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How to be a Studio manager

Advice from Lucinda Harvey, Wholesale, design and technical consultant at CVUK

You’ll be responsible for the day-to-day running of a design and technical studio, managing a team of pattern cutters – from juniors through to senior, more experienced individuals – as well as sample machinists and studio assistants.

You will work closely with the design and production teams in taking the product from sketches through to garments, alongside a team of cutters and machinists. This involves managing the schedule of patterns coming through, taking them from sketch, to pattern, to sample, overseeing amendments for production as well as ensuring that sample fabric is ordered on time and that correct trims are in stock.

If there isn’t a production team in your company you may need to liaise with factories about when patterns and samples will be sent.

In smaller, more bespoke companies you will liaise directly with the customer on fabric and trims, fitting schedules and completion date.

Studio managers normally come from creative backgrounds, often having worked as a pattern cutter or garment technologist.

You need to be organised, have an eye for detail and good people skills. In smaller companies, sales experience would be beneficial. Salaries range from £25,000 to £35,000.

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