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30 Under 30: Stacey Gregory

Children’s wear garment technologist, Matalan.

Stacey Gregory

Stacey Gregory

Impeccable organisation and a ‘can-do’ team player approach mean that Stacey Gregory is as popular with suppliers as she is with colleagues.

Her line manager and head of technical services, David Goodwin, says she always puts in 110%: “Stacey’s desire to develop and share herknowledge with her colleagues and her endeavour to make a difference makes her stand out from others.”

She took her first step into the industry after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Clothing Design and
Technology, landing a role as a garment technologist at womenswear retailer Eleganze upon graduation in 2010.

However, she’d moved onto pastures new by July 2011, when she took a role as a garment technologist on kidswear and then womenswear at Shop Direct. After two years she moved to Matalan and her current role.

In this position she has set up kidswear block patterns for consistency across the Matalan range, as well as numerous product-specific manuals for easy reference for the suppliers and their factories, each detailing testing and construction right through to the fabric and components that should be used.

And her key piece of advice for anyone wanting to follow the same career path? “Be a team player. Be willing to help out wherever needed; it demonstrates flexibility and allows you to work on other areas developing your own knowledge.”

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