10 Questions – with Fashion Designer Helen Howe

June 8, 2017

Having recently been interviewed for a ‘getting to know you’ piece we thought we would share the results and an insight into the our creative head Helen Howe


  1. What does a typical day look like for you?

It depends, my life is pretty busy most of the time! after the craziness of getting my kids up and out in the morning my work day usually starts with a bit of planning and catching up on emails and admin, I spend the majority of my working day focusing on my creative work with client fittings and meetings in between. I often end up working on my business in the evenings and am usually in the studio on a Saturday so it’s pretty much full on 6 days a week, but i wouldn’t have it any other way!

  1. What has been your biggest challenge?

I’ve faced lots of challenges in starting and growing my business, I think for me the actual legal and business side of business has been a challenge as I’ve had to learn and teach myself as I’ve gone along

  1. What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Probably winning independent designer of the year at the midland fashion awards – it was a bit of a shock!

  1. Where did you train?

I did a 2 year btec in fashion at Leicester college and have been working as a designer since age 18

  1. What do you love about your job/ business?

While I love most parts of what I do, for me the best part is working with clients 1:1 to create the perfect garments for them. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than watching someone start to feel beautiful, confident and stylish the moment they put on what I’ve created for them.

6.What’s in your handbag?

Aside from the usual (keys, wallet, phone) I always have a small bottle of Jo Malone perfume, my business cards, a hairbrush and at least one toy car or Dinosaur (I have a 3 year old)

  1. Please tell us 3 things you couldn’t live without?

Cheese, tea and meditation

  1. What is your favourite place?

I’ve been to so many wonderful places around the world – I love to travel! so I’m just going to say the beach

  1. What do you do for fun?

To me my work is fun (for the most part!) but when I’m not working I like to read, go to concerts, catch up with friends, do yoga, play drums or hang out with my kids, I also like to snowboard but I’m not very good at it!

  1. What one piece of advice would you offer to someone wanting to work in the fashion industry?

Get as much work experience as you possibly can! It really does make all the difference when you are applying for jobs

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