Andrew Thompson


Open to Opportunities

Andrew Thompson

Design Director | Creative Director |Responsible Approach to Design | Brand Communication Expert

Current Location

London, UK

Andrew is open to new work opportunities

A creative and innovative Footwear Design lead with over twenty years experience. I have the ability to translate ideas into financial global success. Driving the brand vision from concept stage through to production. Managing, mentoring and motivating the design teams to continually drive results. My collaborative approach enables me to influence marketing/online/social media teams ensuring a successful omni channel business whilst maintaining brand tone of voice.

I consider myself an excellent team player who faces every challenge with a positive mindset - a quality that is essential in driving business forward.

My experience allows me to work from dual perspective. I have a commercial eye with an acute attention for detail, and most importantly I am extremely passionate about product.

Specialties: Meticulous attention to detail and aesthetics.
Strong awareness of trends - cyclical, current and classic.
Very good balance of commercial and innovation applied product.

It is my belief that in order to be future facing as a creative organisation we must understand key shifts and movements that are informing how people live their lives. Throughout my career I have always approached my work for humanistic POV, helping brands understand the bigger picture and these key Macro shifts, analysing how these filter down and understanding how they manifest on a societal and consumer level.

Educating teams / brands in all aspects of design, broadening their perspectives and seeing this come through in product is at the forefront of my work. I relish in the research process, always being curious and tenacious in my approach to find different outcomes incorporating qualitative design and trend methodology.

I am generally passionate about sharing what I have learnt and enjoy telling great stories that create excitement and engagement. My attention to detail has been a contributing factor in my success throughout my career.

  • Brands Andrew has worked with
    • Fablefootworks
    • Hudson Shoe Agencies
    • C&J Clarks International
    • Kurt Geiger
    • Lloyd Shoe / Hudson Shoe Company
    • The Walt Disney Company
  • Andrew's past titles
    • Founding Partner
    • Creative Director
    • Design Director
    • Head Of Buying
    • Design Director
    • Senior Product Development Manager
Work Preference
Location Preference

To be discussed

Employment Preference
  • Permanent Positions
  • Hourly Consulting

Senior Product Design/Development Manager

The Walt Disney Company

Jun 2022 - Present

• Leading a team of 10 to deliver Design & Creative strategies to global brands
• Key Accounts – Adidas Global, Eastpak, Samsonite, Happy Socks, Rayban, Oakley,Swatch, Geox

Founder at Fable Footworks


Sep 2019 - May 2022

Vans USA / Soho Grit / Amazon Fashion / White Stuff / Unique Style Platform / Various

Design Direction
• Design & development working to customer briefs
• Trend direction and seasonal story building

Creative Director

Hudson Shoe Agencies

Aug 2018 - Sep 2019

Leading the creative strategy for the brand ensuring brand DNA consistency whilst driving newness
Inspiring the design team and encouraging them to be ‘trend obsessed’
Implementing systems and process...

Design Director

C&J Clarks International

Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

Managing a team of 15 including x 2 Heads of Design.

Driving internal design culture to develop original design handwriting inline with brand pathways and vision.

Implementing processes to increase ...

Head of Mens Own Buy

Kurt Geiger

May 2015 - Jan 2017

Responsible for men’s own buy, overseeing both buying and design teams

Identified and implemented new key sourcing opportunities giving the men’s more flexibility and opportunities

Implemented syste...

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