Building sustainability in sourcing and manufacture across the international textile industry

April 28th, 2016

Breakthrough in Fashion – March 2016



I have travelled extensively during my career in the textie and clothing industry, but my heart is very much here in the UK. That’s why I am always keen to support clothing and textile events even though this often means a very early start as I travel from my home in Newcastle Upon Tyne to London, where most of these events are held.

Recently I attended The Breakthrough in Fashion event held in Whitechapel, hosted by the Creative Industry Hub and chaired by its’ founder George Taylor. The early morning start was well worth it.

In the audience were established designers, students and a number of creative leaders. What impressed me most was the consistently high standard of delivery. Each speaker being right “on topic”!

George created a great feel for the day, with an atmosphere of positivity and bags of great advice from the speakers. And of course, it’s always good to meet friends old and new over a decent cup of coffee in the networking breaks.

Kate Hills was on great form as always talking about UK manufacture. She has done so much to promote the industry and I always enjoy hearing her speak. Of course it’s also a subject close to my heart; my own roots being firmly embedded in UK manufacture.

Tamsin Lejeune, CEO at Ethical Fashion Forum and delivered a cracking presentation on ‘Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion’; another personal highlight of the day. I am impressed with the EFF team efforts and believe they are breaking new gournd with their ethical and sustainability movement at I look forward with interest to hearing more about them in the future. Definitely one to watch!

I’ve just received information on the next Creative Industry Hub event. It’s on May 31 and is called Strictly Go Networking for Fashion Professionals. They’ve confirmed Samantha Conti (Chief Bureau UK at WWD), and Kathleen Mitchell (Vice President EMEA at Stella & Dot) to speak.

Another early morning start but I’ll be there for sure and I look forward to seeing you.




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