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 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
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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Adidas is also the Games’ official clothing licensee, and will be selling Olympic-themed and branded clothes through its own stores and third-party retailers, such as Tesco and Asda. Stella McCartney, the designer was appointed creative director of Team GB. She is providing the team with garments such as their signature tracksuits and has also designed more fashionable “capsule” ranges that will be available on the high street. Next, also a Games official licensee will provide Team GB with their formalwear, such as the suits for the opening ceremony.
Adidas will dress the 70,000 Olympic volunteers, called Games Makers, provide the outfits for the pre-games torch relay and create clothing for the athletes to wear in the Olympic Village as well as kitting 25 of the 26 Olympic sports taking part athletes.
In this the year of the Olympics & Paralympics, celebrating the biggest event taking place in British history this millenium – The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 – have introduced a new sports award seeking to recognise active sportswear which makes a difference through a combination of good design and fabric technology provided by designers, manufacturing, retailers, or Etailers … Read more > The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012
Official Uniforms The London Games 2012
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Sussex Sports Fashion Award 2012
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The Olympic Team GB Kit
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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
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Design and Innovation with the APPG for Manufacturing, at parliament, put together a project for all MP’s to discover creative and manufacturing talent in their constituency during 2011. Across Sussex, various businesses have been nominated and Hove & Portslade is represented by the Fashion Sussex submission.
Julius Arthur Quinn, ex graduate of Brighton University Fashion & textiles course produced a number of 2012 Olympic inspired prints celebrating International Olympics, The Paralympics and regionally, The Torch Relay which were submitted as Hove and Portslade’s entry and manufactured and produced lifestyle product ranges.
“ I’m delighted that The Fashion Trust in Sussex, can support this campaign for promoting British fashion manufacturing, particularly with the Olympics less than a year away and so many global businesses and consumers observing the UK” … stated Mike Weatherley MP and Sussex Fashion Trustee, July 2011.
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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.
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
The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC’s) Retail Crime Survey 2011, published 16 January 2012 shows fewer incidents for many types of crime but each incident on average has been more costly and so total losses have increased sharply compared with the previous year.
The overall cost of retail crime has soared by 31 per cent to £1.4 billion as the sector is increasingly targeted by serious, organised criminals. This figure includes the value of goods stolen and damage done combined with the money retailers spend on preventing and tackling crime.
More than 35,000 retail workers suffered from physical attacks, verbal abuse and anti-social behaviour during the course of the year, excluding staff affected by the August riots. There were 26 incidents per 1000 employees last year, an increase of 83 per cent.
The estimated total value of goods stolen by customers across the whole sector was over £147 million, up £10 million on the previous year.
Read more from Stephen Roberston, British Retail Consortium Director General, and download the report from the BRC Website
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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.