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Marta Gomila Ribalaiga

Marta Gomila Ribalaiga

Visual Merchandiser: Paul Smith

Marta Gomila studied Graphic Design at the London College of Communication and soon after graduating began working for Blacksheep designing book covers for publishers. She also freelanced as a Graphic Designer in her native country of Spain.

After being made redundant from Blacksheep, she returned to her part time job at Paul Smith’s prestigious Westbourne House; a position she had held while studying for her degree.

Not long after her return, the job of Visual Merchandiser for Paul Smith Retail was advertised. This was the first ever role of this nature within this division of the company.
Having already been noticed by Paul himself as having a gift for display, Marta applied for the role and got it with her Proposal to Create a Global Visual Merchandising Standards Guide for the company. As part of her unique role, Marta is responsible for training all retail managers. Also meeting with partners in Japan and China to promote the VM guidelines further afield.

Seven years on, Marta continues to develop the growing Visual Merchandising Retail Team at Paul Smith.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Darren Skey

Darren Skey

Brand Consultant

Having worked in retail for almost 20 years, Darren has a rounded knowledge spanning High Street to Designer. Darren has extensive knowledge of both the Merchandising and Buying functions, across womens, mens and accessories.

Darren was most recently Head of Menswear at Harvey Nichols where he was responsible for overseeing the total Menswear offering in all 8 HN stores. Darren had been fundamental in championing British brands and Harvey Nichols Menswear, under his stewardship, boasts one of the biggest offerings in the UK. Currently sitting on the BFCNEWGEN panel Darren is a leading figure in the Men’s designer market. Darren is now consulting with brands looking to enter the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Jenny Lister

Jenny Lister

Curator: Victoria & Albert Museum

Jenny Lister is a Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the V&A. She curated the touring Grace Kelly: Style Icon (2010) and co-curated 60s Fashion (2006). She is responsible for the collections of the Fashion and Textiles department dating between 1800-1914 and has contributed to catalogues and exhibitions including Quilts 1700-2010 (2010).

Previously Jenny worked at the Museum of London, where she produced displays on 1920s fashion and 18th century dress. At the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace, she curated exhibitions of dresses worn by Diana Princess of Wales, and others including Royal wedding dresses, and Queen Victoria’s wardrobe.

Recent projects include the refurbished displays of the permanent fashion collection (1750-2012), co-curated with Claire Wilcox, and she co-edited the accompanying book The V&A Gallery of Fashion (2013). She is currently researching forgotten early 20th century London dressmakers for a publication on the V&A Heather Firbank fashion collection, and the history of the production and retailing of shawls in Britain, for another forthcoming book.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Alice Duggan

Alice Duggan

Head of Home Buying: Debenhams

Alice Duggan is an experienced retail buyer with over 15 years’ experience including time spent buying both Menswear and Home. She is currently Head of Buying for Home and Furniture at Debenhams, a multifaceted role that involves overseeing a number of buying teams as they develop a diverse group of product ranges from cushions and duvet covers to sofas and dining tables, from initial conception of ideas through to delivery on the shop floor. In particular, a significant part of Alice’s role is working closely with the department stores unique suite of Designers to deliver exciting and unique product ranges.

One of the most exciting parts of Alice’s role is leading the Editions concept at Debenhams Home. She is always on the lookout for new talent to become part of the EDITION range. The aim of this initiative is to bring contemporary designers to the high street and to establish a constantly evolving ‘hot bed’ of creative talent. Alice is really pleased to have recently brought in Ashley Thomas, Abigail Ahern and Vicki Elizabeth to the Home Editions range.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Eleanor Higgs

Eleanor Higgs

Menswear Buyer and Product Developer: Harrods of London

Eleanor Higgs was recently promoted to head up the expansion of Harrods of London for Menswear. Where she has sourced the best manufacturers in the industry to launch the new Men’s Boutique on the Ground Floor for SS14. Eleanor brings with her a wealth of retail industry knowledge and 15 years of international buying experience within the Luxury Menswear sector, including transforming a destination Accessories department to Buying the largest Ralph Lauren boutique in Europe. Eleanor focuses on the delivery of practical solutions and key business strategies, having consulted on well-known brands both in the UK and further afield. An influential and driven retailer, Eleanor is widely regarded as an expert in the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase

Ben Andrew

Ben Andrew

Menswear Buyer: Liberty

Ben Andrew has worked as a Menswear Buyer at Liberty London for the past 2 years. His role involves buying from a variety of international collections to include ready to wear, denim and accessories, this all giving him an invaluable level of insight into the fashion industry. Ben has had a long and successful career in the fashion industry having worked as a buyer for Diesel and part of the product development team at Topman.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt

Founder of Scotland Re:Designed / Director: Genuine Scotland

Chris has worked with designers at widespread events including LFW, the Tea Building in Shoreditch and other ventures with artists and designers such as Timorous Beasties, Jonathan Saunders, Jim Lambie, and Christopher Kane. He works behind the scenes advising, showcasing and mentoring in the creative sector. He also runs Genuine PR, an international PR & events agency.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Commonwealth, SR:D 2014 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Go North, SR:D 2014 - Scottish Anti Illicit Trade Summit, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2012 - Chicago Showroom, SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom

Gemma Hare

Gemma Hare

Group Brand and Marketing Manager: Harvey Nichols

Gemma Hare specialises in luxury fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle marketing, and is completely obsessed with all things brand. Currently the Group Brand and Marketing Manager for Harvey Nichols, she oversees visual communication across the online business, and the 8 UK and 7 international stores. Gemma sets the marketing strategy which drives the Harvey Nichols vision to position the brand (globally) at the forefront of luxury retail. Gemma continually evolves, leverages and protects the brand and is responsible for delivering memorable and groundbreaking integrated campaigns. Gemma’s approach is detailed, disruptive and impactful, resulting in a brand that remains magnetic and ultimately secures long term profitability.

Gemma has previously worked for WGSN, the leading global fashion and style information service. Her previous role as Senior Events Editor saw her direct the strategy, coverage and trend analysis for the seasonal international fashion weeks and trade shows.

Gemma’s diverse background in branding, marketing, journalism, trend forecasting gives her a unique take on the industry.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2017 - Awards

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Owner/Buyer: Jane Davidson

Sarah Murray is owner and buyer of Edinburgh based, and online, fashion boutique Jane Davidson. A family run business since 1969 filled with all that is luxury in the world of fashion, Jane Davidson brand exclusives in Scotland include Dries Van Noten, Osman and Roksanda Illincic.

The boutique in Thistle Street showcases an eclectic assortment of designer brands hand picked by Sarah herself. Three floors of a townhouse are filled with an amazing selection of contemporary fashion from the likes of Theory and Preen as well as an impressive selection of denim from J Brand and Donna Ida.

Sarah is also adviser to Atterley.com, an online portal that consolidates the best stock from fashion retail boutiques and independent labels across the globe.

Involved with: SR:D 2017 - Glasgow, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2012 - London Olympics, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2012 - New York Showroom, SR:D 2017 - Awards

Gordon Richardson

Gordon Richardson

Creative Director: Topman

Since joining Topman Gordon Richardson has taken the brand to unrivalled heights on the high street. As the brands Creative Director he continues to work closely with the British fashion industry having worked alongside bodies such as the British Fashion Council as well as Graduate Fashion Week.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase, SR:D 2012 - Glasgow Showcase

Paula Reed

Paula Reed

Former Fashion Director: Harvey Nichols

Paula Reed joined the senior management team at Harvey Nichols in September 2012, bringing with her a wealth of experience gained in a number of Fashion Director roles across key fashion titles including The Sunday Times, Harpers & Queen, InStyle UK and Grazia. Paula joined Harvey Nichols after stepping down from her role as Style Director for Grazia magazine where, since its launch in 2005, she played a key part in creating the UK’s first weekly glossy magazine and developing its fashion editorial tone. Her broad experience in fashion complements what Harvey Nichols represents, from the most exclusive luxury brands to the more accessible levels of fashion.

Involved with: SR:D 2013 - Edinburgh Showcase