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ruth farrell

I am the Manager of the Design and Make Labs here at TCoE. I come direct from industry where I have 26 years experience in Fashion Design, Buying,sourcing and production. In my career I worked up from team assistant through the route of Designer, Senior designer, Account Manager, Design Manager, Department Manager to Creative Manager. I have worked in all routes to market ie; Retail, Supply and Etail and traveled extensively world wide for my roles. I also trained in Trend prediction in New York. I am passionate about fashion and Textiles and enjoy being involved at the heart of it. From my experience as a Commercial Designer I understand the importance of adaptability and openness to change. This is crucial to the world we now live in. I have witnessed first hand the change in the clothing Industry over my career especially the momentum from trend lead designs to fast fashion. Working at TCoE is therefore a wonderful opportunity at the perfect time, here we value our heritage and ancestors skills yet are keen to push the boundaries to move forward and embrace technology and the modern world. I also have my own business 'Hope Bespoke' personally designed and crafted hats, fascinators, garlands, button holes and bouquets. Offering a made to order and unique range of lovingly made pieces for the races, weddings or any special occasion. This includes an up-cycle service. It is my wish that my product be bought to be treasured, and to last. Working for TCoE and Creating Hope Bespoke sit perfectly with the TCBL project and it's vision. During the short life of the project thus far, I have met some amazing individuals/businesses. It excites me to think of the future and it's many possible opportunities!!

Joined almost 3 years ago.