Consultant, wholesale and design, CVUK
To be a successful hosiery designer, a design degree is important but on-the-job training is vital, as you need to learn technical skills.
A strong portfolio of work is important to showcase your skills as a designer, together with work experience within the industry.
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 need technical expertise, including being able to use a small-scale, circular knitting machine.
You would be expected to work closely with the design team, product developers, garment technologists and sales managers, so communication skills are a must.
You must fully understand the trends for your market, so competitive shopping and inspirational trips such as to textile fairs are an important part of a designer’s life. Working as a designer, you should expect long hours and to put in a lot of hard work, but there is scope for international travel and the excitement of seeing your designs on the catwalk.
Hosiery designers are quite specialist, making it harder for them to move to other sectors.
Salaries range from £25,000 to £40,000.