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Jessica Chanell is a BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alumna now working for Tesco, designing underwear.
Could you introduce yourself and tell us about what you’re up to now?
My name is Jessica Chanell and I’m the Ladies Nightwear designer for F&F Clothing at Tesco. I work alongside a team of buyers, merchandisers and garment technicians to deliver trend lead ranges, that are hopefully loved by our customers and commercially successful! I joined F&F nearly 4 years ago designing lingerie, before moving to nightwear and loungewear 2 years ago.
You studied Fashion Contour. How did the course prepare you for industry? (or how did you find the course in general)
Fashion Contour taught me the technical skills needed for industry and allowed me to gain experiences which let me put these into practice. Catherine Fuller and Rob Phillips had a large part in building a strong work-ethic, constantly pushing me to challenge and stretch myself outside my comfort zone. From my placement year at Agent Provocateur, to industry projects and competitions, guest speakers and masterclasses - Fashion Contour went the extra mile to make sure all students had the best opportunities.
Why did you choose LCF?
LCF has a fantastic reputation. I wanted to be taught by the best, and it was the expert and passionate tutors that made my decision. Having so much inspiration and resources right on your doorstep also made LCF the perfect choice.
What does a typical day look like for you at F&F? (What is the best thing about your role?)
My typical day involves getting into the office, catching up with emails and speaking to my colleagues in India and China to check up on development and production whilst the time difference is
aligned. Then rest of the day will be a hectic mixture of meetings, presentations, designing and developing new ranges. Working with several different teams and individuals throughout the day
means I never sit still for long, and am never bored!
What advice would you give to people who want to get into roles like yours?
Have a strong work ethic and do everything with passion. I have to work with several people to make a project work - so never underestimate teamwork skills and the ability to work with a variety of different personalities.
What is the best thing about LCF?
The opportunity to work with such supportive students, technicians, lecturers and course leaders.