Lydia’s Louis Vuitton dream

PUBLISHED: 20:00 09 June 2014

Lydia Richards.

Lydia Richards.

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A HANDBAG designer and former Weston student has taken a trip to Paris for a placement with high-end fashion designer Louis Vuitton.

Lydia Richards, aged 23, was inspired to take up this section of fashion work during her foundation diploma in art and design which she began at Weston College.

At first she started studying graphic design, but moved to fashion when Anna Lowther-Harris, the fashion design curriculum manager, spotted her potential.

Lydia said: “I loved my time at Weston College.

“I could’ve left home to do an art foundation diploma but I decided to stay and save money, and I’m very glad I did.”

Lydia, who is from Clevedon, is currently studying at the London College of Fashion, but has made the move to the fashion capital of the world to begin a six-month paid placement with Louis Vuitton in the company’s women’s leather goods department.

This latest experience follows a six months’ placement in New York with the Alexander Wang Company.

She said: “One of my ideas was chosen in the marketing meeting this week.

“This resulted in me seeing it go from paper to mock-up to fully animated bag in the famous LV imprinted leather. I could’ve died.

“After squeezing, smelling and cuddling it for the rest of the day I can safely say I know I am in the right career.”

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