About Ruth Lawrenson

Ruth Lawrenson provides retail consulting services for designers and makers, independent retail outlets and well-known high street brands. Her retail career spans more than 20 years as a Home Interiors & Seasonal buyer for High street department store House of Fraser & luxury brand Fortnum & Mason where she was involved in the high profile refurbishment & restructure for their Tercentenary.

Highly skilled in product development & curating homeware collections across both hard accessories & textiles, Ruth has worked globally with a vast array of manufacturers and well known brands in the UK, Europe & the Far East.

Using her expertise, Ruth set up her own label having discovered a fair trade weaving workshop in Indonesia, where she championed provenance of product, traceability & source transparency.

Currently running a buying & retail consultancy using her extensive corporate training, Ruth mentors & empowers designer makers and works closely with boutique brands & various sized retailers focusing on brand strategy & creative direction.

We Love Ruth Lawrenson Because…

Ruth takes individual designer makers up a notch into the commercial world. “Ruth is just the most generous and empowering business coach. With Ruth’s help we were able to raise 9k through a Kickstarter campaign, faciliating the creation of a new collection and its launch at a London show.
Ruth’s coaching style is multi-disciplinary and she guided us through a number of hurdles with confidence and ease……..This lady is a one-woman success provider – go see what she does creative people!” Emily Bessant-James, Co-Owner Perrymans Design Studio

More About Ruth Lawrenson

In addition to running her own buying and retail consultancy, Ruth lectures on Retail skills including “Buying and Merchandising for Home and Lifestyle” at the London College of Fashion.