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Rachel Heller

Hi, I'm Rachel.  With over 20 years of experience in retail, buying and design, I am a consultant and the founder of Strut Studio, a bespoke Buying, Design and Brand Consultancy dedicated to supporting retailers, designers and brands of all sizes to elevate their businesses with unique and innovative Footwear, Bags and Accessories ranges.

Rachel Heller Footwear Consultant

As a Footwear, Bags and Accessories specialist, unique in that I have worked across Women's Men's and Kids and managed buyers, designers, merchandisers and technologists, I have personally built brands and developed strategies for key industry players in the UK, Europe, USA and Middle East. I have launched thousands of products, managed multi-million pound departments, led businesses in turn around and developed high performing teams.

I am extremely passionate about innovative product development, brand creation, and trend forecasting, offering support to my clients through a collaborative and hands-on approach. With an extensive network of industry contacts, I work closely with them to leverage resources that meet my clients' diverse requirements.

I am dedicated to sustainable sourcing solutions and circularity, providing clients with guidance on environmentally and socially responsible strategies. Through ongoing global communication with partner factories, I ensure my clients have access to cutting-edge materials and processes that align with their sustainability goals. Personally, I am dedicated to continuous research in this rapidly changing area, ensuring I can offer the latest advice to empower my clients.

Whether you are a new brand looking to establish yourself in the exciting world of footwear, bags and accessories, an established brand needing some expert guidance, or a clothing brand launching a footwear collection for the first time, I have the skills and experience to help you achieve your vision and would love to collaborate with and support you. 

I have had the privilege of knowing Rachel in the footwear industry for many years, and I can confidently say that she is a consummate professional and an expert in her field. Rachel is not only incredibly knowledgeable about Fashion, Retail and Footwear, but also has a unique ability to collaborate effectively with suppliers. Her respect for those she works with is evident in the strong and productive relationships she has cultivated over the years. What sets her apart is her exceptional leadership. She leads her team with a combination of compassion and strategic direction and her colleagues look up to her as a role model. She is widely regarded as an expert, and it's a reputation she has rightfully earned through her dedication and consistent, high-quality work. I have always found Rachel to be a highly capable professional who not only excels in her role but also elevates those around her.

Mark Buller, Novi General Manager

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