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How to be a Design consultant at a women’s casual and workwear brand

Advice from Mathew Dixon, Director at Hudson Walker International

Before working in the wider remit of design consultancy, most candidates hone their skills by working at a number of brands first and build up a reputation within the industry.

A good fashion design degree will provide the foundation knowledge and from there you can begin a career path starting as a design assistant. Progressing to a senior or head design position is the next step.

This period is crucial in developing skills and contacts, before switching to a consultancy role. Freelance work is much more varied and individuals would need to maximise their effectiveness by working on multiple product areas.

Employers will look at a person’s track record, both in their permanent and freelance roles, and will note key successes. Individuals will need to show an understanding of the brief and have the ability to bring ideas to the company.

Consultants are often expected to bring more than just design talent to a company and can often get involved in product development.

Consultants would work on a daily rate or annual retainers. A daily rate for an experienced design consultant with a strong pedigree would be £250 to £500 a day, depending on market level and the product involved.

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