I absolutely adore How to Set Up and Run a Fashion Label by Toby Meadows and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is either thinking of starting a fashion business or need to understand how todays fashion Industry works.
After leaving Kingston University in 1976 with a 2-1 degree in Fashion with textiles, Lynnette worked for 4 years as a design consultant for Deryck Healey International. During this time she worked internationally designing ranges for large corporate brands like ICI and Courtaulds. After which Lynnette worked for a year as a jeanswear designer for Levi Strauss and was based in Bangalore India for a short while. It was there she learnt a lot about production on a large scale. Also found a passion for menswear clothing.
In 1980 Lynnette moved into Trend Forecasting, initially working for a small company called Design Intelligence based in Covent Garden and then in 1984, with four friends they set up their own Trend Bureau called I.N.D.E.X (International Design Exchange) working with design companies like DKNY, Calvin Klein and Marks & Spencers, Debenhams and John Lewis. This enterprise was backed by a Belgian textile mill called UCO helped by a maverick entrepreneur called Jacques Fruy.
After 10 years, Lynnette decided that with all her experience she wanted to go into teaching. After gaining a teaching qualification and an MA in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins, Lynnette now teaches a series of short courses at University of the Arts. In 2004 Lynnette started a course called ‘How to start your own fashion Business’. Lynnette likes to think that she has inspired many young people to start businesses. The course is always over subscribed and has been popular for the last 8 years. This website includes case studies of some of my ex-students’s business start-ups and also advice about how to do it yourself.