Alan was born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK. He is a graduate of the world renowned Royal College of Art. With over 20 years experience, he has lived and worked across the world, designing and consulting for international names such as Alfred Dunhill, Diesel, Fred Perry, Ellesse, Blanc Bleu, G2000, Avery Dennison Global Creative Services and Korean retail group NIX where he was director of fashion launching both mens and womens collections for its two in-house brands.
In 2015, he founded the Five Pillar Consulting hub, helping brands and suppliers to create a new future through creative strategy, branding concepts, trend analysis, design & production. The company was founded on the premise of the five fundamental influences of launching and building a successful fashion business: Product, Market Research, Consumer, Branding, Marketing & Promotion or ‘The Five Pillars model’. This is a process created by the founder to help brands and suppliers stay at the forefront of the fashion industry.
Alan has collaborated on a number of groundbreaking fashion and techstyle startups, the most notable is Arts Thread, now the world’s leading network for creative graduates. He has extensive higher education and professional training experience. He is a regular invited speaker at the Hong Kong Design Institute, Clothing Industry Training Authority and Garment Fashion Practitioners Association. He has also consulted for the China General Chamber of Commerce in Beijing to develop courses for their EMBA Fashion Management Program.