Directors

Robert Weldon, Director Knitwear Collection

Originally from Liverpool, Rob graduated from Trent Polytechnic in 1981 with a BA (Hon) Knitwear Fashion and Textiles and settled in Nottingham where he has worked as a freelance consultant on Men's knitwear for Jaeger, Next Plc, Bonner of Ireland, and John Varvatos Men's Collection before establishing Acorn with Suzanna.

Suzanna Ward-Weldon, Director Textile Collection

An American who graduated from Parson’s School of Design in 1981 with a BA Fashion Design, Suzanna worked full-time in New York for 13 years for Calvin Klein Women's Collection, Jeffrey Banks, Alexander Julian, and Calvin Klein Men's Collection. Moved to Nottingham in 1993 and worked as freelance consultant for Gentry Portofino and Gucci.


Staff

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Admin and Accounts Manager

Bryony Stocks joined our team in July 2015. She is a qualified, experienced and highly efficient admin and accounts manager. 

Please contact Bryony if you have any questions regarding accounts or invoicing: bryony@acorn-swatches.com

Sales Manager

Christian Sharples joined our team in September 2012. He is a highly experienced sales manager, as before joining our team he worked 12 years for Paul Smith. Christian travels to New York every month, is in London most weeks and travels to most major European cities like Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Copenhagen to show client our collections.

If you would like an appointment please contact Christian: appointments@acorn-swatches.com

Design Team

We are privileged to be working with a very talented team of creative, highly skilled and experienced in-house and freelance designers who create our beautiful collection of textile designs each season. All our designers are MA and BA graduates with degrees in Fashion, Knitwear, and Textile design from universities in the UK and Europe. We have a close relationship with Nottingham Trent University and provide one-year placements to 3rd year undergraduates in the Fashion Knitwear BA program.

Our studio is divided into three areas

Knitwear team work on both dubbied and domestic 12 – 3 gauge knitting machines pushing their technical skills and creativity developing innovative stitch concepts for men’s and women’s fashion. We also develop crochet and hand-knit designs. Our designers use the best yarns available from yarn mills such as Loro Piana, Lineapui and Manifattura Sesia. Our knitwear team provide all technical information needed by your factories to reproduce our stitches and concepts.

Embellished Textile team is very experienced using a variety of creative techniques including hand embroidery, beading, appliqué, fabric manipulation, machine embroidery and laser cutting, combining these methods to create exceptional contemporary ideas. We also work with a highly talented embroidery studio in India who complete our more intricate designs. All work is executed to the highest standard using the most beautiful fabrics and embellishment materials available.

Digital Print team develops innovative forward thinking print designs. Researching current trends and concepts, visiting exhibitions for inspiration and then developing original imagery using a variety of techniques including hand drawing and painting, indigo dyed shibori, photograms and cynotypes, and heat transfer printing. We are especially known for our multi layered digital florals, geometric graphics, textural surfaces, ikats, ethnic and animal print designs. Our prints on silk crepe have exceptionally crisp detail and colour reproduction. We provide psd files for all our print designs.