric swatches.
Mood boards, fabric and colour palettes can be a one-page or two-page affair, keep it honed and to the point. It is really important to show key inspiration, colour and texture as this shows off your eye for what’s relevant. Write the season against each page for easy viewing and include relevant text on your mood boards to highlight the theme. This demonstrates attention to detail and connects seasonal key information in the mind of the viewer!
Feel free to include any look book or editorial images to support your design work keeping in mind it’s your actual drawings, whether hand sketched or created by CAD, that people want to see and which enable you to be competitive. Aim to show a comprehensive representation from the most recent two seasons (spring/summer and fall/winter), including any best sellers and any work that was on target, but maybe didn’t get selected. For previous seasons, pull together your best bits along with any past best sellers, (sketches supported by look book or editorial images).
Avoid fancy paper and overly complicated presentation styles. Keep it simple!
No need to add your CV to your portfolio, you can have a loose copy to hand.
If you have been collecting ideas in sketch books, people always love to look through random inspiration, fabric/print/texture ideas and doodles which shows your ability to think on your feet and capture a vision. This is a powerful tool!
We work with a fascinating and diverse mix of contemporary and luxury brands, retailers and suppliers. If you are a supplier, you need a highly organised relationship specialist who is also a number cruncher and critical path magician. If you are a retailer you want to be wowed by a product specialist with exceptional numerical skills and market knowledge capable of working cross-functionally with merchandising to optimise your sales opportunities. With retail or brand merchandisers, numbers, planning, SKU count and timing, rule.
Great product design is the foundation of all successful brands. Understanding your customer and offering an enticing blend of originality and commerciality is at the heart of fashion, with of course a splash of avante garde! As a graduate of UCA Epsom studying tailoring and construction, our founder Fiona Abrahams is well acquainted with the global design community and we represent a wide and ever growing pool of full time and freelance designers and consultants specialising in menswear, womenswear, childrenswear; apparel, sportswear, accessories, footwear, as well as graphics, textiles, print, furniture, homeware and interiors. For all designers the importance of evolving and updating your portfolio is critical to your longevity in the industry. Take pride, make it your passion, head to our Portfolio Heaven page for inspiration if you are feeling it is time for a refresh.
As Ecommerce continues to assert its hold as a leading trading channel for brands of all sizes, our knowledge has deepened with the evolution of the sector. Small to medium size brands have in the past hired relative juniors to manage their ecommerce, in today’s market the way forward is to hire knowledge and experience with the ability to optimise your site and drive site development, customisation, personalisation, digital marketing and conversion through data and metrics in order to reach the widest local or global audience for your product. As Google and social media channels evolve their analytics, the savvy ecommerce and/or digital marketing manager can fully capitalise. Working with a wide range of brands, we have successfully placed ecommerce and digital marketing experts at different levels to spearhead growth for this important trading channel and understand well the cost savings that can be made working with a great in-house manager versus development agencies especially for site builds for emerging or small/medium size brands.
They kind of sit together, don’t you think? What we’ve learned over the years is that businesses work best when lead by executives with strong market and product awareness, who understand the important balance required in a creative business between product and sales empowering their senior management team to lead and achieve. Tied in with this we are always being asked to find Finance Directors, Managers and Controllers with fashion industry experience required due to the complexity of the industry and supply chain. There is nothing more exciting than to work for a business managed by an inspirational leader. We know a few, they are experts in their field demonstrating knowledge, business acumen and most importantly objectivity and the ability to listen.
Everything starts with development! Taking a 2D design idea and turning it into a 3D product within budget, partnering with local or global factories to achieve the best quality, price and timeline. Add to the mix the growing importance of sustainability and ethical practice evolving throughout the supply chain and you have one of the most complex industries in the world driven, largely by manual labour being chased by an automation revolution that wants to automate the whole thing as soon as possible! We work with a diverse set of skilled Product Developers, Product Managers, Production Specialists and Supply Chain Managers from junior to director level, whose passion it is to work with companies that listen and understand the importance of effective planning to achieve on-time deliveries for goods to hit the stores at the right time whilst embracing the evolution taking place around them.
With the growth of Ecommerce and impact of Social Media as a trading channel, traditional marketing is racing to adapt. Large corporates can afford to hire specialists for each segment, small to medium brands often needs an all-rounder to work solo, manage a small team or manage external agencies. Social media metrics help measure the effectiveness of influencer and social campaigns to enable a brand to direct its resources effectively providing it has the in-house expertise to interpret the data!
Tech for us includes Garment Technologists, Seamstresses and Sample Machinists, Embroiderers, Studio and Atelier Managers of all levels often bringing specialist construction knowledge to create incredible product. We support contemporary and luxury brands and one or two suppliers with freelancers and full time team members. Our Quality Assurance projects come up from time to time where we are asked to work often on one-off projects which can be anything from a maternity cover to a QA in India.
What a difference a year or two makes! With Ecommerce charging ahead, brands are taking advantage of the low overhead, direct to consumer channel this offers. No longer at the mercy of buyers, instead they can take control of their destiny and work with a knowledgeable ecommerce & digital marketing team, savvy in data interpretation, to drive product into the local and global markets. Our sales and brand professionals have been quick to adapt their strategies often experiencing exponential growth when they get it right! We love to hear about the effectiveness of online strategy, trunk shows, market week for runway brands and how product is trading with key luxury department stores and specialty boutiques around the world with localisation and personalisation being key to each market. For our clients with bricks and mortar stores, linking their online and physical stores with interactive tools and marketing campaigns is critical and we have a pool of exceptional retail professionals skilled in maximising sales with the use of CRM, store events, local business partnerships, mailouts, personalisation and outstanding clienteling to create a compelling first class shopping experience. We also work with a few expert suppliers placing talented sales professionals with an eye for a great product, entrenched in market trends and skilled in building compelling relationships with buyers and stakeholders.
Our talent pool extends across all disciplines accommodating a wide variety of freelancers and consultants some of whom love to have their finger in different pies to enrich their knowledge the learnings of which they can share with you. Others require flexible working and can be on call to provide additional support at peak times or bring expertise to short, medium or longer term projects.