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Wayne Hemingway MBE

Designer and Founder of RED OR DEAD

Biography

Designer and Founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway started from humble begginings on Camden Market selling handmade and vintage clothing. It went outrageously well, and the realisation that money could be made from fashion suddenly dawned.

Alongside his now wife Gerardine, Wayne built Red or Dead into a globally-celebrated label and, after 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk, sold it in a multi-million-pound deal. In 1999, fresh from the sale of Red or Dead, Wayne and Gerardine embarked on a new adventure: HemingwayDesign. And the rest, they say, is history.

An internationally renowned business, retail and design speaker, with strong ethical and social values, Wayne is on the Design Council Trustee Board and the Design Council CABE Committee. He got an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and a Fellow of Blackburn College and Regents University.

A writer for architectural and housing publications and a TV design commentator, Wayne also judges of international design competitions. He holds talks on housing, urban design, education and the creative sector and business. And he gets involved in charity work for the likes of Noise Festival, The Princes Trust (where he was the inaugural Chairman for an initiative to enable disadvantaged young people to work within the fashion industry), Shelter, Oxfam and Traid.

Topics

  • Business Development & Strategy
  • Branding, Marketing & Leadership
  • Responsible & Ethical Business
  • Innovation, Design & Creativity
  • Retail
  • Inspirational Personal "Rags to Red or Dead" keynote
  • Housing & Urban Design

Testimonials

“Inspirational, funny and engaging is a hard combination to pull off, I think we were all riveted!”

D.A, Project Manager, Midland Heart

“I wanted to thank you for an absolutely excellent talk at our meeting on Friday evening. We have had universally good feedback with our staff finding you both entertaining and thought provoking which was exactly what we wanted. You have a fascinating story and a great approach to life which comes across so naturally in the way you present, giving great credence to your call for action without lecturing. It was a delight to listen to and the interesting thing for me was that a number of the audience left with the stated intent of doing something different.”

David Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Polypipe

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