Laura Akins



Laura Akins

Freelance Womenswear Designer with 10 years of multi-product experience, focussing on sustainable product and solutions.

Current Location

Falmouth, UK

Laura is available for work

Lead Womenswear Designer with 10 years of multiproduct experience in Outerwear, Wovens, Knitwear, Jersey and Swim with a focus on sustainable product and solutions. Over my career, I have gained experience in full time and freelance positions; which has taught me how to adapt quickly, work collaboratively and manage teams to establish and grow successful collections. In my most recent role as Lead Womens Wear Designer at Finisterre, we grew the gross profit for the womenswear department alone by 370% from 2018 to 2020. I believe in building better product for better business, focusing on sustainablity and the future of our industry and planet. No product should be should be produced today without sustainability at its core and forethought of circularity for the future. I am passionate about people, community and culture; I believe in empowering and investing in the people that I work with, understanding the value of feeling valued. A sense of community and a good work place culture is essential to success of any company.

  • Brands Laura has worked with
    • Finisterre
    • Somei D E A S
    • Urban Outfitters
    • Chinti & Parker
    • Richardnicol L
    • S O P H I E H U L M E
    • Bananarepublicnewyork
  • Laura's past titles
    • Womenswear Designer
    • Designer
    • Knitwear Designer
    • Designer
    • Designer
    • Assistant Fashion Designer
    • Intern
Work Preference
Location Preference

Open to relocation

Work Pattern

Open to Full time or Part time work

Employment Preference
  • Freelance Assignments
  • Permanent Positions
  • Hourly Consulting

Lead Womenswear Designer


Jan 2018 - Feb 2022

- Collaboratively working with the Lead Menswear Designer and the design team to research global consumer, culture, market and trend.
-Leading the Creative Direction and Colour seasonally for all cat...

Design Consultant - Womenswear / Menwear

Somei D E A S

Feb 2017 - Jan 2018

- Working closely with Some Ideas Ltd. a creative concept studio providing design consultancy, leading the direction of all knitwear ranges and building onto the woven and jersey ranges for new brands...

Freelance Knitwear Designer

Urban Outfitters

Mar 2016 - Jul 2017

- Leading the knitwear design team, outlining key mood, colour and trends each season, to inform new techniques and interesting silhouette.
-Working closely with the knitwear buyer to ensure an excit...

Freelance Womenswear Designer

Chinti & Parker

Oct 2014 - Feb 2016

- Working closely with Creative Directors and Design team to establish key trends and stories for the whole range; Knitwear, Wovens and Jersey.
-Producing detailed research for mood, silhouette, deta...

Freelance Designer - Womenswear + Menswear

Richardnicol L

Apr 2014 - Oct 2014

- Working with Richard and the design team to research and develop themes for the upcoming season, for Womenswear and Menswear.
-Outlining stories within the research and producing initial sketches t...

  • Design Direction


  • Creative Direction


  • CAD Illustration


  • Strategic Thinking


  • Problem Solving


  • Sustainability Consulting




Kingston University London

Fashion Design BA (hons) Womenswear and Knitwear

Fashion Design Womenswear BA (hons):

2009 to 2012

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