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Centre for Fashion Enterprise is London’s Pioneering Fashion & FashTech Business Incubator

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We understand the challenges of growing a business where digital, sustainable and social shifts are driving rapid change within the fashion and fashion tech sector. Businesses and the wider industry recognise that support from Centre for Fashion Enterprise really makes a difference. Judith Tolley Head of CFE

London is home to some of the fashion industry’s brightest design talent. To ensure a brand’s survival and success, though, takes more than raw talent.

It is crucial in today’s market for small businesses to understand their USP and vision, to be better informed and follow a considered development strategy. CFE facilitates this, unlocking creativity and business potential, allowing designers to gain an international foothold.

Working with the next generation of iconic design innovators, CFE fast tracks designers into businesses. Successes include Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Marques Almeida and Craig Green.

Fashion Technology Emerging Futures (FTEF)

The FTEF project vision is to support the new eco-system emerging in London, recognising the convergence of fashion and technology SMEs.

By way of our four-level tiered offering, the project encourages business growth via a programme of activities. These include intensive bespoke interventions/programmes, one-to-many workshops, fash-tech meet-ups, and Manufacturers Trade Fairs.

Businesses are supported to adopt and innovate their business models, products, and services. Through the creation of new fashion and lifestyle products, digital marketing and retail solutions, and digital supply chain tools, businesses unfold potential to transform the high-value fashion sector.

By driving growth and promoting greater cross-sector collaboration, the project supports SMEs to develop their capacity through improved business infrastructure, finance and better supply chains, ultimately improving the competitiveness of London’s fashion SMEs. CFE provides the tools to boost brand confidence – for designers, manufacturers, and buyers, to ultimately reach economic sustainability.

European Regional Development Fund

Centre for Fashion Enterprise is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The FTEF project is part funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Timeline

2018 View more

5 new designers join the Jewellery Pioneer programme: WWAN(1)URIBEDaouEllie Air Jewellery and Emma Montague

Accelerate business Charles Jeffrey joins alumni Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski and Rokh in being shortlisted for the LVMH prize

CFE runs a second trade show alongside luxury fashion fabric show, Textile Forum

Fashion Tech Project Officer Ishwari Thopte joins the panel of the Global Start-up Bootcamp held in London, Paris and Dubai

Rokh, an alumnus of our Fashion Pioneer programme and Charles Jeffrey announced as finalists for the LVMH prize

7 current and alumni designers are announced as nominees in the British Isles category for the 2018/19 International Woolmark Prize: Alex Mullins, Ka Wa Key, Liam Hodges, Marta Jakubowski, Nicholas Daley, Richard Malone and Steven Tai

6 new innovators join Fashion Tech Pioneer Programme: LDC, Riina O, Weavenote, Kiren Passi, Seekers of Design (SODs), Sewport, Save your Wardrobe

Nicholas Daley announced as semi-finalist for International Woolmark Prize

CFE’s partners with HubSpot; a leader in CRM, inbound marketing and sales support for early-stage businesses.

Petit Pli, INDUO, and All Eyes, join our FashTech Accelerate residential programme

CFE Partners with Fashion Tech Toronto established by Ashley Barby, in 2017, as a way to connect both fashion and technology sectors through an ongoing, immersive event series.

CFE host standalone Manufacturers Trade Show at Asia House including jewellery and Fashtech exhibitors

Petit Pli win Dezeen Award

Progressive underwear brand MARIEYAT, womenswear labels Supriya Lele and Alistair James, streetwear-inspired social project LLSB (Long Live SouthBank) sustainability-focused menswear Bethany Williams, Contemporary menswear brands, DANSHAN and JORDANLUCA and textiles specialists Hours join the Fashion Pioneer programme

Criag Green wins British Designer of the Year Menswear at the Fashion Awards

 

2017 View more

Indonesia Fashion Forward (IFF) programme launches for 2017 for its sixth year

CFE Pioneer alumni COTTWEILER announced as the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark prize for Menswear

Launch of a new Jewellery Production workshop in partnership with CENTA

CFE x Christopher Raeburn collaborate for Sustainability focussed Fashion Production 1 workshop

EMEL+ARISBECOCOHIGHERFAVOUR UPMESHMERISE and OKAUTUMN are the latest recruits on the FashTech Pioneer Programme

CFE welcome the first on site FashTech Accelerate businesses – cutting edge wearable tech company XO, customisable bridal wear platform PRIM & CLOVER, and 3D-bespoke shoe brand SOLELY ORIGINAL

CFE partners on Sónar+D Barcelona international conference

CFE holds first standalone Manufacturers Trade Show

Matthew Miller and Samantha McCoach of Le Kilt announced as the winners of the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize British Isles regional final.

CFE hold second Manufacturers Trade Show alongside luxury fashion fabric show, Textile Forum

Designers Le Kilt, Joshua Millard, Feng Chen Wang, Nicholas Daley, Jamie Wei Huang and Art School join the Fashion Pioneer programme

Doppelhaus, Glitzbox, Petit Pli, Save Your Wardrobe, Shopest and Teggnet join the FashTech Pioneer programme for November

CFE designers Craig Green and Charles Jeffrey, and alumnus Jonathan Anderson win The Fashion Awards 2017 for their outstanding creativity and innovation

Molly GoddardCharli CohenCharles Jeffrey and Ovelia Transtoto  join Alex MullinsRoberts Wood and Grace Wales Bonner on the Accelerate Programme

2016 View more

CFE returns to Leeds for Leeds New Market Entry programme

CFE alumni, Teatum Jones, win Woolmark Prize in Womenswear

Launch of CFE Fashion Technology and Emerging Futures Project

CFE ‘Venture’ programme changes name to ‘Accelerate’

CFE Pioneer alumni Grace Wales Bonner wins LVMH prize

Fashion Pioneer programme supports designers  Sadie WilliamsROBERTS | WOOD Kéji, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY , R-O-K-H and This is the Uniform

CFE Pioneer alumni COTTWEILER and current Accelerate designer Faustine Steinmetz  announced as the menswear and womenswear winners 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize British Isles regional final

CFE launches new fashion production programme – Fashion P1

The Jewellery Pioneer Programme in partnership with CENTA launches supporting 12 businesses

CFE partners on the Decoded Fashion Milan summit 2016

CFE recruits AWAYTOMARSCashmere AppGilded LabMEAMESolely Original, and Tinker Design for FashTech Pioneer programme

CFE Leeds Pioneer alumni designers Cabba and Julia D’albert launch collections at John Lewis Leeds

CFE alumni designers, Craig Green, Molly Goddard and Simone Rocha all win awards at The Fashion Awards

Designers Bashaques’, Ece Gozen, Maya Bash and Muslin Brothers successfully complete YOTA programme

2015 View more

CFE launches its pilot FrontRow Fash-Tech programme funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and supports 9 fashion tech businesses for 3 months

Venture designers Fyodor Golan & Craig Green and pioneer alumni Claire Barrow win at the debut Fashion Future Awards by Decoded Fashion and BFC

Venture designers Marques’ Almeida and Agi & Sam win at WGSN Global Awards

Venture designers Agi & Sam and Teatum Jones win the Woolmark Prize for British Isles in menswear and womenswear categories respectively

Venture designers Marques’ Almeida win the LVMH prize for 2015

CFE becomes a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner

CFE welcomes Muslin Brothers from Israel and Bashaques from Turkey as designers in residence for 6 months on the YOTA programme

CFE selects two new venture designers – Liam Hodges and Faustine Steinmetz

The pan -European WORTH pilot project, led by CFE, concludes in 35 unique products that were exhibited in London and Paris – October 2015

CFE alumni designers J.W Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Erdem, Thomas Tait and Grace Wales Bonner win at British Fashion Awards

2014 View more

CFE appoints The Barn as their digital consultants to work with designers on their digital strategy

CFE launches its first regional programmes outside London, in Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council and Lambert’s Yard

Bridging the gap between fashion, technology and digital industries, CFE launches the ‘Fashion Tech Meetup’ series

CFE and DISC consult with Hackney council to help setup ‘Fashion Lab’ at the Trampery, London Fields

CFE alumni Thomas Tait wins the inaugural LVMH prize

CFE hosts a one day symposium ‘Fashion Talks London’ discussing future of business support with pan European incubators

CFE venture designers Craig Green and Marques Almeida win in the emerging designers category at British Fashion Awards

2013 View more

Building on success CFE International expands its work in Indonesia Turkey, and Qatar

CFE agency re launches as Fashion Innovation Agency, expands team and remit of work, Matthew Drinkwater appointed as Head of Agency

245 fashion designer businesses have been supported by CFE since 2003

CFE celebrates 10 years supporting the most talented and exciting emerging designer businesses in London

CFE launches new website

CFE launches Building Brand Equity programme to help designers to prepare their businesses for attracting investment

2012 View more

CFE attracts continued support and funding from ERDF

In association with Olswang LLP, CFE publish “Intellectual Property in the Fashion Design Industry” helping designers understand and manage IP.

Baartmans and Siegel, Agi and Sam, Marques Almeida join Venture and take studios at Mare st. Fyodor Golan and Teatum Jones join Venture.

Femina Media Group Indonesia commission CFE International to deliver bespoke business support to emerging Indonesian designers

CFE establish designer fashion investment programme, 1st designer to investor pitch takes place at Hospital Club, Covent Garden

CFE partner with UKTI to deliver E commerce Digital Seminar

CFE International host summer fashion incubation programme for 10 Turkish Designers at Mare st.

Bianca Fincham – Director Rainbowwave PR appointed to manage CFE PR.

2011 View more

CFE launches DISC, Designer – Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre. Helping fashion designers and manufacturers innovate their business, products and services.
Jackie JS Lee joins venture. Matthew Miller, Dominic Jones, Katie Rowland, William Richard Green, Agi and Sam, Fydor Golan, Georgia Hardinge join Pioneer

CFE partner with NESTA to launch Designer and Manufacturer production Toolkits

CFE run 1st of 2 intensive boot camps for fashion business start ups. NatWest sponsor £1000 prize fund, Natalie Rae Richardson wins inaugural prize.

CFE International undertakes Indonesian scoping mission with British Council to develop “Indonesian Fashion Industry roadmap”

Turkish government appoints CFE Agency as sole provider of design consultancy to Turkish Fashion Industry

2010 View more

Christopher Raeburn, Louise Gray join Venture and take studios at Mare St. James Long joins Venture

Judith Tolley appointed, joins team as CFE Manager

Christopher Shannon, Simone Rocha, Sibling, Eudon Choi join Pioneer

CFE partner with Fashion East and British Fashion Council (BFC) to launch inaugural London menswear sales showroom in Paris. Funded by UKTI

Holly Fulton and Thomas Tait join Venture and take up studios at Mare st. Sibling join Venture

Agency brokers high profile collaborations – Christopher Raeburn for Victorinox, Holly Fulton for Smythson

CFE forms Fashion Alliance, works with strategic partners to look at Designer high-end manufacturing issues. Partners include NESTA, UKFT, Grant Thornton and BFC

New 2 day intensive workshop programme – Market Entry launches, designed to support early stage designer businesses

After 3 seasons hosting designer showrooms NY, CFE partner with BFC for 1st London show ROOMS New York.

2009 View more

CFE wins ERFD bid securing 3 further years of funding, studio facilities expand at Mare st.

Mary Katrantzou joins Jean Pierre Braganza, Aminaka Wilmont, Hannah Marshall on CFE venture. Mary moves to CFE studios, stays for 2½ years .

JW Anderson, Ostwald Helgason, Carolyn Massey, Holly Fulton join Pioneer

Olswang LLP supports CFE providing Venture designers with unrivalled package of legal expertise

DCMS commission CFE to write UK high-end manufacturing report – highlights case for Designer and
Fashion Manufacturer Alliance and Designer Innovation and Sampling Centre

CFE launches agency to broker collaborations and consultancy for designers

2008 View more

CFE host inaugural New York, Designer showroom at Soho Grand, funded by UKTI

Meadham Kirchhoff joins Venture for 2 years. Henry Holland, Felder Felder, Todd Lynn, David David join Pioneer

Jane Shepherdson, Chief Executive Whistles joins CFE Board

NESTA commissions CFE to write first ever study of high end designer businesses “The UK Designer Fashion Economy”

2007 View more

CFE launches 6 month programme – Pioneer, supports Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Goldin

Peter Pilotto joins Venture moves to CFE studios for 2½ years

CFE supports independent Paris sales showroom, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Gray and David David exhibit

Daniel Marks, Director Communications Store joins CFE Board

2006 View more

Wendy Malem appointed Director of CFE, re shapes vision and sets out future strategy

Jan Miller joins CFE team, advising on strategic business planning

Marios Schwab joins Venture

2005 View more

CFE launches 2 year bespoke support programme – Venture

Erdem wins Fashion Fringe, joins Venture and moves to CFE studios for 3 years

Manish Arora invited to show at London Fashion week, joins Erdem on Venture

2004 View more

London College of Fashion gifts designer studio and office space to CFE at Mare st. , Hackney

Partnership with Fashion Fringe develops, CFE supports first winner, Basso and Brooke

CFE Advisory Board forms, strategic advisors Suzanne Tide Frater and Sarah Mower join

CFE supports Pauric Sweeney, Hamish Morrow, Tristan Webber, Anne Sophie Back and Jewellers Mawi

2003 View more

Mayor of London supports London’s fashion designers, funds Centre for Fashion Enterprise for 3 years

Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) launches at Mayors City Hall

First CFE grant scheme supports Bora Aksu, Alastair Carr, Chris Liu, Christopher Ryan