Last night, 20th October 2011, we had the privilege of meeting and listening to Wayne Hemingway at a Creative Bedfordshire seminar. He talked about innovation and creativity in business, starting small and working your way up, identifying opportunities and taking risks, breaking into new markets, and networking with other businesses.
It was a real thrill to meet someone so influential in our industry; someone who has had so much influence and created a enviable legacy in fashion, design and now a more sustainable community based genre he describes as ‘social design’. For those not in the know, Wayne built Red or Dead into a fashion label that received global acclaim, resulting in him winning the prestigious British Fashion Council’s Streetstyle Designer of the Year Award for three consecutive years.
Wayne also set up Hemingway Design in 1999, which specialises in affordable and social design. The highest profile project is The Staiths South Bank, which 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 the CABE National Housing Audit.
We hope he returns to Bedford again – we left feeling totally inspired and I think it’s fair to say in awe of Wayne’s achievements.