Product Director Start-rite shoes - Footwear Branded Wholesale
Design Director Sara Lee (Courtaulds) -Womens Fast Fashion Manufacturing
Senior Buyer Marks & Spencer Clothing - Retail
Susan is an experienced retail buyer and design manager to wholesale brands, she has broad experience in clothing and footwear.
Operating at Director and Senior Executive with SMEs and large PLCs with a solid track record of identifying trends ahead of the curve and creating innovative quality ranges.
Other areas of expertise include procurement, supply chain management and critical path planning.
Recent experience includes business development with Samsung C&T and Portuguese footwear factories.
Joint Managing Director Start-rite shoes - Wholesale and e-commerce (including launching new web sites)
Northern Hemisphere Manager Bobux shoes - Global Sales including Prospecting for new territories
European Managing Director OshKosh B’Gosh Licensing and sales
Regional Director Sales Plus Profit - Strategic planning and mentoring
David has more than 20 years of experience operating at Sales and Managing Director level - building and managing sales teams for International businesses within consumer product and retail sector.
He has extensive knowledge in leading multinational operations and has specialist knowledge of how to profitably run sales and distribution teams.
David has led successful turnarounds and transformations though innovation strategic leadership and cultural change. He has also held senior corporate roles including family and private owned companies.
Bringing together the learnings of two prominent proponents of the fashion/footwear
sphere is the inspiration behind the launch of a new consultancy.
Susan O’Hare and David Attwood have joined forces to develop a consultancy service
dedicated to supporting businesses in the many multiple aspects of the industry from
product development to major market growth.
Susan and David are thrilled to be working together they say “we are delighted to launch a
consultancy where we can be personally involved with businesses where we can use our
experience and knowledge, start to build and support new and existing businesses to deliver
the success that they and our industry deserve”
The launch of the new consultancy comes at a time of concern (Brexit) but also at a time of
opportunity, Attwood says “all the current indicators and forecasters for mens, ladies,
footwear and accessories show that there is optimism in the industry at whatever level you
are trading at, providing you have the right product and right sales outlets. Our experience
and methodology will enable businesses to grab that chance” O’Hare commented “our
consultancy is different as it is focussed on the whole of the brands activities, from product
strategy though to sales into and out of the outlets and importantly this is what we both
have focussed on through our executive careers”
We use our combined industry experience and networks to guide clothing and footwear brands through change, aiming to build the best product ranges, effective supply chains and achieve sustainable and profitable sales growth.
Developing deep partnerships with our clients is key to create the most effective plan for their strategic growth.