Reinstating Britain as the world centre for fashion and textile production
‘Meet the Manufacturer’ is an event hosted by Kate Hills, founder of the Make it British website which aims to promote UK manufacturing and British made brands. Attending the second annual event in London last week, we were encouraged by the fast growing visitor numbers the show achieved, showing that there is ever-growing enthusiasm and passion for reinstating Britain as the world centre for fashion and textile production.
The two day event included a business to business trade show for UK fashion and textile manufacturers, a catwalk show staged in partnership with the best of Leicestershire manufacturing, a conference featuring an array of inspiring speakers from across the industry and an educational session offering information and resources for students and apprentices in the sector.
The trade show provided the perfect platform for UK textile, apparel and leather goods manufacturers to connect with buyers and designers looking to produce quality British made products – and the catwalk show raised awareness of the variety of clothing and accessories on offer.
Speakers at the conference included Emma Willis MBE, English shirt maker, Patrick Grant, award winning designer and Director at Norton & Sons of Savile Row, Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of The British Fashion Council, Simon Colbeck, General Head of Innovation and Quality at Marks and Spencer, cult British Meanswear designer, Nigel Cabourn and Lorna Fitzsimons, Director of the Alliance Project and N Brown Textiles Growth Programme.
Kate Hills has worked tirelessly in her firm belief that manufacturing in the UK is thriving, cost-effective and sustainable. The success of this year’s ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ has consolidated its future as the only major sourcing event specifically for British manufacturers of clothing, textiles and leather goods. We look forward to supporting it for many years to come.