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Wayne Hemingway MBE

Designer and Founder of RED OR DEAD United Kingdom

Business Development & StrategyBranding, Marketing & LeadershipResponsible & Ethical BusinessInnovation, Design & CreativityInspirational Personal "Rags to Red or Dead" keynote
Housing & Urban Design


Designer and Founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway started from humble beginnings at Camden Market selling handmade and vintage clothing. It went outrageously well, and the realisation that money could be made from fashion suddenly dawned.

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. And the rest, as they say, is history.

An internationally renowned business, retail and design speaker with strong ethical and social values, Wayne is on the Design Council Trustee Board and the Design Council CABE Committee. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor at The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and a Fellow of Blackburn College and Regents University.

A writer for architectural and housing publications and a TV design commentator, Wayne also judges international design competitions. He holds talks on housing, urban design, education and the creative sector and business. He is involved in charity work for the likes of Noise Festival, The Princes Trust (where he was the inaugural Chairman for an initiative to enable disadvantaged young people to work within the fashion industry), Shelter, Oxfam and Traid.

Key Facts

Countries Performed In

  • 1

Clients Past & Present

  • McDonalds
  • Coca-Cola
  • BBC

Talk Time Duration

  • 45 minutes