Alan Cook



Alan Cook

Menswear Design Specialist / Head of Design

Current Location

London, UK

Alan is available for work

I am a very passionate, driven and creative leader with over 20 years experience in the menswear design industry.
I deliver a strong vision with solid commercial understanding and I always ensure that design is at the heart of any business.
I am product focused with a vast knowledge of fabric, fit and garment make up covering all product areas from tailoring to sportswear and have experienced in sourcing from China, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Portugal, Italy and the UK.
I pride myself on having achieved extensive travel to research global trends - New York, LA, Tokyo, Seoul, Stockholm, Milan and Paris.
I am a team focused leader with excellent people skills.
I deliver clear and strategic ways of working, ensuring individuals are challenged, inspired, nurtured and supported. Ultimately creating great team morale and a forward thinking, progressive environment where creativity and development flourish.

  • Brands Alan has worked with
    • Marks and Spencer
    • Fullcircle ( Wdt )
    • Firetrap ( Wdt )
    • Kangol ( Big Hit Limited )
    • Smith & Brooks
  • Alan's past titles
    • Design Consultant
    • Design Team Lead
    • Design Manager
    • Design Consultant
    • Head of Design
    • Senior Designer
    • Designer
    • Designer
Work Preference
Location Preference

To be discussed

Work Pattern

Open to Full-time work

Employment Preference
  • Freelance Assignments
  • Hourly Consulting
  • Permanent Positions


Self employed

Jan 2021 - Now

Design Lead / Manager

Marks and Spencer

Apr 2014 - Jan 2021

Managed the design process for all areas of the menswear business delivering £900m of sales (2020/21) and led the design and development of over 2000 new ways for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter 202...

Design Manager


Jun 2012 - Apr 2014

Created and implemented a new design and development process to improve ways of working for the design department in-line with the new business critical path. This ensured flexibility and speed to mar...

Design Consultant

Feb 2010 - Jun 2012

Clients included JIGSAW, FI LA & WH ITE STUFF JIGSAW. Completed an in-depth consultancy project for the relaunch of Jigsaw Menswear. I worked with the creative director to establish and set the comple...

Head of Design

Fullcircle ( Wdt )

Mar 2002 - Feb 2010

Defined the global design direction and tone for FULLCIRCLE menswear, increased menswear sales by 125% (2002 – 2008) and ensured entry into premium accounts including SELFRIDGES, HARRODS, MACY'S and L...

  • Trend & Colour


  • Brand, supplier & retail experience


  • Sustainability


  • Fabric sourcing


  • Menswear Specialist


  • Brand strategy & brand development


  • Garment manufacture & fit


  • Team building & management





Epsom School of Art & Design

BA Degree

Fashion Menswear

1989 to 1992

Southfields College.

BTEC Diploma

Fashion Design and Knitwear

1987 to 1989

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