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The Fashion Station

The Fashion Station sessions have been designed specifically to address issues facing new and emerging brands and retailers.  So, if you fall into this category, or if you are a new designer wanting to launch your own brand or even a final year undergrad or masters student, 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 can get invaluable advice and guidance from any of our speakers, all of whom have vast experience across all different aspects of the fashion manufacturing 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 will also be available throughout the 2 days of the show on their own stands and will be more than happy to speak with you on a one to one basis as well as at their Fashion Station sessions.

The Fashion Station Daily Schedule

Tuesday 25th June

10:30

How to successfully integrate sustainability into your business in 3D

Qiulae Wong, Common Objective

Fashion businesses of the future will be successful across 3 dimensions – the commercial, the social, and the environmental. Get exclusive insights and a practical framework for how to marry your business and sustainability goals with Qiulae Wong, Director of Product at Common Objective.

11:30

Questions that you need to ask a manufacturer to ensure a successful working relationship

Elizabeth Stiles, Fashion Brand Consultant & Catherine Erdly, Future Retail Consulting

13:00

What is a “Tech Pack” and how do you make it work for you?

Doreen Adusei, MBE & Lunia Oliver, FashionWorks

– How to produce a professional Tech Pack
– Effective management of the sampling and prototyping process
– Reducing wastage and costs

14:30

5 things successful fashion brands are doing to succeed

Elizabeth Stiles, Fashion Brand Consultant & Catherine Erdly, Future Retail Consulting

15:30

The Jobs Forum Career Guide

Taeman Kaya & Davide Zambetta, 360 Resourcing

For one to one career advice and guidance across all aspects of the fashion industry, come and see the experts.

Wednesday 26th June

10:30

How to successfully integrate sustainability into your business in 3D

Qiulae Wong, Common Objective

Fashion businesses of the future will be successful across 3 dimensions – the commercial, the social, and the environmental. Get exclusive insights and a practical framework for how to marry your business and sustainability goals with Qiulae Wong, Director of Product at Common Objective.

11:30

Finance for fashion start-up’s

Alison Lewey, MBE, FashionAngel

– Sources of finance for fashion start-ups
– The 2 types of Crowdfunding
– What’s needed if pitching for funding

13:00

What is a “Tech Pack” and how do you make it work for you?

Doreen Adusei, MBE & Lunia Oliver, FashionWorks

– How to produce a professional Tech Pack
– Effective management of the sampling and prototyping process
– Reducing wastage and costs

14:30

Getting it made

Alison Lewey, MBE, FashionAngel

– Sourcing and selecting the right manufacturers
– Getting the best from your manufacturer
– Managing costs

15:30

The Jobs Forum Career Guide

Stephanie Jackson, Charley Mclean and Renee Panayiotou, Stephanie Jackson Recruitment

For one to one career advice and guidance across all aspects of the fashion industry, come and see the experts.

Speaker Biographies

Qiulae Wong,
Director of Marketing and Product, CO

Qiulae Wong is the Director of Marketing and Product at Common Objective, a tech platform that helps fashion professionals to do better business. Her expertise on the mechanics of the fashion industry, combined with her penchant for combining sleek branding and meaningful messaging have seen her become an expert in taking sustainability to scale. Building on her experience leading the marketing team for the Ethical Fashion Forum, Qiulae has led workshops with industry leading organisations, and is well known for her creative approach to large scale projects and achieving growth in an ethical way.

Elizabeth Stiles,
Fashion Brand Consultant

Elizabeth Stiles has a decade of experience in the fashion industry working for Next, Miss Selfridge & New Look so she knows the buying and supply process inside out. Now working as a brand consultant, she is passionate about helping small fashion businesses with design, sourcing and manufacturing.

Catherine Erdly,
Founder, Future Retail Consulting

Catherine Erdly is the founder of Future Retail Consulting and is on a mission to help people create the life they want by growing successful product-based businesses. Catherine brings nearly twenty years industry expertise and an inspiring passion for all things retail. She loves nothing more than enabling small and start-up brands and retailers grow their profits.

Elizabeth and Catherine will be presenting 2 sessions on Tuesday 25th June; The key questions you need to ask a manufacturer to ensure a successful working relationship, and 5 things successful fashion brands are doing to succeed.

Alison Lewy MBE,
Fashion Angel

Alison is a fashion industry expert, mentor, author and founder of Fashion Angel, a fashion business support agency offering mentoring, training, networking events and access to funding for fashion industry entrepreneurs.

Alison will be presenting 2 sessions on Wednesday 26th June; Finance for fashion start-ups, and Getting it made and she will also be available throughout the show to answer questions and provide one to one advice and guidance on her stand SB24.

Taeman Kaya,
360 Resourcing

Having worked within the retail recruitment industry for over 10 years, on the back of a further 5 years retail store experience, Taeman  & Davide currently head up the London office at 360 Resourcing, where they partner with some of the world’s leading designer brands, supporting with all levels of recruitment within their store operations across the UK.

Davide Zambetta,
360 Resourcing

With over 15 years retail management experience working for some of the most prestigious luxury brands and boutiques in retail, including Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Ermanno Scervino and Harrods, Davide & Taeman currently head up the London Office at 360 Resourcing, where they partner with some of the world’s leading luxury brands, supporting with all levels of recruitment within their store operations across the UK.

Fashion Jobs & 360 Resourcing will be offering one to one career consultancy sessions on all aspects of the fashion industry on Tuesday 25th June

Doreen Adusei MBE,
FashionWorks

Doreen Adusei MBE is the founder and creative director of Fashionworks, a design to manufacturing business consultancy for the fashion and manufacturing industries. After leaving the Royal College of Art with a Masters, she went on to design and oversee the production and manufacturing of collections for Harvey Nichols and Liberties. Successfully gaining European Funding, Fashionworks now offers design to manufacturing support to the industry. The Fashionworks consultancy includes business strategists, to woven, stretch to accessories manufacturers linkage.

Lunia Oliver,
FashionWorks

Lunia is Fashionworks Manufacturing, QC and Costing specialist and has over 19 years as a production manager. Working with designers such as Vin and Omi, Bethany Williams and Amanda Wakeley as well as production personnel from McQueen and middle high-volume markets.  All Fashionworks specialists are passionate about working with new designers, and host regular industrial workshops within factories and Universities in London.

Stephanie Jackson,
SJR

With over 12 years’ experience in the luxury retail industry, working for some of the most renowned fashion houses, I have a real insight of what really matters. Here at SJR, we are committed to providing you with a service and a solution. We use our knowledge of the entire industry as well as the end-to-end process of recruitment to truly understand both our clients and candidates needs as we can easily identify with both. Our relationships are based on trust, professionalism and reputation. Our aim is to make every element of the process as smooth and responsive for you as possible (right from candidate selection through to admin). Consequently, my passion and drive for service and delivery has taken us into wider areas of the recruitment industry – from luxury retail into hospitality, customer service and lifestyle brands, in both temporary and permanent capacities.

This has led us to embark on this Journey. We look forward to working with you, servicing you or guiding your career in any way we can.

Charley Mclean,
SJR

Working as the Operations Manager at Stephanie Jackson Recruitment, my day to day role involves overseeing the daily running of the business managing both the temporary and permanent divisions, liaising with candidates and clients to ensure all needs are met. Prior to working at SJR, my experience was predominantly within the corporate and education sector, placing executive positions. Since joining SJR, I have been able to utilise my knowledge of end to end recruitment and delivery of top class customer service whilst combining this with my passion for luxury fashion.

I pride myself on my professionalism, ability to drive my team and relate to both my candidates and clients alike.

Renee Panayiotou,
SJR

I am the candidate consultant at Stephanie Jackson Recruitment taking care of all candidate relations. From screening over the phone, to face to face interviewing I am able to resource the desired calibre of candidates to suit the needs of our clients. Each client has a different ethos, set of products and client base. I am focused on resourcing the highest selection of candidates, not just based solely on experience but also a positive and focused personality and attitude. I aim to speak to clients and gain a thorough understanding of their expectations so that I am able to meet their requirements. I have previously worked with other high-end luxury fashion recruitment agencies and most recently in the Head Office of Hermès recruiting for their stores around the UK.