Careers: Climbing the ladder

Job swap – Claire Sprules

In the second of a new series of Job Swaps, Drapers’ James Knowles spends a day behind the scenes with the Karen Millen designer

Sprules’ begins the day by checking the emails sent in overnight by Karen Millen’s global suppliers, mainly from Europe and the Far East. Dealing with factories is a large part of the job, and each garment will require three to four samples for fittings before going into production, with each sample taking around two to three weeks to reach the UK, with constant dialogue between the supplier and the Karen Millen team to ensure everything is on track. Factors such as print, colour, fabrics and the trims that are to be used are all considered before the design pack is sent off to the factory. The small details, such as getting the trim just right for each garment, are “really important at Karen Millen,” says Sprules.

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