The Sussex Fashion Trust

The Fashion Trust UK

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.

Sussex Fashion Designers & Fashion Support Services

We’re seeking very special people.

Those who are based across Sussex and either students, graduates or at various levels in the fashion design industry as we are continually securing interesting creative work opportunities.

Register with us free, confidentially.


Fashion industry Sussex based suppliers that support the fashion industry, we’ll list you free on our fashion marketing page.

All product design specialities are eligible :: womenswear, menswear, childrenswears, knitwear, sports, accessories, beach, footwear, lingerie…

Please take the 3 minutes to register today.  Register your details free

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

Special presentation by The HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Jake Leith, President of The Chartered Society of Designers,  Head of Business & Professional Practice for Fashion & Textiles ( and Design & Craft) at the University of Brighton and has over 20 years’ experience of successfully running his own design practice and 12 years as a teacher-practitioner as well as The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards trustee was delighted to attend the Prince Philip Designers Prize awarded by The HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony recently at the Design Council during November 2011.

Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators and the man who created the world-famous images of the Big Friendly Giant and Matilda, was named the winner of the 2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The awards saw a number of high profile fashion nominees including Stephen Jones one of the UK’s foremost milliners, who has transformed millinery since first opening a salon in 1980, and who has trained other leading designers including Philip Treacy and Noel Stewart. Sir Paul Smith, arguably the most successful British fashion designer ever. Since opening his first shop in Nottingham in 1970 he has built an international business that has defined the way three generations of men – and latterly women – have dressed.

About Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake is perhaps best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books, but his distinctive pen, ink and watercolour drawings have also accompanied the work of many other children’s authors like Michael Rosen and Joan Aiken. He has illustrated Dickens, Carroll and Lear as well as originating his own characters including Mister Magnolia, Mrs Armitage and Clown.

Since his first drawings appeared in Punch when he was 16, Blake has become recognised around the world in a 60-year career. He became widely known in the 1970s, presenting the BBC’s Jackanory, where he illustrated the various stories on screen. He became the first ever Children’s Laureate in 1999.

Left to right  HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,  Quentin Blake, Jake Leith.


12 Fashion Awards for 2012

The 2nd Sussex Fashion Awards open for online nominations 5 December 2012 and include the following awards -

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 Best Ambassador Award 2012 – Sussex Fashion Best Childrenwears Award 2012 – Sussex Fashion Best Sportswear Award 2012 … read more > FashionSussex

New Awards at the Sussex Fashion Awards 2012

The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 including Brighton & Hove are pleased to introduce a second, new, 2012 Fashion Award in the Sussex programme,  The Sussex Best Sports Award 2012.

Sussex Best Sportswear Award 2012

In this the year of the Olympics & Paralympics -  this new award  seeks to recognise active sportswear which makes a difference through a combination of good design and fabric technology.  Providing a range of sportswear suitable for any number of disciplines and in doing so promotes and encourages sport as part of a healthy lifestyle….

This now completes all 12 awards on offer for the 2012 season, handpicked for the Sussex region, which can be viewed online. The nomination process will shortly be open. Read more >

Maximise your Christmas spend with expert personal shopping

Igor Srzic Cartledge based in Brighton & Hove and winner of Sussex’s Best Male Fashion Ambassador Award 2011 has several personal shopping ideas this Christmas.

Make sure your hard earned cash goes even further with a Personal Shopper Gift Voucher to maximise your styling Christmas 2011 and for birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, weddings – they are so many occasions to buy presents for our nearest and dearest but many times run out of ideas….

For more information contact >  Igor Srzic Cartledge

Fashion & Beauty Editor – What’s Happening Magazine – Fashion expert on  Brighton Juice 107.2fm – Fashion Stylist, Journalist, Broadcaster Personal shopping & Fashion Advice.

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Christmas news from Brighton & Hove designer Renaissance Creative Design

Another hectic month for Renaissance Creative Design , The Marilyn Monroe book that Kevin Freeman contributed to has just been released. Televised Press launch in London during November 2011 already in reprint with an extra page added.

November sees the opening The Curves in Couture Show in London with Kelly Knox modelling Renaissance’s  gown (winner of Britains missing top model). Dressing the presenters Pamela Stephenson, Natalie Cassidy and Brianne Delcourt (dancing on ice) with some quite stunning press coverage of this event being invitation only and  partly organised by the British Fashion Council.

Additionally, Kevin is delivering two Masterclasses at the Royal Albert hall as part of the Creative Quarter programme.

There are two magazine cover shoots lined up over the next two weeks as Kevin engages with work experience students and organises a variety of projects so that they can be involved in.

And if that wasn’t enough …. Kevin is designing an exclusive high end bridalwear range for a new bridalwear boutique in Chichester as well as full page editorial  in Brides magazine… for your very own bespoke Christmas outfit contact Kevin Freeman at Renaissance Creative Design 

Kevin was a finalist 2011 Designer of the Year by the Sussex Fashion Trust.

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Brighton’s MADE 2011

Sarah Arnetts range of lifestyle including cards, cushions and fashion prints feature at the yearly arts & crafts MADE 2011 exhibition at Corn Exchange Brighton Sussex  18 – 20 November 2011.

Sarah was a finalist 2011 The Sussex Fashion Awards

Export help for Sussex fashion firms

There’s a new pdf issue for those fashion firms considering exporting from Sussex, UK –  Your export opportunity: an insight. Your guide to getting started in exporting.  A guide that outlines the points your business may need to consider before venturing into international business. The guide explains the benefits to a company with case studies and provides  contact information within UK Trade & Investment and sources of help and guidance and elsewhere. Read more >
Business Innovation Skills

Sussex Fashions Celebrated

The Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 saw hundreds of public nominations made for celebrating the best in the industry across Sussex. Industry experts and professionals donated their time to The Sussex Fashion Trust to raise the profile of fashion across the region including Brighton & Hove, to judge the 12 Awards up for grabs.

Claire Wallace, Editor of ETC magazine, the free glossy magazine, publishes a regular monthly fashion feature, showcasing quality fashion offers from a round the region, donated her time to be an industry & professional judge for the first Sussex Fashion Awards 2011, held at The Royal York Hotel, Brighton during September 2011.

ETC Magazine,  distributed to most major towns across Sussex, celebrate The First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011, including Brighton & Hove, held during September 2011. Read more > Fashion Awards magazine feature.

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Retailers preparing now for Christmas 2011

Retailers across Brighton & Hove offered a fantastic opportunity by Metamorphosis, South East’s leading visual merchandise company, to help prepare shops ready for Christmas 2011 with a  one-to-one tuition basis! The “Dressed for Success” campaign has started – call – 0845 437 9648

The Best Christmas Shop Windows in Sussex

Brighton & Hove City Council bring retailers a fantastic opportunity to get dressed professionally this Christmas with one-to-one special coaching sessions by top South East based visual merchandisers, Metamorphosis Group.

A special one- off for Indies based in Brighton & Hove, be ‘Dressed for Success’ and enjoy the opportunity of entering a special Awards events – contact Metamorphosis direct on 0845 437 9648

Information about Creative Industry contracts

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) reveals that over the next six months around 100,000 contracts will be made available for small businesses and UK suppliers for The London Games 2012. Many of these contracts will be for creative industries.

Brighton & Hove Sussex Business Show is hosting LOCOG representatives, 27 October 2011, who will be offering presentations at The Hilton Brighton Metropole commencing 12.30pm about the many millions of pounds tendering.  It’s free to visit, scores of exhibitors to meet and quality presentations offered to visitors during the day. Open at 12 and closed at 5pm.  Ideal opportunity to register your FREE visitor admittance today. (Online closes at 6pm, 26 October2011).

Read more >Brighton & Hove Sussex Business Show

Fashion News from Sussex

Congratulations to The Fashion Designer of The Year, Suzie Turner of Suzie Turner designs based in Brighton, Sussex,  in the recent Sussex Fashion Awards 2011,  and Fashion Photographer of The Year Sussex 2011, Sarah Bird of Sarah Bird Photography based in Brighton & Hove featured in Love News Brighton.

Games 2012 Visual Merchandising for Retailers at Brighton & Hove Business Show

The Brighton & Hove Business Show welcomes LOCOG – The huge body behind The London Games 2012 who will be providing quality presentations for businesses across Sussex with up to date business news about 2012 and The Olympic Torch Relay route making its way across Sussex during July on its way to London.

Eve Reid from Metamorphosis will be providing a short overview on the do’s and don’ts that retailers will be facing on how they can  promote their retail businesses during the Olympic period, Summer 2012.

Eve oversees the vision and direction for the Metamorphosis Group, working with leading International and National brands in the past and currently with a number of independent retail businesses across Sussex. Eve is a merchandising expert, specialising in Brand Evolution, Concept Design, and Visual Merchandising.

Read more > The Brighton & Hove Business Show Autumn 2011

Retail Crime Survey 2011

BRC Retail Crime Survey 2011

Government, police and crime partnerships rely on data provided by The British Retail Consortium’s annual Retail Crime Survey and analysis.

The BCR need to keep up to date and this is Brighton & Hove’s Sussex chance to help provide necessary information by completing a short survey.


Reasons for completing this years survey:

1. It is the only comprehensive and up-to-date view of crime trends in UK retail
2. It provides key statistics which underpin the BRC’s media activity, ensuring retail crime achieves a high profile
3. It underpins the BRC’s political and lobbying activity, giving an evidential basis to our submissions
4. It gives credibility to BCR’s position and gives retailers a stronger voice
5. It provides retailers with a baseline on sector norms in crime losses and investment in crime reduction

Sussex Fashion Awards 2012

After the runaway success of year one, 2011, we’re busy planning year two, 2012,  fashion awards here in Sussex which will shortly be opened up for all those votes to honour the very best of our growing fashion elite in business across Sussex.

Our Awards take in businesses and individuals from all towns such as Chichester, Lewes, Horsham, Eastbourne, Hastings, the City of Brighton & Hove and more …

Sarah Bird crowned ‘Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year 2011′ now busy preparing to undertake the photograph brief for the 2012 fashion marketing campaign for The Fashion Trust Awards 2012 with ‘Fashion Designer of The Year 2011′  Suzie Turner’s wonderful dresses being featured throughout the campaign.

Read more  > information about The Fashion Trust and The Awards

Hotel conference and venue space – Brighton & Hove Sussex

Photography by Paul Fletcher Photography

The Grand Hotel Brighton

The most famous and luxurious accommodations in all of Brighton, Sussex, UK.

A hotel synonymous with elegance, it comes as no surprise that the business, hospitality and conference facilities are fitted with elegant décor and modern amenities. The Grand Hotel

The Grand offers space for fashion shows, conferences, meetings and awards ceremonies.

Situated at 97-99 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FW, Brighton seafront.

Call 01273 224 300

Conference & Hotel space Brighton & Hove Sussex

Photography by Paul Fletcher Photography

The Royal York Hotel

The Royal York Hotel in
is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a unique and
opulent boutique hotel in the centre of lively Brighton with stunning views.

The Royal York offers space for conferences, meetings, and awards

The recent prestigious Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 being held here.

Situated at The Old Steine Brighton.

Call 01273 766700

Walk in Wardrobe – The Best Place to Shop in Sussex

Sponsors ‘The Best of Brighton & Hove’ and winner ‘Walk In Wardrobe’ celebrated at The First Sussex Fashion Awards, September 2011

Walk in Wardrobe has established itself as one of The South Coasts leading supplier of prom dresses, cocktail dresses, ball dresses – day and evening special hire specialists – and recently won “The Best Sussex Fashion Place to Shop” in the First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011  last month held at The Royal York, Brighton.

More than 700 public nominations and a panel of nine professional industry experts including REISS fashion directors, The Head of Fashion and Business Development at Brighton University, Hove & Portslade MP, Members of the Press, an RCA trained professional colourist and local premier model agency entrprenuer decided that this was really the Best Place to Shop in Sussex 2011.

Read more > about the sponsors ‘ The Best of Brighton & Hove’  and Walk In Wardrobe based in Hove

A Celebratory Sussex Fashion Trust eMagazine

The First Sussex Fashion Awards designed by The Fashion Trust, a charity, which includes the city of Brighton & Hove, have produced a celebratory eMagazine featuring the 40 Sussex based nominees, the fashion judges, and the winners of the 12 Sussex Fashion Awards which were up for grabs – and won – this month.

Read more by viewing here >  pdf download

If your firm would like to know more about The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards and developments for year two, opening up for nominations shortly, then please call  07864971662 or email  – we would be very pleased to hear from you.


The First Sussex Fashion Awards – UK’s regional fashion at its best

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The First Sussex Fashion Awards including Brighton & Hove, UK. 

The Sussex Fashion Trust is delighted to announce Suzie Turner as winner of the prestigious Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year Award 2011.

Eleven other winners from the fashion industry across Sussex, UK, were honoured at the lunchtime event held at The Royal York Brighton, September 2011.

The Awards saw numerous regional industry figures gather, for the first time, hosted by trustees Jake Leith, President Elect of The Chartered Society of Designers, and Head of Business & Professional Practice for Fashion & Textiles (and Design & Craft) at the  University of Brighton, and Mike Weatherley MP representing Hove & Portslade.

The Sussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2011 went to young designer, Julius Arthur Quinn, an ex graduate of Brighton University with fantastic print ability, and renowned and influential ladies wear stockist, Katherine Tansell of Walk in Wardrobe, won The Best Place to Shop Award 2011.

The fabulous stunning collection, and highly praised exhibition, ‘Dress for Excess’ was awarded The Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2011, to the team headed up by Martin Pel at Brighton Museum, whilst Sarah Bird won Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011.

All Awards were decided by public nominations this year, and included the sustainability store, Gossypium, as the winner of the Sussex Fashion ECO Award and following on, Tess Georgia as Sussex Fashion Model of the Year 2011.

Brighton & Hove legendary stylist Igor Srzic Cartledge tied with dashing Gresham Blake, the tailor, for the title of Sussex Best
Fashion Ambassador Male 2011, whilst a similar situation was entertained with Liz Bishop, of Brighton Fashion Week, and Jane Busby, stylist for Sussex Best Fashion Ambassador Female.

Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2011, was won by Peggs & Son, Brighton. This Award received many differing
public nominations.

Edit Boutique of Haywards Heath Sussex was voted The Best place to Spend £250 and finally Vintage Owl Boutique won the Sussex e’tailer of the Year Award 2011.

“This is the first year and I am delighted that so many nominations were made by the public for our thriving fashion industry” stated Mike Weatherley MP and trustee “This year’s Sussex Fashion Award winners represent a great selection of regional fashion talent
from fantastic emerging young design talent, across all industry sectors, to the Fashion ECO award”
stated Jake Leith trustee

The Sussex Fashion Trust, a charity, was set up during 2010. Its primary aim to heighten visibility, engage buyers with fashion
designers, increase manufacturing and export of fashions from the local region.

The Trust offers soft mentoring support, one to one with top professional industry specialists, and online regional support
information to showcase fashion.
The Sussex Fashion Awards initiative was designed as part of the programme to heighten visibility of the fashion industry in the South of England. 


Magazine of The First Sussex Fashion Awards – pdf download

For further information please call  07864971662  Email  Website

The IPO is visiting to help growing Sussex brands

The Intellectual Property Office will be visiting the Brighton & Hove Business Show 27 October 2011 helping fashion businesses and services to protect their brands whilst growing their brands.

The Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox recently stated … 

“UK design has an excellent reputation. From fashion to aerospace and from graphic design to technology, the UK design industry is held in high regard across the world. However, we must maintain that excellence and the Government is committed to doing more to support the design industry. I urge the business community to participate in this call for evidence and help shape the future of design in the UK.”

Take this opportunity to visit  - and even exhibit in the special ‘MADE BY’ exhibiting zone – an area dedicated to highlighting the products designed and made in the region of Brighton, Hove and Sussex.

Simply complete the 3 minute exhibit enquiry form at


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