Welcome to The Fashion Careers Clinic Blog!

Our blog aims to answer your questions on searching for a role in fashion/textiles/accessory design, marketing, promotion and PR. The Fashion Careers Clinic is a specialist careers advice service based in London. For more information on what we can do to assist you in your fashion job search, please visit our main site: www.fashioncareersclinic.com

If there is a subject you would like us to cover on this blog which is related to fashion job searching, please email: steph@fashioncareersclinic.com with your query, and we'll do our best to answer it here.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

WATERMELON - Toddler Boys Graphic Designer Required

Position: Toddler Boys Graphics Designer

Contact: ​Jaz Jutley
Location: ​W2 London
Position type: Permanent
Sector: ​Boyswear
Salary: ​Not specified

• Watermelon is a brand licensed Design Consultancy for M&S Apparel, Accessories and Home.
• Watermelon create a unique point of sale/design handle to brand Licensed product.
• Designing innovative graphics and multi product by researching key fashion Trend, colour and Fabric on a seasonal basis.
• Travel is also integral for the design team and where necessary European and overseas trips to research key Fashion looks and Graphic trends.

• Must have at least 2-3 years experience of working in a similar role
• Must be proficient in Adobe Photo shop and Illustrator
• Must have a strong commercial handwriting (demonstrated by an excellent portfolio)
• Must hold a recognised qualification in Design

• Enthusiastic and Confident
• motivated
• excellent communication skills
• Able to work as part of a team and independently
• Able to work to deadlines

Please forward CV’S to jazj@watermelon.uk.com


Tuesday, 21 August 2012


For one day only, you are invited to:
Pre-worn womens’ clothing, shoes, accessories

Flat B, 8B
Lamb's Conduit Passage
(just off Theobald's Road, above Ladbrokes)
Holborn, London WC1R 4RH
(Nearest tubes: Holborn, Russell Square, Chancery Lane)

Saturday 25th August 2012
12 noon - 7pm

Featuring designer and vintage pieces,
together with a mix of exciting
high street/branded collections – some new
Brands include:
Burberry : Cos : DKNY : Paul & Joe : Lara Bohinc:
Hoss Intropia : French Connection : Gap : Ghost : Mulberry : Topshop : Gerard Darel : John Lobb :
Paul Smith …. and many more!
Sizes 8-12 (some 14/16); shoe sizes – 4 - 8
Prices from around £10 - £300

In addition: ‘bran-tub’, refreshments, books & mags!!!
All this for £1 entrance fee!!!
Please note: this is a cash only, no returns/refunds sale

For more information, please contact:
Libby Anson: libbyanson62@gmail.com / 07939 243 579, or
Steph Finnan: Stephaniemit@googlemail.com / 07545 210981

Monday, 25 June 2012

Graduate Design Position - Ethical Kidswear Brand

Frugi are the UK’s premium organic and ethical childrenswear brand. Currently growing at a whopping 40% a year - we are the UK’s 2nd best selling brand to independent shops* and supply over 500 retailers in 46 countries.

We are looking for an amazing new design apprentice to join our crack team down in sunny Cornwall. But rather than just place a traditional job advert, we thought we’d approach this differently.

The “Frugi Apprentice” will be a competition, with the winning prize being a full-time, salaried job as junior childrenswear designer in the hallowed sanctum of the Frugi design department. Helping create our signature prints and appliqu├ęs and developing innovative new products.

This is an amazing opportunity to work for a dynamic, ethical, growing brand in a wonderful location.

Up for the challenge? Like to know more?

Drop us a line, by 6th July, and we’ll tell you all about what you’ll need to do:

Jennifer Bolton: Head Designer
Wheal Vrose Business Park
Cornwall TR13 0FG

email: jennifer@welovefrugi.com

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Interested in a career in fashion? An apprenticeship might be for you...

Fashion Enter has set up a working studio at the University of East London's Knowledge Dock and is preparing the next generation of British talent through its apprenticeship programme.

Manager of The Fashion Studio Desiree Koster said: "Students seem to be missing something these days.

"University and college courses can be so specialised that they miss the basics. Students learn about designing a collection but they have someone else to do the pattern cutting and don't get the basic skills."

Desiree has worked in the industry for 30 years employed by Bruce Oldfield, Biba and Pineapple among others. Her new venture at UEL makes patterns and samples for a range of clients and, when necessary, can do small production runs. It has three apprentices working exclusively at the east London location and offers additional experience at its factory in north London where larger orders are made for clients including ASOS and Osman for John Lewis.

Desiree said: "I find it very fulfilling advising students on the right way of doing things.

"The fashion world has changed a lot - when I began it was about trends changing every season. Now there is more of a base collection that rolls on year after year. I suppose it is more economical that way.

"I have learned different things at different stages of my career - when I worked with David Sassoon they had been running for 50 years and I picked up the tricks of the trade that they don't teach in schools."

The apprenticeship in fashion and textiles is an 18-month agreement between apprentice, employer, trainer and college. It gives apprentices four days a week in work and one day training in the classroom. Big names, including House of Fraser and Jaeger, are among those to take on apprentices.

To be eligible applicants must be aged 16-19 years old, have a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A-C. Industry experience is desirable.

Case Study:
Tia Moore, 18, two months into her apprenticeship.

"An apprenticeship offers more of an inside route into what the industry is about, it's more hands on. I had the option to go to university but the course seemed to be too textbook based. I thought I knew stuff after college until I came here. In the fashion industry experience is a lot better than just having a qualification.

"I'm Desiree's assistant - she has taught me pattern cutting, how to alter, cut etc. I help on the admin side too - replying to emails from designers and about events.

"I'm not to sure what I want to do and that's why the apprenticeship is good. I get to observe all roles and see which one I best fit into. My job description is Garment Technologist and so far I have seen the factory side where they make big orders and here. If I had gone to uni these are the sorts of jobs I would be applying for afterwards so it just makes more sense to be here."

For further information, go to www.fashioncapital.co.uk.

Original article: wharf.co.uk

Monday, 18 June 2012

Are you going to fashion interviews? We have some advice for you

Those of you who are on the lookout for a new fashion job - whether you've recently left fashion college/Uni or have a few years of industry experience - it's more important than ever before to go to those all important interviews armed with as much information and research as possible.

We all know that fashion is competitive, however the jobs market is even tougher than ever before and employers who are hiring can really be as choosy as they like when it comes to decision making on who to take on.

It's therefore imperative to impress at interview, and this is where your prior research is key. Here at The Fashion Careers Clinic we advise our candidates to use this research to their advantage towards the end of their interviews. When you get to the part where they say 'Now, do you have any questions for us?', use the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of their company by asking informed questions.

Don't limit yourself to asking questions only about the specifics of the role (although it's clearly important that you find out as much about the role as possible!), also ask more general questions about the company as a whole.

If you've done your research well, you shouldn't have any trouble thinking of questions to ask. Use the following methods to gather information about the fashion company:

- Simply do a Google search and see what comes up - mentions on blogs, newspapers, consumer magazines, Twitter etc - find out what others are saying about the company
- Check out their company website - don't just look at the product or service they provide, also read about the company history, news sections, events, their blog. Some sites list a 'who's who' of employees, timelines of company activity, etc
- If the company you're going to meet sells products, make sure you have an opinion on them and are up to date with their most recent products. For instance, if you're going to meet Topshop, make sure to visit at least one (ideally more than one) of their stores. Make notes on what you like, what you feel could be improved, their price points, the product mix. Take a look at who their target customer is. Do a comparison visit to one or more of their competitors and have an opinion on how the stores and products compare.
- Read all about it! Make sure you read any articles relating to the company that you find when you do your Google search - even better, subscribe to as many trade magazines/websites as possible so that you're always clued up on what's happening in the fashion industry. Most people are aware of Drapers (www.drapersonline.com) the main UK based fashion trade magazine, however the following sites and magazines are also very good:

Retail Choice - www.retailchoice.com
Pambianco - www.pambianconews.com
FashionMag - www.fashionmag.com
Fashionunited - www.Fashionunited.co.uk
Business of Fashion - www.businessoffashion.com

Once you've done your research, begin to formulate your questions in advance of the interview based upon your findings.

To demonstrate how you can use the research, I'm going to give an example of when Topshop opened their first US store in New York a few years ago. At the time, it was reported in the press that Philip Green and Kate Moss were there to host a major launch party, how fashion conscious Americans were in a frenzy about the new store, news about the store design, etc. If you had been interviewing for a role at Topshop head office here in the UK during the weeks and months following that launch, you could have used it as a starting point for your questions, such as:

- Tell me how sales are going for the new NY store - are they as buoyant as expected?
- Have the collections been changed significantly for the US market or are they the same as the UK collections?
- How do you think your competitors over there are feeling about the launch?
- Are there plans for expansion across the States or do you plan to focus just on NY for now?

So, even though you're asking a question, it shows you've done your research. Employers are likely to be impressed by these types of questions as:

- It shows evidence of your research skills
- Shows them that you're keen about THEIR company and are enthusiastic about them, keen to learn more

There's another bonus of the 'Tell me about xxxxx' line of questioning - if you're asking for more information about something or the interviewer's opinion, it's less likely you'll get a yes/no or one worded answer. This means that the interviewer will talk for some time to give you the answer - giving you more opportunity to ask another question off the back of this info.

This leads to you spending more time in the interview and a better chance of building a stronger rapport with them if you can get a good dialogue going.

We hope you found this article useful.
Good luck with those interviews!

Posted by: Stephanie Finnan, Founder of The Fashion Careers Clinic
If you require more advice on finding a job in fashion, please visit our main website to learn how we can help you: www.fashioncareersclinic.com

Lulu Guinness Need An Assistant Designer!

Are you a fabulously talented accessories designer?
On the lookout for a new role?
Get in touch with Viki, Head of Design (we'd love to work with Viki, she's fab!)

Hello All! We are looking for an "Assistant Designer" here at Lulu Guinness. We'd like someone with a year or so of experience, excellent hand drawing, photoshop and illustrator skills, but very importantly, who works well in a team - personality and a "can do" attitude is super important here... If you would be so kind as to forward my email address to anyone you think may be interested, I would be really grateful. Pls send CV, examples of work and a short letter to: vwittering@luluguinness.com. No recruiters at the moment, please. Thank you, Viki

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Are you looking for an amazing PAID fashion internship?

If so, look no further! Elle magazine are on the lookout for not one, but TEN interns, to be completely responsible for editing their October issue.
Here is some info from their website (great to see that these internships are paid, well done Elle!)

"Interns, it’s your turn. We’re turning October 2012 into the Edited by the Interns issue. That means we’re inviting the best interns in the business to join us and give ELLE their own special spin—in other words, we want you.

We’re searching for would-be editors, stylists, writers, photographers, art directors, beauty experts and designers to bring their perspectives to the October issue. We have 10 editorial jobs available, from Art Editor to News Editor, with everything in between. Even the top job is up for grabs... for the right candidate, of course.

Why are we doing it? We’re keen to show our appreciation for the invaluable support that interns provide. We also know it’s tough out there, and want to help the next generation of fashion and media stars launch vibrant careers.

Take a look at the full job descriptions and submit your entries at elleuk.com/internship-2012. We’ll select our winners based on input from a panel of ELLE editors, giving consideration to the buzz you build via social media channels.

Get applying. Get sharing. Get involved in Edited by the Interns. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Please note, ELLE pays interns. Always. In keeping with this policy, the winners of this competition will be paid contributor fees."

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