Melissa Needham FRSA

Melissa Needham FRSA

Owner of Prescott & Mackay Ltd

Location
London, United Kingdom
Industry
Apparel & Fashion

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Melissa Needham FRSA's Overview

Current
  • Owner at Prescott & Mackay Ltd
  • Owner at Black Truffle
Past
  • Owner at The 3 Little Pigs Espresso Bar
  • Costume maker at Freelance
Education
Connections

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Melissa Needham FRSA's Summary

Owner of Prescott & Mackay School of Fashion and Accessory Design, established in 1997, based in London and Berkeley, CA. The school runs short courses in shoemaking, bag making, millinery, corset making and tutu making. Classes, suitable for both industry professionals and newcomers cover all levels of requirements from beginners to improvers and attract students from all over the world. P&M took its footwear program to Melbourne, Australia in November 2010 and plans to expand its offer in that region towards late 2012.

The school also offers consultancy, private tuition and on-site training. Clients include Clarks Shoes and Jamk University Of Applied Science, Jyvaslyia, Finland.

Owner also of Black Truffle Shoe and Accessory boutique with two London-based stores, first established in 2003.

The Black Truffle Warren St store won UK Best New Shoe Store in the Drapers Footwear Awards, 2009 and Black Truffle Broadway Market was one of 5 Finalist in the 2010 Drapers Footwear Awards for UK Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year.

The Warren st store is now also home to The 3 Little Pigs Espresso Bar which Melissa founded in 2010. It serves coffee made from beans supplied by acclaimed Brick Lane based micro roasters - Nude Espresso. The 3 Little Pigs was voted one of London's top 10 specialty stalls, carts, kiosks in the 2012 edition of The London Coffee Guide and has received complimentary reviews in several leading food and drink blogs and poscasts for the quality of it's offer and unique venue.

In August 2012 Melissa was invited by the organisers of Pure London - the UK's leading tradeshow for the fashion industry - to chair a panelist of industry specialist on the Main Stage, Olympia. The topic of discussion was Emerging Designers - the importance of their role within retail and how buyers can work with new labels to ensure innovative product is brought to market and remain commercially viable amongst global competition.

Specialties

Course administration, footwear lecturer, footwear and accessory buyer, footwear production. Consultancy in footwear and accessory design.

Melissa Needham FRSA's Experience

Owner

Prescott & Mackay Ltd

January 1997Present (17 years 9 months)

School of Fashion and Accessory Design based in Central London offering courses in subjects ranging from shoemaking, millinery, bag making, corsetry and belt making.

Owner

Black Truffle

January 1997Present (17 years 9 months) 4 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ and 52 Warren St, London, W1T 5NJ

Award winning Independent retailer of shoes, accessories and clothes with stores in East and Central London

Owner

The 3 Little Pigs Espresso Bar

October 2010December 2012 (2 years 3 months) 52 Warren St, London, w1T 5NJ

Specialty coffee bar serving espresso based drinks using beans from Nude Espresso

Costume maker

Freelance

August 1991December 2003 (12 years 5 months)

Specialising in men's tailoring for Opera, Theatre, TV and Film

Melissa Needham FRSA's Skills & Expertise

  1. Footwear
  2. Apparel
  3. Styling
  4. Fashion
  5. Fashion Illustration
  6. Shoes
  7. Fashion Design
  8. Blogging
  9. Trend
  10. Retail

Melissa Needham FRSA's Education

Cordwainers College

Footwear

19951996

Wimbledon School of Art

BA Hons, Costume Interpretation

19891991

Melissa Needham FRSA's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

British Footwear Association. Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). East End Trades Guild.

Honors and Awards:

Winner - Black Truffle. Best New Shoe Store. Drapers Footwear Awards 2009.
Finalist - Black Truffle. Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year. Drapers Footwear Awards 2010.

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