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Wayne Hemingway


Entrepreneur, Designer & Creativity Speaker

Wayne Hemingway is a fashion designer, Founder of Red or Dead, and founder of HemingwayDesign which specialises in sustainable housing and a keynote speaker on creativity.

Wayne left school with ten O-Levels and four A-Levels and went on to gain a degree in Geography and Town Planning at University.

However, his career in fashion began when he started to sell some of his and his girlfriend’s old wardrobes, which were full of handmade and vintage clothing, at a market and it went well.

With his future wife, Wayne built Red or Dead into World Wide label and, after 21 seasons on the catwalk, sold it in a multi-million-pound deal. Soon after Wayne and his wife embarked on HemingwayDesign.

Over the past two decades, HemingwayDesign has delivered many high profile and award-winning affordable new build housing schemes, ‘turned around’ troubled estates, have a string of impactful seaside regeneration projects under their belts and extensive worldwide knowledge of creatively led regeneration, great urban design, and architecture.

Wayne spent six years as a Design Council Trustee Board and having been with Commission for Architecture and Built Environment for a decade since its inception (as Chair of Building For Life ), has been a Mayors London Leader and currently supports the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan as a Design Advocate.

He was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006.


Wayne Hemingway has spoken at events across the UK. Hs topics include –

• Creativity – how it can have social and societal impact
• Red Or Dead – Wayne explores the contrasts and synergies between building Red or Dead in the 80s, before the internet, and building today’s brands using social networking/digital marketing, today’s societal values along with practical and creative leadership techniques.
• Regeneration, Housing, Urban Design, and Architecture