Wayne Hemingway is available for speaking, chairing and panel appearances on the following subjects:
Wayne Hemingway was born in 1961 in the typical seaside town, Morecambe. Maybe not the most appropriate surroundings for one of Britain’s most acclaimed designers, but then Wayne never has been very appropriate anyway.
In 1979 he went on to another “inappropriate” move for a future fashion designer by gaining a degree in Geography and Town Planning at University College, London. The move that sealed Wayne’s fate was taken to fuel funds for the band that he then played in. One day he decided to empty his wardrobe and that of his childhood sweetheart (now wife Geraldine) and took the contents to sell on Camden Market. The realization that money could be made from fashion suddenly dawned.
With Geraldine, Wayne built Red or Dead into a label that received global acclaim resulting in winning the prestigious British Fashion Council’s Streetstyle Designer of the Year Award for an unprecedented three consecutive years in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
After 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, Wayne and Geraldine sold Red or Dead in a multi million cash sale.
In 1999, having sold Red or Dead they set up Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social design. The highest profile project is The Staiths South Bank, a 800 property mass market housing project on Tyneside for Taylor Wimpey Homes where Hemingway Design are involved from the master planning, the architecture through to the landscaping and marketing. Over 500 homes are now lived in and The Staiths has won a series of high profile awards including Housing Design Awards (best large project) and Building Magazine’s “Best Housing-Led Regeneration Project” as well as a Building For Life and the highest rating of any large scale scheme in a recent CABE audit.
Wayne is the driving force and creative energy behind the UK's newest Festival Vintage at Goodwood described as one of the greatest events ever put on in the UK. The festival attracted 50,000 people from scratch in 12 months.
Wayne is passionate about his role as Chair of Building For Life and the housing developments he is involved in puts him at the heart of this vitally important and emotive issue. www.kioskiosk.co.uk/html/video.html
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