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
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
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.
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BBC Dragons’ Den are back.
If you have a great idea or invention and looking for cash then make space in your diary – 23 February 2012 – 11 am to 4 pm at The Holiday Inn Seafront Brighton. Businesss Admission FREE. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business Days Event
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.
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.
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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
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.
With thanks to Suzie Turner for the beautiful silk georgette cowl back long dress featuring swarovski crystals between the crepe de chine lining and outer fabric – pictured in our recent photo shoot for the launch of The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012. Couture – strictly designed and made to order in Great Britain. Read more > Fashion Sussex
The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 are open for nominations from the public voting for their favourite business or individuals based in Sussex, including Brighton & Hove.
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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The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 are pleased to introduce a new Award into the fashion 2012 programme, The Sussex Best Children’s Wear Award 2012.
A number of parents along with editor, Rachel Boyle, of ABC Sussex magazine, were instrumental in asking for the introduction after the success of the first years awards where more than 700 public nominations were made, 14 businesses received accolades and 9 professional judges donated their time to pick the very best from the fashion industry across Sussex.
Jake Leith, Head of Fashion and Trustee, stated …that he was “very pleased” to include Childrenwear as an award categorary for 2012 along side the 11 other handpicked awards representative of the regional Sussex fashion scene.
… ”I will be looking closely at the awards and will be amending and extending them including sportwear and childrenwear this coming year, and reflective of The London Olympic Games 2012 legacy “…. Stated Jake Leith.
Mike Weatherley MP representing Hove & Portslade, Judge and Trustee commented
…” I am pleased to announce that the second year Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 will open late November 2011 online at www.fashionsussex.co.uk and delighted to continue in my role as trustee and as a judge in this very important London Olympic 2012 Year” …
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
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
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.
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
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
The First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 – in print – The Argus
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
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
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 www.brightonandhovebusinessshow.co.uk/exhibit/
Date for your diary – 27 October 2011 – don’t miss the largest networking City Business 2 Business event with special creative industry help for fashion and support services including
- growing your brand advice
- protecting your brand advice
- displaying your brands and advice
Top organisations offering free advice and seminars through out the day.
Great opportunity for the fashion, supporting services, creative and digital media industries to meet across Sussex, meet new contacts, suppliers and network.
The Brighton, Hove Sussex Business Show – FREE to attend – registration online only
The Fashion Trust during 2011 helping emerging designers and raise the profile of fashion across Sussex 2011
- 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
- Mike Weatherley MP representing Hove & Portslade Trustee and Judge
- Claire Arskey Director European Retail Operations,
- Eric Musgrave Former Chief Editor Drapers.com and part Chair UKFT
- Bethania Matheus, Director of BM Models
- Frances Tobin professional colourist
- Claire Wallace editor of ETC Magazine Sussex
- Rachel and Dawn, of ABC Magazines
- Martin Mason CEO Lulu Guinness
- Paul Fletcher for photography
- Andy and Sarah of Wire World Media,
- Tony of CQ Photography for location shoots
- Julius Arthur Quinn for his exquisite print work
- Jan Rust of My Identity Ltd for his continued support of this project,
design and online
- The Hilton Brighton Metropole for location shoots
- Gresham Blake for his clothing ranges in supporting photo shoots
- Alex Turchyn for media cover
- Gay Richardson for media cover
- Sarah Arnett of Modern Love for her designer input
- Kevin from Renaissance for his designer input
Thank you to students who have helped to make this project grow including Brighton University and Fashion Department, Sussex University, Sussex Downs College, and thank you to our press for their continued support and cover of fashion in Sussex.
There have been so many people offering help, advice and time – we hope we haven’t left anyone out.
Thank you to all those businesses who have so generously sponsored The Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 including
MCR Print Ltd www.mcrprint.co.uk
The Best of Brighton & Hove www.thebestof.co.uk/brightonandhove.co.uk
BM Models www.bmmodels.co.uk
Wire World Media www.wireworldmedia.co.uk
Metamorphosis Group www.metamorphosisgroup.co.uk
My Identity Ltd www.myidentityltd.co.uk
LadyM Presents ww.ladympresents.co.uk
Star Communications org uk www.starcommunications.org.uk
Fashion judging panel 2011
Our professional judges for the First Sussex Fashion Awards including Brighton & Hove are from a number of fashion related disciplines and high profile industries including member of parliament, university heads of fashion, retail stores director, press and media, with backgrounds in design, manufacturing, retailing/e-tailing.
Our judges include Jake Leith, Brighton University, Mike Weatherley MP representing Hove & Portslade ,
Claire Arksey European Retail Operations Director REISS stores, Eric Musgrave, former editor of Drapers.com,
Bethania Matheus of BM Models, Frances Tobin professional colourist, Claire Wallace, editor of ETC magazine, Rachel Boyle and Dawn Gracie of ABC magazines.
The first Sussex Fashion Awards public nominations closed during February 2011 and the finalists were announced during May 2011. Judging has taken place and the winners will be announced shortly.
There’s plenty on offer for fashion creatives and digital media industries at Brighton & Hove Sussex Business Show this Autumn 2011 including seminars and workshops.
We’ve teamed up with The Intellectual Property Office
The IPO offer your firm FREE information about the right protection for your intellectual property; offering IP awareness, seminars, advisors and support, IP health checks, patent information, centres and more and thus, offering you the opportunity to grow your brand. Click here for more information about the Intellectual Property Office
We’ve teamed up with Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis are one of the UK’s top visual merchandising consultancy businesses. Click here for more
information about metamorphosisgroup.co.uk
The team will be providing presentations on how to project your British manufactured / Sussex manufactured / Brighton & Hove manufactured products and services ready for 2012.
Simply click on www.brightonandhovebusinessshow.co.uk today and register for your free online admission to The Business Show.
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