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Guide to Growth: How do I access design talent?

As a small business we need the flexibility of using designers with different handwriting. Which forum is best to use to access these?

Drapers’ Guide to Growth programme is produced in partnership with Clipper.

Maria Malone, principal lecturer for fashion business at the Manchester Fashion Institute, says trade fairs are often a good place to start when looking for new designers. Plus, she adds, Graduate Fashion Week should be a focus for anyone looking for new talent.

Design competitions can be another good way of accessing talent. Large retailers often run them – for example, H&M’s Design Award highlights new names – as well as industry bodies.

Fashion magazines (including Drapers) also feature young and less well-known designers, making these a good source of information for anyone aiming to form partnerships with designers early in their careers.

Our new advice portal for retailers and brands, Guide to Growth, aims to solve the problems and challenges fashion businesses encounter as they grow. Email your questions to associate editor and we will get them answered. 

Plus, read our Growth in a Changing Economy report here to learn how fast-growth brands and retailers are overcoming barriers to growth. 

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