The British Clothing Industry Association (BCIA) is to be rebranded as the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).
A raft of leading industry players have been appointed to the UKFT board, including Simon Berwin, chief executive of tailoring supplier Berwin & Berwin; Nigel Lugg, managing director of supplier Prominent Apparel (Europe); and Richard Craig, managing director of designer brand Margaret Howell. BCIA director John Wilson will be UKFT director general.
The UKFT is designed to bring together trade associations in the fashion and textile sectors to give the industry a single voice. BCIA chairman Peter Lucas led its creation. He becomes UKFT chairman.
The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry and the Savile Row Bespoke Association have committed to joining the UKFT. The UK Fashion Exports trade association will also be part of the UKFT, which will be based in the BCIA offices in Portland Place, central London.