Can you tell our Central subscribers a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Jack and I am from Norwich (plays take me out theme tune); I studied Fashion design at Nottingham Trent. I am a Senior Menswear Designer at Gymshark. I've been a part of the family for 2 and a half years now - in the terms of Gymshark's lifespan, that's a long time. A lovely time nonetheless.
How did you first get into the world of design?
Having a big creative streak through school, I actually wanted to be a graphic designer. But whilst at college studying Art & Design as one subject I found I actually enjoyed the fashion textiles part of it. During my second year of college, I specialised in this and then went on to study menswear design in Nottingham. For me, I couldn’t speak highly enough of NTU - it was my first and only choice of Universities to go to. The rest is history...
What are some of your earliest memories working with the team at Gymshark?
My earliest memories of Gymshark was day one. I'd moved to lovely Redditch from Norwich without knowing a single soul. After work the boys in the office had taken me for an introductory Nando's. It was nice at the time. Since then however, the novelty has worn off. If anyone has been to our old office and knows the Gymshark family they would know that Nandos visits were nearly a daily event.
Can you give us an idea of what a day at GSHQ looks like for Jack Lamont? What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?
I would say no day in GSHQ is the same. As I'm writing this, Gymshark is in season design mode so it's a very busy few months. My day normally starts the same - I'll have breakfast and go through emails (I've just had some lovely French toast from the new GSHQ café, Refuel).
I will then plan my day and check my team are okay. We tend to work weekly rather than daily, this includes style sign offs, fit sessions and design hand-overs. So weeks do tend to fly by.
How does your role compare to others’ in your team? Would you say you all bring something different to the table?
I would like to say I give my team some direction as to where they are going, but I also like to be a bit of a buffer and take away some of the pain when it comes to planning. This way they can spend more time doing what they love. We also work in categories: train, life and perform. So each department in my team works differently like that. Each person offers something unique and different in personality which we love.
What’s the most memorable Gymshark product you’ve played a part in designing?
Owwh this is a tricky one, it's between the Fully Fused Hoodie and Ozone range. I would say the Ozone, which is soon to be released. It took so much work, between design, garment techs and ensuring the factory's get the selected knit patterns correct (shout out to the garment tech team for making dreams come true). I think there was maybe even something excessive like 8 samples to get the Ozone right. We wanted the knitted in rib to be perfect, and in the end it was.
What are you most excited about when it comes to the future of Gymshark?
I am most excited about seeing the Gymshark family grow even more. When me and my design sidekick Lois (Head of Womenswear Designer) joined we were somewhere around number 22 and 23 through the door. Having now moved into the new GSHQ, we have over 150 staff, and that's all in the space of 2 and a half years. I can’t wait to see where we are at in my 5th year here.
Finally, give us a fun fact about your time at Gymshark. Something that maybe not everybody knows…
Some people may not know this, but during my first season working at Gymshark I actually designed some womenswear. The rhythm shorts were my claim to fame...
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