A YOUNG, up and coming fashion designer from Caythorpe has been selected to design a collection of men’s accessories thanks to a national campaign.
Anthony Aitman was given the opportunity to create and sell products as part of the Tomorrow campaign, run by the Prince’s Trust.
Products designed by Anthony and five others will be sold nationwide to raise funds for the trust, and the young designers will be mentored by experienced industry experts.
Twenty-five-year old Anthony was selected by famous designer Wayne Hemingway, who will be his mentor and help him design his range, which will be sold in T.M. Lewin stores throughout the UK and online.
Anthony said: “It was an easy decision to take part in the project, I’m very excited to be a part of it.”
Raising funds for the charity is important to Anthony because the Prince’s Trust has helped him achieve success.
In the past, he struggled to find full-time work and was unemployed for six-months.
He said: “Being unemployed feels terrible. I found life very frustrating and I lost confidence in myself.”
This all changed for Anthony when he enrolled in the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme in Lincolnshire.
After taking part in a four-day course, he received a business loan and was given guidance by a mentor, allowing him to launch his screen printing clothing business, Musketwear, in November 2011.
Now Anthony hopes the campaign will reach out to other young people struggling to find work, feeling low and needing support.
He is passionate about showing them help can be found at the Prince’s Trust by people who have the drive to succeed but who may not necessarily be in the right financial situation.
Keen to get started on the project, Anthony hopes that with the help of Wayne, he can create something excellent for the T.M. Lewin range and gain some valuable experience.
He said: “There’s some really talented people involved in the project and I think I’ll learn a lot from them that will enable me to push forward with my business.”