At October’s INTOFashion Masterclass we were very luck to be joined by Thomas Evans, Menswear Designer at All Saints. Thomas delivered a super fun, engaging and insightful presentation on getting to exactly where you want to be in your fashion career.
Thomas explained that after completing internships in London and New York, and graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2008, he went to every recruitment agency in hope of getting a job. His first job was “totally bizarre”, which involved him designing football kits despite hating the sport. Afterwards, he worked as Design Director, creating a collegiate menswear brand which went on to be stocked in ASOS and Selfridges, and then worked for Brand Alliance, designing and supplying casual wear to brands at Debenhams. And this takes us to current job at All Saints, a place “I always wanted to work at when I graduated.”
As well as working as a menswear designer, Thomas also leads the internship programme, so has first hand knowledge of how careers can begin at the company. “Just say “yes please” to every task,” he advised. “No designer works alone, there are teams supporting them.” These teams include Technical Fit, Product Development and Creative Direction. All Saints as a company go on many international inspiration trips, Thomas mentioned, and that he himself visits factories in Portugal, China and Turkey regularly as part of his role.
Tips and Recommendations
Spend time on making your CV specific to the role you’re applying for, Thomas emphasised. “You know the brands you want to work for, so you must target everything to them.” Aesthetically, your CV “should look like a graphic designer did it”, and your portfolio should be neutral, clean and simple.
“In this digital age, you will need a good digital portfolio or website or both,” he continued. They must have high quality images, but crucially, they need to be under 12MB in size to avoid being lost.
Regarding timing Thomas advised: “Send your CV and portfolio off first thing in the morning,” he suggested. “Don’t be afraid to resend and follow up either, you just have to try really hard.”
At a job interview, experience, personality and look are everything, Thomas told. “Dress the part and be the brand. Be smart, nice, welcoming and really friendly.” Of the interns he has met through the internship programme, the friendliest ones are the ones he remembers, he mentioned.
Thomas also recommended using social networking sites like LinkedIn to your advantage: find a designer, senior designer or someone that works in HR, find the right brands and message them on LinkedIn. “Make finding your job your full-time job,” he said, quoting what his mother had told him when he was younger.
“You have to make opportunities happen, they rarely land in your lap.”
A huge thank you to Thomas Evans and All Saints for supporting INTOFashion.
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