Founded in 2012, the book 'How to become a Lingerie Designer' was published to inspire and give guidance to those who long to enter the industry, and start their own label. Written from the perspective from within the lingerie trade, the book delivers advice on creative and technical design.
Following the book, came the blog, which observes a more in depth look at lingerie labels, trends, sewing techniques and tips, and designing your own collection.
I started my journey by graduating with a BA HONS (2:1) in Fashion & Textiles in 2000. Obsessed with detail and thriving on all things fashion and lifestyle, I began to design for a multitude of high street stores, designing lingerie and swimwear.
As a designer one of the highlights of my career is seeing my designs on people. Randomly I have so far spied my designs whilst watching TV on a reality star, and then when gaining my 'Dive Master' qualification in Thailand, there sat opposite me on the dive boat was a girl wearing a bikini I had designed back in the UK.
Haunted by the infatuation to find the perfect fitting bra, I went on to launch my own brand 'Vanjo' which specialised in smaller backs and larger cups. I was the first independent brand above an E cup to be stocked in Topshop. In 2007 I won the Design and Innovation 'Shell Live Award' for Stylish business success, which led me to lecture on fashion courses.
After travelling, living and working on different continents for ten years, I wanted a place to call home and finally established roots back in the UK. With the principal that all things should be designed with intent and not just appeal I started to work on 'How to become a Lingerie Designer' full time and as well as writing books on lingerie, I expanded the website by designing patterns.
Seeing new designers always fills me with awe and admiration as I have been there, and know the time and dedication it takes to convert your dream to a reality.
I am incredibly grateful for all the readers, and enjoy hearing your thoughts and working with you on your designs.
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