Fashion Capital will host its second ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today‘ trunk show in Plymouth on 22nd June at Ocean Studios, with headline sponsors Millfields Trust and Plymouth College of Art, and continued support from ABC Awards. After an overwhelming response following the Manchester Trunk Show, the need for a no holds barred seminar lifting the lid on the real UK garment industry was confirmed and the tour of the UK continues with the next stop in the South West.
Jenny Holloway, CEO at Fashion Enter and Fashion Capital said: “Our factory operates totally transparently and ethically proving you can make garment manufacturing successful in the UK today. Being on home soil means that clients can pop in on production at any time and this is the kind of transparency we need to move the fashion industry forward in a positive direction.”
The three hour seminar will see Jenny talking openly and honestly about the real industry, drawing on her experiences as a Senior Buyer for M&S and the Arcadia Group, owning her own label for 10 years and today running an ethical UK Factory producing over 8,000 units a week for leading retailers. Joining Jenny will be former Buying Director of Topshop, Brand Director of ASOS and most recently Brand Director of Finery, Caren Downie, who has long been an ambassador for young British design talent in the UK.
Design consultant Gabrielle Shiner-Hill, a highly skilled textile and fashion designer and product developer who has worked in the manufacturing industry for over fifteen years, will also offer advice on the design process and product development and former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer, Deborah Shulton, will provide an essential guide to understanding fabric covering influences on cost, lead time and quality.
Hannah Harris, Director of Development at Plymouth College of Art, said: “This is an exciting time for Plymouth’s fashion industry. ‘How to succeed in fashion today’ is exactly the kind of event that will support early career fashion designers and makers in the South West to start their own businesses. This will help us to retain graduates within the region, who will be well-placed to take advantage of the growing value of the fashion design and textiles manufacturing industry globally and the opportunities this presents to the UK market.”