I have been a designer for over 9 years, I joined Next in 2008 as a Trainee Designer on Menswear and progressed all the way up to Designer. In that time I have worked across Soft Accessories, Jerseywear, Casual Shirts and Knitwear.

In that time I have gathered a wealth of experience and knowledge on the inner workings of a large clothing retailer. I have designed and built my own ranges, working closely with Buying teams and utilising the Technical teams, I have travelled to many countries near and far to work closely on development, including the woven mill in India, the knitting factory in China and the Jersey factory, with dye house and print production in Pakistan.

One of the key parts of my role was to present trend information to managers and my team, bringing ideas to the table and driving this forward in development.

With all of that experience gained I am now continuing to build on and add to my skills with furthering my studies into Fashion History whilst continuing to design through Freelancing.

 

Rachel Neal CV