Fran is our brand new studio manager. Born and bred in the West Midlands, she studied Fashion Design in Liverpool before starting her career first as design assistant, then moving on to garment technologist and pattern cutter. She has over ten years of experience under her belt and has worked with the likes of JW Anderson, Charlie May, Shrimps and Paul Smith.
-What is your favourite place in London? I live in De Beauvoir and I love walking along the canal at any time of year it has a calming vibe, and feels like you could be on holiday in the middle of London.
-You never leave the house without? Water, I'm a big believer in drinking two litres a day.
-How do you make the world a better place? I try to understand where people are coming from even if I don’t understand their reasons for acting or behaving the way they do. I also try to do little acts of kindness when I can.
-What is the best thing about your job? I get to be super organised! Which is my secret super power ha ha
-What advice would you give to a prospective client? Research, research, research and go with your gut!!
Adriana is our dedicated pattern cutter. Hailing from Barcelona, she came to London a couple of years ago to undertake a made-to-measure course at Central Saint Martins and fell in love with the city. She's also an enthusiastic seamstress, so much she has a vintage sewing machine tattooed on her leg!
-What is your favourite place in London? I can spend three hours window shopping in Sloane Street
-If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? One of those multicolour pens
-What is the best thing about your job? The flexibility and friendly environment
-How do you make the world a better place? Trying to be as honest with myself and the rest as I can
-If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Coco Chanel
Zanete is our Latvian sewing goddess (she started sewing before we were even born). Designer, tailor, teacher, fashion editor, curator, photographer: she has a long and enviable career behind her. Don't ask us where she finds the time, but she also has her own fashion line and is a regular at Riga Fashion Week.
-What is your favourite place in London? The Photographer's Gallery in Soho
-If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My mum
-What is the best thing about your job? Creativity and high-quality work
-What type of projects do you prefer working on? I love working on new designer collections
-What advice would you give to a prospective client? Have a clear view of your target customer
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.