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Posted: 11/05/23

Students join Harry with their eye for design

Commercial design students have brought their fashion sense and reimagination skills to a retro clothing stall at West Nottinghamshire College.

  • Harry (centre) with students Leila Ashard and Samuel Burrell-Walch at the college's popup event
  • Harry Squires in his Leeming Street shop Credible Clothing
  • Students Freya Bracegirdle, Indiana Burgess and Leila Ashard modelling some of their reworked clothing

Collaborating with former student Harry Squires who runs Mansfield-based Credible Clothing, Advanced Art and Design Practice Commercial Design students set up a pop-up shop at the Derby Road campus to sell some eye-catching designs of their own.

They gave the crowds something different at their retro clothing sale after using their fashion skills to re-imagine old garments.

Harry, 28, who graduated from the college’s Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design ten years ago, said: “It’s been great working with the students. I’m hoping to offer some kind of work placement in the future so that students can get some experience within fashion in this area. I’m really excited to be part of this at my former college.”

He set up Credible Clothing’s shop, on Leeming Street, in 2021 after a very successful online shop of retro and reworked designer clothing and also has a shop in Hockley, Nottingham.

Harry has seen many students shop with him and he’s been supportive to the students and their ideas and he brought in some key pieces from his store which will were on sale on the day.

The students have been very supportive to Harry, getting involved in modelling and photographing his clothing pieces.

Harry said: “It was a great event and so well attended. Since the pop-up stall at the college we’ve seen a few more students coming into the shop with their friends.

“The items that the students have created and reworked has been pretty impressive and they’ve taken positive criticism very well in order to help them to develop.

“I’d be really keen to get involved in another pop-up event soon and see more students visiting the stall. I am enjoying giving the creative arts students the opportunity to show off their skills and be creative with fashion.”

The college’s work placement engagement officer Natalie Senior said: “Harry has been incredibly supportive with work placement and the projects we have collaborated on together have been extremely beneficial for both Credible Clothing and our students.

“The photography project and re-designing of garments has allowed the students to be so creative and doing this has given them an insight into working with a client within the fashion industry and this partnership is something we are hoping to grow into the new academic year.”