As a textile student at Manchester metropolitan university I worked my retail apprenticeship alongside my studies on the shop floors of high street giants such as Debenhams and Selfridges. A CV history that involved everything from selling knickers to indulging the shopping habits of the 90′s premier teams wags, graduation swiftly led me into a career in retail buying.
My working week was fast, furious and hugely inspiring. It was through my buying years I built a knowledge of fabric, colour and especially fit. I developed ranges for a national retailer and fashion pages for household name catalogues, learnt the dynamics of commercial fashion and the value of exceptional customer service.
Without even noticing, seven years went by and after the high of a spring wedding, marrying my childhood sweetheart In my dream dress, back at the office, like many in the mid noughties, redundancy loomed. We moved away from city life back to our home town, but marriage had got my body clock ticking and the commute was taking its toll so I took the big decision to take voluntary redundancy.