The fashion business incubator behind Industry member, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Erdem, the Centre for Fashion Enterprise has announced nine brands being supported by its new ‘CFE FrontRow Fash-Tech Programme’. The rise of the digital world has been spuring a whole new wave of fashion businesses, and the CFE aren’t ones to miss a trick – they have launched the careers of some of London’s most reputable fashion businesses after all.
The programme is London’s first incubator for emerging fashion and technology businesses and is being spearheaded by no other than Industry member, Wendy Malem. Wendy is the director of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise and dean of the London College of Fashion graduate school.
The nine selected businesses include Chicmi (founded by Industry member, Aowen Jin), a Chinese app that grants users access to sample sales and in-store events in London, theft-proof handbag label High Spirit that is in-built with handy fingerprint recognition technology to ensure only the owner can get inside and high-tech pajama brand Sleep Deep that improves the quality of the wearers sleep using fabric technology and innovative design to control body temperature. Alt., Eunoia Technology, FINITY CREATE, Prim & Clover, The Lingerie Lab and XOB also made the cut.
Wendy tells us more about the programme: “Following the overwhelming response to our fashion tech meet ups last year, the Centre for Fashion Enterprise is now supporting nine fash-tech ‘pioneers’ who will significantly contribute to the shape of the fashion ecosystem in UK and beyond through predicting trends, inventing a new take on wearable technology or delivering specialist online platforms for selling, designing, connecting or curating fashion.”
The programme will support all nine businesses for three months, offering workshops, one-on-one mentoring and networking with a view to further their operations. At the end of the programme, the nine businesses will pitch against one another for a £5,000 cash prize.
“Fashion has never been more interesting than now,” says Wendy. We couldn’t agree more.