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 the fact that there are mainly independent shops.
-You never leave the house without? My water bottle, you can survive pretty much without anything else.
-How do you make the world a better place? Trying to leave the least impact on it, making the most sustainable 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 designs as, nowadays, this is the way to go.
Eve is our highly skilled Pattern Cutter. Born in south-east London she lives very locally to the studio. With previous studies at Central saint martins and Croydon School of Art, she completed her education at the Fashion Technology Academy. She has worked for brands such as ASOS, Twisted Wunder, 16 Arlington, Monaco & Margot, Gormley & Gamble among others.
At London Pattern Bureau, she has created patterns for Sportswear, Tailoring, Men’s, Women’s and Childrenswear.
- What is your favourite place in London? Brockwell Park in South London. I grew up in the area so, many of the parks have a special place in my heart. - You never leave the house without? Water and snacks! - How do you make the world a better place? I have been plant-based for the last 6 years, trying to leave a lower ecological footprint especially as I have a son, and increasingly trying to lead a low waste lifestyle wherever possible. It’s been easier to eat vegan than omit plastic from daily life surprisingly!-What is the best thing about your job? Working on so many different projects day in day out. - What advice would you give to a prospective client? As pattern cutters we can work from almost any inspirational photograph or drawing; Reverse engineer a pattern from any beloved item of clothing, or fit to any body shape measurements. Chances are we can make it work! We love challenges here.
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 them 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.