Justine TABAK

Freelance Creative Director | L.K. BENNETT

I’m Founder and Creative Director of my own eponymous sustainable clothing brand. I’m also a creative consultant for fashion and design companies working as CD and Design Director for Boden for many years and Head of Design for LK Bennett amongst others. With a background in fashion design, my experience has covered concept, product, photography, brand, content and basically anything visual!

questionnaire

1. What was your very first job? What does it feel like to look back at it now?  

After studying fashion at the RCA, I headed straight to Italy where I worked for Fendi for four years. I couldn’t speak a word of Italian and had never visited Rome. With just a block of paper, pencils and Pinterest, inspiration was the color of the city, art and sculpture, opera, markets and the craft of a team of artisan pattern makers. It taught me that creativity was everywhere and in this 'instant world’ how important it was to make beautiful considered choices.  

 2. Please describe, in your own words, what your current job is and what work it entails. 

 In 2016, I set up my own independent clothing label, made locally and sustainably. As founder, my job is a mix of creative strategy, design, art direction and marketing (I’d put designer first?). As a creative freelancer, I’m also currently working with L K Bennett to create a new brand vision and lead the product and creative teams, it’s about setting the scene for all the creative teams to work as one, from collection concepts to customer facing imagery. 

 3. How did you discover that the creative world is right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? Which train of events did bring you to where you are today?

I was always surrounded by creativity, my dad a graphic artist and my mum a painter. They were collectors of modern art and ephemera. I spent my childhood making and selling stuff and my oldest friend still has a birthday top I made her when she was ten. My teenage rebellion was ‘not to be creative’ and study nursing but somehow, I gravitated back to my artistic roots and embarked on an art foundation course. After studying Fashion and Textiles I journeyed through fashion companies from catwalk to high street, but I was always interested in the blurred boundaries of design, photography and how brands expressed themselves through every touch point. Product, image and words. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some incredible British brands from their early stages so grew and influenced their success. When creating my own brand, this holistic experience and approach has been invaluable. 

 4. In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how and where do you usually find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?

All the obvious - art galleries, cinema, books, travel. I spend way too much time at vintage markets and scouring eBay. Instagram has become the new visual encyclopedia. 

5. If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, especially for the creative work and innovation it required rather than its recognition or industry success, what would it be?

I’m proud to have started my own brand. It’s been incredibly hard work but an amazing feeling to have created something from scratch. It’s been a great opportunity to get back to those inner creative roots, formulate your own way of working and express your own style. As part of an independent sustainable model, it’s been great to look at new working practices, shake up traditional ways of selling and allows the creative freedom of working on a smaller scale.

 

jury

Angela AFFINITA
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Balwant AHIRA
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Nil AKKURT
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Anna AKOPYAN
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Lee ALDRIDGE
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Paula Amaral
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Zamir ANTONIO
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Julia ARENSON
Head of Creative Production | VCCPBLUE
Ian ARMSTRONG
Global Head of Advertising | JAGUAR LAND ROVER
Marga ARROM BIBILONI
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Angela ASIEDUA
Head of Brand Marketing | RIVER ISLAND
Daniel ATKINSON
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Rosie BARDALES
Chief Creative Director & Partner | BETC LONDON
Elen BARNES
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Constance BARNWELL
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Noah BERNARD
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Jim BLETSAS
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Karen BLOOM
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Chris BOOTH
Head of Design | LEGO
Phil BOSHER
Head of Design | LEO BURNETT
Karen BOSWELL
Head of Innovations | ADAM&EVE DDB
Jeff BOWERMAN
Creative Vice President | BEAMLY
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Daniel BROOKS
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Rob BROWN
Executive Creative Director | MCCANN Worldgroup
Christophe BRUMBY
Senior Creative Strategist | AMPLIFY
Dino BURBIDGE
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Charlotte BUTLER
Head of Creative | MTV
Gabriel BUTLER
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Alistair CAMPBELL
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Sam CARTMELL
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Executive Creative Director | THE GATE LONDON
Jon CLEAVE
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Ben COLE
Head of Art Buying | VCCP
Conor CRONIN
Head of Visuals | STELLA McCARTNEY
Hazel CROSS
Dir. of Communications | HOLLAND AND HOLLAND
Neale DAWN
Ass. Dir. of Creative Serv. | BODEN
Johanna DELLA-RAGIONE
Dir. of Content & Brand Partnerships | EASTMAN KODAK
Suzanne DONALDSON
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Aine DONOVAN
Head of Art Buying | BBH
Haley DUHOLKE
Sr. Brand Mkg Coordinator | STELLA McCARTNEY
Pascal DUVAL
Head of Creative | ASOS
Alexa EASTERBY
Head of Creative Production | TK MAXX
Abi ELLIS
Executive Creative Director | WUNDERMAN
Gary FAWCETT
Executive Creative Director | TBWA MANCHESTER
Andy FOWLER
ECD, Founder | BROTHERS & SISTERS
Head of Marketing, UK | RIOT GAMES
Debra GERRARD
Creative Director | LEGO
Claire GIBBON
Director of Creative Services | J P BODEN
Wandjina GLASHEEN- BROWN
Global Creative Director | JO MALONE
Nieal GREWAL
Beauty Design Director | UNILEVER
Tyrone HANNICK
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Voice Technologist | SIREN VOICE
Tom HIND
Head of Photography | BBC WORLDWIDE
Ross HOPCRAFT
Creative Director | BISQIT
Ed HORNBY
Head of Digital | VCCP
Kathy HOWES
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Lu HOWLETT
Head of Art Buying | IRIS WORLDWIDE
Karen HU
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Zara INESON
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Michael ISKAS
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Chief Creative Officer | MADE.COM
Claudia JAEH
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Martin JASKOLOWSKI
Head of Digital | CHIVAS REGAL
Tim JONES
Creative Director | BBC CREATIVE
Rasha KAHIL
Creative Director | BARBARA
Diane KAPLAN
Brand & Marketing Director | ORLA KIELY
Rosarie KING
Head of Creative | HOBBS
Mary Claire KIRWAN
Creative Director | LIPSY
Toby LAMB
Design & Brand Director | RICHARD JAMES
Giles LAMBERT
Creative Director | DOVE
Creative Director & Designer | SAINSBURY'S
Andre 'Dedé' LAURENTINO
CCO & Global ECD on Dove | OGILVY
Andre LE MASURIER
Executive Creative Dir. | GOOGLE BRAND STUDIO
Nicole LE-SURF
Sr Mgr Creative Services | STELLA McCARTNEY
Stephen LEDGER-LOMAS
Head of Production | BBH
Zoe LINES
Lead Campaign Creative | TED BAKER
Tracy MACASSEY
Head of Film | BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Amanda MACBETH
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Al MacCUISH
Chief Creative Officer | THE SUNSHINE COMPANY
Charlie MacPHERSON
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Leo MARKS
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Head of TV | MOTHER
Alex MATHIESON
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Greg McALINDEN
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James MILLER
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Creative Director | BRAVE
Daniel MOOREY
Head of Photography & Illustration | ADAM&EVEDDB
Sophie MORE
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Alan MORRICE
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Head of Film | GTB
Creative Head | CAMELOT GROUP
Group CD, Head of Visual Design | R/GA
VP Creative | SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Ben PALMER
Creative Director | MR PORTER
Erasmo PALOMBA
Head of Art Buying | WIRZ
Ricky PARTNER
Global Head of Creative Serv. | THE BODY SHOP
Shaheed PEERA
Executive Creative Director | PUBLICIS
Ian PENDLETON
Creative Director & Co-founder | SHOW MEDIA
Ross PLUMMER
Group Production Director | R/GA
Rowena RATNAM
Marketing Director / Brand Consultant
Simon RICHINGS
Executive Creative Partner | ANALOGFOLK
Giles RITCHIE
Global Marketing Manager | BACARDI
Fabio RUFFET
Creative Excellence Director | BACARDI
Anna RUSSELL
National Brand & Retail Marketing Lead | AUDI
Eric SAMPERS
Global Brand Director | PERNOD RICARD
Eric SCHOEFFLER
Chief Creative Officer Germany | HAVAS
Tracy SEDINO
Art Director | LINDA FARROW
Silvia SELLA
Head of Activation Design | MULLENLOWE
Harry SHAW
Global Creative Director | GREY GROUP EMEA
Head of TV | THE SUNSHINE COMPANY
Francesca SIELER
Marketing Director | LULU GUINNESS
Laurent SIMON
Executive Creative Director | BBC CREATIVE
Eimear SINNOTT
Head of Brand & Mkg | HOUSE OF FRASER
Mark SLAUGHTER
UK Marketing Director | UBISOFT
Sam SOUTHEY
Vice President Creative Excellence | COTY
Angela SUMMERS
Creative Director | HOTEL CHOCOLAT
Digital Creative Director | SUPERUNION
Justine TABAK
Freelance Creative Director | L.K. BENNETT
Alex TALIKOWSKI
Head of Design & Activation | WCRS
Lee TAN
Executive Creative Director | MCCANN Worldgroup
Julie THYMANN
Head of Art | MOTHER
Martin James TICKNER
Art Director | LOVE MAGAZINE
Andrew TILLER
Creative Director | DJA
Steve WALLINGTON
Head of Brand Creative | HACKETT
Katrina WARD-SMITH
Dir. of Brand and Mkg Comms | HUTCHISON 3
James WARNER
Creative Director | URBAN OUTFITTERS
Laura-Jane WATSON
Creative Brand Manager | PRIMARK
Portia WEBB
Picture Editor | THE TIMES
Brand Manager | CREATIVE ASSEMBLY
Anica WISLAWSKI
Group Senior Head of Creative | NEW LOOK
Duncan WOODS
Sr. Creative Brand Manager | KAREN MILLEN
Bob WORKMAN
Sr VP Brand Partnerships | WARNER MUSIC
Tatiana ZHEREBKINA
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