To see highly skilled UK-trained textile designers recognised and their creativity and expertise employed by innovative companies worldwide. The unique TexSelect mentorship programme supports this vital transition between academia and industry.
Kirsty McDougall and Laura Miles, two TexSelect alumnae with exceptional track records, have joined forces to set up a London-based studio, Rare Thread. It’s established an international reputation within two years. They told us the full story. They founded Rare Thread just under two years ago, following an inspirational conversation at Première Vision. At the time, Laura Miles was creative director for Vanners Silk mill, based in the main halls, while Kirsty McDougall was showing at Maison d’Exceptions, showcasing the…
“ The Woolmark Company has been involved with TexSelect for over 30 years. They do an amazing job for young designers who are about to embark on their careers; textile design is so important to our industry and it is wonderful to see TexSelect nurturing these new talents. ”
Julie Davies, The Woolmark Company, General Manager, Processing Innovation & Education Extension
“ At M&S we passionately believe in supporting young design talent...and I've been thrilled by the creativity, diversity and ambition of the TexSelect designers. ”
Libby Allan, Trend Lead, Womens & Lingerie, Marks & Spencer
“ Such a range of work and so much strength and emotion, bringing in their personal stories with such consumer insight was very impressive. ”
Andrew Croll, Innovation Recruitment, Nike
“ I think the talent is absolutely amazing – I’m blown away by these young designers. ”
Sophie Chappell, Global Head of Product Development, Atelier Swarovski
“ An initiative like TexSelect is very important to raise the profile of promising new talent with potential employers. ”
Eric Musgrave, industry commentator and 2017 TexSelect judge
“ What TexSelect does is really exciting. It's so beneficial for young designers to have this kind of exposure. ”
Andrew Stevenson, textile designer Paul Smith, and 2010 TexSelect alumnus
TexSelect is a registered charity, entirely funded by the generous sponsorship of industry, by British charitable foundations, and by individuals connected to the industry. All believe wholeheartedly in supporting the next generation of textile design talent and in encouraging innovation and excellence.
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