Wayne Hemingway: Biography highlights

Wayne believes in the supremacy of design, whether in clothes or in buildings. At the height of his fame as a fashion designer, he sold his iconic company, Red or Dead and turned his attention to social housing

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Full biography of Wayne Hemingway

Wayne was born in 1961 and grew up in Morecambe, a typical British seaside town. Perhaps not the most appropriate surroundings for one of Britain’s most acclaimed designers. After spending most of his childhood in Blackburn, a young and multicultural Hemingway left school with ten O-Levels and four A-Levels. In 1979 he made another inappropriate decision for a future designer and gained a degree in Geography and Town Planning at University College, London.

Alongside his wife Gerardine, Wayne built Red or Dead into a globally-celebrated label and, after 21 consecutive seasons on the catwalk, sold it in a multi-million-pound deal. In 1999, fresh from the sale of Red or Dead, Wayne and Gerardine embarked on a new adventure: HemingwayDesign.

Wayne spent 6 years as a Design Council Trustee Board and having been with CABE for a decade since its inception (as Chair of Building For Life ), has been a Mayors London Leader and currently supports the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan as a Design Advocate. He received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and an Honorary Fellow of Blackburn College, the University of Cumbria and Regents University.

The Hemingway Design Ethos is;

  • We create, we transform and we care about the big stuff.
  • We breathe new life into old concepts, cutting through the ordinary and expected with powerful, visionary design.
  • Our philosophy is to improve the things that matter in life. Could we improve what matters to you?

Hemingway Design has undertaken projects such as

  • The Classic Car Boot Sale – vintage vans serving craft beer, cocktails and street food; a roaming theatre company, dance classes and exquisitely rare show cars provide endless entertainment; and, all the while, our Vintage Festival DJs play a vinyl-only selection of 40s-80s tunes!
  • Anfield, Liverpool – an ambitious regeneration scheme which offers unique opportunities as a place to live, work and play .
  • The Future of Bognor Regis – the campaign aims to change negative perceptions of the resort and relaunch it as one of the UK’s leading destinations.
  • Urban Village Fete – celebrating the best in design, music, art, innovative events and modern craftsmanship.
  • Wayne spent 6 years as a Design Council Trustee Board and having been with CABE for a decade since its inception (as Chair of Building For Life ), has been a Mayors London Leader and currently supports the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan as a Design Advocate He got an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and an Honorary Fellow of Blackburn College, the University of Cumbria and Regents University.
  • Bspoke – a collection of urban cyclists, classic and vintage bicycle enthusiasts, independent makers, designers, traders and creative brands assembling to show, share and sell their work from bikes
  • Unite Office south Quay – interior design and specification of all furnishings for Unite Student’s new Bristol HQ
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Founder at Hemingway Design, Wayne - Londoner #250
Founder at Hemingway Design, Wayne - Londoner #250
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Here 2013: Wayne Hemingway
Here 2013: Wayne Hemingway
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Quality First: Wayne Hemingway
Quality First: Wayne Hemingway
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Wayne Hemingway Interview
Wayne Hemingway Interview
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