08 March 2017
Drapers - The Women to Watch
To mark International Women's Day, Drapers speaks to rising female stars and inspiring leaders of the fashion industry.
Jacket Required's Alice Elliott may be a woman in the world of menswear, but it's not just a man's world...
The Event Director
Alice Elliott, Event Director, Jacket Required
Alice Elliott is the organising might behind premium menswear trade show Jacket Required, juggling everything from visiting potential venues to nurturing new brands. Elliott has been at Jacket Required since its second edition in 2012 – the January 2017 edition was the 12th – developing a close relationship with founders and menswear veterans Mark Batista and Craig Ford.
“I’m involved in every aspect of the show. There’s a lot of organising, a lot of planning, and a lot of building and nurturing relationships. Organising Jacket Required is like running a good indie – it’s about the right mix of brands working together.”
Her advice to women starting out on their own careers in fashion is to “change and innovate before you have to” and, when necessary, develop a thick skin.
“Being a woman in a predominately male environment can sometimes be tough – even when you’re the boss. However, Mark and Craig have never treated me this way and have always been the best people to work with.”
The women she admires: “I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by really good girlfriends with amazing work ethics. They work in varying sectors but all care about the quality of the work they produce, which inspires me.”
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