About Me

A current analysis and future visions of my particular interests in culture.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Everyone on the same page

7 permanent staff - 4 full time, 3 part time, plus numerous floating staff, 7 days, 13 shifts, and consistent high quality to maintain. How to get everyone on the same page?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Basic suit alterations

The following are the basic alterations I am teaching my staff, jacket and trouser alterations are documented here, and shirt alterations to come..


Saturday, August 3, 2013

How to teach 60 people the alterations process

People don't read more than two to three word signs these days - no time, not interested, not engaging, boring. Signs and information need to be appropriate to the audience, appealing, simple and easily consumed. I could have written out the information needed to conduct an alteration, but words don't inspire or relate to a new staff member who has no connection with the tools and steps, for example "yellow & white ticket go on garment, pink goes in folder" brings up further questions "where/how do i put it on the garment?", "what does the folder look like?"

Pictures and icons are a good way of simplifying information for mass consumption, so as well as acting out the process with garments, I have it here (attached to the back of the A5 ticket pad) in hard copy.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Textile Properties

A large and often overlooked part of fashion retail, though a large part of the production process, is appropriate textile selection. Each textile used in a garment has specific properties, utilised for a specific purpose; viscose for lining, wool for outerwear, or cotton for underwear etc., each has been selected, constructed, treated, and finished to meet the needs of the garment and its wearer, this is why it is so important for designers and salespeople to understand various textiles' properties, and capabilities.

Here is a concise selection of textiles and their properties that I have studied, worked with and sold (in menswear) and how they can relate to customer's needs.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep
without a shepherd. Without innovation,
it is a corpse." 

Winston Churchill

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Management through Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose

Since working in jobs concerned directly with supply and demand, I have engaged in the study of behavioral economics, particularly what motivates people to work more effectively and efficiently, and what motivates people to consume.

The need to motivate employees and customers is fundamental to any business. While management and marketing are concerned with different sectors of business, though they share the same aim of motivating people.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“Form follows function” 

Louis Sullivan 1896.

Louis Sullivan was known as the "father of skyscrapers" and the "father of modernism". This quote was based on his rationalist theories, it would later become foundational to the theories of modernism, and 'modern' values. The Modernists would add "...ornament is a crime" to the above statement, to enforce their disregard for unnecessary adornment in design.