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Come to the launch of our new Innovation Challenge: Manufacturing Futures 2024

Thursday 8 Feb | 18:00 – 20:30
The Ballroom, The Trampery, 239 Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our next innovation challenge Manufacturing Futures 2024, hosted in partnership with The Trampery, a purpose-led enterprise providing workspace, training and management for London’s trailblazing businesses. Join us on 8th February to find out more about next year’s challenge, hear from leading figures in fashion sustainability, and network with London’s fashion, tech and innovation communities.

To help us launch the challenge, we’ll be hearing from Lauren Bartley, Chief Sustainability Officer at GANNI and Jen Keane, CEO of Modern Synthesis, one of our Manufacturing Futures 2021 winners. Lauren will present a keynote on embedding innovative sustainable solutions into a large brand, followed by a discussion with Jen about how the GANNI x Modern Synthesis partnership came about.

Afterwards, we’ll launch next year’s challenge brief, followed by a ‘meet the judges’ panel, where attendees will get the opportunity to learn more about our judges and find out their criteria for selecting the winners. The evening will conclude with networking, drinks and nibbles.


  • 6:00pm – Drinks and canapés
  • 6:30pm – Welcome and intro by Helen Lax, Director of Fashion District
  • 6:35pm – Keynote speech with Lauren Bartley (GANNI) and Jen Keane (Modern Synthesis)
  • 7:05pm – Introduction to Manufacturing Futures 2024
  • 7:20pm – Meet the Judges
  • 7:35pm – Q&A
  • 7:45pm – Wrap up and close
  • 7:50pm – Networking and drinks

About The Challenge

Fashion District’s annual Innovation Challenges are designed to find solutions to current industry issues, while supporting new innovations and SMEs. Next year, we’re running our second ‘Manufacturing Futures’ challenge, to support technological innovations and sustainable solutions which are solving any of the complex fashion manufacturing challenges facing the industry. This could include anything from:

  • Materials innovation
  • Digital innovation
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Waste management
  • Supply-chain and logistics
  • Transparency and traceability
  • Circular economy
  • End-of-use

We also seek to encourage tech solutions, perhaps from other sectors, that could be applied to fashion manufacturing and create interdisciplinary connections between technologists and engineers, and fashion creatives and manufacturers.

Applicants will be in with the chance of winning cash prizes, business support, and the opportunity to pitch to some of the industry’s leading brands and innovators.


Manufacturing Futures 2024 brings together high-profile fashion, technology and sustainability experts committed to supporting the next wave of innovation. Come along to the launch to hear from our esteemed judging panel, including:

  • UKFT (Adam Mansell, CEO)
  • Selfridges (Ella Gould, Head of Sustainability and Innovation)
  • Alexander McQueen (Gillian Lipton, Sustainability Director)
  • Fashion Innovation Agency (Matthew Drinkwater, Head of FIA at UAL: London College of Fashion)
  • PANGAIA (Chelsea Franklin, Head of Advanced Concept Design)

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