Talking fashion and fitness with athleisure fashion designer Leanne Hardacre

For this week’s member spotlight, we are concentrating on an up-and-coming designer that is seriously discovered her footing as a freelancer in modern months. Leanne Hardacre is a freelance Clothing Designer & the Founder of Hachure Active, an eco-mindful outside athleisure brand that is as passionate about sustainability as it is aesthetics.


How did you get into the field?

I examined Trend Design at the University of Salford in the Uk and graduated with a 1st class BA(hons) in 2014. Since then, I have labored as a designer and item developer for many luxurious and business garments brands.

Wherever are you based now and who do you work for?


I dwell in Manchester, Uk and have been a freelance designer for 8 months. I am at present working with a sportswear enterprise and a luxurious knitwear company and have recently signed on two start off-up models. All while creating my have eco-conscious outside athleisure brand name, Hachure Lively

If you weren’t in your recent business, what would you be performing?

I am really into health and fitness so experience I’d be intrigued in sporting activities science and becoming a PT or health and fitness teacher. It appears like a rewarding career getting capable to support individuals bodily and mentally.

Can you reveal your inventive approach? What would make it distinctive?


I adore working with diverse brands as it implies I can investigate distinctive kinds far more often. I appreciate researching model and aesthetics from manner to lifestyle and acquire a ton of inspiration from road design as it feels legitimate, expressive and exclusive. 

How would you describe your style?

I’m pretty minimalist in my style, and put on tonal colors, but I’m finding into thrifting and shopping for expense parts with independent brand names extra now and re-styling my wardrobe with new extras to minimize my usage. I am 90% of the time in everyday put on so a health and fitness center established, hoodie and trainers to choose me from perform to the health club.

Which people today do you get inspiration from? Do you have any heroes in the market?


When I was at uni, Alexander McQueen was my idol. This sort of jaw dropping creativeness. I visited his Savage Magnificence exhibition at the V&A in London in 2015 and it was mind-blowingly stunning. 

What recommendations would you give to aspiring creatives wanting for operate?

At the start off of the journey it feels like the biggest problem to get your foot in, but preserve persevering, get out of your comfort zone, place oneself out there, constantly access out to men and women, network, share your work and acquire on chances that occur your way. 

What strategies would you give to other gurus to get much more customers?


Always reach out to individuals, network, decide up the telephone. It has taken me about 7 months to start receiving traction in my freelance work, but with some clientele achieving out from conversations we experienced late very last calendar year. Get on their radar, and when they are completely ready you will be in their mind.

What variety of tools/kit/software package could you not do with out?

I am (also) addicted to my mobile phone and normally appear by means of Instagram for tendencies and design and style recommendations, and for my operate I really like my digital pen and tablet to make CAD drawing a lot easier

What is your top secret to being inspired and enthusiastic?


Go out and see people, destinations, outlets, cities. I’ve been WFH a great deal the earlier couple several years and I truly really feel the worth of staying in a area of imaginative, inspiring and motivated persons. It provides me energy.

What’s the get the job done achievement you’re most very pleased of?

In 2018 my sister got married in a dress I made and designed. We use to joke about me doing it so when the time arrived and I took on the challenge it was rather out of my consolation zone.

But I did every little thing from drafting the pattern, fabric shopping in London and sewed almost everything on my domestic machine in my Mum and Dads eating area. I literally finished it the evening ahead of which was demanding for my sister but we can chortle about it now!

What is the one point that you would alter about the business?


I’d enjoy it to be a extra welcoming position for people of all diversities and backgrounds. It is a very difficult market to get into and the the greater part of the time it feels like you need to know someone to get there, so people today who do it by themselves are inspiring. 

Any websites, guides or means you would advocate?

I appreciate the Fashionary guides. Design sketchbooks to draw concepts, and I also have ‘The Vogue Enterprise Manual’ and ‘Textilepedia’. Total of worthwhile information and facts for all sectors of the business and valuable assets.