Burberry expands ReBurberry Fabric Programme to fashion students through the BFC
Burberry is continuing to support fashion students and promote a circular economy with its second ReBurberry Fabric Programme – donating surplus fabric to schools through the British Fashion Council (BFC).
The second donation takes the total amount of fabric donated to over 12,000 metres, going to more than 30 fashion schools and universities in the UK including the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Brighton.
The programme, which was originally launched in 2020, encourages the next generation to consider new ways of thinking about their creative methods and material sourcing, and gives them the opportunity “to develop tomorrow’s approach to fashion design and production”.
Through its Institute of Positive Fashion and BFC Colleges Council, the BFC is helping Burberry’s donations - which include a variety of fabrics from past collections – reach the hands of young creatives and up-and-coming designers.
The programme provides a blueprint for brands and colleges to work together to offer practical support for future talent, enabling creativity in a way that is positive for the environment.
Nicole Lovett, Responsibility Programme Director at Burberry, said: “We are committed to supporting the next generation of exciting creatives while ensuring we all do what we can to protect the environment.
“We’re proud to be working with the British Fashion Council once more to help emerging diverse talent achieve their ambitions, while reinforcing the importance of sustainable practices and circularity. By equipping students with these materials and tools to help their creativity thrive, we can all create a better future for our industry.”
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the BFC, commented: “One of the BFC's priorities is to encourage the industry to move towards a circular fashion economy while supporting excellence in fashion design.
“We are delighted to work with Burberry, helping ensure students across the country have access to the best quality fabrics. Creative talent is at the heart of the industry and we are proud of our world-leading colleges – being able to provide these students with such opportunities is a privilege.”
Cayley Cochrane, 3rd Year B.A. (Hons) Fashion student at Edinburgh College of Art, said: “Fabric is one of the most vital elements within design. It is the base. This initiative allowed me to experiment – draping stretch wool and combining it with my handwoven and braided rope into a one- of-a-kind creation. In the future, thanks to this initiative, I will be working with a more sustainable approach, repurposing and continuing to use deadstock materials.”