The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has launched its first membership group for emerging talent in the fashion industry.
Earlier this year the UKFT created the Rise Initiative as a network for under 35s working in the fashion and textile industry. Now the organisation has taken that a step further to create the Rise membership for under 35s.
Members will be given discounts on all UKFT Rise and UKFT events and seminars, allowing them reduced rates to access to speakers and networking events taking place year-round. A UKFT Rise database will be developed for all members to create a next generation network.
UKFT chairman John Miln said: “We are dedicated as an organisation to really nurture and mentor the next generation of our great industry. The feedback we have had suggests that young people wanted somewhere to connect with peers in their own sector in an informal environment.”
The new membership was launched at an event co-hosted with Start-Up Britain in London last week and speakers at the event included Harvey Nichols’ chief executive Joseph Wan and Charles Tyrwhitt founder Nick Wheeler.