One of the UK’s top department stores has sought out hats designed by Kensington and Chelsea College students to sell in store.
Fenwick is stocking the exclusive student collection after the college’s award winning Millinery Department held a private viewing for the store’s fashion buyer Lecia Finch
Impressed by the quality and design of hats created by the college’s Millinery students Miss Finch took less than 30 minutes to select 14 pieces for the stores spring / summer range.
The stunning range of hats are now in line to be sold as one-off pieces at the Bond Street branch of Fenwick.
Miss Finch said:
‘The level of talent at the college is simply phenomenal. Fenwick customers want a unique piece, and that’s what they are getting with the designs from Kensington and Chelsea College. I have a lot of buyers that wait for the college designs to go on sale because they don’t want anything else.’
Student Sophie Beale’s design of a pink and yellow headpiece was among those selected and is expected to retail at over £200.
The talented 28-year-old from Stoke Newington, North London said:
‘The inspiration behind my design was fairgrounds, bright lights and the sense of fun that you have when you are young. I imagine the hat would be worn by someone with a slightly quirky or fun-loving nature.’
‘I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered my design had been selected for Fenwick. I can’t wait to see it on sale, especially as it’s the first time one of my hats have been displayed in such a recognised store. I feel incredibly lucky for the opportunity to showcase my work in such a high-profile way.’
The college is in its third year of working with Fenwick. Gill Ingham, Head of Creative Arts and Media at Kensington and Chelsea College, said of the partnership:
‘Fenwick is very supportive of our millinery students and have given students a brilliant platform to showcases their skills and creativity to paying customers.’
Date published: 13 May 2011