NTU Fashion Design students selected by Urban Outfitters for highly sought-after paid internship

Final Year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students, Leanne Westbury and Natasha Flannery, have both accepted a place on the highly sought-after URBN international placement programme.

Natasha Flannery and Leanne Westbury
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Natasha Flannery and Leanne Westbury

Final Year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students, Leanne Westbury and Natasha Flannery, have both accepted a place on the highly sought-after URBN international placement programme. They will be spending nine months working at the Urban Outfitters’ Head Office in Philadelphia from September this year.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Leanne and Natasha, who will receive a competitive salary for the duration of their internships, and have their flights and visas paid for by URBN.

URBN is a leading lifestyle specialty retailer and wholesaler with sales over $3.3 billion, and their key brands include Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN.  

Leanne, who will be working in the menswear design team, told us: “We were required to come up with a concept, develop our designs from our research, and create a five outfit line-up, appropriate for Urban Outfitters’ target customers. The challenge lay within the commercial aspect of the designs as it really relies on you having a thorough understanding of the customers’ wants and needs, and addressing them through fabric choice, silhouette and details.”

She added: “It felt amazing to find out I had won the competition, as only one menswear design intern was selected, which makes me feel extremely lucky.”

We asked Natasha what she’s most excited about, and she remarked: “Firstly, being able to live and work overseas in America for nine months is pretty exciting! I am looking forward to working with the whole team at Urban Outfitters on producing clothing that is sold worldwide. Their studios and whole URBN campus looks incredible!

“I hope to learn how the design process works within a large-scale brand, from colour and fabric research, to product development. In general, I think I will learn so much from working with like-minded, creative people there and hopefully build connections for the future.”

Visit www.urbn.com/work-with-us to find out more about this opportunity.

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NTU Fashion Design students selected by Urban Outfitters for highly sought-after paid internship

Published on 21 June 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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