Nov 9, 2016
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UKFT partners with M&S and GFW to launch ‘Made It’

Nov 9, 2016

The UK Fashion & Textile Association has created a new programme aimed at uniting fashion designers with UK manufacturers.

Holly Borg's graduate collection - Photo: GFW, Michelle Marshall

Launched in partnership with Marks & Spencer and Graduate Fashion Week, the scheme ‘Made It’ will encourage and boost collaboration between emerging design talent and British manufacturers through a series of masterclasses.

The events will introduce fashion design students to the business of fashion, particularly how to work with UK manufacturers. They will be held at five selected universities across the country.

Additionally, M&S and UKFT will sponsor a selection of Graduate Fashion Week winners to have their collections made in the UK.

The initiative was announced at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday evening. The reception, hosted by Damian Collins MP, included a catwalk show and was attended by leading industry insiders and key policy makers.

“‘Made It’ is a brilliant way of helping young designers to make the right connections and start to build their brands around the quality and craftsmanship inherent in UK manufacturing. We’re delighted to be working with some of the best young talent coming out of Graduate Fashion Week to get their products to market,” said Jo Jenkins, ‎Director Womenswear, Lingerie & Beauty at M&S.

“Not only will we see the creation of some stunning collections, the project will also help to ensure the success of the next generation in understanding the business of fashion, which is a fundamental part of UKFT’s purpose and key whether you are developing a new brand, working with manufacturers or growing business overseas,” added Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT.

Fashion and Textiles is one of the most dynamic and creative sectors of the UK economy, and its success is “vital to Britain’s success in the future”, commented Damian Collins MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Fashion and Textiles Group.

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