What attracted you to Joules and why did you choose to work for us?
I started working for Joules when I was a student, doing some work experience during my degree. It was great experience and I got to work in all areas of the business. The company was based on a farm in those days and we were surrounded by all sorts of wonderful animals! I really enjoyed it and I was lucky enough that they let me come back when I graduated!
Tell us about a typical day…
Everyday is so different in design! I try to come in early every morning, so that I can talk to overseas suppliers about garments that are being sampled before they go home for the day. After that I sit down with the team and discuss what needs to be done by the end of the day. We are constantly working on ideas for garments, as well as funny ideas for t-shirt designs. I try to make sure I put aside an hour everyday to look at my favourite blogs to be inspired by what is happening, not only in clothing but in architecture, interior design and film.
What's the best thing about working at Joules?
The best thing about Joules is definitely the people. I have made some great friends here and it makes me look forward to coming to work! When I first moved to Market Harborough, I was worried about not knowing anybody, but there is always something going on after work, including fitness classes as well as socialising.
What’s been your biggest achievement so far?
The best thing about being a designer is seeing people in the clothes you have designed. It makes me very happy to be walking down the street and to see kids wearing my designs.
What qualities make someone successful at Joules?
One of the quirks of Joules is that we like to add a funny twist to everything we do. If we design a garment there will be an extra funny element that you don’t see at first such as a surfing dog or a rocket pack on the back of the t-shirt. Everyday we have funny conversations such as ‘Should the dinosaur be on a skateboard?’. So I would say that to be successful at Joules you need a good sense of humour and to be a little bit silly!
What do you think makes Joules unique as an employer?
Despite the fact that Joules is such a big company, it still feels like a small family business. Everyone is very approachable and you are always greeted with a smile.
What would your advice be to someone considering joining Joules?
Do it! It’s a great challenge and you will meet some great people!
A bit more about you...
What is your favourite film or book?
My favourite books are the 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' books by Douglas Adams. I really like the surreal and silly sense of humour. I’m also a huge Harry Potter fan, I wish I could have gone to school at Hogwarts! My favourite film is 'An Affair to Remember'. I love the romance of old films and this film makes me laugh and cry in equal measure.
What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
When I was seven I went to Salcombe with my family. It is such a beautiful place, and I got to spend my birthday there. I remember for years afterwards whenever my parents asked me where I wanted to go on holiday I always said ‘Devon!’
What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
I really like gifts that inspire me to do things or take up a new hobby. I love to cook, and for Christmas this year I was given a place on a course to make macaroons. I have been trying very unsuccessfully to master this for many years, trying out French and Italian meringue recipes and reading lots of books on them, so I am hoping that I will finally be able to tick this off my list.