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POPLAR WORKS NOW OPEN

A NEW SPACE FOR FASHION, CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPENS IN THE HEART OF LONDON’S FASHION DISTRICT

Poplar Works, one of the Fashion District workspaces supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, was conceived around the simple idea that fashion could again become a major part of East London’s social and economic make-up.

The £6m transformation of 100 disused garages in the Aberfeldy and Teviot neighbourhood will bring a local space to nurture the existing talent and entrepreneurship, by providing affordable workspace and training opportunities, as well as creating a new community facility.

There will be 45 custom-designed, low-cost workshops and studios, a public café and events space to the area, and manufacturing facilities offering enterprise support and training programmes for the creative industries. The project is being delivered by housing association Poplar HARCA, in partnership with London College of Fashion, UAL and social enterprise The Trampery.

London, United Kingdom – Thursday 27 February 2020, Poplar Harca – Justine Simons Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries officially opens Poplar Works.

Ranging from 100 to 300 square feet, the applications for studio space at Poplar works is now open, will offer an ultra-affordable starting point for emerging fashion-related businesses.

Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) wil provide five free studios for emerging fashion and fashion tech businesses at Poplar Works. The inaugural cohort selected to move in will be LCF alumna Bethany Williams, Rahemur Rahman, Loot Forever, Alex Mullins, Tolu Coker, A Perfect Fit and Not Very Well.


Fashion Capital Tailoring Academy opens for apprenticeships

Fashion District was thrilled to attend the official launch of the Tailoring Academy earlier this month. Located on the Crusader Estate in the heart of Haringey, the fully equipped 11,500 square foot space will provide the sector with the next generation of tailors, teaching up to Level 7 apprenticeships.

The Tailoring Academy is one of three Fashion District developments supported by the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, alongside Poplar Works and The Trampery Fish Island Village. Over 140 members of industry attended the launch event, where guests could experience live demonstrations, and heard speeches about the collaborative project from Jenny Holloway, Fashion-Enter, Debbie Jackson, Greater London Authority, & Nick Beighton, ASOS.

Nick Beighton, ASOS.com CEO said: “We are delighted to see the new Tailoring Academy which will act as a hub linking local talent to experts, specialist training, professional development courses, equipment and opportunities. ASOS is very proud to be part of this innovation.”

The Tailoring Academy is a joint collaboration between Fashion-Enter and the Haringey Council. Fashion-Enter is a not-for-profit social enterprise, a manufacturing factory catering clients such as ASOS and Brora.  “Tailoring Academy will be the perfect learning environment for specialised fine skills required in pattern making, cutting and tailored stitching” affirmed Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion-Enter.

Click here to find out more about the Tailoring Academy.

APPLY: Poplar Works

Applications are now open for the next development within the Fashion District: POPLAR WORKS!

Opening in East London in November, it is a proud collaboration between Poplar HARCA, London College of Fashion, UAL and The Trampery. The studios at Poplar Works have been developed for anyone working in the fashion economy – designers, makers, photographers, jewellers and more – and particularly seeking to nurture early stage businesses, and local businesses around Poplar & East London.


There are over forty studios across two sites, training spaces, a small production unit and a café. Studios range from 114 – 298 ft2 and start at £200 a month. Find out more and apply here. Deadline: 18th November!

A collaborative project between Waltham Forest Council, the Fashion District, and London College of Fashion, UAL, Waltham Forest will have its first dedicated fashion hub at Arbeit Studios Leyton Green, providing affordable creative workspaces for fashion start-ups and creatives.

Managing over 250 units across 12 sites, Arbeit creates unique spaces for its creative community built up of the fashion, design, arts, music and culture sectors. In each space, Arbeit works with the local community to build spaces most suitable to those already living and working in the area. It seeks to showcase the new voices and talents in the area seeking to set-up their own businesses and help local industry thrive.

Arbeit Studios Leyton Green has 13 studios available for let, with rents starting from £200 a month. It also features event space, and tenants will receive business support and become part of Arbeit’s wider creative community for innovative collaborations and community involvement. 

The space will officially launch in October, but the spaces are available to let now at 778 – 782 High Road, Leyton, E10 6AE. To arrange a tour contact Arbeit or hello@fashion-district.co.uk.

Thank you to all that have applied to be the residents of the first seven completed fashion studios in the newly built Trampery Fish Island Village, Hackney Wick. Offers have now been made to the first wave of high-growth fashion labels, which we will hope to reveal shortly upon acceptance, but we are now delighted to announce registration is now open to apply for the second phase of studios due to be completed in April 2019.

Applications for a space in the soon-to-be-completed blocks, B & D, will be welcomed from both fashion & creative businesses. Block B has been designed for larger fashion businesses, with studio sizes ranging from 435 to 2,060 square feet. Each studio will have 6m-high ceilings, a shop-front, and its own bathroom facilities. Block D has been designed with smaller fashion and creative businesses in mind, with studio sizes ranging from 150 to 825 square feet, 3m-high ceilings, and shared access to kitchen and bathroom facilities.

As well as being Europe’s largest campus for London’s brightest fashion talent, the new studios are centrally located in Hackney Wick & Fish Island, where creative production can be found across a remarkable range of disciplines, making it one of the capital’s most important neighbourhoods for the creative industries. As a social enterprise and creative workspace specialist, the Trampery hopes to bring benefit to the area and support local entrepreneurship by prioritising applications from the HWFI creative community in this round, and reserving Block D exclusively for HWFI businesses.

Register to be the first to hear when the building is completed, receive the application link, dates for possible site visits and the official submission deadline. Successful businesses can expect to be notified in May, and invited to move into their studios in late June 2019.

Register here: https://thetrampery.com/workspaces/fishislandvillage/#membership-enquiry.
Enquire here: fishislandvillage@thetrampery.com or using the footer at the bottom of this page

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