Advice from Kara Heward, Senior design and wholesale consultant, CVUK
To be a successful head of accessories design, a design degree is a vital start. An accessories-focused degree at a specialist college such as Cordwainers will, for example, give you a good understanding of working with jewellery and leathers.
You’ll need extensive experience working as a designer and a design manager before you can progress to this level.
As an accessories designer, you should have an eye for detail, an understanding of your customer and be able to produce technical sketches as well as inspirational work. You would be expected to work closely with the design team, buyers and suppliers alike, so communication skills are a must.
You must understand the trends for your market, so competitive shopping, inspirational trips and development factory trips are an important part of a designer’s life.
As you progress, the natural route would lead you to the head of accessories design. In this position you would be expected to manage a team and budgets. As head of accessories design, it is your creative direction that will set the trends and themes for the season.
A head of accessories design has the opportunity to earn in the area of £75,000 upwards.