Second Home, the London-based workspace project co-founded by entrepreneur Rohan Silva, is partnering with the Royal College of Art to create a new fashion and technology hub in west London.
The 40,000 sq ft “fashion cluster”, set to open in autumn 2017, will be targeted at a crossbreed of companies – from fashion brands and bloggers to ecommerce firms, revealed Silva at the inaugural FashTech Summit at Studio Spaces in Shadwell, east London.
It will be able to house about 500 companies in total.
“It will be in Ladbroke Grove, in a building full of incredible fashion companies, innovators and other fields such as ecommerce, bloggers and film,” said Silva, a former senior policy adviser to 10 Downing Street and credited with putting east London’s Tech City on the map.
”We’re going to use a lot of materials [in terms of furniture] such as inflatables, so spaces can adapt and grow as teams and companies grow.”
Silva said the fashion hub will adopt the same social enterprise principles as Second Home, which pays the voluntary higher living wage and runs apprenticeship schemes.
“The fashion cluster will be partnering with fashion apprenticeships to help the next gang get in your industry,” Silva told the audience.
The working title for the hub is “Second Home Fashion Tech Cluster”, he revealed.