Emma Davidson – Owner and Managing Director
Emma Davidson joined Denza in 2008. She worked as the right hand to Vanessa Denza before acquiring the company in 2014.
At the heart of Emma’s role, she is responsible for the delivery of service to our clients, from the first phone call to our office through to appointing a recruitment consultant to lead the search and ensuring everything is up to the high standards expected by a client working with Denza.
Emma’s background covers a variety of areas – Licensing (Playboy, Bonpoint, Celia Birtwell), Production, Wholesale Sales (for Katharine Hamnett), Visual Merchandising (Urban Outfitters), at one time a performing electronic musician and exhibiting artist. Also, Emma spends time consulting in the industry for LFW brands on running a business, wholesale strategy, HR procedure, employment contracts, book keeping, cash flow and budgeting. This mixed business and creative background – in Fashion and Music – has been a perfect template for joining Denza. This background experience also means Emma will be first port of call for general employment advice, advice for setting up small businesses (she has worked with Fashion Scout a number of times mentoring on this topic) and offering advice to clients on how to review their recruitment processes.
Emma is also involved in fashion education working with the British Fashion Council, as a member of the Business of Fashion Education Council, as Grand Jury Member for La Cambre Mode M1 & M2 and B3, Belgium, Industry Liaison for Fashion at Ravensbourne and University of Norwich, United Kingdom, Short Course Leader and Grand Jury Member at Institut Français de la Mode, France. Emma has also participated on the Masters Grand Jury at KASK, Ghent, participated on teh show selection panel for Univerisity of Westminster and portfolio selection panel for University of Kingston. Emma has a truly global vision for fashion education having visited and given workshops to fashion courses in countries including Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.
Emma covers all roles within the office from Senior or Executive roles (Creative or Design Director level..)
Faye Mitchell – Head of Search
With a BA (Hons) Degree Fashion Design and Business Studies from the University of Brighton and previous working experience running her own Design Studio before entering recruitment, Faye brings a 360 degree knowledge of the UK market. Both clients and candidates benefit from this unique view point.
Faye covers Womenswear, Menswear, Print, Textiles, Embellishment, Embroidery and has a very strong knowledge of technical roles within the studio – Production, Product Development, Studio Management, Pattern Cutting.
Faye has also been a member of juries for both the British Fashion Council and Graduate Fashion Week. She is also worked with fashion courses with workshops an lectures with portfolio reviews for undergrads.
Faye works alongside Emma Davidson steering the recruitment business for Denza and managing the Denza recruitment team. She has a broad knowledge of Womenswear, Menswear, Print, Textiles, Embellishment, Embroidery and has a deep understanding of technical roles within the studio – Production, Product Development, Studio Management, Pattern Cutting.
Stephanie Winton – Recruitment Consultant
With a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Communication from Bath School of Art and specialising in Illustration, Steph has strong knowledge of graphics and print, portfolio presentation and the creative design process.
As part of the team at Denza, Stephanie covers all roles for Design (Womenswear, Menswear, Textiles, Print, Graphics, Childrenswear, Accessories, Homeware, Active & Athleisure, Denim Design, Lingerie) and Non-Design (Production, Product Development, Studio Management, Pattern Cutting.)
Previously working in the eyewear industry, Steph was heavily involved in the entire concept of an independent optical start-up; including design, development and production. Her role as Product Development Manager saw her working alongside branding, design and manufacturing teams to create an identity and range of spectacles for the London-based company.
In other notable roles, Steph has worked within the gifting and homeware markets, managing projects from production, through to sales into the UK’s leading retailers and stores worldwide.
Anna Gatley-O’Neill – Recruitment Consultant
Having studied a Degree in Fashion Design and Marketing BA (Hons) at Northumbria University and past experience working at Denza, both with the recruitment side but also assisting on licensing projects between Celia Birtwell and Uniqlo so has experience will all aspects of our business.
As a trained lingerie and sleepwear designer, Anna’s background had her involved in all parts of the design process; from idea conception through to sampling, fabric sourcing and product development. Additionally, as a young designer Anna has worked overseas in Sweden and Germany, so she makes a great contact for new graduates wanting to know about living and working abroad for the first time.
Anna will be working in parallel with Faye Mitchell who has covered roles in both Design (Womenswear, Menswear, Textiles, Print, Graphics, Childrenswear, Accessories, Home ware, Active & Athleisure, Denim Design, Lingerie) and Non-Design (Production, Product Development, Studio Management, Pattern Cutting.)
After staying in close contact with the Denza team over the years, Anna was interested in returning to Denza and rejoining the Denza team because of the unrivalled reputation and dedication to customer service.
Sara Hollingsworth – Data Administrator
Working with the team covering the small details, Sara works remotely ensuring information on our database for candidates and clients is up to date, allowing the team to work quickly with the latest technology for every search we undertake. While her position is not necessarily a candidate or client facing one having someone to dot the i and cross the t throughout the back end of our database is invaluable.
And like the rest of us on the Denza team Sara upholds the most careful protection of confidential information under the UK Data Protection Act.
Sara also participates by researching talent pools and locations for the recruitment team, looking for interesting brands, markets and shows around the globe.