Subject: Meet the woman designing for Zara from home

Selin Torlak

Working from home is one dream position to be in, but the other has to be designing for your favourite brands. Meet Selin, the woman designing for brands such as Zara, Bershka and Pull and Bear. Take a look below for her journey and her top tips on how to do what you love.

 Selin Torlak

Age: 31

Location: London

How did you get into designing?  I got in to fashion by studying Art & Design at High School in Salisbury. After trying different courses in University such as printing, graphic design and fashion design, I came to a conclusion that fashion design is what I want to focus on and after almost 8 years I still have so much to learn!!

Did you ever intern? 

Yes! I was lucky enough to spend at least a couple of weeks each summer for a few large manufacturers in Turkey that were mainly exporting for UK and European markets such as Primark, Next, Arcadia Group and Inditex Group. I have had a great opportunity to learn each step of fast fashion production besides designing. Seeing the entire process where cotton is turned into thread, thread to fabric and finally fabric into finished product was quite a learning curve and a lot of fun! 

What qualities should someone wanting to get into fashion design?

Just like any other job, you must love what you are doing. If you don't like online or physical research, following upcoming trends, attending fashion shows and a bit of shopping, this role may not fit you well! 

What advice do you have for someone who doesn't know what they want to do?

I would strongly recommend internship at different segments of fashion so that one can pick the role that will best suit them as fashion is an endless jungle with so much to offer for anyone and everyone with a bit of 'fashion hunger'.

 What advice do you have for someone wanting to go freelance?

Prepare a CV and start sending it to the companies that you "actually" wish you could work for. I believe this is the crucial bit as those who interview you must see the light in your eyes during job interview which will bring the success to you and the organisation that have taken you on board.  

What's your favourite outfit to wear to work? 

I like to wear smart casual for work and I am a huge fan of leather skinny pants, (of course in winter) basic crew neck white or black tee with nice blazer jacket combination with sneakers.

Where can people find you?

Instagram: @slnaktastorlak