A former Northampton College student who is making waves in the global fashion industry has landed a starring role in a new advert for global technology giant Apple.
Apple’s high-profile ‘Behind The Mac’ campaign features a series of British-based creators, including Samuel Ross – a former graphic design student at Booth Lane and the man behind the in-demand designer label A-COLD-WALL which has been worn by a string of celebrities including basketball legend LeBron James.
Samuel, whose work has recently been shown in Milan, has seen his profile rocket in recent years. He has worked alongside iconic brands such as Nike and Oakley while his own label has become a worldwide hit and regularly worn by celebrities and musicians.
The advert highlights how he uses Apple technology to create eye-catching new designs and sees him feature alongside names such as Game of Thrones star Maisie William, Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and designer Feng Chen Wang.
Speaking to versus.com about his journey to the A-list of fashion, Samuel said: “It’s funny really, as none of my family have a background in fashion at all. They have backgrounds in art and design. My father studied at Central Saint Martins and my mother is a painter. So fortunately, I had a spirit guide into the creative industry.
“Despite growing up in Northampton – quite a working class and impoverished area – my parents always gave me a stake in the ground to push my creativity forward from a very young age.
“When I got to the age of 10 or 11, I did my first work placement in a streetwear store in Northampton, which slowly opened me up to the world of fashion. By the age of 15 or 16, I was selling counterfeit Nike and adidas goods from my bedroom – way before many elements of this current resale culture even existed. I then formed a T-shirt brand at the age of 18.”
Samuel’s time at Northampton College helped shape his ability to create eye-catching designs, and his sister also studied fashion at Booth Lane.
Fashion tutor Rachel Maughan said: “It’s always pleasing to follow the careers of our students and see them enjoy the successes they so richly deserve. Samuel is clearly someone with an eye for design and he has perfectly gauged the demand for modern, urban fashion.
“By starring in this advert for one of the world’s biggest companies it can propel him to even greater heights and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. He has the fashion world at his feet.”
Staff and students at Northampton College have teamed up to produce a children’s book explaining the impact of coronavirus for youngsters attending the on-site nursery at Booth Lane.
With children expected back in nursery from September, and social distancing guidelines still in place, the book aims to explain the measures in simple terms and outline what the youngsters can do to stay safe and healthy.
The book was written by Alexandra Hamblin-Pardon, from the college’s marketing team, and illustrated by student Ellie Lines, who has just completed her Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the College.
It follows the story of a loveable character Little Chum and his friend Chumbelina as they return to nursery after the holidays, having to get to grips with new guidelines around social distancing, ‘bubbles’ and hand washing.
Alex said: “We are always looking at ways of involving students with our work as it gives them vital ‘real-world’ experience and makes them feel a part of the college community. This was the perfect opportunity to make use of the talents of our art students and Ellie has done a fantastic job, nailing the brief and coming up with something the children in the nursery are going to love.
“Little Chum and Chumbelina illustrate the importance of regular handwashing, explain the reasons for social distancing guidelines and spell out in simple terms just what the ‘new normal’ will mean for youngsters in our nursery when they come back in September.
“We want them to understand that coming back to nursery might be a little different, but there is nothing to worry about. We are encouraging good behaviour and improved hygiene habits among the nursery children.”
The illustrated story will be shared digitally with all of the nursery school parents and the book will also feature on a ‘story time’ style video to be shared on the nursery’s private Facebook page. An audio version is also being produced.
The college is planning to use some of the illustrations on separate signage, floor stickers or other marketing materials around the Nursery itself.
A passion for produce, a taste for the very best in fine food and a deep-rooted desire for delicious drinks – Northampton College is on the hunt for the county’s ‘Food Hero’ of 2020.
The college has teamed up with the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards to sponsor this coveted category at the annual celebration, which champions all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.
It is the first time Northampton College has sponsored this award and staff from the much-respected catering department are looking forward to seeing who is crowned this year’s winner.
Head of Catering and Hospitality, Phil Martin, said: “Northamptonshire is home to some incredible food and drink producers and the industry is absolutely buzzing at the minute, with an emerging pool of supremely talented chefs and innovative restaurateurs really putting the county on the culinary map.
“We are fortunate to have a network of people who are so passionate about local food and drink, they champion our county and the work done by all those in the profession. There are some amazing projects popping up all over the county and people are really stepping up to the plate.
“The Food Hero award is open to anyone and it promises to be extremely competitive. I’m expecting to see a lot of entries and a lot of deserving winners. As the ‘college in the community’ it seems a natural fit to be sponsoring this award this year. It’s going to be fascinating to see who comes out on top.”
College students are normally heavily involved in the service of the meal dished up at the awards ceremony but the event is likely to be very different this year, with COVID-19 restrictions potentially meaning the annual celebration could be held remotely for the first time.
Students will definitely be competing for the title of ‘Food and Drink College Student of the Year’- a new award that will celebrate college students from across Northamptonshire who have demonstrated exceptional skills development throughout their learning and who are proud young ambassadors for the sector.
A former Northampton College student, Danny Tompkins, was last year named the winner of the coveted ‘Chef of the Year’ award after fending off the challenge of five other finalists at the cook-off at Booth Lane.
Having spent the first months of lockdown helping to create more than 11,000 meals for NHS staff, Danny has now returned to his role as a private chef, offering to cater for dinner parties in clients’ homes, as well as supplying weekend meat and cheese boxes to order.
For more details of the awards visit www.northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk.
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