Hello, my name is James and I run the Fashion Consultancy James Hillman - specialising in Men’s, Women’s and children’s wear in the mid to luxury fashion, swimwear and sportswearmore...Hello, my name is James and I run the Fashion Consultancy James Hillman - specialising in Men’s, Women’s and children’s wear in the mid to luxury fashion, swimwear and sportswear sectors.
Our clients consider us as their ‘hidden design and production team’. We are able to take their ideas, concepts and thoughts to look at them with fresh eyes and produce fantastic collections and products.
My team and I have come together from brands such as Burberry, Balmain, Paul Smith, Negarin, People Tree, Levi’s, Wrangler, Eskandar to name a few. So we know what it takes to create garments and product to the highest standard in the most cost effective way to whatever quality level you want to achieve.
We have and do work with start-ups to very well known global brands taking them from the initial idea through to production. Its what we do best and what we enjoy the most.
We can also focus on specific areas such as technical packs, concept development, pattern work, sampling, production and designing to take the pressure off the client.
We have agents and work with factories across the world (UK, Portugal, France, Lithuania, Romania, Turkey and China). Who we can rely on to make specific garments and finishings, dependant on the clients needs, minimums and price points.
Our office speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian (we are currently learning Chinese!) so if there is an issue we can resolve it quickly and efficiently.
We are flexible to the clients needs are here to make your brand run smoother.
We also teach fashion design, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to clients who want to improve their design skills.
A little bit about me. - I am a Central Saint Martins graduate, Paris-trained fashion designer and pattern cutter with 12 years experience.
I speak English (fluent) Italian (Advanced) and french (intermediate)
I am a driven and self-motivated individual who has progressed into a senior design role since leaving university. I have an excellent track record of achieving strong results both in creating new collections and in successfully developing stagnant (S/M&L) and start-up brands into profitable companies.
I have worked with numerous brands from very High-end to start-ups in their very initial stages. Because of this I have a wealth of knowledge.
I am a confident, hardworking individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. I am able to build rapport with colleagues and clients in order to build positive and successful relationships. I am a quality and goal driven person and I can work exceptionally well leading a team situation, or alternatively using my own initiative. In my current roles I have acquired a number of essential skills, which have equipped me with the ability to work successfully in a wide range of testing situations. These include motivating and organising my teams to achieve and exceed goals in regards to pricing, design, detail and sales. I have excellent skills in developing and pushing design ideas. I believe that by having high standards in regards to details and finishings and building on these attributes lead to repeat business and the attraction of new customers to every brand that I work with.
I became a freelancer and set up my boutique fashion consultancy JAMES HILLMAN because I got bored of the politics in design studios and offices. It made me lose my focus on what I loved which is to design garments and product and making companies better and building the brands into more profitable companies.
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