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