To mark the end of 2015, we sent a survey around the JSD office and asked our team to discuss their top JSD highlights, hopes for 2016 and put together a summary of 2015.
We welcomed new staff.
Having an engaged and thriving team is very important to us. We strongly believe that if you surround yourself with people who are good at what they do and have a passion for it, you will always look forward to Mondays!
This year we welcomed Melanie, our new Operations Manager, who brings with her over 18 years of experience in the clothing industry, along with a love of live music.
Sam, who is currently studying part time for a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing, joined us in June as an Account Executive.
After Sam came Kathryn, our new Customer Service Assistant, who was previously based in Sydney, Australia working in customer service, shipping and logistics.
Georgia then joined us in August, having previously worked as a brand manager for Quirky Circus in Australia.
We also welcomed Svetlana to the team as our new Sample Room Manager and Pattern Cutter, and Gillian Jones joined us in November as our new Senior Account Manager.
We attended key industry events.
Attending industry events are often highlights for us as they give us the perfect opportunity to work together, meet new people and learn more about our ever developing industry. This year we attended three brilliant events – Meet the Buyer, The A+A Trade Fair and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion.
Meet the Buyer
In March we had the privilege of exhibiting alongside some of the industry’s award-wining suppliers across corporatewear, workwear and PPE at the Meet the Buyer event.
The day took place at London’s Marriott Hotel, Regent’s Park, and featured 9 top industry speakers discussing key topics in corporatewear.
The A+A Trade Fair
In October we attended the A+A Trade Fair for the very first time. The fair focuses on health and safety in the workplace and one of the key themes this year was fashionable protectivewear.
We attended as an exhibitor, with several members of the team there to represent us to the other 1,887 exhibitors and 65,000 visitors. We had a fantastic time talking through our show reel with visitors, taking part in the fashion shows and discovering more about the health and safety sector.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion
Ethics and sustainability are issues we care very deeply about, and this year we attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion – corporate clothing event, at the House of Commons. Where we listened to a very Interesting debate on – “How can we prevent 90% of corporate uniforms from going to landfill?” The event was chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey with key industry guest speakers. Some very important points were raised around sourcing, design and the disposal of corporate uniforms, and we are proud to announce that we did not send 1 garment to landfill in 2015.
We won new projects.
We love what we do and are driven by new challenges, which is why our newly acquired projects were one of our most popular highlights. This year we were happy to welcome many exciting new clients, including Great Western Rail, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Royal Automobile Club. We are working on 5 other top secret high profile design projects, so watch this space in 2016……for these new range launches.
Great Western Rail (GWR)
This year First Great Western went back to their roots and became Great Western Railway (GWR). Managing Director, Mark Hopwood, wanted to use the brands heritage to “rediscover the pioneering spirit” of the train line.
To help achieve this rail renaissance, GWR will be introducing faster trains that run more frequently and 100 extra staff to provide customer service on longer journeys. The staff will all be dressed in new, fit for purpose GWR uniforms.
We were delighted to be chosen to work with GWR on their new uniform and have truly enjoyed designing the clothes, conducting the wearer trials and are very much looking forward to launching in the New Year.
In early 2016, we will be rolling out new uniforms for the staff at Westminster Abbey. We have designed a bespoke coat and gown, with all components sourced and manufactured here in the UK.
As Westminster Abbey is such a grand building, we needed to create a uniform that ensured staff stood out. We have used the iconic bright red, similar to the red used in the Tudor rose. Bespoke gold buttons have been used with a handmade, wired badge, featuring the Abbey’s crest.
We will be rolling out this uniform very soon so watch this space!
Royal Automobile Club
Shortly after the Westminster Abbey roll out, we will also be releasing new uniforms for all departments of Royal Automobile Club.
We have been working closely with both Woodcote Park and Pall Mall to design and manufacture a bespoke range of items, which will stand out in all areas of the clubs. From the gym, spa to all the different restaurant and bar areas, housekeeping, front of house, and managers too.
The level of detail in these garments create a very premium look and have all been manufactured in the U.K.
We are very excited to be rolling out the uniforms in February 2016.
And Finally, We had fun.
It’s good to let your hair down once in a while! We have had a great time getting to know one another better at some of our teambuilding and social events. So it was no surprise that our Just Add Water Day and Christmas Party were common highlights mentioned in the survey.
This year we held our Christmas Party at The Jam Tree in Chelsea. We had the whole top floor to ourselves to enjoy a delicious Christmas meal.
We would like to say Thank You to…
“I would like to thank the whole team because we all shared the sense of achievement. The sense of shared pride runs through the veins of the entire business.” – Andrew Malim, Strategy and Finance Director
“My entire production team! We have had a lot of changes this year with new staff and systems and everyone has embraced the changes and is coming together to form a really strong team.” – Melanie Smith, Operations Manager
“The sales and production team. Our great designers who continue to surprise us with their fantastic talent. Customer Services for keeping our clients happy year after year.” – Ann Dowdeswell, Sales Director
“What a tremendous year, another JSD record year! Thanks to the Sales Team for the brilliantly increased sales.
Plus VERY HAPPY CLIENTS! Thanks to the Account team and the Account Managers for their management of our Client Accounts. Thanks to the Design Team for creating stand out uniforms.
Thanks to the Sample Room for interpreting them brilliantly and for improving and streamlining our patterns.
Thanks to the Production team for their focus on Quality and for Delivering on time.
Thanks to our Customer Service Team for taking on the Stock Garment ordering and for patiently and charmingly dealing with all those orders and enquiries.
Let’s go for it again next year!
So many thanks to all of you,
Have a very Happy Christmas and New a year break” – Susanne Malim, Managing Director
What we are most looking forward to in 2016
- JSD will be celebrating our 35th birthday!
- JSD staff will also be celebrating some milestones: Carrie will be returning from maternity leave, Miss Katie-Beth Scholte is set to become Mrs Gorman and a fond farewell to Lorraine as she retires
- Exciting new uniform launches, including Great Western Rail and The Tower of London
- Watch this space (and the website) – a new photoshoot to showcase all our exciting new ranges
- JSD will be sponsoring the Director E Professional Clothing Awards Dinner in June
From all of us at Jermyn Street Design, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!