Young fashion designer opts to stay local

Kate Dawson and Rachel Robinson.
Kate Dawson and Rachel Robinson.

A talented young fashion designer has opted to stay in the north east to further her career.

Northumbria University student Rachel Robinson has just started work at The All-in-One-Company in Ashington where her skills as a designer and illustrator are being put to good use.

The 23-year-old, completed her degree in Fashion Design and Marketing last year.

Many of her fellow graduates have got jobs in London but Rachel was determined to remain in the north east.

“London’s an obvious attraction for anybody wanting a career in fashion, but, if you work for a big design company you’re going to be right on the bottom rung,” she said.

“I wanted to stay in the region and I wanted to find a job that was challenging and rewarding and I’ve found that here.”

Company owner, Kate Dawson, said: “It is so important that we retain talent in the north east, that’s why we have worked with Northumberland College to develop successful programmes for apprentices.

“When we started seven years ago many of the skills we needed were dying out. We have helped revive them and created a company that is happily flying the flag for the north east.”