One of the UK's leading creative talents in the areas of curating, textile artist, mentor and art director, Lee Lapthorne has been selected as the new artist in residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust here in Stratford upon Avon, where he has created two unique sofas for the Trust.  'The Bard's Rest' is currently being shown at Hall's Croft, and 'The Love Settle' can be enjoyed in the gardens of Anne Hathaway's cottage.   The Stratford Gallery is absolutely delighted to be showing Lee's first hand built works in porcelain, reflecting the works of Shakespeare, as part of his cultural engagement with the town. 

Lee's success stems from his unprecedented drive and unique approach to his art. Effortlessly shifting energy from working in partnership with brands and clients creating a backdrop and a concept from which to showcase their work, to his pivotal role leading the team at On|Off, on the search for the next big thing. This is all really second nature to Lapthorne.


Through the years Lee Lapthorne has collaborated with talents such as Rankin, Groove Armada, and most recently, Haris Nukem, as well as producing over 300 shows globally for the likes of Peter Pilotto, J.W. Anderson, Roksanda Ilincic, Gareth Pugh and Gucci, among many more.


1998        Lee Lapthorne completes his MA in textiles awarded with a distinction.


1999 – 2002    Lee produces various art textiles pieces for St Giles Barbican, PACA, Gloucester Cathedral, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Bull Ring development.


2003         Launched pioneering company On|Off, which bridged the gap             between on and off schedule designers. Since its launch, On|Off was         the first event of its kind to have won the Cool Brands Award 2012/13         and attracted some of the most exciting international fashion             designers and, in most cases, offered these designers their first             international platform.


        Lapthorne set up award-winning event production and creative             agency, doll. The company specialises in innovative, multi-platform         brand experiences.


2003        Lee becomes the MA fashion and Textile course director at UCE


2006        On|Off hosts Gareth Pugh’s first solo show at LFW.


2007        Lee selects J.W Anderson to showcase in On|Off Presents at the

        Royal Academy of Arts


2007        On|Off produces Peter Pilotto’s first solo show off schedule during



2007         Lapthorne commissions Japanese artist and photographer Izima

        Kaoru to photograph Erin O’Connor


2009    Awarded the Exhibition Feature Area of the Year by the AEO Awards (Association of Event Organisers) for the Clothes Show Live.


2009        Mentoring Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts on the launch of her             make-up range Dainty Doll.


2009        Took on the role of external examiner at Central Saint Martins for BA         print.  A role, which lasted four years.


2009        On|Off supports and hosts Pam Hogg’s comeback show during LFW


2010        Launches his self-named fashion accessories range, which is already         popular with celebrities such as Jessie J and Paloma Faith since its         exclusive launch with Harvey Nichols.


2010        Lapthorne supports Roksanda IIincic at On|Off.


2010        Lapthorne works with Jessie J, getting her featured at the ‘Westfield’s         Greatest’ fashion showcase, Britains next top model live & Paris             Fashion Week.


2011        Produced the European events for the re-branding of CK One.


2011        Lee sets up Dig the New Breed with Rankin and Tuuli to support new         media talent


2012        Wins Best Live Event at the Association of Event Organisers after             being selected by Land Rover to launch their new Evoque car in the         UK.


2012        Lapthorne and On|Off celebrate the career of Zandra Rhodes, during

        Paris Fashion Week, with archive showcase.


2013         Consultant of make-up range Beautiful Movements and Pussycat             Doll Kimberly Wyatt.


2013        Lee launches the world’s largest shoe department store for the             Chalhoub Group named, Level Shoe District. (based in Dubai).


2014        Lee produces showcase for Todd Lynn featuring Wolf Alice and             Slaves


2014    On top of running two businesses, Lapthorne is selected as a visiting lecturer at the London College of Fashion, The University of the Creative Arts and Birmingham City University.


2015         On|Off relaunches with a 2 minute film directed by Lapthorne to             Showcase international talent, shown exclusively on iD Magazine.


2015        Lee is a judge and panelist for the International Fashion Showcase         during London Fashion Week alongside Sarah Mower for the British         Fashion Council and British Council, advisor for Istanbul’s Incube             Designer Programme.


2015        Lee is appointed Practitioner in Residence for the Media School at         London College of Communications.


2015        On|Off comes back to London, showcasing the talent of more than 40         designers at its new venue in the heart of Soho – The Vinyl Factory.


2015        Lapthorne commissions Rankin to produce a preview of forthcoming         collections at On|Off.  Resulting images adorn the pages of Vogue,

        The Hunger & Wonderland.


2015    doll merges with Premier Comms, London, with Lee as Creative Director.


2016        On|Off continues the list of ‘firsts’ momentum by adding a live shoot to

the On|Off Presents runway format.  This was live streamed via Dazed Digital side by side with the live event. Lee also launches On|Off Tomorrows Talent to support international MA graduates


2016        On|Off collaborates with Bip Ling to create an exclusive digital             campaign, which featured across BBC Worldwide & Volt Magazine.

        Bip also stars in the On|Off Presents show, with event being             broadcast live across Dazed Digital, as well as NOW Fashion,

        Wallstreet Journal & Video Fashion plus extensive social media


2016    Lee celebrates 15 years consulting for Cotton USA managing their designer sponsorship programme supporting designers such as Preen, Richard Nicoll, PPQ, Louise Gray, Palmer//Harding and Faustine Steinmetz


2016     Lee launches bespoke furniture fabrics whilst continuing to champion new emerging design talent through On|Off during London Fashion Week and becomes a freelance consultant 

2016     Birmingham City University awards Lee ‘Alumni of the Year’

2017     On|Off becomes an official “On Schedule” London Fashion Week showcase

2017     Visiting lecturer at Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins and Westminster University. Advisory board Member at Ravensbourne.

2018         On|Off Showcases catwalk in the official London Fashion Week             venue.


2018         Aisso Athens flagship store opens to support Greek Talents with Lee’s         consultation.


2018         Artist in residence at The Shakespeare’s Birth Trust.


2019         Appointed Programme Director Fashion at Ravensbourne University London


“One of the most important people in fashion production and design” Design Week


“Lapthorne’s talent for realising potential “next big things” in fashion is always spot on.” Wonderland Magazine


“On|Off provides an excellent platform and support structure for young designers through its showcasing during London Fashion Week” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London