Menswear Design Specialist / Head of Design
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.
To be discussed
Open to Full-time work
A. R. COOK DESIGN CONSULTANT
Jan 2021 - Present
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...
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...
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
Brand strategy & brand development
Garment manufacture & fit
Team building & management
Epsom School of Art & Design
1989 to 1992
Fashion Design and Knitwear
1987 to 1989