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Sussex Fashion Charity – @FashionSussex

UK’s current clothing & textiles manufacturing position – £21 billion net – £37 billion gross and £1.5 billion worth of clothing and accessories manufactured in the UK /2010 Figures. Essential to our economy and essential to all of us everyday. The Fashion Trust – Sussex Fashion Awards - is a charity and it’s simply disappointing to find @FashionSussex twitter feed hacked. Many homegrown fashion professionals are donating their time to help other young people across Sussex achieve higher status. You may not like fashion but there’s millions of people that do. We’d appreciate the service restored.  www.twitter.com/FashionSussex


Sussex Indies Day 2012

The 2012 national Campaign featuring UK’s independent retailers has just been launched by Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for Retail.

Independents’ Day encourages the public to buy at least buy one thing from their local, independent shop on 4th July 2012.

Never has there been a better time to celebrate than in the very busy Queens Diamond Jubilee Year – Torch Relay around Great Britain – the UK Olympic and Paralympic Games – to give custom to our local independent stores.

Over the next four months, retailers will be encouraged to download the campaign posters from http://www.retailindieday.com, celebrate the day in their stores and join forces with other retailers and town centre teams to hold special events to capture the public’s imagination.

More Information is available  Twitter @Retail_IndieDay -  facebook.com/independentsday or on the news section of www.retailindieday.com


Get your Fashion Business Nominated 2012 Awards

So who can win? – If you’re a fashion business or supply services to fashion businesses based in Sussex, then your business is eligible to enter including – Retailers – Etailers – Designers – Models – Wedding services – Photographers – Manufacturers – Wholesalers – Made In Great Britain – Exporters - Shopping Centres - Universities & Colleges - Trading Organisations … Read more > Fashion Sussex

Fashion Sussex Nominations 2012


The Sussex Fashion Trust ‘Made By’ Product Marketing Campaign

The Made By Campaign  – Made By Britain – Made By Sussex – Made By Brighton & Hove. With an anticipated change in tourist profile across Sussex during the Olympic buildup starting with The Torch Relay landing in Britain 18 May 2012, and continuing over the summer months, businesses were being urged during Autumn 2011, and continually, to consider their domestic marketing strategies and buy British manufactured products to retail, wherever possible, for tourists visiting the UK and regionally across Sussex, to take home with them souvenirs and mementos made from the region.

Summer 2011, Julius Arthur Quinn, a post-graduate designer from Brighton University, nominated in the MP’s ‘Made By Britain’ Hove & Portslade entry, designed a portfolio of Olympic inspired designs for fashions for the UK, Sussex and Brighton & Hove on behalf of The Sussex Fashion Trust. Designs were versatile and translated into graphics which could be used for various business 2012 promotional projects highlighting the diversity of designs and of course, promoting the various regional products on offer.  Read more > ‘Made By’ project


Saving Our Famous British High Streets

The heavyweight retail experts are starting to pile in with their sector’s overview of what can be done to regenerate business across UK high streets including Justin King, boss of Sainsburys, reported to be highlighting the need for schooling to be integrated into high streets, along with Harold Tillman, boss of Jaeger & Aquascutum, Chair of British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week, whose talking a relaxation of visas for Chinese visitors to the UK, highlighting the enormous growth by this sector and the value of their three times spend compared to other overseas tourists. With a bumper year of mega events – The Torch Relay across the UK, The Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and London 2012  – the debate appears to be starting on how sectors view development of the famous British High Street.

Previous news >

Mary Portas Pilot

Mary Portas High Street Review 


Retailers Environmental Impact

Retailers have found that reducing waste, energy and water provides their businesses with increasing recognition and makes good business sense according to a new report out from BRC The British Retail Consortium. The BRC-led project, A Better Retailing Climate was launched in 2008 committing businesses who represented the majority of the UK retail market to sector-wide environmental ambitions. Despite the current economic austerity and price volatility, retailers seem to manage continuing to build resilience reducing environmental impact.

Waste: Exceeded target. Retailers committed to reduce waste sent to landfill to below 15 per cent by 2013. Signatories beat that target two years early, sending just 14 per cent of waste to landfill in 2011 (down from 45 per cent in 2005).
Transport: Exceeded target. Retailers committed to reduce delivery emissions by 15 per cent by 2013 (compared with 2005 levels). In fact they achieved a 23 per cent reduction by 2011.
Buildings: On target. Retailers committed to cut energy-related emissions from buildings by 25 per cent by 2013 (compared with 2005 levels and allowing for growth). By 2011, these emissions were down by 20 per cent.
Refrigeration: On target. Retailers committed to halve emissions from refrigeration by 2013 (relative to floor space to allow for business growth). By 2011, these had already been reduced by 37 per cent.

BRC’s report read more >  A Better Retailing Climate


Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 News

Are you a fashion related business that would like to win one of the twelve coveted Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 this year?

Only one nomination is required online, but is your business ready to be judged by professionals?

  • Is your business website looking fantastic and with up-to-the-minute copy and designs?
  • Does your business have full contacts available online?
  • Is your business engaging with its customers by using social media fully?
  • Has your business a marketing plan and schedule for 2012?
  • Has your business media coverage planned and already achieved?
  • Has your business customer testimonials about your services on your website?
  • Has your business organised any events for your customers?
  • So whats new about your business for judges to look at online?

Just some of the many aspects judges will be glancing over after 8 April 2012 when the nominations close and judging commences. Start making your business plans now to win one of the 12 coverted awards.


‘Sussex Fashion Shopping is Great’

‘The Greats’ Campaign has been especially launched to promote ‘all things British’ in time to celebrate for The Queens Diamond Jubilee and The London 2012 Games including a dedicated ‘Shopping is Great’ poster.


Great British companies and organisations including fashion supremo Mulberry are supporting the campaign and top British figures in fashion including Sir Paul Smith and Dame Vivienne Westwood.

The Fashion Trust is a keen promoter of fashion British manufacturing and has been encouraging local businesses to look at these possibilities wherever possible with never a better time to look at possibilities of British manufacturing in preference to overseas markets for bespoke and short run fashion manufacturing.


Diamonds – celebrating The Queens Diamond Jubilee

A spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace is planned to be staged later in the year at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace including the special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration. Showing the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years, the exhibition includes an unprecedented display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels – those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign.  The exhibition will reveal how many of these extraordinary stones have undergone a number of transformations, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings during their fascinating history.


Fashion Businesses Across Sussex Invited

The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more. The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors, aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.

LOCOG representatives – The huge organising body behind the Olympic Games – will be explaining how the campaign and Brighton, Hove and Sussex businesses can take every opportunity to market their products and services during this important year. The Sussex fashion industry is invited to the series of FREE presentations being provided 26 January 2012 along with other marketing opportunities and topics promoting @London 2012 including Business Contingency Preparation, ‘Leaders’, last tendering availability.   Read More > Seminars and Workshops page


Fashion designs from Sussex

The Medieval and Renaissance Room Victoria & Albert Museum London

Featured designer Juliana Sissons Couture Collection from the Medieval and Renaissance Room Victoria & Albert Museum London

Sussex based Fashion designer, Juliana Sissons, participated in the V&A’s Artist in Residency programme recently. During this time Juliana used the V&A’s medieval and renaissance galleries for research and was particularly inspired by the armour collection and by images depicting armour within the many tapestries and sculpture.   www.fashionsussex.co.uk


Vogue Italia photoshoot

More wonderful fashion creations from Sussex designers including this stunning bridal shoot by fashion photographer, Eastbourne based, Luke Woodford www.imbourne.com and designed by Kevin Freeman of Renaissance Creative Designs of Brighton, finalist recently in The Sussex fashion Awards 2011,  featured by Vogue Italia.

All rights reserved  www.fashionsussex.co.uk


How to nominate your favourite fashion business 2012

We’ve added a special q&a feature about how your business can get nominated in The 2012 Sussex Fashion Awards >

Awards on offer

  • Sussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Eco Designer Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Model Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Online Etailer of the Year Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Ambassador Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Childrenswear Award 2012
  • Sussex Fashion Sportswear Award 2012

Sussex Awards for The Fashion Best now open for your nominations 2012

Special New Year 2012 Greetings from The Sussex Fashion Awards

Raising the profile of regional fashion

2012 Fashion Awards now open for your nominations > www.fashionsussex.co.uk


Fashion Sussex 2012 Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

With special thanks to everyone who has helped during 2011 donating their time to promoting British, Sussex and Brighton & Hove design and manufacturing.

Suzie Turner for wonderful couture outfits provided for the second year Sussex Fashion Awards launch and voted Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year 2011 - Sarah Bird for photography voted Sussex Fashion Photographer 2011 – Tess Dimos the face of Sussex voted Sussex Fashion Model 2011

Branding and Identity by Jan Rust of My Identity Ltd

Shot on location at The Hilton Brighton Metropole

www.fashionsussex.co.uk


Elizabeth Taylor Fashions in Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor collections raises $157m from the sale of film icon Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery, clothes, art and personal effects sold at the auction house Christies last week.

1,778 items were auctioned off over four days in New York breaking seven world records and surpassing all pre-sale expectations, the auction house revealed this week.

The sale set a world record for the most valuable sale of jewellery in auction history as well as the most valuable fashion collection offered at auction. Six items sold for more than $5m each, while a further 20 items sold for over $1m mark.

The most expensive lot was a 14th-century 50-carat pearl, diamond and ruby necklace called ‘La Peregrina’ which went for $11.8m – more than $8m over the estimated sale price. The piece was given to Taylor by her fifth husband Richard Burton in 1969, who purchased it at auction for $37,000. The late actress called the centrepiece stone “the most perfect pearl in the world”.

The auction, attracted buyers from 36 countires and marked the company’s first-ever online-only sale, which ran in parallel to the live auctions at Christie’s New York. The web auction generated over 57,000 bids and $9.5m in additional sales.

Taylor’s collection of impressionist and modern art is scheduled to be auctioned at Christie’s London in February.

The actress died March 2011, aged 79. The bulk of the proceeds from the auction will benefit her charity, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.

*Source FT

Regional Sussex jewellers can take the opportunity to nominate their businesses in the forthcoming Sussex Fashion Awards 2012. Read more>


Lord Sugar debates the new funds for British Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain

Vince Cable recently announced the allocation of £125 million Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain Fund for British manufacturing.

Lord Sugar debated British manufacturing in the House of Lords calling for more support for British Manufacturing not just by the government but also by consumers.

In his address to the House of Lords on the 8th December, Sir Alan Sugar, highlighted two key points calling for the government to allocate some of its fund to finance incubator factories, left empty in industrial units, to help start up businesses to manufacture their products in the UK.

Lord Sugar was quoted as saying ” low cost merchandise can’t be manufactured (in the UK) but high quality can be” …

Remember when Made in Britain was a very proud statement for manufacturers… and I do believe that we are still capable of producing quality products in this country…”

He stated that the lack of patriotism from consumers could be addressed by a nationally recognised ‘Made in Britain’ logo which the government should ‘dip their hands in their pockets’ to fund.

Earlier 2011, a ‘Made in Britain’Marque was launched and profiled by Stoves, the renowned Aga manufacturers,  who conducted research and designed an updated British Marque - highlighted by Fashion Sussex.  Read more > http://fashionsussex.co.uk/new-made-in-britain-marque-for-manufacturers-in-brighton-hove-sussex-uk/

See more of Lord Sugars address on > you tube


Fashion jobs and careers

The University of Brighton has produced talented artists and designers to follow in the footsteps of past graduates including the legendary Biba designer Barbara Hulanicki, Julien MacDonald – voted British Designer of the Year 2001 – and Gresham Blake, Brighton’s modish tailor to the stars.

Fashion Courses available 2011-2012 Brighton University Sussex include

· BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)

· BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)

· MDes Fashion with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)

· MDes Textiles with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)

Updated information now available – fashion agencies, jobs & training information; cv tips; apprenticeships Read more > jobs page Fashion Sussex


The Mary Portas High Street Review of Shopping

Shopping and expert retail guru Mary Portas released her 28 point review of the long awaited High Street Report for The UK.

Her guidance report provided ideas and ways that the High Streets throughout the UK could aspire to attract new and retain existing shoppers and consumers of the future.

Fundamental to the report, that each town centre has it’s unique needs and that centre authority has the ability and power to address those needs to promote business as do those traders to ensure their business model fits and supports those areas.

Fashion Sussex is a growing fashion Trust, set up to promote regional fashion, where services are donated by numbers of experienced clothing & textiles retail and services professionals. The Sussex Fashion Awards were designed and awarded during 2011 which saw more than 700 interested public nominations vote for their favourites and awarded to 14 businesses and individuals across Sussex including retail outlets in a number of towns.

Winners such as

Walk In Wardrobe of Hove voted as Best Place to Shop in Sussex 2011 recently commented

“It was just the lift we needed, and its fantastic to be rewarded“…

Suzie Turner winner Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year 2011 stated

‘I was thrilled to be chosen Sussex Designer of The Year ‘ 

Gossypium, the E’tailer and retailer of Lewes, Sussex winners of The Sussex Fashion Eco Award 2011

“Wining the Fashion Sussex Eco Fashion award meant alot to us simply because it is local acknowledgement”…  

You can read more about what Mary Portas has to say – and it’s clear that involvement on the High Street such as The Sussex Fashion Awards  can motivate the consumer and enhance the shopping experience further  > Mary Portas Report December 2011


Sussex fashion industry designers and manufacturers

London

The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more. The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors, aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.

Initial criticism was made whether Britain should have the reference ‘Great’ but clearly London now recently voted the capital of EU shopping provides every reason why.London has been ranked as the best European city for shopping with competition from 33 other cities including Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in a research report, The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe,* published during November 2011.

London was described by the researchers as ‘a globe shopper’s paradise’The UK’s tourism minister, John Penrose, welcomed London’s top ranking, saying

…“The capital’s shopping experience – whether at Christmas or any other time of year – is second to none. Next year the eyes of the world will be on us as we host the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – this award once again shows that London really has something for everyone.” …

And Sussex …

The Sussex Fashion Trust , the regional fashion charity trust, from its conception has been particularly instrumental in promoting products and services designed and made from the local region, wherever possible.

The Fashion Trust recently ‘designed’ 12 regional fashion awards, during 2011, where hundreds of the public nominated their favourite businesses. 12 Awards were won in its first year, a staggering 6 of the 8 winning manufacturing businesses designed and made their products not just in Great Britain but across Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove. Read more > Sussex Fashion Awards

Read more > APMG 

Furthermore, The Trust was nominated during 2011, in the Policy Connect APMG nominations, by local MP, Mike Weatherley representing Hove & Portslade, promoting design and manufacturing within their parliamentary regions.

Read more > Made By Britain local campaign 

*The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe was compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and ranked the cities on the quality of their shops, affordability, convenience, hotels and transport, culture and climate.


Design and Manufacturing Wins Sussex Awards

The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more.

The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors,aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.

Initial criticism was made whether Britain should have the reference ‘Great’ but clearly London now recently voted the capital of EU shopping provides every reason why.

London has been ranked as the best European city for shopping with competition from 33 other cities including Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in a research report, The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe,* published during November 2011.

London was described by the researchers as ‘a globe shopper’s paradise’The UK’s tourism minister, John Penrose, welcomed London’s top ranking, saying

…“The capital’s shopping experience – whether at Christmas or any other time of year – is second to none. Next year the eyes of the world will be on us as we host the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – this award once again shows that London really has something for everyone.” …

The Sussex Fashion Trust promotes regional fashion raising the profile of fashion across Sussex and is delighted to see in its first year, 6 of the 8 design & manufacturing product sectors as winners of the 12 awards up fo grabs in The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards 2011. Fashion and accessories strictly designed and manufactured from the Brighton & Hove, Sussex region as well as other areas across the UK.  – clearly highlighting that fashion elite are spread all across Great Britain.   Read more > Fashion Sussex


Shopping across Sussex

The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of  posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more.   The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors, aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.Initial criticism was made whether Britain should have the reference ‘Great’ but clearly London now recently voted the capital of EU shopping provides every reason why.London has been ranked as the best European city for shopping with competition from 33 other cities including Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in a research report, The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe,* published during November 2011.

London was described by the researchers as  ‘a globe shopper’s paradise’The UK’s tourism minister, John Penrose, welcomed London’s top ranking, saying

…“The capital’s shopping experience – whether at Christmas or any other time of year – is second to none. Next year the eyes of the world will be on us as we host the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – this award once again shows that London really has something for everyone.” …

And Sussex …

The Sussex Fashion Trust , the regional fashion charity trust, from its conception has been particularly instrumental in promoting products and services designed and  made from the local region, wherever possible.

The Fashion Trust recently ‘designed’ 12 regional fashion awards, during 2011, where hundreds of the public nominated their favourite businesses. 12 Awards were won in its first year, a staggering 6 of the 8 winning manufacturing businesses designed and made their products not just in Great Britain but across Sussex and also the city of Brighton & Hove. 

Furthermore, The Trust was nominated during 2011, in the Policy Connect APMG nominations, by local MP,  Mike Weatherley representing  Hove & Portslade, promoting design and manufacturing within their parliamentary regions.

Read more >  APMG

Read more > Sussex Fashion Awards

Read more > Made By Britain local campaign 

*The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe was compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and ranked the cities on the quality of their shops, affordability, convenience, hotels and transport, culture and climate.


The Face of Sussex Fashion 2012

With thanks to Tess Georgia Dimos modelling couture for the launch of the second Sussex Fashion Awards 2012, voted Sussex Model of The Year Award 2011  who is seen wearing the fabulous outfits from the bespoke collection of Suzie Turner, Made by Britain  - Campaign shot on location at The Hilton Brighton Metropole -  Read more > Tess Georgia here

Nominations for The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 including Brighton & Hove are now open www.fashionsussex.cu.uk


The Sussex Fashion ECO Award 2011

Gossypium

Abigail & Thomas started out in the cotton fields of Kutch, in western India 1998.  Being ideologists, they went in search of cotton that wouldn’t harm the environment or exploit Indian farmers. As textile technologists, they were appropriately qualified to pursue their vision & together with Agrocel – a farmers’ service centre, they developed a formula for growing & trading in cotton. They made sure they never lost sight of the Indian farmers’ needs in creating a solution that would ensure their economic stability & also protect the environment.

Two years later… Agrocel Pure & Fair cotton was born, it’s the only one of its kind & is used to make Gossypium products. All the cotton is organic & is fully traceable back to the farms from which it came. And the farmers receive a fair price for it, above the market price.

From India to Brighton Beach – Gossypium started its life on Brighton Beach, via a market stall, & from there Abi & Thomas soon learned what people were looking for in organic cotton & adapted their range accordingly.

Lewes, 2000 – A proper office, & shop to match, in the historic county town of Lewes. It’s a good place to live & grow a business.

Nine years later… Today Gossypium is a leading brand in Fairtrade certified organic cotton fashion. “All our products are designed in-house & we like to think we stand alone, naturally.”

Our ongoing company objective is to create a strong collection of classic products which respect Gossypium’s ethical & environmental values, at the right price for the consumer.

“Welcome to our world of ethical living!”  Abi & Thomas Petit > Co-founders & Directors of Gossypium

Gossypium are winners of The Sussex Fashion ECO Award 2011 and will be launching the 2012 Sussex Fashion Awards which include Brighton & Hove at their store in Lewes, Sussex December 2011, and look forward to meeting local customers, other award winners and new shoppers.


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