Design Splat | Interviews with Awesome Designers and Creatives


Posted May 12th by Design Splat in Fashion, Fashion Brand, Fashion Designers, Fashion Label, Handmade Products

Quintessential is a new label produced by 5 Newport University fashion students. The brand was formed as a University project. The girls have modernised golf wear for both males and females and made it fashionable.

Here is the interview with the Quintessential team:

– Interview

Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Quintessential!

Tell us a bit about what you do and your brand:

Our brand Quintessential is a premium fashion brand aimed at the 18-30 age group. Recently we have designed a collection based upon golf wear, which is suitable to wear whilst playing the sport or just as a fashion item.

Where did the idea for Quintessential come from?

Our current university brief is to design a collection inspired by golf wear.  With the Ryder Cup coming to Newport this brief is perfect timing.  We aim to incorporate design aspects appropriate for the sport, however we have decided to make golf wear much more on trend and more aesthetically pleasing than it currently is.

Where did the name Quintessential come from?

When deciding our name, we wanted a name which we felt was the the inspiration behind our brand.  We decided to name our company Quintessential.  Quintessential means “the most perfect embodiment of something” we want our collection to be the most perfect embodiment of fashion.

Where has the inspiration for the Quintessential golf wear come from?

A wide range of influences have inspired our collection.  When researching into golf wear we felt there were not enough garments aimed at the youth players.  We created a collection aimed at this generation of fashion forward golfers.  We were also inspired by many vintage floral prints of the 19th century from this we have created our own personal print that can be seen on many pieces of our collection.

How many of you are working on the Quintessential golf range and what are your roles?

There are five members of the Quintessential team:

Samantha Giles– Managing Director
Anne-Marie Hodder– Secretary
Abegayle Williams– P.R
Emily McCarthy– Art Director
Amy Griffiths– Research

Collectively as a team we all participate in the design and manufacturing process.

Who is your target audience?

Our target audience are both male and female customers aged between 18-30 with a disposable income and high interest in fashion and are not afraid to break the dress codes of fashion.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Abegayle: I want to work in styling or fashion buying, or possibly have my own business, I would like to be able to experience many areas of the industry.
Samantha: Hopefully building a career in the styling industry.
Anne-Marie: Working as a fashion illustrator for a magazine.
Amy: Hopefully opening my own boutique.
Emily: Working abroad in the fashion industry.

How do you rate yourself as a fashion designer?

Abegayle: I feel I am a good designer but I am still learning, with more experience I definitely see improvement and I feel practice makes perfect!
Samantha: I don’t rate myself very well with design… so maybe you should answer this lol.
Anne-Marie: I feel confident, but still have a lot to learn.
Amy: Different, edgy, inspirational.
Emily: I rate myself as a quirky designer who enjoys working with fabric manipulation.

In your eyes what makes a good fashion designer?

A good designer knows exactly what there customer wants and what they are looking for in their clothing.  If you don’t have a clear image of what your customer wants and needs then you are not succeeding as a fashion designer.

Do you think the Fashion industry is difficult to break into?

As long as you aim to succeed and have the passion and determination then everything is possible.

What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?

Strong personality, passion, determination and good contacts gained from hard work and work experience.

What to you is the most important aspect of creating a garment, the planning, design or implementation and why?

All of these processes are important! To have the perfect outcome you must be in tune to all aspects of creating the garment.

What drives you/give you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

To work in the industry we are all truly passionate about.

Does fame attract you?

Abegayle: No just to work in an industry i love!
Samantha: Not in the slightest.
Anne-Marie: No, I want to have a career I enjoy.
Amy: Not at all.
Emily: No.

Where can we buy your clothes?

By contacting us directly through the links below.

Three words to describe yourself?

Abegayle: Passionate, enthusiastic and determined.
Samantha: Nostalgic, driven and young mined.
Anne-Marie: Eccentric, dark and retro.
Amy: Fun, energetic and loyal.
Emily: Quirky, crazy and immaginative.

Hobbies and other interests?

Abegayle: Fashion; in all aspects, shopping, travelling, skiing and going out with friends.
Samantha: Fashion and shopping in charity shops.
Anne-Marie: Fashion, cars, music and going to gigs.
Amy: Fashion, travelling, shopping and going out with friends.
Emily: Fashion, travelling and going out with friends.

Favourite Fashion Designer?

Abegayle: Chloe
Samantha: Luella Bartley
Anne-Marie: Alexander McQueen
Amy: Henry Holland
Emily: Alexander McQueen

Tools of the trade?

Abegayle: A good sewing machine.
Samantha: Patience.
Anne-Marie: Enthusiasm.
Amy: Imagination.
Emily: A quick un-pick.

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

Expect to work extremely hard and never give up!

Links of websites & Contact Details


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Quintessential’s Work:


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