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Pip Charles

Fashion Design Manager, CLO 3D Fashion Designer, Trend Forecaster, Womenswear designer
About

Pip Charles is an established fashion creative, with proven commercial design talent & valuable trend intelligence across the High Street fashion industry. Pip offers unique, design & print led proposals for fruitful projects

Previous Brands
Li & Fung Limited
Stuart Peters Limited
Debenhams
Charles Tottenham
FCI Bangladesh
SALT
The Sports Edit
Marks and Spencer
Next Sourcing Limited
Global Source and Design, Hong Kong
Elle Clothing, L Wear Ltd
Fake London Genius, Fourworks Ltd
Fake London Genius, Fourworks Ltd
Work Experience
Senior Fashion Designer / Manager | CLO 3D Designer
Jan ‘20 - Now
Li & Fung Limited

- Responsibility and management of design for key Tesco account - Covering Womenswear casual fashion, leisurewear, active wear, holiday shop and core categories. - Experienced, advance level CLO 3D designer. - Managing design and trend direction for in-house collections. - Co-ordinating creative and sample teams to generate profitable, on-trend, capsule ranges. - Managing freelance talent across brand output. - Working directly with Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia and UK factories / sample rooms. Show less

Co-Founder
Apr ‘17 - Now
Charles Tottenham

www.charlestottenham.com Lifestyle brand focussed on unique printed Silks. Hand illustrated interiors and gifts. Collaboration with The Natural History Museum launching Spring 2020. Co-founded in 2017, Charles Tottenham products are dispatched and loved worldwide. Recent press includes; House Beautiful, Red, Good Housekeeping, Homes & Interiors

Freelance Fashion Design Consultant
May ‘18 - Dec ‘19
Stuart Peters Limited

Fashion shape and Surface & Print design. Trend led in-house range design and core volume line design for leading British online & high street retailers. Tesco, Sainsburys, Dunnes, Amazon, Very, Bon Marche

Freelance Design Consultant
Aug ‘17 - May ‘18
Debenhams

Consultancy implementing an in-house fashion print design department to generate new business for Debenhams Sourcing. - I make great prints to bring new and repeat business to Debenhams Sourcing. - I bring industry knowledge, market and trend inspiration to buyers & PD’s and I develop original, commercial aspiration prints. - Strong response to hand drawn, painted and illustrative on-trend prints. - My prints push the important trends in a commercial, brand appropriate way

Creative Director
Nov ‘14 - Jun ‘17
SALT

Creative lead of SALT brand & concept. SALT is the in-house brand of TSE. Featured in The Telegraph Luxury & Vogue - Collection Design; Design and development of Menswear and Womenswear seasonal collections - Production; Sourcing and overseeing production of jersey, woven and seamless styles in Portugal & England - Management; Talent sourcing and management across print, graphics, product development, and social - Wholesale; Retail channel sourcing and development online : www.saltsports.co.uk Show less

Creative Director
Oct ‘14 - May ‘17
The Sports Edit

Co-founder of The Sports Edit concept, retail stores, e-commerce, & SALT activewear. Growing it into a strong business, with e-commerce shipped to over 25 countries. - Art director; campaigns, website, & product photography. - In house design; concept, and design of in-house brand 'SALT' - Buyer; buying 26 brands for Womenswear, Menswear and Accessories from US, Canada, Europe, and UK - Management; sourcing and co-ordinating satellite talent for marketing, graphics, web development, in-store and social. Pre launch phase (Nov '14 - Aug '15) - Intensive trend, market & competitor research in UK, US, & Europe. - Creating & overseeing design of e-commerce and retail stores. - Talent sourcing, casting, and direction across creative elements Store : Fulham, London | Online : www.thesportsedit.com Show less

Design Consultant
Oct ‘15 - Aug ‘16
FCI Bangladesh

Fashion trend suppliers to Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys and Matalan - Catwalk, trend and fabric led design and development for high street accounts - Design across multi-brand Smart / Casual, multi product including Tailoring, Smart, Casual, Wovens and Jersey. -

Senior Design Consultant
Oct ‘09 - Sep ‘14
Marks and Spencer

Highly commercial design, development and trend for the 2nd highest grossing department in M&S Womenswear. Trend direction - compiling exciting, directional and highly commercial design briefs. - multi city inspiration sourcing to create a leading design strategy across garment, print, fabric, colour and trim. - Compiling and presenting catwalk reactions. - Seasonal competitor research, and key shape analysis. Collection design - Design of 100 to 180 ways per phase, in each of the 9 phases a year. - Briefing print, fabric and technical teams, alongside managing relevant deadlines. - Direct product development out of India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mauritius, China and Turkey. - Quick response design and direct development out of Turkey and Morocco. Range building - create strong, trend driven ranges - ensuring Suppliers create design strategy that is relevant to their strengths and the department’s needs - supplier analysis, regional development strategy and future department direction. Show less

Senior Womenswear Designer
Aug ‘08 - Apr ‘09
Next Sourcing Limited

Interpreting a variety of seasonal briefs, from ‘Next Head Office’ to create standout commercial capsule collections. - Creating innovative solutions to business issues, bringing fresh, commercial ideas and product to an oversaturated supply market. - Liaising with NSL India office to source and develop key components - Regular individually conducted trips to India, (Delhi and Mumbai) for sourcing, development and progress checks. - Sales presentation of final product to Head Office senior management and senior departmental buyers. - Ensuring management set product sales targets are met and exceeded. Show less

Senior Womenswear Designer
Apr ‘07 - Jun ‘08
Global Source and Design, Hong Kong

Providing inspiration, design and local market experience to international branded companies to commercially advance their brands - Clients include ‘ASOS’, ‘Jane Norman’, ‘All Saints’, ‘Fossil’, ‘Guess’, ‘Arden B’, ‘Royal Plush’ - Liaising with locally based offices and factories to interpret and make clear all client sent requirements. - Ensuring clear, correct and timely sample development for all clients - Line manager to a team of five (2 Designers, 3 Assistant Designers) - Implementing new procedures with the expansion of the design team. Show less

Senior Designer
Nov ‘05 - Mar ‘07
Elle Clothing, L Wear Ltd

Responsible for the design & development of seasonal wholesale and retail licensed collections. - Interpreting and developing seasonal brief from license holder - Compiling inspirational, creative and commercial research to build a commercial range - Development of designs through Hong Kong, Turkey and Portugal. - Working closely with Paris based license holder and other European licensees - Presentation of final collection to licence holders & international sales teams. - Line manager to two Assistant Designers, providing creative inspiration and guidance. Show less

Womenswear Designer
Jun ‘04 - Nov ‘05
Fake London Genius, Fourworks Ltd

Responsibility of designing and overseeing production of a seasonal product collection - Working one to one with Creative Director on developments. - Sourcing key components from European and Hong Kong suppliers, and Trade Fairs. - Presenting completed Womenswear collection to International Sellers in Milan. - Interacting with sales team on feedback for future developments. - Working on Co-Lab projects; labels included ‘Oki-Ni’, and ‘Puma’

Assistant Designer
Nov ‘02 - Jun ‘04
Fake London Genius, Fourworks Ltd

Sole assistant to Menswear and Womenswear designers.

Languages
English - Fluent
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Full-time
Part-time
Employment Preference
Freelance Assignments
Hourly Consulting
Permanent Positions
Education & Training
Kingston University
‘99 - ‘02
BA (Hons)
Kingston University
‘99 - ‘02
Bachelor of Arts - BA
Kingston University
‘98 - ‘99
BTEC
London, UK