Our BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology student, Amarise Miller tells us about her internship with Lyle & Scott at their head office in London.
“What a journey it has been. Over the last month I have been working very closely with the Garment Technologist and Product Developer and within the first few days I was assigned a real live project to create a Sports BU Block Library. This is where I have taken into consideration all Golf and Fitness styles generated for SS18, and very carefully analysed them to create a standardised ‘go to’ base blocks for the team to use in the coming seasons. By taking the time to dissect multiple style measurements, I was able to accurately conclude a final unit for each Point of Measure (POM) used across every garment generated within Sportswear. To do this I had to consider different styles, fabric, and the overall end use (function, fit, etc.) for the end consumer. Once I had attained all results, I had a meeting with a few members of the team to present my findings and once I had the go ahead, I began to input the information the company’s management system and key communication tool used by everyone across Lyle & Scott and all Manufacturers/Suppliers involved in the production of products.
This project has taught me so much about garment sizing, and particularity the importance of it within sports products for enhanced functionality and performance.
I have also had the opportunity to learn and be involved in many other tasks throughout my time here, including:
Experience in using a live industry management system.
Testing Lab Dips (fabrics) under different lights to assess colouring/fading.
Measuring sample garments and noting changes to the specification.
Actively participating in fit sessions and updating the management system with fit comments ready to send out to suppliers.
Reviewing strike offs (prints) and bulk fabric approvals (pre-production samples).
Meeting with suppliers visiting the office and notetaking all conversations/negotiations.
Met with production and Logistics team to learn about processes, communications, and buying/selling wholesale.
Attended the 1st AW/18 prototype review.
Reviewed pantones and matched for seasonal colour sections.
Analysed information for BOMs and Costings.”
“Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed interning with Lyle & Scott, and feel even more influenced now to base my Honours Project around sportswear. Getting a taster of living and working in London with a big global brand has inspired me to push on in my final year as it feels within touching distance now and I can really see what I want to be doing when I graduate.”