Highlights of last event
Fashion SVP was delighted to present, for the first time in the UK, a unique Moroccan Pavilion. This project has been designed to offer a very different view of manufacturing in Morocco and to show our visitors the variety, the quality and the volume, price and delivery flexibility offered by a selection of the very best manufacturers from this country.
This collection brought UK sourcing and product development professionals a specially chosen sample of the available production from this important textile-producing country. Morocco has had long established ties with the UK, but historically has been seen as a ‘far shore, mass production’ facilitator, however, today and increasingly, as is perfectly illustrated by this exciting and varied mix of participating companies, production is all about quality and versatility, rather than mass volumes and low prices.
Particularly in the coming post Brexit world, most brands and retailers are taking a good look at their entire end to end production and supply chain, looking for solutions in unexpected places and Morocco is starting to stand out as an excellent solution provider.
Working exclusively with AMITH, the leading Moroccan textile producers’ association, and AMDIE, Morocco’s official government export promotion organisation, this Moroccan feature focused on production of high quality middle market and luxury market knitwear and wovens, as well as top-end denim, all categories in which Morocco now enjoys an enviable reputation for first rate manufacturing quality, price and flexibility.
The Moroccan group of producers showed their latest collactions of ‘ath-leisure’ and sports wear capabilities, high street fashion separates, jackets, blazers and coats, and denim jeans, jackets and accessories, and we are really excited to be hosting the first ever Moroccan presence at the only 100% sourcing-dedicated show in the UK.
Moroccan production is very popular and well known to the UK market and as near-shore options become more and more attractive to many brands who are looking for the perfect mix of know-how, sustainability and flexibility, this Moroccan initiative can provide solutions of great interest to the UK marketplace.
The following companies took part in the project: Abdotex – Stand I1, Creation Clothing Group – Stand I3, Aryans Jeans – Stand B8, Maille City – Stand H1, Modatric – Stand H6, Bernitex – Stand G2, SDC – Stand H4, CM3 – Stand H2, Manufacture de Textile de Sefrou – Stand H3, Team Mode Fashion – Stand G1, Crossing – Stand B11, and AMDIE – Stand I5
Ethical Manufacturing Uncovered – An interactive workshop presented by Fashion Enter
Fashion Enter is a not for profit, social enterprise, which strives to be a centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and for learning and development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry. With both a factory for large scale and bulk premium quality British production and a studio for grading, sampling and small productions runs, both Sedex approved, they produce for leading retailers, e-tailers, designers and new business start ups.
In addition to the commercial enterprise, Jenny Holloway, CEO, is also an advocate of practical fashion education and also runs a Fashion Technology Academy in collaboration with Haringey Council, DWP and global e-tailer ASOS.com. The Academy provides a wide range of high-quality industry learning, seminars and practical courses for technical skills and brand management and is a recognised ESFA approved Training Provider for apprenticeships.
We are delighted to be showcasing Fashion Enter and their Ethical Manufacturing Uncovered project at SVP this edition, where they will be providing a ‘drop-in’ practical and interactive area that all visitors, whatever your experience or level of expertise, can engage with. There is such a huge emphasis on ethical manufacturing everywhere at the moment, but not everyone knows how they can practically integrate this ideology into their own brand. In this space Fashion Enter will be demonstrating, not only some of the practical skills that are required to make exceptionally constructed garments, but also how they can help you integrate an ethical philosophy into your brand.
Information on the wide range of courses offered by the Fashion Technology Academy were available, you could see how The Factory or The Fashion Studio can work with your business, how to become a member of FashionCapital.co.uk or took advantage of the business mentoring services and many of the other development and training resources offer by the Fashion Enter group for everyone from new business start-up’s to established fashion designers and brands.
The Fashion Station
The Fashion Station sessions were designed specifically to address issues facing new and emerging brands and retailers. So, if this is you, or if you are a new designer wanting to launch your own brand or someone taking their first steps in the fashion industry, then The Fashion Station is a great place to learn, network, ask questions and get practical insight on how you can push your aspirations and plans forward.
You could get invaluable advice and guidance from any of our speakers, all of whom have vast experience across all different aspects of the fashion industry, so make sure that you take advantage of the industry professionals that we have gathered together to provide you with essential insight on a wide range of subjects!
Many of these professionals were available throughout the 2 days of the show on their own stands.
Common Objective (CO) – the global B2B information and sourcing network – was our key sustainability partner for the 2020 show. CO took part in session within The Fashion Station and on the main Sourcing Academy stage so make sure you take full advantage of their knowledge, wisdom, advice and guidance, ensuring that you will leave the show armed with everything you need about how to source more sustainably and develop robust sustainability strategies.
On CO, fashion professionals can access a global database of brands and suppliers, discover expert business intelligence, and participate in industry knowledge-sharing through a personalised sustainability dashboard. After creating a free profile, CO’s algorithm matches users with specific people, suppliers, and intelligence that will help them reach their sustainability and business goals. CO’s algorithm also turns sustainability into an opportunity by awarding a higher search ranking to those businesses with strong ethical, sustainable and quality standards – giving them more profile and visibility on the site.
The CO platform was launched in 2018 to revolutionise how fashion professionals and businesses approached the challenge of combining commercial success with sustainability (www.commonobjective.co). In light of this, CO is committed to providing practical, solutions-focused intelligence and tools that helps professionals to excel commercially and sustainably. This includes market research, case-studies, supply chain tools, supplier showcases and more.