After 30 years in the British fashion industry, Sue is delighted to be designing stylish clothing that reflects the practical needs of busy women who still want to feel sexy and confident. She is inspired by quality fabric, textures and shapes that will translate into effortlessly wearable pieces - “It is what I dream of when creating every range.”
The Designer behind the label, Sue O'Kane.
Sue has clothing in her DNA as she is a 3rd generation fashion maker and designer. Her grandfather manufactured Kilts in Scotland and her father manufactured men's and ladies wear for: Daks Simpson - Piccadilly, Burton The Tailors, Aquascutum - Regent Street London.
Continuing the tradition Sue became a qualified fashion designer and garment constructor while living in the UK. Her exceptional skills have seen her design for many of the High Street Stores in London such as Laura Ashley, Marks and Spencer, Next and Ted Baker to name a few.
She has also lectured in fashion at Newcastle College passing on her manufacturing and selling knowledge to her fashion students. Giving them the business angle of the modern fashion industry with its tight deadlines and high customer expectations. Sue then went onto start her own Men's Shirt design in ’93 company called Kowalski Limited Edition supplying independent Men's Wear stores around the UK.
After the birth of her child, Sue then took up a commercial role at Dewhirts International clothing business as a buyer with a budget of over three $3m and with the responsibility of delivering high-quality products at a cost-effective price.
After 30+ years in the fashion industry, she now is excited to have the opportunity to design stylish clothing that reflects the practical needs of real woman whilst still making them feel sexy and confident… Lemon Tree Design was formed!