The Centre for Fashion Enterprise is launching a new trade show for manufacturers in east London, targeting small brands and retailers.
The show will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on 11 July and features more than 20 manufacturers that can produce small-scale quantities.
The Manufacturers Trade Show is a part of the centre’s Fashion Technology Emerging Futures project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It aims to support emerging fashion designers and brands.
The show will take place twice a year and exhibitors for this season include Fashion Enter, Zedonk, Offset Warehouse, Source Studio, Plus Samples and Making for Change.
The Centre for Fashion Enterprise has commissioned Making for Change – a social enterprise which works with recently released offenders – to make a collection of tote bags for the Manufacturers Trade Show, featuring designs from alumni including Phoebe English, Steven Tai and Teatum Jones.
Judith Tolley, head of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, said: “London is known for nurturing the most innovative and authentic creative fashion designers and emerging businesses, but without manufacturers to support and work with them, their creative talent and growing businesses would not be realised. Our vision is to connect business with manufacturers with a view to developing long-term working relationships.”