I’ve always had a passion and love of clothes, fashion and interiors and knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with fashion and textiles. My mum was a fabulous dress maker, so I was always surrounded by fabrics and encouraged to make my own clothes.
I also loved business and numbers so was amazed at finding the perfect degree course at Manchester Polytechnic, Hollings Faculty that combined both! It also included a year’s work experience in manufacturing, so the perfect training for an amazing career in the fashion business!
Buying was absolutely my first choice! Being able to combine my love of design, trend and colour to develop and create collections, with all the commercial elements of business strategy, planning and negotiation was the perfect mix. I also loved the travelling and building relationships with amazing suppliers around the world to create and deliver successful ranges.
Armed with a fantastic content learned at Hollings coupled with my work experience I joined the graduate training program for Buying at M&S, which laid the solid foundations for my fabulous career to date! Since then I have been fortunate enough to work for and lead teams in some amazing brands as Buying Director, Brand Director and MD, both here in the UK and Australia. These include French Connection, Accessorize, Coast, Arcadia-Wallis, Habitat, Jacques Vert and Forever New.
I am now sharing my knowledge and expertise by offering my services as a consultant and coach to businesses that need help and support
The world of retail and fashion is one of constant change and evolvement which is why I love it so much. Nothing ever stands still, and every day brings new opportunities and challenges. My passion and love of product haven’t wavered, and I am looking forward to many more exciting opportunities to come!
Contact details: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julia-darlington-a9a2572a/
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