Vicki Dean

In this 30-minute episode, Vicki Dean, Head of Foundation, Fashion & Leather, Institute of Creative Leather Technology (ICLT) at the University of Northampton, discusses the opportunities for young people to study leather technology at the ICLT and its links with the leather industry as well as its close connection to the world of sustainable fashion.

She is joined by two recent graduates from the University who have both found exciting and rewarding jobs in the leather. They are Jenny Horsey, Special Projects Executive at UK-headquartered leather and leather products makers Pittards, and Anna Melegh, Care & Repair Co-ordinator for France-headquartered luxury footwear brand Christian Louboutin.

Anna Melegh

During the discussion, Vicki Dean outlines the high employability of graduates that chose to study leather technology, which the university offers as a BSc or MSc course or a range of short courses at the ICLT’s newly built Waterside Campus in Northampton, UK.

The ICLT also works with the leather industry on projects and research and has scholarships and bursaries available for students funded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers.

Jenny Horsey

As ex-students at ICLT, Jenny Horsey and Anna Melegh share their experiences around learning about leather and leather product making, their passion for leather, craft skills and the opportunities the leather industry has presented to them since graduating on a global stage. Anna Melegh was also the Footwear Category global winner of the Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition in 2022.

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