Talking fashion and fitness with athleisure fashion designer Leanne Hardacre

For this week’s member highlight, we’re focusing on an up-and-coming designer that’s really identified her footing as a freelancer in new months. Leanne Hardacre is a freelance Clothing Designer & the Founder of Hachure Active, an eco-mindful outdoor athleisure brand that is as passionate about sustainability as it is aesthetics.


How did you get into the industry?

I analyzed Manner Style and design at the College of Salford in the United kingdom and graduated with a 1st course BA(hons) in 2014. Considering the fact that then, I have labored as a designer and product developer for numerous luxury and industrial apparel manufacturers.

The place are you dependent now and who do you work for?


I stay in Manchester, British isles and have been a freelance designer for 8 months. I am at this time working with a sportswear corporation and a luxury knitwear organization and have just lately signed on two commence-up brands. All while developing my very own eco-aware out of doors athleisure model, Hachure Active

If you weren’t in your recent field, what would you be doing?

I am genuinely into health so sense I would be intrigued in sports activities science and starting to be a PT or health and fitness instructor. It would seem like a gratifying job staying able to support persons physically and mentally.

Can you make clear your imaginative procedure? What would make it one of a kind?


I enjoy doing the job with diverse makes as it usually means I can investigate unique designs a lot more frequently. I enjoy researching style and aesthetics from style to way of living and consider a good deal of inspiration from avenue design and style as it feels authentic, expressive and exclusive. 

How would you explain your type?

I’m fairly minimalist in my model, and put on tonal colors, but I’m getting into thrifting and acquiring expense pieces with impartial makes extra now and re-styling my wardrobe with new add-ons to decrease my consumption. I am 90% of the time in informal have on so a health club set, hoodie and trainers to consider me from work to the fitness center.

Which men and women do you gain inspiration from? Do you have any heroes in the sector?


When I was at uni, Alexander McQueen was my idol. These types of jaw dropping creativity. I visited his Savage Attractiveness exhibition at the V&A in London in 2015 and it was intellect-blowingly beautiful. 

What tips would you give to aspiring creatives on the lookout for function?

At the get started of the journey it feels like the biggest challenge to get your foot in, but keep persevering, get out of your consolation zone, put your self out there, usually reach out to men and women, network, share your function and just take on opportunities that appear your way. 

What suggestions would you give to other gurus to get more customers?


Generally attain out to men and women, network, pick up the mobile phone. It has taken me about 7 months to get started obtaining traction in my freelance get the job done, but with some clientele reaching out from discussions we had late past yr. Get on their radar, and when they are completely ready you will be in their brain.

What kind of tools/kit/computer software could you not do without having?

I am (as well) addicted to my cellphone and often glimpse via Instagram for traits and model recommendations, and for my work I love my digital pen and pill to make CAD drawing simpler

What’s your mystery to being encouraged and motivated?


Go out and see individuals, areas, retailers, cities. I have been WFH a great deal the earlier few many years and I definitely truly feel the benefit of getting in a home of creative, inspiring and inspired individuals. It provides me electricity.

What is the function accomplishment you’re most proud of?

In 2018 my sister acquired married in a dress I designed and created. We use to joke about me accomplishing it so when the time came and I took on the problem it was rather out of my comfort zone.

But I did every little thing from drafting the sample, material buying in London and sewed all the things on my domestic machine in my Mum and Dads eating area. I literally finished it the night right before which was stressful for my sister but we can chuckle about it now!

What is the a person factor that you would change about the market?


I’d appreciate it to be a far more welcoming position for folks of all diversities and backgrounds. It is a really complicated field to get into and the the greater part of the time it feels like you require to know anyone to get there, so people who do it on their own are inspiring. 

Any internet websites, guides or methods you would suggest?

I enjoy the Fashionary guides. Style sketchbooks to attract strategies, and I also have ‘The Fashion Business enterprise Manual’ and ‘Textilepedia’. Entire of precious data for all sectors of the marketplace and beneficial assets.