Lydia Rowse

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Q. What was your background before KLC? 
A: I began my working career in the Beauty industry with a Digital Engagement and Communications role at L’Oréal UK. After a year of working in this position for US luxury brand Urban Decay, I decided to look for something more creative and landed a job as Marketing Assistant with L’Oréal’s biggest brand and namesake, L’Oréal Paris.

I played a vital role in a team of 15 that maximised top and bottom line growth on L’Oréal Paris Makeup (est. £120m) and drove the brand to the fastest growing brand in the market in 2018. We also developed key award winning UK campaigns such as #YoursTruly for True Match Foundation and #JustCantGetEnough for Color Riche Lipstick. 

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: My time at L’Oréal was an extremely constructive and beneficial first foray into the working world, but after a few years I found myself hankering after a job that would allow me to explore my creativity further without the restrictions of working for a corporate giant. The potential of interiors first caught my attention during History of Art A Level where I learnt about The Gothic’s use of elongated forms to lead the eye up to heaven, and Classicism’s austerity in the name of rational order and calm logic. 

I was struck by Interior Design’s capacity to induce emotion in the human psyche, and this evolved into a desire to help people live in an environment that allows them to move through the world as comfortably as possible. Because this tied in flawlessly with my love of colour, art and aesthetic, I decided to make the jump…

Q. What did you think of the course?
A: By the end of day one I knew I had made the right decision; the course was informative, congenial, and at times challenging. It felt refreshing, as well as thrilling, to be taking my first steps on a path that is so well suited to my skillset and interests, and one that I hope will part of my life for many years to come.

Q. Where to from here?
A: Although I learnt a great deal at KLC, there is still a lot more to explore and I would relish the opportunity to do this on the job, putting my new skills to the test and allowing me to consolidate my knowledge and develop further. My dream job would allow me to work on projects from concept to completion, but I would very happily spend my time creating technical drawings and visuals as well as sourcing FF&E. I also enjoy meeting people and have strong communication skills so would take pleasure in a client facing role. My strengths lie in self-motivation so a certain degree of autonomy would be desirable. Above all however, I would like to work for a studio who’s designs are unique and forward-thinking and who’s service is top end and specialised. 

STUDY TIP - Throw yourself into the course with all the energy you have; take notes down on everything, make friends with your classmates and support each other, visit all the showrooms you can and introduce yourself to suppliers along the way. Also, cancel any plans because you’re going to be busy! Lydia Rowse