Meet The Designers | Lucy Papps

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Can you tell our Central subscribers a little bit about yourself?

Hello, yes I’m Lucy and I’m a Junior Menswear Designer at Gymshark, I studied Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent which were some of the best years of my life.

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I started pursuing fashion when studying my Art Foundation degree and that’s when I realised I was a Menswear Designer. 

I’ve never been particularly feminine and have a very fluid wardrobe so at the time it just fit my identity so much more to pursue menswear as the ideas flowed to me a lot more naturally. 

I like to think I’m known as someone who lives outside the ordinary, I love pushing the boundaries and blurring the lines and I try to channel this approach into my work and everything I do.

How did you first get into design?

I’ve always felt a connection to being creative even as a kid, whether it's music, drawing or any other means of creating something. 

I really owe my career in fashion to my college tutor (I studied my art foundation degree in Stroud where I’m from). 

I lacked the confidence to pursue fashion and thought I’d stick to illustration. Thankfully, she called me out and made me realise I had a talent and I owed it to myself to pursue it. 

Now I get to live out my dream and it’s taught me to stay true to who I am and have confidence in myself.

Can you give us an idea of what you get up to at GSHQ day-to-day?

Honestly – no two days are the same in the product team! 

Obviously, the majority of my time is spent designing. I like to gather inspirational images and start off in a sketchbook, filter out the best ideas and CAD [computer-aided design] them up. In between we will have fit sessions, fabric selection and sign offs. 

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It’s an amazing team to work with and we’re constantly helping one another – bouncing off ideas, giving feedback and it’s then the garment techs that really bring the products to life once they’ve been designed.

What’s your favourite thing about designing for Gymshark, does one element of your job stand out?

We’re going through a really exciting transitional period at Gymshark at the moment, we’re splitting our clothing lines into Perform, Train and Life categories. 

I sit within the Life category and because it’s brand new, I have a big responsibility of being part of creating that first impression. It’s a lot of pressure but it’s so exciting, I never thought I’d get the chance to be this creative so early in my career and I’m grateful every day. 

The one element that stands out is the team I have around me, we’re so much more than colleagues and it creates an amazing environment to work in.

What was the first product you’ve played a part in designing?

When I joined I was given a handful of designs so I can’t quite remember the first, my first product to reach the site is the Heather range, but I’m super excited for my first big release that’s coming later this year. 

It’s still under wraps so stay tuned for that one.

What are you most excited about when it comes to the future of Gymshark?

There are so many things! 

To narrow it down to one, I think I’d have to say I’m most excited to witness the progression of our pop-up stores, I was completely overwhelmed by the atmosphere they create and I know they’re just going to get better and better.

Finally, give us a fact about your time at Gymshark. Something that maybe not everybody knows…

I’m a huge fan of dogs and seem to have a talent for seeking out the dog owners of the office and getting them to show me photos.

Also, when we were on a research trip in LA I started ‘selfies with dogs’ on my IG story. The dream would be have a bring in your dog day at the office…....Ben?

Check out Lucy here and if you have any questions, let us know below!

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