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Kharise Francis

Creative genius seeks to create with artistic team

About me

Creative by default, I was trained in bespoke garment construction 12 years ago by industry professionals, as I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in fashion. I was offered a full time visual merchandising job at the largest Laura Ashley home store in London when I was 16, which I decided to turn down in order to continue my education. After my first year on a fashion design and marketing degree I decided to leave to start my own clothing label. in 2010 I launched Kharis London, an apparel brand catering to the most stylish people and creatives around the world, selling to boutiques globally, online and at Spitalfields market, the most sought after location once upon a time. While at Spitalfields I quickly became known as the style icon of Spitalfields, being street style cast daily, for magazines such as Nylon and The sunday times. I have been cast for photographers such as Rankin and brands such as doc martens who I modelled for in their ‘what do you stand for campaign’ in 2013 after this campaign I was also the muse for the SS15 women’s apparel collection.

A few years ago I was asked to be a guest speaker on a styling short course at central St martins. After this course I found myself in the world of styling. Initially personal styling for women who wanted to develop or refine their sense of style, and now I have moved into artist styling. I am currently working with legendary producer Mike Chapman and styling his latest singer/songwriter. 

I am innately a creative being, I have an eye for detail and visual story, I have in depth knowledge of subconscious elements such as colour psychology and pattern etc. I have a wide range of skills ranging from fashion to painting to writing, and I learn super quick. Having been self employed for the past 4 years I understand the importance of time keeping, how to do things on a budget, and understanding of all aspects of developing a product and business. 

I am currently looking to be a part of a creative team, the perfect role would include one or all of these aspects; styling, costume design and visual merchandising.

Work experience

2010Present

Founder

Kharis LDN
  • designing collections
  • pattern cutting/grading
  • sourcing fabrics
  • sample making
  • garment production
  • marketing
  • selling
  • managing finance
2015Present

Stylist 

Freelance
  • personal styling
  • artist styling
  • fashion advice
  • personal shopping
  • endorsements
  • creating looks 
  • style development
2015Present

Costume Design

Freelance
  • design costumes to fit brief
  • alterations
  • production of costumes
  • fittings
20122012

Lecturer - 3 day styling short course

Central st Martins
  • teaching
  • use of colour
  • use of shape
  • silhouette
  • body types
20062009

Visual merchandising and sales assistant

Laura Ashley Home
  • maintaining VM
  • dressing room sets
  • processing orders
  • replen
  • made to measure
20052006

Sales Assistant

Tottenham hotspur football club
  • cashier
  • replen
  • housekeeping
20032004

Junior hair stylist

Sacha hair
  • greeting customers
  • booking appointments
  • washing hair
  • giving treatments
  • house keeping

Education

20082009

Fashion design and marketing diploma

UEL
  • high street level pattern cutting - flat and draping
  • design sheets
  • industrial work room introduction
  • machining
  • introduction to marketing
20052007

A-levels

st Annes

Art - A

Photography - A

Textiles - B

Business - C

20042005

Bespoke garment constuction

Leticia Morris
  • creating blocks from individuals measurents; bodice dress and skirt blocks
  • creating patterns from individuals blocks
  • flat cutting and draping

Work experience

2009 - 2012                          Assisting during fashion week

                                                 Basso and Brooke

  • hemming garments
  • finishing garments
  • prepping accessories
  • casting models
  • dressing models
  • general last minute activities

2009                                      Intern

                                                Super Super magazine

  • managing database
  • assisting shoots
  • advertising