Talking fashion and fitness with athleisure fashion designer Leanne Hardacre

For this week’s member spotlight, we’re concentrating on an up-and-coming designer that is genuinely located her footing as a freelancer in latest months. Leanne Hardacre is a freelance Clothing Designer & the Founder of Hachure Energetic, an eco-aware outside athleisure brand that is as passionate about sustainability as it is aesthetics.


How did you get into the business?

I examined Manner Style and design at the University of Salford in the United kingdom and graduated with a 1st course BA(hons) in 2014. Given that then, I have labored as a designer and merchandise developer for numerous luxury and industrial clothes manufacturers.

The place are you primarily based now and who do you function for?


I are living in Manchester, Uk and have been a freelance designer for 8 months. I am presently doing the job with a sportswear corporation and a luxury knitwear firm and have recently signed on two start off-up makes. All whilst building my possess eco-mindful outdoor athleisure brand, Hachure Energetic

If you weren’t in your latest industry, what would you be carrying out?

I am definitely into conditioning so come to feel I’d be intrigued in sports science and getting a PT or conditioning instructor. It looks like a rewarding job staying equipped to enable men and women physically and mentally.

Can you make clear your creative system? What tends to make it one of a kind?


I like doing the job with distinctive makes as it signifies I can investigate different models far more normally. I love studying type and aesthetics from vogue to way of living and acquire a great deal of inspiration from road style as it feels legitimate, expressive and exceptional. 

How would you explain your design and style?

I’m pretty minimalist in my design and style, and use tonal colours, but I’m finding into thrifting and purchasing investment decision pieces with impartial models much more now and re-styling my wardrobe with new extras to decrease my use. I am 90% of the time in casual don so a fitness center set, hoodie and trainers to take me from get the job done to the fitness center.

Which men and women do you acquire inspiration from? Do you have any heroes in the business?


When I was at uni, Alexander McQueen was my idol. These jaw dropping creative imagination. I visited his Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A in London in 2015 and it was mind-blowingly gorgeous. 

What recommendations would you give to aspiring creatives looking for perform?

At the start of the journey it feels like the largest problem to get your foot in, but continue to keep persevering, get out of your comfort zone, place by yourself out there, generally reach out to persons, community, share your perform and acquire on options that appear your way. 

What suggestions would you give to other industry experts to get additional shoppers?


Constantly attain out to persons, network, decide up the mobile phone. It has taken me about 7 months to start obtaining traction in my freelance function, but with some consumers reaching out from conversations we experienced late final year. Get on their radar, and when they are prepared you will be in their head.

What form of tools/kit/software could you not do without?

I am (way too) addicted to my mobile phone and often search by means of Instagram for trends and style guidelines, and for my function I really like my electronic pen and pill to make CAD drawing much easier

What’s your magic formula to being encouraged and motivated?


Go out and see people, places, retailers, metropolitan areas. I’ve been WFH a good deal the past several several years and I genuinely come to feel the value of remaining in a area of innovative, inspiring and motivated people today. It provides me vitality.

What is the operate achievement you are most proud of?

In 2018 my sister obtained married in a costume I designed and manufactured. We use to joke about me doing it so when the time arrived and I took on the problem it was very out of my comfort zone.

But I did every thing from drafting the pattern, fabric buying in London and sewed all the things on my domestic device in my Mum and Dads dining place. I literally concluded it the evening right before which was demanding for my sister but we can chortle about it now!

What is the 1 point that you would adjust about the industry?


I’d adore it to be a more welcoming position for persons of all diversities and backgrounds. It is a incredibly tough industry to get into and the the greater part of the time it feels like you want to know somebody to get there, so folks who do it on their own are inspiring. 

Any internet websites, books or sources you would propose?

I love the Fashionary books. Style sketchbooks to attract tips, and I also have ‘The Vogue Small business Manual’ and ‘Textilepedia’. Complete of important facts for all sectors of the marketplace and handy methods.