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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, 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 – or on the news section of

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

Promoting British Fashion around the World

Visit Britain, the UK’s national tourist agency has recruited Victoria Beckham, to act as an international ambassador for the  GREATS campaign, helping to promote the best of Britain around the world, whilst under the spotlight this year, with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Victoria’s ready-to-wear range is now sold in over a credible 300 stores globally. Photoshoot taken with Vogue’s supremo Anna Wintour at New York’s Grand Central Tube Station before the start of AW 2012/2013 NY Fashion Week.

The Great British Campaign in New York

New York’s Grand Central Station saw British Fashion Greats gather including Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Cover girl Karen Elson helping to raise overseas awareness of British fashion talent, focusing on reasons for investment and visiting the UK. Victoria acting as an ambassador for this initiative being photographed in front of a subway train covered in a Union Jack flag.

The ‘Greats’ campaign is promoting aspects of UK culture; including technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, knowledge, green, heritage, sport, shopping, music and the countryside and now being unveiled around the world for 2012 UK tourism.

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.

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New Sports Award 2012 Celebrating Fashion and Team GB

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


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Made By Britain Campaign

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.

British Fashion Council – Fashion 2012 – Britain Creates

Created and managed by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Mayor of London, Britain Creates is an exciting project which is highlighting London 2012 Festival, the UK festival being staged 21st June – 9 September 2012 and is the culmination of the four year Cultural Olympiad.
The Britain Creates 2012 project will be the start of an ongoing artistic project and bursary to support and encourage further collaboration between fashion and other art forms. The money for the bursary will be raised through the auction of the pieces and through the proceeds of a Gala event. To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, prestigious and renowned fashion designers are collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art.

These commissions, focusing on an Olympic and Paralympic value, will be showcased to a broad UK and international audience. 5 July – 20 July 2012  V&A Musuem London Read More > BritainCreates 

The UK’s most prestigious and renowned fashioned designers collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art   ‘Britain Creates 2012’ include Sarah Burton, Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Stephen Jones, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith, who will collaborate with leading visual artists including Jeremy Deller, Jess Flood-Paddock, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk, Michael Raedecker and Cerith Wyn Evans. Fashion connecting with art celebrating London 2012. Part of The London Cultural Festival running throughout the summer 21 June – 9 September London 2012 Festival

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.

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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…

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‘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.

The Queens Diamond Jubilee

The Queens Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday takes place 5 June 2012. Exhibitions and events are now starting to be staged across the UK including portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by royal photographer Cecil Beaton at The V&A Musuem, London. This exhibition celebrates Her Majesty in her roles as princess, monarch and mother and coincides with the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. 8 February – 22 April 2012.

Fashion businesses across Sussex can also take this opportunity to learn how they can celebrate this event at the forthcoming Brighton & Hove Business Days presentations being held free for business visitors at The Holiday Inn 26 January 2012. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business

The Launch of The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012

Sarah Bird voted Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year 2011, couture provided by Suzie Turner International Designer and winner of The Fashion Designer of The Year 2011 Award, modelled by Tess Georgia voted by the public as the Sussex Model of the Year 2011, provided a stunning photo shoot, at The Hilton Brighton Metropole, helping to launch the opening of the online nominations for the 12 coveted and prestigious Sussex Fashion Awards. Read more > Fashion Sussex

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 >

Brighton & Hove Sussex Business – fashion creatives and digital industry

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
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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 today and register for your free online admission to The Business Show.

  • FREE park & ride for Business Show visitors operating for A27
    and A23 at Withdean Stadium – traffic from Crawley – Horsham – Haywards Heath –
    Burgess Hill – Lewes – Eastbourne – Hastings and Worthing -Littlehampton –
    Chichester – Steyning – Lancing – Shoreham by Sea – Portslade  – Hove.
  • Second FREE park & ride operating from Jubilee
    Street Brighton for digital and creative industries based in central

    Brighton and City College, Brighton University students who wish to

The Sussex Fashion Trust and Awards 2011 including Brighton & Hove

The Fashion Trust

The Fashion Trust has been created to link both academics and professionals alike, it’s primary focus of the UK regional fashion industry, creativity and design, business mentoring, and associated industries linked to it.

Its current primary emphasis being on helping designers to start their businesses, manufacturing, and exporting from the Brighton & Hove and Sussex region.

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Fashion Trust Timeline - August 2011

Brighton Hove Sussex UK Fashion Business – The High Street Fund charity

Moving on from the recent disturbances, The High Street Fund is a national charity, working to help small businesses in England damaged by the riots.

The fund is registered with the Charity Commission and administered by a group of trustees who are senior business figures with very wide experience.  It depends on voluntary contributions and was created with generous donations from the large businesses, many of which have given the time of their staff or other resources.

The charity has benefited from significant grants from public authorities, including £500,000 from the Mayor of London, and £230,000 from London Boroughs. The Kirsh Foundation has also donated £100,000.

To continue the work to get our High Streets up and running on behalf of small businesses and England’s high streets, the charity welcome funds from all who would like to contribute. Please view for further information

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Brighton Hove Sussex Business – Mary Portas High Street Property Review

Thinking about a business startup? With London 2012, Olympic year just around the corner, it could be the ideal opportunity to look closer again at the High Street again… 

The Mary Portas’ High Street review ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron, has highlighted some interesting data released by British Property Federation (BPF)

  • A third of new leases on high street shops have break clauses compared to
    just 3.9 per cent in 1999
  • The average lease length is now just 5.7 years
  • More than 47,500 rental tenancies included in the study
  • Research largest of its kind
  • Inflation has risen 94 per cent since 1989 – rents for standard shops have
    risen just 24 per cent (a fall in real terms of 37 per cent)
  • Regional fluctuations –  as little as ten per cent south east region
  • Leases are in a mix catering for industry’s office, industrial and retail

Since the early 1990-s recession periods,  leases have become considerably more flexible, where they were often assigned for 20 years, and usually only upward rent reviews.

*The research was conducted by the Investment Property Databank on behalf of the British Property Federation (BPF)

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Made By Brighton, Hove, Sussex – The Fashion Trust

With the Olympics less than a year away, and the successful launch of the parliamentary search for the best of design and manufacturing across UK, ‘Made By Britain’ project, The Fashion Trust – Fashion Sussex chosen as the Hove & Portslade entry by Mike Weatherley MP, have provided dedicated Olympic 2012 inspired prints to be used in the promotional campaigns ‘Made By Brighton & Hove’ and ‘Made By Sussex’ at the forthcoming Autumn 2011, Brighton & Hove Business Show.

The print used in the promotional banners, featuring colourful lifebouys designed by Julius Arthur Quinn Mdes, graduate of Brighton University, is just one from the ‘Made By’ range featured at  showing that it’s possible to design textile and clothing print design, and use successfully in other ways, in this instance, graphic design in business use solutions.

” We are showing here that successful fashion prints can be used in a number of business solutions and Julius’ iconic lifebouy Olympic inspired design will be further produced, not only just in graphics, but a range of products to show business visitors at the forthcoming Sussex Business Show, how these skills can be adapted for a business environment” … stated trustee Michaela Walker


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Made By Britain launch – The Fashion Trust – Brighton, Hove, Sussex

Made By Britain launch – MP models British Olympic Inspired Fashion Range

A Parliamentary Search for the Best of British Manufacturing by Mike Weatherley, MP representing Hove & Portslade, included new fashion ranges from The Fashion Trust featuring Olympic & Paralympics London Games 2012 inspired themes.

‘The Made by Britain’ launch 6 July 2011 by The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, sees the fantastic, Olympic themed clothing range, designed by a recent graduate from Brighton University, on behalf of The Fashion Trust, manufactured in Hove & Portslade, Sussex, UK, chosen as one of the many creative industries based in the MPs constituency.

The Fashion Trust is thrilled to be associated with The Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group & Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group looking for the very best in British design and manufacturing.

With a comprehensive brief to especially appeal to young people making career choices, and a digital focus, what better way than to promote British Fashion design, including digitally produced print textiles, and manufacturing.

Coupled with the news that Brighton & Hove is privileged to have the Olympic Torch ‘stopover’ next year, July 2012, this brief provided is a fantastic opportunity for showcasing regional fashion 2012 to both home and international fashion markets.

Mike Weatherley MP, representing Hove & Portslade stated…

“I was delighted to join the Sussex Fashion Trust and I look forward to bringing a number of different skills to the table. Our local creative industries are amongst the best in the country. When it comes to fashion, we should be rivalling London”…

Talented young graduate Julius Arthur Quinn, MDes, undertook the project and developed the range “ The Olympic Torch coming to Brighton & Hove 2012 ” for The Fashion Trust.

Julius stated …

“I was delighted to be offered this project through The Fashion Trust and to be able to represent Sussex through print and design. Inspiration has been taken from local Olympic talent and represents the area as a forerunner in Olympic traditions”…

Working with traditional and digital print media, I have worked with photographic imagery to create print work for fashion and textiles across the board”…

Jake Leith, a Trustee, and President Elect of the Chartered Society of Designers. Business & Professional Practice, Fashion & Textiles at the University of Brighton and Trustee commented…

“Julius Arthur Quinn is one of Brighton & Hove’s energy talents in Fashion Design. Graduating in 2010 with an MDes from The University of Brighton, Julius draws inspiration from the local area, iconic Sussex, and local Olympic representatives for the region for this project”…

About The Fashion Trust

“The Fashion Trust has been created to bring emerging regional talent together, increase manufacturing and encourage further exporting from the Sussex region.

Julius is an example of the young talent we are harnessing, promoting and pushing forward with the help of such projects and opportunities as Made By Britain” … Stated Trustee Michaela Walker.

Mike Weatherley MP pictured at Hove Town Hall, Hove wearing one of the exclusive prints designed by Julius Arthur Quinn for The Fashion Trust

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Export Management Support – Fashion – Brighton, Hove, Sussex,UK

Export Management Support for Fashion Designers and associates provided by The Fashion Trust in the Brighton & Hove and Sussex region, UK.

We are extremely pleased to have the additional global expertise provided by Martin Mason, CEO & Managing Director, Lulu Guiness Ltd., join us at The Fashion Trust, the growing fashion charity based in Brighton & Hove.

Martin has extensive experience with developing & licensing premium brands across Asia and Japan as well as  the signing, opening and commercial management of stores located in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.

The Fashion Trust is a charity set up to raise the visibility of fashion across the region, encourage further manufacturing of the industry and export achievement.

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Get your Business ready for the 2012 Olympics! – Brighton , Hove, Sussex, UK

Brighton & Hove Business Events

IMPORTANT –  Next event

Get your business ready for 2012!

International and National Awards Evening – Brighton, Hove, and Sussex, UK –

This event was due to take place this week, but we have been especially requested to delay this event until September 2011.

Part of the evening focused on achieving national and international business awards, raising the profile of your businesses  – in the meantime, a general pdf of selected business awards is available from the website to download at


About Brighton & Hove Business

Brighton & Hove Business Events  produce key International and National themed business events during the year.

2010 saw the fun but equally extremely beneficial to the profile of Brighton & Hove city business, ‘the World Record Attempt at Speed Networking’ take place and achieved, at The Hilton Brighton Metropole during September. Hundreds of busineses gathered, networked whilst the record was undertaken and achieved.

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The first Sussex Fashion Awards including Brighton & Hove 2011 

The first Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 Finalists

The Fashion Sussex team are pleased to announce the finalists 2011

Sussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2011

Sarah Arnett


Rachel Lovett

Julius Arthur

Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year Award 2011

Toni Pickles

Suzie Turner


Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2011

Brighton Fashion Week

Miyala Jewellery

Dress for Excess – Brighton Museum

Cyclodelic –White Night Fashion Visibility event with Brighton & Hove City Council and Safer Roads Partnership

Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2011

White Leaf Boutique

Pushka of Chichester

Flawless Clothing

Tramp Vintage

Handmade of KempTown

Laste Footwear

JoJo boutique of Cuckfield


Peggs & Son

Sussex Fashion Eco Designer Award 2011


Beyond Skin

Supernatural Kids Clothing

Jez Eaton

Sussex Fashion Best Fashion Place to Spend Award £250.00 2011

The Tree of Hope Charity Eastbourne

Edit Boutique Haywards Heath

Primark Brighton

Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop Award 2011

White Mischief of Henfield

Brighton Fashion Week

Walk in Wardrobe

Sussex Fashion Model Award 2011

Alicia Moss

Tess Georgia

Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011

Garage Studios/Kevin mason

Sarah Bird

Tony Curtis Quick

Sussex Best Fashion Ambassador Male 2011

Igor Srzic Cartledge

Gresham Blake

Sussex Best Fashion Ambassador Female 2011

Jane Busby

Liz Bishop

Sussex Fashion Online e’tailer of the Year Award 2011

Vintage Owl Boutique

Sussex Fashion Best Plus Size Collection Award 2011 – No nominations

Judging now commences over the summer months, by our team of expert judges, and the winners will be announced at the beginning of September 2011.

More information at Fashion Sussex