LAST UPDATED : 05 MAY 2015
One of our textile design graduates recently returned to Birmingham City University to give a presentation to students about her experience working for top-fashion retailer New Look as a buyer's assistant on menswear.
Amy Cunneyworth graduated from Birmingham City University in 2014 with a 2:1 Bachelor's Degree in Textile Design.
Since then, she has gone on to work as an in-store stylist for menswear at British fashion retailer All Saints.
Amy also had various part-time roles in the industry during her studies, working for big brands such as
Clarks, COW Vintage and River Island.
It's important to always be aware of what other competitors are doing and also focusing on current and upcoming trends.
Fashion retailers plan a year ahead, New Look are currently designing their spring/summer 2016 collection but the final product could look completely different to original plans, so you have to be able to adapt to change.
Amy has since moved to London and is currently working as a buying assistant for menswear at New Look’s head office.
Amy is happy to have landed herself a buying position at New Look after specialising in buying during her degree, she knew this was her strongest area.
Students currently on
BA Textile Design were given advice and guidance by Amy on the many different pathways that herself and fellow friends on the course have gone down.
This degree opens many doors and doesn't just limit you to one career, you get a taster for different aspects of retail and can either go down the buying, marketing, PR or visual mechanising pathway but it doesn't stop there and there's many more careers this course can help you achieve.
My role at New Look requires a lot of responsibility such as dealing with suppliers, shipping costs and working towards tight deadlines. I think it's important to grab any placement/internship opportunity, it is your chance to get your foot in the door and most of time, lands yourself a full-time job.
Amy also gave students advice for their final projects, emphasising that it's okay to experiment with materials and colour, and also use prints and shapes.
Marlene Little, Course Director for Textile Design said:
I was very pleased with Amy who gained a first in her buying report which she wrote and created a range for a store.
She created a range for & Other Stories which is run by H&M Group, it demonstrates that Amy was not afraid to work with oversized geometric shapes.
She did a lot of preparation for her work and looked in to colour schemes that worked well. She also took in to consideration countries and weather which were major factors for making any clothing line successful.
Amy's mood boards for her range consisted of items which benefit both warmer/colder countries. To compliment her range, she also chose other items such as geometric inspired jewellery and ‘blunt grey’ nail polish. These mini pieces added the final touch to her range and created a whole look for the consumer.
Sounds like a course you'd like to study? Fancy being a career in buying, print, designing or visual merchandising?
Check out our BA in Textile Design