Product development for Laurel Wreath and special projects, Fred Perry, aged 26
“Tom is one to watch. Laurel Wreath at Fred Perry really couldn’t manage without him” says Claire Barrett, Tom Flannery’s line manager and product manager of Laurel Wreath (men’s, accessories and special projects).
Flannery graduated with a degree in quantity surveying, but decided to pursue a career in fashion, and upped sticks to the French Alps to indulge in his passion for freestyle skiing while sending out applications. “Eventually Jaeger took a punt on me and I immediately hung up my skis and moved back to the UK,” says Flannery.
Originally starting as a womenswear fabric assistant he was promoted to men’s fabric buyer after just four months. He then joined Fred Perry in July 2012.
Barrett is full of praise for Flannery. “He has worked on some exciting and high-profile blank canvas projects and his hard work will be evident in some projects we are due to release this year. In case this makes Tom sound like all work and no fun, it’s worth pointing out that his sense of humour keeps us all going through some busy days, making him as popular in the pub as he is in the office.”
Flannery is ambitious for the future. “I would like to continue to progress within the company and ultimately become a product director for a young fashion brand.”