Can you tell our Central subscribers a little bit about yourself?
Hey, my name is Jack and I'M from Norwich (plays take me out theme tune). I studied Fashion design at Nottingham Trent and am now a Senior Menswear Designer at Gymshark. I've been a part of the family for 2 and a half years (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 element. During my second year of college, I specialised in textiles and 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 memory of working at Gymshark was Day 1. 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 but since then however, the novelty of has worn off. If anyone has been to our old office and knows the Gymshark family well, they'd know that lunchtime Nando's visits were a daily occurence.
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 throug my emails (As we speak, I've just had some lovely French toast from GSHQ's Refuel).
I will then plan my day and check my team are okay. We tend to work weekly rather than daily and an average week includes style sign offs, fit sessions and design hand-overs. Weeks here really 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 and are best at. We also work in categories: train, life and perform, do each department in my team works differently to each other . Each indivudal offers something unique and different in terms of talent and personality, which I love.
What’s the most memorable Gymshark product you’ve played a part in designing?
Oh this is a tricky one... it's between the Fully Fused Hoodie and Ozone range. I would say the Ozone. It took so much hard work between the initial design, garment construction and ensuring the selected knit patterns were 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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