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


The Judges

Patrick Grant

Fashion Expert & TV Presenter

“Britain’s design schools have an extraordinary track record in developing world leading fashion talent. I am delighted to be supporting and promoting the next generation at this year’s Fashanne Awards in Nottingham.”

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 Yearat 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 RowHarris 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).

Katie Greenyer

Creative Talent & Network Director, Pentland Brands

Katie Greenyer is a creative mind, business leader and producer of innovative design. With a distinctive style and experience in creative disciplines across fashion and culture, Katie is a widely-respected, inimitable member of the creative community.

Born in Colchester, Essex, Katie’s first steps in the design world were taken with Red or Dead; the cult fashion footwear brand acquired by The Pentland Group in 1996. After pursuing a degree in Fine Art Printed Textiles at Liverpool School of Art in 1989, Katie worked with some of the most formative names in fashion, from luxury (Vivienne Westwood, Benny Ong, Paul Costello and Christian Lacroix) to high street (Next, Jigsaw, Dr. Martens and French Connection).

Now Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Brands, Katie continues to manage the creative direction of Red or Dead while leading a global design team that generates campaigns for some of the world’s best-loved sports, fashion and outdoor brands. Her role has seen her deliver award-winning workplace environments that inspire performance, creativity and collaboration in locations from London to Hong Kong.

Katie’s eye for high-functioning interiors has aided her in creating unique installations for high profile brands and events. Most recently, Katie delivered an exhibition in collaboration with outdoor brand Berghaus for London Design Week, which welcomed 35,000 visitors and featured in national media.

Katie’s unique flair for identifying exceptional talent coupled with an ability to foster and develop new careers has allowed her to make her mark on the creative industry. As a trustee of the Saturday Club and an Honorary Fellow of Plymouth University, Katie uses her enduring relationships with educators and institutions across the nation to support young people with the ambition to achieve a career in design.

Katie is a valued ambassador; she currently holds the position of World President of the Textile Institute, a Cordwainer liveryman with freedom of the City of London and a mentor for Graduate Fashion week.

With unparalleled creative insight, Katie is an undeniably innovative artistic force.

Simon Platts

Sourcing Director, ASOS

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.

Simon Phelps

European Sales & Marketing Director, ITL Group

With 25 year’s experience in apparel labelling and packaging, managing branding and information solutions projects, Simon has worked with a wide range of global clients including Marks and Spencer, Next, Ralph Lauren, River Island and Burberry.

He is particularly passionate about the impact good labelling can have on improving brand identity and helping retailers and brand owners overcome sustainability challenges.

Garry Knox

Sustainability Director, GreenEarth Cleaning

Garry Knox has been the Sustainability Director since 2014, following ten years service with U.K. GreenEarth affiliate, Johnson Cleaners.

Garry’s background has mainly been in Retail Marketing, including roles at leading U.K. retailers Marks and Spencer and Littlewoods.  He became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire.

Garry is also on the board of the Association of Suppliers to The British Clothing Industry (ASBCI).

In Memory of

Daniel Hanson

Designer & Consultant

**For Fashanne 2020, there will be a special award, “The Daniel Hanson Award”, in memory of Daniel. This will be awarded to the student demonstrating ‘excellence and passion’, which is what Daniel was all about.**

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

Humphrey Barrett

Framework Knitters Livery Company

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.