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The Trampery’s Sustainable Fashion Accelerator Launches!

The second cohort of companies and individuals to be accepted into The Trampery’s Sustainable Fashion Accelerator (SFA), were announced last night at the official launch of the innovative initiative.

Charles Armstrong, Founder and CEO of The Trampery said “After running such a successful inaugural cohort of the Sustainable Fashion Accelerator we are beyond excited to officially announce it. The designers on the second cohort each show incredible potential for high growth – from NEWGEN awardees to the Winner of H&M’s Global Change Award – these brands represent the next big thing in London today.”

The SFA is a bespoke business programme, designed to address the underlying issues facing nascent fashion companies in London, with a focus on integrating sustainability into their business models. Funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation, four editions of the six-month-long programme will run over the next three years, helping over thirty businesses.

The Trampery Fish Island Village, supported in part by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, a scheme designed to help local people take an active role in the regeneration of their communities, will be London’s largest campus of fashion studios.

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, said: “As a global fashion capital, London has a huge opportunity to lead the way in sustainability. We must act now and with conviction to reduce our impact on the environment. The Sustainable Fashion Accelerator is a great example of how we can support the next generation of designers to drive genuine change, and I’m proud that we are supporting this important work.”

Here is the second cohort of designers who have been accepted onto the Sustainable Fashion Accelerator:

DANIEL w. FLETCHER is a London-based contemporary menswear brand, established in 2015 after Daniel Fletcher graduated from Central Saint Martins. Daniel’s eponymous label made its mark immediately when Opening Ceremony bought his graduate collection, and produced a capsule collection of eight of his designs for Spring/Summer ’16. Daniel creates deeply personal designs that explore his thoughts on current affairs and social issues. With a focus on casual luxury each collection combines timeless shapes and new fabrics and motifs. SS19 marked the brands first runway show and in 2018 Daniel was named as one of Drapers 30 Under 30. www.danielwfletcher.com

MWOVEN is the brainchild of fashion designer Martina Spetlova, whose highly identifiable use of hand-woven leathers in unexpected juxtapositions have become a trademark of her sustainable brand. Martina’s background in biology and chemistry influences her experimental approach that challenges materials, elements and expectations. Martina has a more holistic vision for her brand and its approach to sustainability, thinking about the entire life cycle of her products – from raw materials, making to repairs and recycling. Each design they create comes with a scannable chip detailing its materials, sourcing and processes to provide a fascinating digital life story for each piece. www.martinaspetlova.com

Patrick McDowell by Liverpool born designer Patrick McDowell has graced the cover of the September Issue of Elle UK and being featured in publications, such as Vogue Italia, Dazed and L’Official USA, to becoming a favourite of singers Rita Ora and M.I.A on and off stage, Patrick is making rapidly making a name for himself. Sustainability is at the core of Patrick’s practice, as he strives to reinvent luxury through a sustainable mindset. Crafted from reclaimed fabrics, organic yarns, and ethically produced materials, his pieces are designed and made in England. He is a strong advocate for reducing fashion’s global impact through designing with moral practice. www.patrickmcdowell.co.uk

Paynter Jackets Co, founded by Becky Okell and Huw Thomas, take iconic styles, such as the chore, trucker or field jacket, and remake them using the best materials they can find from around the world. Their jackets are made to order to and remake them using the best materials they can find. East jack is part of a limited edition run, hand-numbered in the order of sale. With only three editions a year, these made-to-last items are not easy to get hold of, and the batch sold out in under three minutes. Their jackets are made to order to minimise waste and each item has an illustrate label that tells the story of its batch. www.paynterjacket.com/

Petit Pli is a wearable technology company, which aims to clothe the future of humanity The London-based brand was founded in 2017, by trained aeronautical engineer Ryan Mario Yasin, who was strick by how quickly his nephew grew out of things. This experience served as a signal: childrenswear today fails to recognise the dynamic & rapidly changing bodies of Earth’s LittleHumans. Inspired by aerospace engineering, Petit Pli’s continuous size adjustment is a new way of approaching garment design, using technical materials that are ultra-lightweight, reinforced, rainproof and breathable – because children are extreme athletes. Today, Petit Pli’s team consists of an agile force of interdisciplinary design engineers, fashion designers, neuroscientists and sociologists. www.shop.petitpli.com

Wright LeChapelain draws on the different backgrounds of British-French duo Imogen Wright and Vincent Le Chapelain to explore the notion of the familiar within the European wardrobe. They aim to design unique and timeless pieces, which are contemporary yet rooted in the everyday. Sustainability and ethics are at the core of the brand and collections are developed and manufactured within a tenmile radius, reducing their carbon footprint and developing a personal relationship with the skilled tailors and seamstresses creating their garments. The integrity of their product is key: they source their suitings from British Heritage Mills and their shirtings from Italy, a transparent production chain from start to finish. http://www.wrightlechapelain.com

Sabry Marouf, founded by Daki Marouf and Ahmed Sabry is a creative partnership based between London and Ciaro, whose leather goods and jewellery pay tribute to the designers’ heritage: ancient Egypt meets modern expression for a new kind of storytelling. Their designs include Marna, a collection of artobject bags that are both beautiful and functional, and fine jewellery available as collections and bespoke commissions. Supporters include actor, model and philanthropist Elisa Sednaoui, Italian Vogue’s Sara Maino, and the British Fashion Council’s Anna Orsini. www.sabrymarouf.com

ROKER is a London-based contemporary footwear brand, founded in 2016 by Alim Latif. Each pair of ROKER boots and shoes is handmade in East London on traditional machines, by craftspeople with two decades of know-how. Every piece is rooted in the sculpture and the science of structure: heels are shapely, toes statuesque, leathers supple. Named after an area of Latif’s native Sunderland seaside hometown, the label is known for its uncompromising fluidity and graphic line, epitomised in ongoing collaborations with some of British fashion’s most fearless new guard, including Charles Jeffery, Richard Malone, Ashley Williams and Louise Gray.
www.rokeratelier.com

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/

EASTWORKS FASHION SHARED INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

The Fashion District is now delighted to announce that in collaboration with the London Legacy Development Corporation and A New Direction, we will be launching the Eastworks Fashion Internship Programme.

The aim of this new programme will be to build fashion employers a sustainable pipeline of talent for head-office and digital roles. To create pathways for those unrepresented in fashion, and develop a programme that will prepare the next generation with the skills needed to grow the industry.

We would like to warmly invite fashion employers to join us at our event on Tuesday July 16th, 16:00 – 18:30,  at the new luxury east London design hotel, The Stratford. At the event, you will be able to find out about the initiative, feed into the programme, and be in the first cohort of London employers.

You will also get the opportunity enjoy a drink whilst networking with other employers across London. This event is ideally suited to department Directors and HR from fashion brands, retailers, agencies and fashion-tech companies.

Multiple representatives from companies are more than welcome, so please feel free to promote this amongst your networks and invite colleagues!

Please RSVP through Eventbrite.

See you there!