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CFE launches new Manufacturers Trade Show in London

Lauretta Roberts
26 June 2017

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), the incubator for fashion and fashion technology, has launched a new trade show for manufacturers which takes place in London next month.

Taking place on 11 July at York Hall in Bethnal Green, the one-day event will showcase more than 20 exhibitors and aims to introduce fashion brands to manufacturers who can produce smaller scale quantities in order to progress their businesses.

The Manufacturers Trade Show forms part of CFE’s Fashion Technology Emerging Futures (FTEF) project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the aim of supporting the "new eco-system emerging in London", recognising the convergence of fashion and technology SMEs.

Confirmed exhibitors at the launch event, which is planned to take place twice yearly from now on, include Fashion Enter, Zedonk, Offset Warehouse, Source Studio, Plus Samples and Making for Change.

CFE have commissioned Making for Change to make a collection of tote bags for the Manufacturers Trade Show, featuring exclusive designs from CFE alumni including Phoebe English, Steven Tai, Teatum Jones and CFE Fashion Pioneer designer, Ovelia Transtoto.

Making for Change is a social enterprise set up by London College of Fashion UAL as part of the college’s ethos of ‘Better Lives’, using fashion "to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live". It is run in partnership with the Ministry of Justice; delivering skills and meaningful employment for serving and recently released offenders to help them reintegrate into society and build a better life for themselves and their families.

“London is known for nurturing the most innovative and authentic creative fashion designers and emerging businesses but without manufacturers to support and work with them their creative talent and growing businesses would not be realised. Our vision is to connect business with manufacturers with a view to developing long term working relationships,” head of CFE Judith Tolley said.

Current and alumni businesses of the CFE, which is based at London College of Fashion UAL, include Wales Bonner, Liam Hodges, Faustine Steinmetz, Molly Goddard, Craig Green, Marques Almeida, Erdem, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou.

To attend the Manufacturers Trade Show, register here.

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