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Lab E20

Fashion District Whistle Stop Industry Tour

In collaboration with LCF Graduate Futures

Fashion District is thrilled to share they are teaming up with London College of Fashion’s Graduate Futures to offer LCF Insight students the chance to connect with the London fashion industry.

Insights is part of the University of the Arts London’s outreach programme, which offers young people access to UAL colleges for creative activities and pre-university advice and guidance. If these students then attend a UAL college, they are supported through a variety of programmes organised by college Insight teams.

The Whistle Stop Industry Tour has been designed to give Insight students the chance to understand the different opportunities available for them within the fashion industry. Starting at The Trampery Fish Island Village, the students will be able to view the facilities and meet designers currently based in the studios.

The tour will then include a short walk across the park, where students will have the opportunity to learn more about Fashion District from the team, ending at The Lab E20, East Village’s new flagship for experiential retail, cultural exhibition and creative workspace, with a focus on positive fashion and sustainable living.

At The Lab, students will have the opportunity to hear personal stories of career journeys from innovators in the industry, Bianca Foley, Ngoni Chikwenengere and Shope Delano, who will share their personal stories as well as tips and tricks learned along the way.

After the talk, students will be able to browse a cultural exhibition exploring sustainability and fashion, created by Fashion Open Studio, which will be hosted at The Lab E20.

Meet the Speakers

Ngoni Chikwenengere – We Are KIN

A fashion designer, sustainability and lifestyle blogger and founder of ethical clothing brand, We Are KIN. After graduating from university, Ngoni worked for various luxury fashion houses before starting her own inclusive slow fashion womenswear label, we are KIN. Timeless and endlessly wearable garments are created from end-of-line fabrics in a local factory in Bow, East London and shipped around the world to women of all ages and sizes.

Bianca Foley – Sustainably Influenced

Bianca is a sustainability & style content creator, whose journey began in 2012. She has worked with many brands, including Kitri, NIKE, Lily & Lionel and Label/Mix and has been featured in publications such as Women & Home, WhoWhatWear and was featured in ITV news series called #FastFashion. Over the years, her love of fashion has evolved into a mission to encourage others to shop more ethically and to reduce their consumption where they can! She co-hosts the podcast Sustainably Influenced with Charlotte Williams where they discuss how to make ethical lifestyle choices and encourage their listeners to be more sustainable in all aspects of daily life.

Shope Delano – Kind Regards

A business entrepreneur within branding, communication, and marketing, with consultancy across from start up to scale up businesses within B2B, B2C and venture capital funds. Shope gained fashion industry exposure by working with ASOS in 2010 as a content creator before branching into the world of branding, content strategy, e-commerce, tech, and sustainability. She has launched and is currently managing a consultancy business and womenswear apparel brand, Kind Regards, from the succession of a viral open letter viewed by 100,000 people.