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FASHION INNOVATION

Stimulating technology. Supporting enterprise.

The future of fashion is in innovation. And the most powerful innovation happens in partnership.

At the Fashion District, technologists, designers, researchers and SMEs collaborate with ease. Across sectors. Across disciplines. They meet to exchange knowledge, network, and create new products and processes – that unlock new investments.

We also create programmes to inspire people to innovate together, with a programme of meetups and events that will collide ideas and showcase great talent.

Our annual Fashion District Innovation Challenge, in partnership with Fashion Innovation Agency,  is designed to find sustainable solutions to current industry issues, giving fashion and tech start-ups and SMEs the chance to win cash prizes, gain expert business advice, and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Industry experts also act as ‘Critical Friends’ to support and challenge the start-ups in the areas of innovation, business strategy, IP/legal, marketing, investment and sustainability. Previously this has included panels members from: Farfetch, Yoox-Net-a-Porter, Founders Factory, Tech Nation, True, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Stylus, IBM, Lightrock, Pangaia, Fashion Innovation Agency, ReLondon, Podmore Consulting, Lewis Silken, SR Retail Consultancy and more.

In 2020 Retail Futures, sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, garnered 88 applications from around the globe. The shortlisted start-ups offered a range of exciting new retail solutions including new AR & 3D digital customer experiences, marketplaces for sustainable fashion, rental platforms, as well as AI to optimise retail & supply chain efficiency. To read more about the shortlist – click here.

In 2021 the focus was on manufacturing, with sponsorship from the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Ten tech start-ups were shortlisted, each tackling issues throughout the fashion supply chain and looking to solve an identified need in areas such as:

  • Materials Innovation
  • Processing
  • Transparency & Traceability
  • Waste Management
  • End-of-Use & Circular Economy
  • Supply-Chain & Logistics

THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL IS THRILLED TO BE A PARTNER OF THE FASHION DISTRICT WHO ARE PUTTING TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION AT THE HEART OF THEIR AMBITIONS AND AIM TO BUILD A PIPELINE FOR YOUNG LOCAL TALENT, ALONGSIDE SUPPORTING LONDON’S EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED DESIGNERS.

Fostering new innovative brands while making British talent more visible on the global stage is aligned with the British Fashion Council’s mission to cement London’s position as a global leader in fashion, innovation and business.

Caroline Rush CBE,
British Fashion Council

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