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Kathryn Dowson

Senior Account Manager

Senior account manager, Kathryn, is amongst our most well-travelled employees having lived in London, Sydney, New York and now the somewhat more rural delights of Cheltenham. Originally from Dorset, Kathryn achieved a first-class honours degree at the London College of Fashion, sending her on a career path that’s encompassed high profile brands such as Escada, Valentino, alice McCALL, Jimmy Choo, and Hugo Boss (through various agencies).

A spell as in house marketing manager at Safilo Group, a global leader in luxury eyewear, was followed by her personal career highlight (before joining Pic, obvs) as Marketing Manager for the Personal Shopping Services at Harrods.

Over three years, Kathryn was responsible for developing marketing opportunities for Harrods' top trading brands within personal shopping, such as Dior, D&G, Prada, Roland Moret, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef and Arpels, while she also completed three major in-store refurbishment projects within Personal Shopping.

With family commitments seeing her move to Cheltenham, Kathryn was then marketing manager and in-house PR manager at SLG, a beauty brand specialist, where highlights included projects for Zoella Beauty, Tanya Burr Cosmetics and more. Hotfooting it to New York for a period, she enjoyed a career break, before returning to the UK in 2020, where having initially launched a small business – Sweater Gang – she then seamlessly joined Pic’s account management team.

Having been married for ten years and a mother of two little girls, Karthryn’s downtime is very much family focused – with country walks and Cotswold pub lunches a weekend staple. When not knee deep in ale (jokes, Kathryn is ever so slightly more refined than that – think Napa Valley wines), she’s – as you can probably tell from her career history – a fan of travelling, especially in the US, where she’s spent many a summer in California, with winter breaks in Colorado seeing her party with the likes of Heidi Klum and Seal.

When it comes to her many other celebrity encounters though, Kathryn is very tight lipped. What goes on in Harrods’ private shopping department, after all, stays in Harrods’ private shopping department.

Favourite Pic Up Line (heard, but hopefully not used): 

“You look good in that shirt, but you'd look better with it off.”

 

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