Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser
Lesley Taylor MA FHEA
Lesley Taylor MA FHEA
I’m a Portsmouth girl – a post punk, 80s clubber, Vivienne Westwood and Pam Hogg wearer. Music, fashion and nostalgia are my things. Yorkshire tea helps the day run smoothly.
From being an art student for four years, to designing print graphics, dressing windows, working on store refit teams and designing showhomes, the work I did for large companies for 10 years enabled me to set up and work as a consultant and freelance designer in 2003.
I work as a freelance designer, trainer and University lecturer. I even squeezed in a two year stint as a postgrad student not so long ago (which I loved).
Career highlights to date – the best bits
Delivering a talk and exhibiting at a fashion symposium in Soho, London. I was on the programme after the fashion broadcaster Caryn Franklin. She being one of my formative influencers, it was great to hear her feedback on my research and work. Priceless!
Training delivered for Bershka’s international visual merchandisers at Inditex head office in Tordera, Spain. Quite a long ‘commute’ but a real change of scene (on a February day).
Interior design theory training day for Harrods’ homeware personal shoppers at Central Saint Martins. High calibre client, high level theory requested. A delight to be asked and to be able to repeat this in 2017. Here my MA paid off and it was a delight to feed that back to my own postgraduate tutors.
Accreditations & Associations
My Happy Clients
“Proud to have worked with this company. Very professional and some fantastic design work at my sites Bar Thirteen in Guildford & The Old Mill in Portishead, Bristol. I won’t hesitate to use again going forward!”
“Lesley did a great job of designing the interior for my serviced apartment in North Wales, I get great feedback on the look and feel of the place from my guests and it books up all year round!”
“Lesley is a dedicated professional, both as a lecturer and practitioner. She is affable, a great communicator and has a fantastic knowledge base of Visual Merchandising. Her approach is both diligent and inspiring, underpinned by a strong work ethic.”