Anthea Farquharson

Multi-product Womenswear designer

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Womenswear multi-product designer, specialising in jeans wear product development. My experience covers denim, woven, knit, jersey, leather and accessory categories. I have also developed conceptual and bespoke collections for lingerie, bridal, R-T-W, lounge and activewear. Strong experience in working with overseas suppliers and product sourcing.

SPECIALITIES; Trend/Trade show research & analysis - concept & product development - visual presentation & trend reports - CAD tech packs - sourcing - wash development - languages.

INTERESTS; Developing and unravelling design threads - travel - social anthropology - illustration - design & trend-blogging - photography.

AMBITIONS; To work for Global trend forecast & intelligence leaders - work with RTW labels - continue living & working abroad - charity projects.

Work Experience



Private client design, sourcing, trend forecasting and illustration. Creation of on-trend street style and product bibles, trade show and travel reports. R&D trips to Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and New York.
March 2010 - Present Glasgow, United Kingdom

Balliliesk International Ltd


Management and closure of my late mother’s business. This role involved working with a global clientele and specialist agencies. Responsibilities included; management of all company finances, book-keeping, contracts and recruitment; co-ordination of accountancy & legal; short-term business marketing & development; regular use of languages; staff training; student mentoring & placement; art direction and completion of company re-brand (2008); marketing trips to Mexico and France.
September 2008 - January 2013 United Kingdom

Retro Jeans International Kft

WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER (Jeans wear multi-product)

1 of 3 international designers recruited to join the rebrand of this successful fashion label (the Hungarian equivalent to Pepe or Replay jeans). Developed FW08-09 & SS09 ranges whilst reporting to the heads of production, design and the company owners.
2008 - 2008 Budapest, Hungary

No Ordinary Designer Label, Ted Baker

JUNIOR CASUAL WEAR DESIGNER (Jeans wear multi-product)

Development of SS08, SS08 Flash, HS08, AW08 collections, actioning AW08 design packs in H.K. This role was heavily driven by design, buying and wholesale department reports.
2007 - 2007 London, United Kingdom

Chelsea Trading Company


The womenswear designer across all categories for both private label & brand. Clients included; (France) Gerard Darel, Agnes B, Kookai, DDP, Burton, Monoprix (U.K) Phase Eight, Linea, LongTallSally, Planet, Next, John Lewis, Tammy Girl, TK Maxx, Matt Roberts and Peter Golding. R&D trips to Paris & Barcelona.
March 2005 - September 2006 London, United Kingdom


London College Of Fashion

PG Certificate, Creative Pattern-cutting for the Industry

This creative pattern-cutting course developed my creative pattern-cutting skills and confidence in presenting finished R-T-W garments. The main focus of the course was research, theory and practice. My personal projects explored the pattern-cutting and finishing techniques of Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood, Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior. On this course, I also informally instructed our class on the Adobe design suite.
2006 - 2007 London, United Kingdom

The Surrey Institute Of Art & Design

Fashion BA (Hons).

Graduated with a Fashion BA (Hons). 2:1. This degree course focussed on Fashion, illustration & Apparel Design. My skill for research, analysis and illustration were acknowledged on this course.
September 2001 - July 2004 Epsom, United Kingdom

University Of Glasglow - The Glasgow School Of Art

Hispanic Studies with Social Anthropology, (M.A.)

Upon completion of my secondary school education, I was offered an unconditional place on this course. My intention was to complete this degree and then progress onto a Fashion degree. As I began my first year in Social Anthropology, Spanish and Russian, I soon realised that it would be a very long time before I could fulfil my aspirations as a fashion designer! So, I took the decision to change course and started at The Surrey institute of Art & Design ( now known as The University for the Creative Arts) in the Fall.
September 2000 - March 2001 Glasgow, United Kingdom

The University Of Granada

Advanced-level Spanish language programme. (Advanced level B, intensive programme)

Universidad de Granada, Centro de Lenguas Modernas, License 3861/8
February 2000 - April 2000 Granada, Spain

Gordonstoun School


A-levels (BBC): Art History, Art, Spanish
1997 - 1999 Elgin, United Kingdom


Spanish (Advanced),
French (Beginner),
Portuguese (Beginner),
Russian (Beginner),
Italian (Beginner),


Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, AdobeBridge, Apparel Design, CAD, Foreign Languages, Illustration, IWorks, Microsoft Office, Research & Development, Technical Specifications, Trend Forecasting & Intelligence,