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Biography: Wayne Hemingway

Wayne Hemingway


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"Wayne was a wonderful asset to the conference. During the day I was asking why they attended and he featured as a draw card every time. He resonates with our members and their style very well, plus he has the credibility. I am looking forward to enough time passing for us to invite him back. He received a rapturous applause at the end and really did a great job."
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Wayne Hemingway, one of the UK's leading business figures, is co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign.

With deeply insightful and perfectly honed business skills, Wayne offers audiences insights into entrepreneurship, creativity and moving onto new challenges, in his keynote speeches. With experiences that are as inspirational as they are entertaining, Wayne’s charisma and acumen leave audiences fulfilled and galvanised to make positive change.

Wayne’s offbeat upbringing (his dad is Billy Two Rivers, a Mohawk Indian wrestling champion, left the family when Wayne was 3, and his mother was a stylish fashion guru who dressed him eccentrically) created an affiliation with the ‘unusual’ – specifically fashion and design.

His no-nonsense Northern directness, partnered with his kooky punk style, encapsulates a rare and instinctive working ethos, and an unshakeable work ideology, all contribute to the enormous success of Red or Dead’s controversially playful street style.

"Excellent presenter. Told his story in an engaging, informative and entertaining way and scored top marks in customer feedback."
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Starting out at a second hand fashion stall in Camden market and achieving every fashion designer’s dream of selling his company in a multi-million pound deal in 1999, Wayne created one of the strongest British brands of the 90s. 

HemingwayDesign has also been successful as a creator of affordable low-cost housing. Wayne had studied Geography and Town Planning at University College London but had no experience of the construction industry. Working with house builder Wimpey in 2005 he created the Staithes South Bank, an 800-unit development In Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. This was the first in a series of award-winning building projects that includes: Dartford, Manchester, Maidenhead, Bournemouth, King's Lynn, Skelmersdale and Whitehaven. HemingwayDesign extends into interior design and has been involved in some notable projects including the former 2012 Athletes’ Village, Flat 130 Balfron Tower and The Institute of Directors to name a few.

HemingwayDesign, marketing arm HemingwayDigital work with an impressive lists of brands that include: The National Trust, Coca Cola, John Lewis Partnership, B&Q, Sainsbury's, Sky TV, Sony, The Royal Mail, CafeDirect, Hush Puppies, DC Thompson, G Plan and The Caravan Club. HemingwayDigital is also able to offer graphic design work and branding expertise to transform corporate identities ‘that strike at the heart of the customer base’.

Wayne insists that his main motivation is to change things and to leave a legacy. He has done just that first in the fashion world and now with development projects across Lancashire, the North and in London.
Wayne is on the Design Council Trustee Board and the Design Council CABE Committee.

Speaking Topics

  • Entrepreneurial / Business Start Ups
  • Housing and Urban Design and Architecture
  • Design

For further information or to book Wayne Hemingway for a corporate event, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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