Start-ups & Innovation


Cordwainers Footwear Awards 2021 winners announced

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers has confirmed the winners of its 2021 Cordwainers Footwear Awards, with the winners announced via a livestreamed event.
The EDIT LDN Founder

Limited Edition footwear and streetwear business The Edit Man London rebrands...

Limited edition sneakers and high end streetwear ecommerce The Edit Man London has announced a rebrand to The Edit LDN, prompted by its rapidly growing (80% month-on-month increase) female customer base for new and pre-loved sneakers and streetwear.
Purple Tuesday

eBay highlights the need for more accessible online shopping and becomes...

eBay UK has announced that it will be the headline sponsor of this year’s Purple Tuesday on 2 November, as part of the company’s efforts to make the marketplace as accessible as possible.

Tom Ford opens Plastic Innovation Prize competition

Tom Ford and 52HZ have announced that the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize is now open - accepting submissions from inventors, entrepreneurs and those invested in the fight against plastic pollution to accelerate meaningful innovation around a replacement for thin-film plastic.

The Pop-Up Club set to launch at Seven Dials, Manchester and...

The Pop-Up Club, which organises artisan markets and pop-ups in empty retail units to help boost footfall, has revealed its latest raft of UK shopping experiences and locations.
Sheep Inc

Sheep Inc unveils world’s first hoodie with naturally carbon negative footprint

Sheep Inc. has unveiled the industry's first item of clothing that naturally has no carbon footprint, leaving no trace - only a positive planetary impact.

Lyst, the fashion search engine, confirms $85m pre-IPO investment

Lyst, the fashion search engine, has confirmed that it has secured $85m in investment ahead of a potential float later this year.
By Rotation

By Rotation launches UK’s first in-room fashion rental concierge with Page8...

Social fashion rental app By Rotation is partnering with Page8 hotel in London on the UK’s first in-room fashion rental concierge.
Chris Morton Lyst

Lyst set to announce $85m funding ahead of IPO

Fashion search engine Lyst is said to be on the verge of announcing an $85m funding round as it prepares for an IPO.

Fashion District announces ten tech start-ups shortlisted for Manufacturing Futures 2021

The Fashion District, in collaboration with The Fashion Innovation Agency from London College of Fashion, UAL, has announced the shortlist of ten start-ups that "could change the face of fashion manufacturing".

Zoa: fashion rental pioneer aims to create the “Shopify for sharing”

Isabella West, founder of pioneering fashion rental platform Hirestreet, is aiming to bring open up rental solutions to fashion brands and retailers across the market with her new platform Zoa.

Fashion & beauty PR agency founders launch new multi-brand etailer KHOEO

Charlie Boud and Skye Harrison, founders of the K&H PR and wholesale agency, have launched a new multi-brand fashion and beauty etailer, called KHOEO.
Graduate Fashion Foundation

Graduate Fashion Foundation to launch Black Excellence Prize award

Graduate Fashion Foundation has announced the evolution of its partnership with FACE, (Fashion Academics Creating Equality) to include a new prize that aims to provide visibility to Black excellence in the industry.
Retail footfall

Warm weather drives footfall up ahead of reopening of non-essential retail

Footfall across UK retail destinations increased by +8.5% in the week of 28 March – 3 April, 2021, compared to the week before, with warmer weather cited as a key factor.

Menswear rental marketplace Garmentry launches in UK

London-based menswear rental platform Garmentry has launched to the public, offering ready to wear, occasionwear and accessories. The startup allows users to rent their clothing
Emiko Studios

Sustainable genderless kidswear brand launches to combat fast fashion

Manchester based sustainable kidswear brand, Emiko Studios, has released its first genderless collection, producing items based on custom orders with natural fibres. The company was
Clover London

Bridalwear brand Clover London launches debut collection

Contemporary bridwalwear brand Clover London has officially debuted its first collection, aiming to shake up the wedding dress experience for customers. Born out of an

Cudoni reports 400% year on year growth

Luxury resale service Cudoni has announced it has seen a 400% year on year growth, following a continued growth in interest for circular fashion. Cudoni

Misspap opens competition to offer £25,000 worth of free marketing to...

Global womenswear brand Misspap has launched a ‘Boost Your Business’ competition, offering £25,000 worth of free marketing to any female-led, small businesses in line with
Zip, Buy Now Pay Later

Buy Now, Pay Later service Zip launches in the UK

Buy Now, Pay Later provider Zip has today announced its arrival in the UK across many retail sectors including fashion, health, beauty, homeware and entertainment.