Wolverhampton School of Art

Mr Michael Rutley

Senior Lecturer – Fashion & Textiles

Michael Rutley
Email address: M.Rutley@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322 266 Location: MK102 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Fashion & Textiles


An experienced senior fashion professional with proven product and business management expertise in retail, supply and international brand environments. A driven individual with substantial creative, commercial, leadership and management skills reflected in a successful career progression. I am now enthusiastically applying and developing my wealth of knowledge, experience and skills in the clothing, accessories and home furnishings industries to a full-time lecturing role at The University of Wolverhampton.


London College of Fashion

Clothing Management, awarded Jarvis Bronze Medal (3rd best result nationwide)

Experience in industry

University of Wolverhampton

Lecturer, Fashion

Fashion Retail Academy

Course leader, Merchandising
Lecturer, Buying and Merchandising

Photograph/Harvest Group LTD

Head of Tailoring and Separates
Responsible for establishing the company’s first ladies dresses and separates fashion division, covering tailoring, soft separates and casual wear

BIR Associates LTD

Company Director
Responsible for successfully setting up and growing the company from its inception across ladies, men’s and children’s fashion clothing

NV Production LTD      

Mens and boys divisional manager
Responsible for leading a fashion product division and controlling all aspects of order management, including design, sales, production, quality and merchandising

Laura Ashley

JDA Implementation Team                                                                            
Buying, Merchandising and Home Shopping manager (fashion and home furnishings) within the team responsible for the introduction and implementation of a new, fully integrated software system to control all aspects of company-wide business management

Tango Fashions Trading LTD

Sales Manager                                                                 
Responsible for the management of a fashion sales team with the prime purpose of establishing and developing new business accounts

Racing Green

Fashion Buying Controller: All product areas women’s, menswear and accessories

Laura Ashley

Garment Design Director: All garment/accessories, women’s and children’s wear
Merchandise Manager: All Garments/Accessories and Home Furnishings (fabric / wallpaper / furniture / secondary and gift)
Senior Buyer: Women’s & Children’s: Accessories / Jersey wear / Knitwear
Buyer: Women’s Woven Separates

Evans LTD (Arcadia Group)

Buyer: Co-ordinates