The Centre for Fashion Enterprise(CFE), based at London College of Fashion, UAL, is relocating its Manufacturers Trade Show so that it runs alongside luxury fashion fabric show Textile Forum. The combined events will take place at One Marylebone, London, from 11 to 12 October.
“The two shows will provide designers with an unrivalled opportunity to source quality fabric and garment manufacturing under one roof,” says Linda Laderman, co-founder of Textile Forum, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
CFE is London’s pioneering Fashion and FashTech business incubator whose purpose is to fast-track designers and entrepreneurs into successful businesses. Current businesses supported include Wales Bonner, Liam Hodges, Faustine Steinmetz (pictured), Roberts Wood and Alex Mullins. The Manufacturers Trade Show is a part of CFE’s Fashion Technology Emerging Futures (FTEF) project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). According to UK Fashion & Textile Association more than 80 per cent of fashion businesses are ‘micro SMEs”.
“The vision for our Manufacturers Trade Show is to connect fashion businesses with high end production units with a view to developing long lasting relationships. There is a strong synergy with visitors attending Textile Forum so we are delighted to relocate and provide our exhibitors with a two day event,” says Judith Tolley, head of CFE.
Textile Forum exhibitors will be showing more than 70 collections of fabrics for spring/summer and autumn/winter.
CFE will showcase over 20 exhibitors who can produce smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs. Textile Forum and CFE Manufacturers Trade Show will be open from 10am to 6pm on both days.