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Join the Business of Textiles of Fashion, Textiles & Technology Partnership Network

Join the BFTT Network and have your say shaping the future sustainable development of the fashion industry. The Business of Fashion, Textiles & Technology Partnership, is one of 9 Creative Industries Clusters and 1 Policy and Evidence Centre which the government is investing £80m into new creative R&D partnerships. In partnership with the UK Industrial Strategy, BFTT have launched a nationwide survey and looking for business owners/founders up and down the country working in all aspects of fashion – from workspace providers to womenswear; museums to materials; agriculture to advertising and beyond to take part.

By completing the survey, responders will inform research and join the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) network. The network will be the first to hear about important rounds of R&D funding, gain exclusive access to the report findings, and partnership events.

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFTT2019

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APPLY NOW: DeFINE Fashion-Tech Mentoring Programme

DeFINE is thrilled to announce the launch of applications for the 8 month Mentoring Programme, designed for fashion-tech start-ups and SMEs.
We are focused on helping you develop your innovative ideas and improve your innovation management practices. We will provide you with 80 hours of mentoring support, to guide you through the innovation process. By the end of the mentoring programme, you should have a prototype or proof of concept of a new product, process or new business model.

Deadline: 15th August, 2019

Apply at https://define-network.eu/get-involved/apply-for-mentoring/

SPACE: Free Studio Space & Business Support for UAL/CFE Alumni at Poplar Works!


Poplar Works is a new space within the Fashion District, will be a new home for East London’s fashion economy. The exciting new development on 384 Abbott Road, Poplar, E14 0UX will co-locate workspace, manufacturing and education facilities, and is a partnership between Poplar HARCA, London College of Fashion, UAL and the Trampery.

Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), London’s pioneering fashion and fashion tech business incubator and part of London College of Fashion, UAL, in collaboration with award-winning Poplar HARCA, are opening applications for eight brand new solo and shared studio spaces, which will become available for emerging SME fashion and fashion tech businesses from Autumn 2019.

Over 30% of London’s fashion SMEs are based in East London and over the last 15 years CFE have supported many of them. Building on their expertise, they seek to develop a new model of fashion business support, and curate a community of businesses committed to innovative practices and collaboration at the new studios.

Visit CFE to apply for up to two years studio space, with business support, Up to two years free studio space, business support, business support, executive coaching and more.

Deadline to apply: 28 July 2019, 11.59pm

INCREDIBLE GIRLS OF THE FUTURE: YOOX-NET-A-PORTER COMPETITION

PORTER and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP believe in a world where everyone can reach their potential without barriers, and now want to inspire more Incredible Girls to become the creators of the future.

If you’re aged 16-25 and have an idea for an original fashion app that could positively impact the world and prompt change, then you could be in with a chance of winning a mentorship with the team behind pioneering online luxury retailer YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP. Plus, you’ll receive up to £1,000* to spend on NET-A-PORTER with your very own personal shopper.

For more details on the competition visit Net-a-Porter.

The Fashion District will host programmes that inspire people to innovate together and today we are delighted to announce an industry innovation challenge, sponsored by our partner, UnibailRodamco-Westfield.

The Fashion District in partnership with the Fashion Innovation Agency at LCF, is inviting expressions of interest to enter our ‘Destination 2028’ Store of the Future Innovation Challenge. We are delighted that through the generosity and spirit of UnibailRodamco-Westfield the Fashion District will have a tangible opportunity to spark collaboration with retail and support creativity.

Westfield’s recently debuted report ‘Destination 2028’ outlines a new vision for the future of retail, offering a glimpse into how retail spaces could evolve over the next ten years (you can read more about it here.) Using this as stimulus, technology and fashion businesses are invited to develop and pitch new retail concepts that could transform the way we shop in the future.

With this innovation challenge, the Fashion District and Westfield hope to bring together fashion businesses, technologists and digital marketeers to explore the use of technologies including in retail settings, with the winning concept judged by a expert panel for monetary prizes to develop or pilot the concepts further. 

The competition will open early 2019, if you are interested in applying for the competition and would like to be kept updated about the competition please drop us a line by filling in the enquiry form below and ensure you sign up to our mailing list.

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