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Success Story: Fashion grad Heather Jenkins grabs dream job at Dr Martens

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While Graduate Fashion Week 2018 is well underway, we are looking back at a wonderful success story from the not-so-distant past.

Heather Jenkins' rose fast and strong from her degree at The University of Northampton to a pinch-me-I'm-dreaming job of designing the Bouncing Souls of Dr Martens boots. 

The Class of 2016 Graduate, Jenkins jumped straight out of her BA Hons Footwear and Accessories course at The University of Northampton, and into a job at Airwair International - the Dr Martens headquarters situated in Wollaston, Northamptonshire.  

Jenkins works at the HQ as an Assistant Footwear Developer and has bagged herself numerous annual trips to their South East Asian factories.  This has allowed the young footwear designer to firmly explore her imagination by helping design original projects for the future of the brand.

“We need to make sure each design is market relevant and will be profitable. I also get to travel to our factories in Vietnam and Thailand four times a year, and also assist in researching and introducing new and innovative ideas for footwear that would enhance the brand.”

About the job, Jenkins says it is almost impossible to pick her favourite aspect. 

“Just to be working for Dr Martens is the best thing. When you tell people, everyone knows who Dr Martens are – it’s a worldwide brand.”

But, she definitely credits her course at Northampton University for allowing her to seriously step up and have the skillset for this once-in-a-lifetime role.  

“The course taught me everything I needed to know about footwear, from developing my creative design skills, through to the technical side of the industry.”

“The technicians were great in helping teach me how to turn my initial sketches into real-life products that were able to be worn on the catwalk for Graduate Fashion Week. I also took part in competitions set by external companies, which helped me to progress my skills.”

Jenkins is becoming a serious force to be reckoned with. If you are interested in following her footsteps, click for more information regarding the Footwear and Accessories course at The University of Northampton.  

Click below to listen to the full 2017 interview with Dr Martens’ Assistant Footwear Developer, Heather Jenkins. 

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