Norton & Sons and E Tautz creative director Patrick Grant will open the Meet the Manufacturer conference on June 3, joining Jermyn Street shirt maker Emma Willis and Dr Martens chairman David Suddens on the speaker lineup.
The programme will include a panel discussion with Lorna Fitzsimons, director of the Alliance Project, Simon Colbeck, head of innovation and quality at Marks & Spencer, and Mick Cheema, general manager of Leicester garment manufacturer Basic Premier.
Meet the Manufacturer has also teamed up with UK Fashion & Textile Association to launch a new session called Meet the Buyer at the event, where manufacturers will be able to meet with buyers face-to-face to promote their products and services.
The event, which is organised by Make it British and addresses the challenges of creating UK-made products for a mass market, will take place at Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, London E1W 2SF.
Over 3,000 clothing brands, retailers, buyers and manufacturers are expected to attend. Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, said: “We are poised at the start of a new industrial revolution in textile and clothing manufacturing, but this will only happen if retailers, buyers, brands and manufacturers get together to make it happen.”