Kathrin Lodes is Course Leader and has 20 years experience in the fashion industry. She worked as Head of Accessory Design for Vivienne Westwood for over 10 years, as a consultant for the United Nations on projects in Africa and for other brands, projects and institutions. She has extensive experience in Product Development worldwide and has a degree in Made to Measure tailoring and Pattern Cutting being able to support students from this facetted background. She has a particular interest in sustainability, future materials and creative pattern cutting approaches. Kathrin also graduated from BA (hons) Cordwainers Product Design and Development: Accessories from London College of Fashion.
Eting Liu is a technical lecturer and Cordwainers Alumni. After gaining her degree she polished her skills at one of London’s leading leatherwork studios. Seeing a gap in the market for small scale design led manufacturing she set up Studio168 with a fellow alumni in East London offering design consultancy, product development and production that soon gained loyal customers, including brands such as Ally Capellino, Topshop , Fiona Paxton and Mawi. With over 10 years industrial experience Eting has strong pattern cutting skills and is specialised in taking initial design concepts through to final production stage.
Lindsey Riley has over 30 years experience in the fashion trend forecasting industry, the majority as fashion director and co-owner of Insight Ltd. As an industry-recognised specialist in the footwear, accessories and leather markets she is experienced in trend and colour forecasting, fashion illustration and journalism. She has worked with a global list of clients on product development, special projects and as a guest speaker, for companies including Timberland, Nike, Pittards, Clarks, Nordstrom, Walmart, Marks & Spencer, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Nine West, and Converse. Lindsey graduated with a 1st class BA (hons) in Fashion Design at MMU and a Post Graduate with distinction in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication at LCF. She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers.
David Tracy is technical lecturer and was for many years a tutor at Cordwainers College before joining the United Nations as their leather products specialist. He has travelled widely and set up many manufacturing units throughout the world while with the UN. David is a designer/craftsman with expertise in creating 3D from 2D and a particular interest in pattern precision and the satisfaction that comes from creating a new product. In more recent years he has acted as consultant for many high street retailers and travelled to their manufacturers in China, India and Indonesia to assist in perfecting the manufacturing process. He now carries out that same roll at LCF working with students to perfect their skills adding his experience to their creative ambitions.
Selina Cheong is technical lecturer, a CSM graduate and co-owner of Studio 168 for the past decade, consulting for design briefs and making high quality leather bag samples for either catwalk, exhibitions or to be put into production. Past clients include Jonathan Saunders, Thomas Tait, ASOS, Topshop Unique, Lara Bohinc, Sophie Hulme, Harris Tweed, Prism, MAWI, Ally Capellino, Village England and French Connection. Selina has been teaching bag and accessories, pattern cutting and making at UAL and other colleges for five years.
Darla Gilroy is the programme director for the Design and Craft group of courses, including this one, within the School of Design and Technology. She has worked in design education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over twenty years at Cordwainers College, at Winchester School of Art, where she developed a number of research projects, and at the Royal College of Art, where, in addition to being specialist tutor in footwear and accessories, she undertook a funded research project on the ‘Ethnicity of Cool’.
Volker Koch is a Lecturer in Fashion Accessories 3D Development and Realisation. He teaches and supports students in their product development process, pattern cutting, technical detailing and quality finishes. He completed an apprenticeship as a leather goods craftsman in 1994 and has since gained an extensive technical knowledge in his profession. He has worked at notable fashion houses, such as Hermès and later took on a position as the Head of the Product Development at a luxury leather goods brand in South Africa, where he specialised in creating bags from exotic leathers. After working in Cape Town for 15 years, Volker moved to London in 2010 to complete the master's degree ‘Fashion Artefact’ at the London College of Fashion. Following his graduation in 2012, he teamed up with LCF graduate Oliver Ruuger and later co-founded silentgoods.com, while also passing on his expertise as a visiting lecturer by holding workshops at LCF, CSM and universities abroad.
Rob Phillips is the creative director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration Rob went on to become the fashion editor for International Textiles magazine and consultant for fashion brands. Rob's broad skill set of fashion design, process, graphics, presentation, typography, advertising and communication led to his appointment as creative director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture talent at LCF across all courses within the School, teaching holistically about fashion, developing the students’ full potential so they can make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including industry projects, collaborations and competitions. He also curates and directs the School’s events including fashion shows, films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands. View Rob Phillips' full profile here.
José Teunissen is dean of the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, UAL, and professor of Fashion Theory. José previously worked as a journalist for several Dutch newspapers and Dutch broadcast television, and was curator of Fashion and Costume at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (1998-2006).
At ArtEZ in 2002, José was one of the first professors in the Netherlands to conduct research and develop theory in the field of fashion. In 2008, she set up the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) research project National Identity in a Globalised World, working closely with Radboud University Nijmegen and other universities of applied sciences. José took various hot items from the fashion industry, including the effects of globalisation, sustainability and technology, and used them as the basis for research projects, publications and exhibitions in association with ArtEZ Press, which earned her an excellent international reputation. View José Teunissen's full profile here.