Established in 2015 by Aimee McWilliams and Simon Paul Benton, The Design Bureau is a multi-disciplinary international design consultancy which offers a service tailored to the needs of the client. Clients range from existing luxury brands to start up companies. With a team of designers, pattern cutters and seamstresses, services range from brand development and strategy, to the design, sampling and presentation of product.
Aimee is an award winning designer and graduate of Central Saint Martins. She currently works as a freelance designer/consultant; having worked as a creative director for Balmain in Paris and Under in London; produced bespoke couture collections for boutique hotels; influenced the branding and collections of start-up companies in Russia, London and South America; designed couture collections for exhibitions in London, Japan and the Middle East; worked for commercial outfits such as Levis; and created showpiece designs for luxury brand advertising.
Since graduating from BA Product Design at Central St Martins in 1997, Simon has spent 19 years working as a multi-disciplinary designer within the fashion industry. After a 6 year stint at Bill Amberg as head of design, he set up his own consultancy to specialise in the design and development of fashion accessories and bags. As a design consultant Simon has worked with a broad range of clients such as Aston Martin, Clarks, Dr Martens, Ettinger, Jaguar Land Rover, James Purdey & Sons, KX Gym, M.C.Overalls, Pringle of Scotland, & William & Son.
Aimee & Simon are also the founders & co-owners of luxury lingerie & loungewear brand aimée.
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