Today let us introduce you to the Antithesis team’s latest member: Leu Solomon. Leu has been assisting us in the studio since the beginning of June. She has been doing such a great job that we decided to share it with you! Originally from Minneapolis, she’s the oldest of five kids. She first got a degree in Journalism and Public Relations and worked in buying and marketing before changing fields to design. She’s now living in East London and just about to start a BA in Womenswear at the London College of Fashion.
What are your objectives/ambitions for the future?
To have my own fashion label. I want to be an influential designer. My biggest fear coming to London was that my creations and designs wouldn’t be able to compete with the talent here. Students who attend LCF come from all corners of the world with the same dream I have. It’s competitive. Completing a foundation degree and obtaining this internship has validated the work I’ve done so far and what I aspire to be.
Why did you want to work for Antithesis?
I knew I wanted to work for a womenswear company and I loved the fact that Antithesis was a company on the cusp of launching their brand. I really wanted to be a part of the process rather than an intern who gets coffee and does the filing.
What have you learnt so far during this internship?
You name it and I’ve done it. Pattern cutting, sourcing, product design & development, creating spec sheets, blog writing, research and attending fashion events. Actually, my favorite part so far has been applying the theoretical skills about design that I learned in school and seeing how it really works when producing a garment. In my first week, Renée had me sketch possible attachment ideas, source materials for it and then produce a toile of the sketch. It was conception to completion and I loved it!
What do you think this internship will bring you?
Just being chosen for this internship was a confidence booster, it was the first time I had shown my design work to anyone professionally. So confidence definitely but also gaining experience working in a studio atmosphere has been beneficial. There are so many parts to owning and running a clothing company that I didn’t know. This internship also gives me a reference point for what to expect for the future and more importantly, it’s been really fun.