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Christopher Owen

Menswear Design Consultant
About

An extremely knowledgeable and highly creative multi-product menswear design consultant with over 14 years proven industry experience. Incredibly self-motivated and thrives under responsibility. Competent in managing and editing entire men’s seasonal collections without direct assistance and supervision while maintaining a constant awareness of critical path and time constraints. Takes an inventive and design curious approach to multi-product with extensive working experience in wovens, denim, suiting, jersey, knitwear, accessories, washes and print techniques with a focused interest in outerwear. Very design driven; constantly seeking new ideas and design inspiration, particularly respects evocative and innovative menswear design alongside highly functional and authentic details. Understands and respectfully reworks vintage and authentic source pieces into modern, fresh and commercially relevant new product.

Previous Brands
Ted Baker
Christopher Owen
WGSN
WGSN
TOPMAN
TOPMAN
TOPMAN
Firetrap (World Design & Trade Ltd)
Religion Ltd
Atticus (EBTM Plc)
Bolongaro Trevor
Cassetteplaya
Ted Baker
Work Experience
Senior Designer
Mar ‘21 - Now
Ted Baker

Responsible for all Outerwear/Tailoring/Denim/Trousers/Shorts

Menswear Design Consultant
Oct ‘19 - Now
Christopher Owen

Freelance menswear design and consultancy. Set up and designed Ted Baker's Made In Britain MW collection. Other clients include Bestseller, Lyle & Scott, Ellesse, ASOS and various suppliers

Freelance Menswear Editor
Sep ‘19 - Now
WGSN

Catwalk key item reports, design capsules, key item capsules, CADs

Senior Designer
Mar ‘21 - Now
Ted Baker

Sole designer across outerwear, tailoring, smart and casual trousers & shorts, denim and swimwear

Senior Menswear Designer
Jun ‘16 - Sep ‘19
TOPMAN

Solely responsible for all outerwear inc. denim Solely responsible for all in-house private labels (Vision Street Wear, Topman LTD, Topman Design) and all special projects and celeb/designer collaborations (Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen, Nasir Mazhar, Nick Grimshaw & James Bay) Responsible for designing press/catwalk footwear with external Topman footwear supplier

Catwalk trend analysis/reporting
Aug ‘18 - Aug ‘18
WGSN

Author catwalk key item reports Artwork CADs for use on reports throughout the site and image library for customers to download and use in range development

Established Menswear Designer
Jun ‘14 - Jun ‘16
TOPMAN

Sole multi-product designer for all in-house private labels (Topman LTD and Topman Sport) and collaborations and special projects (most recent being a range for Nick Grimshaw) Design lead on Topman Design catwalk collections shown at London Collections Men Responsible for designing press/catwalk footwear with external Topman footwear supplier

Menswear Designer
Dec ‘11 - Jun ‘14
TOPMAN

Sole designer on shorts/swimwear/underwear/loungewear/footwear categories Sole designer on collaborations (Age & Sam/Astrid Andersen) Steered lifestyle product directly with buyer

Menswear Designer
Jul ‘10 - Dec ‘11
Firetrap (World Design & Trade Ltd)

Multi-product designer in a team of 3 across knitwear/jersey/casual bottoms/shorts/shirts/outerwear 4 collections a year, presented each range to stakeholders and sales agents each season

Menswear Designer
Mar ‘09 - Jul ‘10
Religion Ltd

Team of 2 designing 4 seasonal drops of menswear multi-product across outerwear, bottoms, denim, jersey and knitwear. Art working graphics/print for jersey product

Menswear Designer
Jul ‘08 - Feb ‘09
Atticus (EBTM Plc)

Short term contract multi-product design across outerwear, shirting, casual bottoms, jersey and knitwear

Junior Menswear Designer
Jun ‘07 - Jul ‘08
Bolongaro Trevor

First role directly from university, for the founders of All Saints (Stuart Trevor and Kait Bolongaro), designing multi-product (tailoring, outerwear, leather, shirting, casual bottoms, jersey and knitwear) and art-working graphics and print

Studio Assistant
Aug ‘06 - Oct ‘06
Cassetteplaya

Assisted Carri Mundan on her label Cassetteplaya's debut London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2007 Menswear collection, as part of the Topman endorsed MAN menswear showcase

Languages
German
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Full-time
Employment Preference
Freelance Assignments
Hourly Consulting
Permanent Positions
Education & Training
Kingston University
‘04 - ‘07
Fashion Design BA
Northbrook College
‘03 - ‘04
Foundation diploma
London, UK