April 29th-30th, 2020
St Mary’s Church, Nottingham

The Judges

Fashion Expert & TV Presenter

Patrick Grant

Patrick’s career in fashion has spanned over a decade. In 2005, after leaving a career in Engineering, he took over as Director at Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. He won much praise for his work there including being named Retailer of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards. In December 2010 he won the Menswear Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards and in May 2015 he was awarded the BFC/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund both for his work on menswear brand E. Tautz which he re-launched in 2009.

In 2012 he began working in collaboration with Debenhams on the brand Hammond & Co which launched in 2013. It has gone on to be the most successful designer collaboration in the department store’s history, now selling in over 150 stores across 6 countries.

In 2015 he purchased the ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This was followed in 2016 with the launch of social enterprise Community Clothing in response to the extreme challenges facing the British clothing and textile manufacturing industry earning him support and praise from across the political spectrum.

Frequently appearing in best dressed lists in the UK, he has been a regular fixture in GQ’s 50 Best Dressed Men and was also named in Esquire Magazine’s Most Stylish Men in the World. In 2016 he made the Business of Fashion 500 index of the most influential people in global fashion.

Patrick is a regular on television and radio as a commentator on the British fashion, clothing and textile industries. He has been a contributor to several major television documentaries including Savile Row, Harris Tweed, and The Perfect Suit, but is best known for his role in the BBC2 Series The Great British Sewing Bee, for which he was nominated for the 2017 National Television Awards.

He has written on diverse subjects for many titles including GQ, The Financial Times and The Times. His book ‘Original Man’ was published by Gestalten in 2014. He is a regular lecturer at schools and colleges. In 2013 he was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Business and Society. Since 2015 Patrick has appeared in both Who’s Who and Debrett’s People of Today. In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Sourcing Director, ASOS

Simon Platts

Simon Platts has been with ASOS for almost five years and oversees the company’s ethical trade and sustainable sourcing functions.

Prior to joining ASOS, Simon was head of Buying at Blacks and Millets. Before that, Simon was a partner in a business for six years sourcing and supplying Clothing, Footwear and Accessories to major UK retailers.

He began his career at Next, rising from Saturday Assistant moving into Buying then the latter part of his career at Next heading up the Sourcing internationally.

Outside work, Sheffield-born Simon lives with his family in Leicester and pursues his passion for surfing and outdoor activities at the weekends.

Framework Knitters Livery Company

Humphrey Barrett

Humphrey has many year’s experience in the Fashion and Knitwear industry, he started his career back in 1959 as a Management trainee in Courtaulds factories. Over the following years Humphrey then went onto work in factories that supplied knitted women’s and children’s wear to all major chain stores and Mail Order companies.

Subsequently, his variety of experience and knowledge of working in factories moved him forward to the position of Managing and Sales Director supplying Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Boots and Asda. Humphrey then travelled through Israel, India, Italy, Latvia and the Far East importing ladies Knitwear.

The knowledge he obtained from working with overseas fashion houses allowed him to jump into his next career move, Management Consultant for two main companies. One in Canada selling high end branded men’s fashion knitwear to over 700 specialist shops in Europe, and the other in South Africa making men’s and ladies low priced knitwear for brands such as Primark, Matalan and Peacocks.

In 2005 Humphrey retired, due to his love for knitwear he joined the Framework Knitters Livery Company where to this day he is able to help support students in their journey to becoming globally known fashion designers.

Creative Director, Pentland Group

Katie Greenyer

Inspiring generations of designers, fashion folk and individual thinkers, Katie has a reputation of producing innovative and truly distinctive designs.

Born in 1972 in Colchester, Essex, Katie’s creative passion has led her to love everything from Essex, along with dogs, tea, cake and gin. Katie’s artistic flare directed her to pursue a degree in Fine Art Printed Textiles at Liverpool School of Art in 1989. And so Katie’s marvellous journey begins:

Whilst studying, Katie secured a freelancing job at her dream company, Red or Dead, working on prints and graphics having stalked the founder, Wayne Hemmingway, for a job.

If working and studying wasn’t enough to keep Katie’s creative mind occupied, she launched her own design studio called Squinty Totty. Katie’s overriding ambition and desire to gain as much experience as possible has contributed to a gleaming CV, with experience at some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, including Vivienne Westwood, Benny Ong, Paul Costello and Christian Lacroix. Katie also dived her design toe into the high street with design work at Next, jigsaw, Dr Martins and French Connection.

In 1996, The Pentland Group bought the Red or Dead brand and Katie became part of the acquisition. She continued providing direction on prints, graphics and packaging whilst emerging herself in Pentland portfolio of brands. Katie has gone on to earn the title of Creative Talent and Network Director for the Pentland group, Adding to Katie’s lengthy list of achievements, she worked alongside Rocktownsend architects to design Pentland’s iconic London headquarters, which resulted in Pentland winning the prestigious British Council of Offices Award in 2003. Since then she has gone on to work on the Pentland enviroments of Speedo, Hong Kong, Paris, and New Yorkand more recently the Berghaus HQ that won the BCO award in 2016.

Katie keeps her finger on the pulse of new and emerging talent working alongside many design colleges in the UK, lecturing, setting live briefs and organising work placements and internships to help graduates secure jobs within design roles. It is safe to say Katie is helping to nurture the talent of tomorrow.

Katie is a Cordwainer liverymen with the Freedom of the city of London, a member of Texprint board, Sorrell Foundation, GFW Mentor and a Honorary fellow at Plymouth College of Art.

Designer & Consultant

Daniel Hanson

Daniel Hanson is a designer and professional consultant with top-quality UK workshop/manufacturing capacity. He has worked with many high profile organisations and clothing and textile industry ‘Brands’ over the past 35 years.

Specific areas of expertise include men’s and women’s nightwear, personal furnishings and accessories; men’s fully hand canvassed tailored clothing; traditional Japanese kimono and associated clothing; towels and towelling products. Such expertise covers the design process, practical construction as well as production knowledge. Adjacent to the aforementioned is a career-long involvement of fabric design, weaving techniques, colouring, dyeing and finishing, with a ‘specific love’ for jacquard patterning.

The Daniel Hanson handwriting is contemporary, heritage based, slightly formal and with a strong ‘attitude’ that reflects current trend but is not subservient to fashion.

As an established Company that designs, manufactures and supplies branded product to quality retail Stores; Daniel Hanson has also developed and manufactured private label product ranges for numerous brands and has recently completed 265 kimono and Samurai outfits for 47 Ronin (a recently released Keanu Reeves film). A substantial period was spent working in design education in the 1980’s which included lecturing part-time at the Royal College of Art for 3years. Between 1989 and 1991, he was Course Leader and Principal Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to which he worked in the industry primarily as a jeans, sportswear and menswear designer following graduation from Derby College of Art with a diploma in fashion design in 1979.

Daniel Hanson lives in Nottingham with his family. This is where the company and its workshop are based. He regularly works in London and goes to New York, Paris, Milan and Austria in a consultancy capacity.

Winner of the Fashanne Textile Design Award 2017

Kieran Pathak-Mould

Kieran Pathak-Mould is a Textile Designer specialising in knitted and embellished designs.

Kieran combines the two crafts of knitting and embellishing, he is able to create unique and bespoke designs that push the boundaries of high end knitwear. Kieran likes to explore the complexity of knitted structure to figure out how decorative applications can be fully integrated into the designs. Since graduating from De Montfort University in 2017 with a First Class Honours, Kieran went on to win the prestigious David Bethel bursary, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and the 2017 Fashanne award for the Textile Design category. He is now currently undertaking a two year masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London, where he continues to develop his heavily embellished knitted textile designs.