Marta is our friendly studio manager. Hailing from Perugia in the heart of Italy, she studied Pattern Cutting and Fashion Design before moving over to London and starting her career as a pattern cutter and sample maker. She has over ten years of experience under her belt and has worked at Tommy Zhong, Ralph & Russo, Acne Studios and Gormley & Gamble amongst others.
-What is your favourite place in London? Stoke Newington above all, I love the community vibe and that there are mainly independent shops.
-You never leave the house without? My water bottle.
-How do you make the world a better place? Trying to leave the least impact on it, making the most eco-friendly choice in my everyday life.
-What is the best thing about your job? The interaction and communication with the clients and the team.
-What advice would you give to a prospective client? To consider the most sustainable option while developing their product as, nowadays, this is the way to go.
Nicolas is our dedicated pattern cutter. Born and bred in London, he completed a Diploma in Production Tailoring and a BA in Menswear at the London College of Fashion before redirecting to pattern cutting, his true passion. With over a decade of industry experience, he's gone on to work for top names such as Matthew Williamson, PUMA, Timberland and Boden.
-What is your favourite place in London? Dulwich - it's home and I love to just be in the area.
-You never leave the house without? Clothes of some sort is a must. Then a phone - you can survive without everything else.
-How do you make the world a better place? By being responsible for your own actions .
-What is the best thing about your job? The team and the variety of clients we have through the door.
-What advice would you give to a prospective client? Let us work it out! Just come with a well rounded idea.
Hristiyana is our Bulgarian sewing goddess. She starting sewing at age 7 doing clothing for her dolls, then for herself before finding a job in a factory, where she went through all the positions: ironer, operation seamstress, sample machinist, quality control and department manager. She moved to London in 2015 to further her career and has worked for Harvey Nichols, French Connection, Stella McCartney and Ashley Williams.
-What is your favourite place in London? The V&A museum in South Kensington
-You never leave the house without? My phone: it's my diary, mailbox and connection with the all the people in the world (family, colleague, clients)
-How do you make the world a better place? Everyone should start with himself: first you need to be a better person and second (for me) is to create beautiful and comfortable garments so the people who wear it feel better.
-What is the best thing about your job? The challenge to make something new and unique every day.
-What advice would you give to a prospective client? Share with us any crazy idea that you have, even if you don't think it's going to work -you never know!
Founder and director of London Pattern Bureau, Renée Lacroix is an MA graduate from the London College of Fashion. Originally from Canada, she moved to the UK in 2010 to undertake a Master in Sustainable Fashion. A formally trained womenswear designer and highly skilled pattern cutter, she has over ten years experience in the field. She started her career by volunteering for Awamaki, a Peru-based NGO working with indigenous female weavers. She then worked as a Junior Designer in the Outerwear department of a leading Canadian apparel company before relocating to London. As a student, she won several design awards & scholarships, including the TFRC Future Fashion Textile Competition. After a short stint with highly-acclaimed ethical designer Christopher Raeburn, Renée launched her own slow fashion womenswear label with an associate. After running Antithesis for over three years, she has a deep understanding of all aspects of the fashion industry, from product development to sourcing to manufacturing. For a complete CV, see LinkedIn profile.