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William Knight

William Knight

Show Director – 100% Design & Clerkenwell Design Week: 100% Design

William is the show director of two of the UK’s high profile design events: the country’s largest contemporary design exhibition, 100% Design and the leading independent design festival Clerkenwell Design Week. A design promoter since joining the Design Council as Public Affairs Manager in 1999, his experience includes working across international exhibition programmes, content and business development, communications and business strategy.

As the Deputy Director of the London Design Festival for eight years William has extensive knowledge of establishing brands, large scale events and the positioning of design content within both commercial and cultural contexts. William has worked with a huge range of designers and design businesses, advising on promotional, product and strategic development.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Interiors Showcase , SR:D 2015 - Interiors Award, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Sarah Curran MBE

Sarah Curran MBE

Managing Director Very Exclusive: Shop Direct

Managing Director Very Exclusive: Shop Direct

Sarah Curran started her career working at L’Oreal, before moving to News International as a Sub-Editor.

Following nearly six years at News International, Sarah made the decision to set up her own business. In 2003 Sarah opened Powder in Crouch End, North London, a unique boutique offering an edited mix of the more accessible luxury leading and hard to find designer brands.

Sarah took her business online with the launch of my-wardrobe.com in April 2006. my-wardrobe.com positioned itself firmly in the center of the luxury market, focused on offering a curated edit of the collections of accessible luxury designer brands, along with bite-size editorial and a focus on customer service. Under her direction as Founder and CEO, my-wardrobe.com grew to be one of the world’s leading online retailers, with offices in Australia, the Middle East, Scandinavia and the US. Sarah left my-wardrobe.com in 2011.

Sarah joined Shop Direct as Managing Director for the new luxury ecommerce business in December 2013. In February 2015 as Managing Director, Sarah was responsible for spearheading the launch of Very Exclusive – a new luxury etail site, as part of the Shop Direct retail portfolio.

As part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors List, Sarah was awarded an MBE for services to fashion, in June 2013.

Involved with: SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Orsola de Castro

Orsola de Castro

Creative Director at From Somewhere and R2W, co founder of Estethica and co founder of Fashion Revol

Orsola de Castro is a designer, campaigner and pioneer in fashion and sustainability and co founder of Fashion Revolution.

The daughter of a Venetian artist, she took part in her first group exhibitions of etchings and drawings in Rome and Venice aged 15. In 1986-87, she had 5 solo shows in Italy sponsored by Letraset Italia, using their famous Pantone felt-tips and presenting her illustrations and reclaimed vintage hats.

In 1997 she started From Somewhere, a revolutionary label that was the first to address the issue of pre-consumer waste and reproducibility in recycling for the fashion industry. From Somewhere collaborations include upcycled collections for Jigsaw, Robe Di Kappa, Tesco and Speedo.

In September 2006 Orsola co founded Estethica, the sustainable fashion area at London Fashion Week.

In March 2010 Orsola designed the Oscar Dress for Livia Firth, wife of best actor nominee Colin.

From Somewhere collaborates with Speedo since 2010, upcycling obsolete swimwear and fabrics for the From Somewhere with Speedo collection, including the 2012 Unity dress designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympic spirit.

In 2011, Orsola together with partner Filippo Ricci founds Reclaim To Wear, an organization that brings designers, producers and distributors to create upcycled capsule collections. Reclaim To Wear collaborations include Central Saint Martins;HKDI; as well as Reclaim To Wear by Topshop, a bestselling capsule collection which launched in June 2012 and is still ongoing.

Orsola is a regular lecturer for many universities including the Chelsea College of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent and Falmouth University as well as guest speaker at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. Orsola is also a key note speaker at various sustainable fashion events and summits in the UK and internationally, including IHT Luxury Summit in London in 2010, hosted by Suzy Menkes.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - New Talent Award , SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

David Watts

David Watts

Fashion Business Adviser

David Watts is a consultant Fashion Industry Adviser based in London. He is an international director with a successful career at building and leading world class sales, marketing, creative development and brand strategies within the Fashion and Creative sectors. With a career spanning more than thirty years he has worked across the fashion, consumer product licensing and brand development in the UK, USA, and Japan.

With a passion for contemporary art, in 2000 he was a founding partner of The Art Attack Project – a contemporary art gallery in Hoxton, East London and developed a following for many of the then YBA’s [Young British Artists] many of whom are household names today.

Today his passion and knowledge of the fashion industry is both extensive and renowned and he views a designer’s career and brand with a 360 degree holistic approach, both from a creative and importantly a commercial viewpoint. He has been responsible for mentoring and assisting the career development of some of Britain’s brightest emerging designers today.

Involved with: SR:D 2016 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2015 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase, SR:D 2014 - Awards, SR:D 2014 - Go North, SR:D 2016 - Awards

Melanie Rickey

Melanie Rickey

Founder and Editor in Chief: fashioneditoratlarge.com

Journalist, editor and consultant Melanie Rickey is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fashioneditoratlarge.com

As a senior news and features editor her journalism includes writing and editing for The Guardian, Grazia, The Evening Standard, British and International editions of Vogue and many more, as well as guesting on BBC Radio4’s Woman’s Hour and ShowStudio.com.

Melanie Rickey has been part of the prestigious British Fashion Council NEWGEN panel, which discovers and nurtures the next wave of British fashion talent, since 2007.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker

Director, The Design Trust

Patricia van den Akker is director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designers and makers, which receives over 25,000 visitors a month. An experienced and inspiring creative business adviser, coach and trainer, Patricia is known for a practical, no-nonsense approach. She writes regularly about craft and design businesses, including The Design Doctor, in Crafts Magazine.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Go North

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

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

Simon Carter

Simon Carter

Founder and Owner: Simon Carter Ltd

Simon began in 1985 on Chelsea’s King’s Road, where he had just finished a degree in immunology. He had a vintage 1930s motorcyclist brooch copied in pewter, and then went shop to shop trying to sell them. Eventually the society jewellers Cobra and Bellamy agreed to stock them, and the rest is history.

He expanded from brooches to cufflinks, as this was a product that had lain dormant since the 1930s. Business rapidly grew after that, and the brand became synonymous with men’s accessories as he went on to add watches, luggage, ties and belts, scarves and finally a full clothing offer.

Underpinning all Simon carter products are the core qualities and belts of original design, the best quality, and excellent value for money.

Involved with: 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

Susanne Tide-Frater

Susanne Tide-Frater

Brand & Strategy Director: Farfetch

Susanne Tide- Frater is a Brand Consultant specialised in Fashion and Retail. She is Fashion Director for Victoria Beckham

ln 2010 she also joined Farfetch, the digital marketplace for independent boutiques, as Brand and Strategy Director. Amongst her other clients are Christopher Raeburn and the British Fashion Council.

As Creative Director of Harrods (from 2004 to 2006), Susanne Tide- Frater played an important role in the creative strategy of Harrods. Her last project was Harrods Terminal 5.

Previously, Susanne worked as Creative Director for Selfridges and was majorly involved in the turn-around of the once dusty retailer under Vittorio Radice. She set the tone for the fashion identity, the brand development, Selfridges, world famous events, such as Tokyo Life and Bollywood and participated in new store developments, such as the Future Systems store in Birmingham
She moved here in 1996 from Paris, where she has built a strong reputation for strategy development, business expertise and trend forecasting in various companies, including Peclers Paris and the Institut Francais de la Mode,

Susanne sits on the New Gen Advisory Panel of the British Fashion Council and the Vogue Fashion Fund Panel. She is a Director of the Venture Board of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and has been External Examiner of the Central St Martin’s MA Fashion and Textile Design since 2007.

Susanne’s passion is Design, Innovation and Creativity, but also consumers and retail. As such she spends a lot of her free time mentoring young designers, labels and concepts

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase

Anne Ritchie

Anne Ritchie

Anne Ritchie Consultancy Ltd.

Anne has been giving trends presentations for some 20 years and through extensive travel is able to bring an international dimension to colour, fashion and interior trends. Anne also organises, on behalf of HIE and SDI, Learning Journeys for Scottish designers to key international trade shows and retail stores in major cities including London and Paris.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Go North

Karen Radley

Karen Radley

Founder, Scoop International

Karen Radley is founder of premium womenswear trade show, Scoop International. Karen began her career working with family fashion firm, Radley, going on to manage the designer company Quorum, whose names included Celia Birtwell, Betty Jackson and Ossie Clark. She was instrumental in the staging of hugely popular exhibition of the work of Ossie Clark at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and also worked as a sales agent for major brands such as Versace and Paul & Joe.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - Go North

Lynn Wilson, B.Des(Hons) M.A. Fashion and Textiles

Lynn Wilson, B.Des(Hons) M.A. Fashion and Textiles

Key Account Manager in Textiles: Zero Waste Scotland

Lynn covers all textile related work including circular economy textiles research and grant funds, bulky waste and fibre processing, Scottish textile sector support including textile and fashion design. Lynn also supports the development and delivery of the UK retail industry led Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and Love Your Clothes in Scotland.

Lynn has twenty years’ experience in textile design, education and international development, setting up the first textile training college in Botswana and producing bespoke knitwear and accessories under her own label ‘the beautiful and darned’.

She has recently been awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to visit Japan and study circular economy textile design and production in the autumn, 2015.

Involved with: SR:D 2014 - New Talent Award , SR:D 2014 - Glasgow Showcase