On July 26th, creative workspace specialist The Trampery and the Fashion District held a studio preview and launch event for applications to be one of the first 23 residents of the fashion studios at Fish Island Village.
The project aims to bring together London’s hottest fashion businesses, ranging from luxury labels to disruptive software platforms, and provide everything needed to help them grow. Running alongside the canal in Hackney Wick, the 50,000 sq ft campus is perfectly in located one of London’s most important hotspots for the creative industries, offering fast transport links and the vast creative community that east London offers.
Charles Armstrong, Founder & CEO of The Trampery, said: “Fashion is emerging as one of London’s most important sectors. It thrives on the city’s diversity, creativity and inter-connectedness with the world. With The Trampery Fish Island Village we’re taking the vision to the next level, creating an amazing new campus for fashion innovators. Through Fashion District we’re also part of a much greater endeavour to turbo-charge London’s fashion economy. I hope fashion labels and startups of all kinds will submit applications and join us on this great adventure.”
The campus comprises of 11 buildings over 6 acres, and features high-spec studios, a fully-equipped sampling suite, a co-working facility, a members lounge plus venues for sample sales and catwalk shows. A range of on-site business support and advisory services will be available free of charge to businesses, made possible by funding from the London Legacy Development Corporation. Across the entire site 25 percent of the studios will be prioritised for people from under-represented communities including ethnic minorities and disabled entrepreneurs.
The project has also received support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Mayor of London, and is a part of the Fashion District. Frances Corner, Chair of Fashion District and Head of London College of Fashion (UAL), said: “A vital facility within the Fashion District, the studios at The Trampery Fish Island Village are a real opportunity for talented designers to flourish inspired by the creativity of Hackney Wick. Housed within purpose built studios and with access to practical business support, they will have great conditions in which to create their best work and expand their labels. In 2022, London College of Fashion UAL will be just a stone’s throw away as part of the Mayor’s East Bank vision on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Together, this will create a hotbed of fashion innovation that will bring opportunities to learn and work, attracting new businesses, supporting local people and growing our industry.”
The wider Fish Island Village scheme is a unique collaboration between social housing provider Peabody, The Trampery, and top 20 UK housebuilder Hill. Interested high-growth fashion businesses can apply online at: thetrampery.com/fishislandvillage