The Fashion Association of Britain (FAB) officially launched at Pure London this weekend to offer independent fashion retailers industry expertise and business advice.
FAB, a division of the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), welcomes all indies across menswear, womenswear, kidswear, footwear, accessories and lingerie. It had just under 1,000 members as Drapers went to press.
Eric Musgrave, a consultant for FAB, said: “We created FAB so you have a networking forum for fashion-related retailers. The whole idea is for FAB to grow a forum, a natural network of like-minded retailers.”
The association offers members the commercial advantages of a Bira membership, including better terms on credit card transactions. Members also receive support and advice from the committee, which includes retailers. Membership cost varies depending on the size of the business.
Musgrave said FAB would look to host several networking events a year for indies. “We want people to realise that being independent doesn’t mean being alone,” he added.
l Indies interested in becoming a member can visit FAB at Stand S103 or log on to www.fashionassociation ofbritain.co.uk.