She lives in Endcliffe Park, but her contacts span the entire fashion globe.
And after 19 years at the top, creating for major brands like Topshop, Fred Perry and Superdry, designer Michelle Mullins is calling in the favours as she prepares to launch her own label.
Those friends in high fashion places mean Michelle has been able to have prints designed by the woman who creates for the likes of Vera Wang and made by the Indian manufacturers who work with fair trade fashion pioneer People Tree and the home and fashion brand Anthropologie.
Her label, English Girl, a glamorous, young at heart party brand with global influences, launches in March with a 40-piece Balearic rock chic collection.
“We intend to own the night with our statement party pieces,” says the former Head of Design at Boxfresh, who during her time with Topshop created a jacket the chainstore made 180,000 of and repeated season after season.
Michelle, who is ex Parkwood College, has a degree in fashion and textiles and got her first job in London with Maharishi, the niche brand which went global with its harem pants and combat trousers.
Motherhood brought her back to Sheffield in 2010 and her label is inspired by the stylish English character in U.S. TV series Girls. Daughter Maisy Bee is also an influence. “A bumble bee is our logo. It pops up on prints, including the unique Chatsworth Acid paisley at the heart of the brand,” says Michelle. “I worked with a top textile designer for two months to create it and named it after Chatsworth House. The Acid House dance culture’s smiley face is woven into the design, along with a nod to Sheffield - the Forgemasters rose emblem.”