The Leeds Fashion Initiative is a ground-breaking project which aims to support emerging fashion designers with training and business support and re-establish the city as the country’s leading centre for fashion design, clothing and textile manufacture.
The project is an affiliation between Lambert’s Yard, Regeneration through the Arts, the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), part of the London College of Fashion.
In June 2014, Lambert’s Yard hosted the CFE’s New Market Entry Programme, which comprised a free two day programme of workshops and expert advice for designers interested in starting or developing a fashion brand in Leeds. The event marked the launch of the Leeds Fashion Initiative and enabled the CFE to bring their expert guidance to the city for the very first time.
Award-winning local designer Bozena Carter, says, “Where do I start…I learned so much over the two days, my head was spinning with new ideas and with all the ‘fixtures’ I need to adapt to my business plan. It help me realise that I need to be clear about my brand, and make a decision on the path I want to take my business. It was a most excellent experience.”
Lambert’s Yard’s Retail Director, Adam Jagger, now leads a monthly CFE support group for emerging designers, to which all are welcome, and will be available to provide one to one mentoring and business support to selected designers, once Lambert’s Yard has opened.
The Initiative has now progressed to its next stage by bringing CFE’s Pioneer Programme to Leeds in late 2014. This programme provides emerging fashion designers with six months of further CFE support and will form part of a wider initiative to establish a fashion incubator in the city, which will provide members with studio space, training and support, to help them take their businesses to the next level.
This key collaboration with the CFE, ensures that world-class industry training will earn a permanent home in Leeds; a city with a significant history in fashion and textiles.
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