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Graduate's Christmas jumper with a difference sells out

Seasonal knitwear designs have proved a sell-out success for one Nottingham Trent University graduate.

Jumper designed by Harriet Best on display on a table
Jumper by Harriet Best on display

Seasonal knitwear designs have proved a sell-out success for one Nottingham Trent University graduate.

Harriet Best, 23, created a classy Christmas jumper design after winning a competition run in conjunction with Arts Thread, a leading network for upcoming artists and designers; and retailers Urban Outfitters.

Harriet, who graduated in September, entered the competition during the final year of her Fashion Knitwear Design course at Nottingham Trent.

It asked entrants to design products for the Christmas Holiday 14.

Harriet, originally from Peterborough but now living in Sheffield, created a fuzzy knit sweater. The fabric is a black mohair background with white partial-knit spots and gold tinsel yarn hooked through to give extra sparkle.

She said: "I combined the warmth and cosiness of winter with the glitter and sparkle of the parties around this time. I wanted to design something that would be suitable to wear to a party but would also keep you warm. I hate having to freeze to death while wearing something nice to a Christmas or New Year's Eve party!"

Her idea not only struck a chord both with the judges but also won over the shoppers with the sweater selling out on Urban Outfitters online store and now only being available at their flagship store in New York.

Harriet said she was amazed by the success she had enjoyed.

"I never even thought I'd win the competition, let alone have my design sell out. It's given me a lot of confidence in my work and design ability, which is really awesome!"

Ian Mcinnes, course leader for Fashion Knitwear at Nottingham Trent University, said: "We are delighted with Harriet's competition success and that she was able to develop her winning design from concept through to production for this leading and distinctive international brand. This is recognition of Harriet's creative talent which has been nurtured through the NTU BA Fashion Knitwear course experience and her placement year. Arts Thread does an excellent job in matching the creative talents of graduates with high profile commercial opportunities like this. It is fantastic that Harriet has grasped this opportunity to launch her professional career."

Katie Dominy, Co-Founder/Director of Arts Thread, said: "Harriet's knitwear chimes perfectly with the Urban Outfitters' spirit of Holiday sparkle! It's always so exciting for us to see our members' work in store and our collaboration with Urban Outfitters has allowed us so far to give this opportunity to over 20 designers from all around the world."

Harriet won $1,000 plus $500 in Urban Outfitters vouchers and her knitwear has a swing ticket with her story on it.

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Graduate's Christmas jumper with a difference sells out

Published on 19 December 2014
  • Category: Press office; School of Art & Design

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