We have been lucky enough to have some wonderful interns join us over the years, and were recently joined by the fabulously creative Franca – watch this space for her original print design in our SS19 collection. Here’s what she had to say about her time with Nomads -
As an independent Surface Pattern Designer I am particularly interested in ethical working practices and am building my own business with these as core priorities. So I was thrilled when Fair Trade clothing brand, Nomads, chose one of my prints for their SS19 range and even more so when they said yes to my enquiry about doing an internship with them. I’d met Vicky and Duncan, the Directors and Kate, Head of Design last year and was struck by their incredibly professional yet warm and relaxed way of working.
Not sure what to expect on my first day I was welcomed by Kate and set to work unpacking and checking specifications of garment samples for next summer’s range. It was brilliant to see my print design brought to life in the real world.
Over my two weeks at Nomads HQ I worked closely alongside Kate and Sarah in the Design Department doing a wide variety of tasks from preparing samples to working on print design and colour stories, from new season research to last season sales analysis. I was given an insight into all aspects of the company as I also spent time in the warehouse, with the sales and customer service team and at their gorgeous shop in Launceston.
It was a privilege to get to know the small but dynamic team at Nomads. Everyone made me feel so welcome and were always generous with time and expertise. This was a great opportunity to get hands on experience at this powerhouse company. I learnt a lot about their passionate, thoughtful and thorough approach to all aspects of the business and gained a deeper understanding of their ethos and signature style.
What struck me most about my time at Nomads was the incredible care and attention to detail given to every stage of the design and manufacture process, to understanding and caring for customers - in fact to every part of the business. The warmth and dedication of every member of the team is a reflection of the energy that Vicky and Duncan founded and continue to run Nomads with. I feel honoured to have a working relationship with such a great company and send heartfelt thanks to you all for such a great time on my internship.
Thanks so much team Nomads!