WSA Printed Textiles Graduate Success

Printed Textiles graduate Elise Nichols has gained employment as an in-house Print Design Assistant at Marks and Spencers following her show at New Designers this year. Elise was one of 20 WSA textiles students to be selected to show on our stand at New Designers and her illustrative style garnered much attention. Her final collection was based on Grimms Fairy tales. #Congratulations Elise

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Calling all Textiles Level three students: Wanted: Design Assistant Marie-Chantal – London

Wanted: Design Assistant Marie-Chantal – London Marie-Chantal - London

To assist in delivering seasonal collections that drive sales and profits in line with the Brand values and strategy of Marie-Chantal.  Founded in 2001 by HRH Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Marie-Chantal is an international childrenswear brand offering clothing that celebrates the playfulness of childhood while also being stylish and contemporary styles that won’t date.

As a Design Assistant your main duties and responsibilities would include:

  • Thorough competitor analysis and use of forecasting websites provide market research to assist in the creation of mood boards, colour palettes, print and fabric ideas.
  • Assist in the creation of colour CAD sketches, using Adobe Illustrator, to support the production of the category and collection sheets.
  • Contribute towards seasonal design packs across girls, boys and baby, as briefed and overseen by the Design Manager.
  • Assist in the production of all over prints, embroideries and graphics.
  • Set up and maintain seasonal product style code sheets.
  • Enter all product data on to the collection sheets.
  • Assist the Design team in the initial set up of design spec sheets.
  • Assist the Design team with spec sheet and artwork amendments for production
  • Assist the Design team in updating and maintaining all digital and hard copy sketch sheets / artwork and Spec packs.
  • Assist Product Development and the Product team in preparing the SMS and showroom for Range review.
  • Create the seasonal Wholesale line books using InDesign.
  • Organise and maintain all product samples, fabrics, trims, buttons and yarn books.
  • Organise and manage all DHL packages to the factories.

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Wanted: Technical Design Assistant Paul Smith – London, United Kingdom

This sounds like a great graduate position, to support the design team for both our Fashion and Textiles students.

Primarily you will organise the production of approved prototypes for Menswear, liaising with Designers, Technical/Production Managers and factories. To provide and chase samples from manufacturing following the guidelines set by Paul Smith.PS_LOGOKey duties include: translating key design sketches into workable technical construction notes and diagrams; assisting in the research of trims; providing trim information of all styles for sampling and production; altering and updating technical construction details, providing an accurate record on each style; to attend prototype and sample fit sessions with Designers and Technical colleagues making accurate notes; to check garments returning from factories and approving samples prior to pre-production meetings; to organise any resampling of garments prior to grading and production and improving on any specific technical problems; maintaining complete support with factories throughout the production season; completing and reporting back on Quality/Audits as required.

Desired Skills and Experience:

The successful applicant will have a 2:1 degree in Textiles / Fashion Technology or equivalent practical attainment; advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office; credible technical experience in menswear; experience producing prototypes made to designer, pattern and factory requirements; proven technical understanding of product construction and materials, experience with shirting /outerwear is desirable; able to plan, organise and prioritise workload to meet set deadlines. This role requires flexibility over working hours and the ability to travel both within the U.K. & internationally. A full, current Driving Licence is essential for this role.

Download essential information pack before applying from the website, or request via e-mail from  

Applications should have full covering letter and CVstating current salary and Reference No: 9472 with work examples totalling no more than 10 pages by: 29th April 2014  to:


Congratulations to WSA Printed Textile Graduate 2013..

Congratulations to Printed Textile Graduate 2013, Chessie Higgins – relocating to USA to design for Abercrombie and Fitch.



This is quite an exciting new app…Nike have unveiled a new tool that enables any designer to see environmental impact of material choices and create more sustainable apparel.

Nike launches MAKING App

As part of its commitment to designing a better, more sustainable future, Nike launches MAKING — a new app that helps designers and product creators make informed decisions about the environmental impacts of the materials they choose.

MAKING is a designer-specific, easy-to-use tool that ranks materials used in apparel based on four environmental impact areas: water, chemistry, energy and waste. Through direct comparisons, designers can quickly see how material choices stack up. The app was created by Nike with insights and feedback from students at London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

MAKING is available to download free of charge from the Apple iTunes store.

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WSA Knitwear Graduate Kate Wilson sets up Oubas Knitwear

WSA Knitwear Graduate Kate Wilson

Winchester School of Art, knitwear graduate Kate Wilson founded OUBAS KNITWEAR, a knitwear design company in Autumn 2012.

After graduating in 2010, Kate returned to her roots for a short period and was then lucky to secure a work placement with the British company Toast, based in South Wales. She initially worked alongside the Knitwear Designer and was then offered a permanent position with Toast after a couple of months. Whilst at Toast she progressed and gained invaluable experience and insight into the industry; traveling and building relationships and developing her knowledge and expertise.

Oubas Knitwear ethos; the natural sustainability of wool and the importance of quality craftsmanship and attention to detail in a products longevity. All pieces are completely designed and made in Cumbria using the highest quality yarns sourced from Italian and Scottish mills.

We love hearing from our graduates and hearing all about what they are up to.

North West Evening Mail 22nd Jan 2013 – Oubas Knitwear’ business feature