Manufacturing for the future

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Centre for Fashion Enterprise connects fashion designers with tech and manufacturing businesses at a day-long trade show followed by CFE’s 14th FashTech meet-up

Taking place at LSO St Lukes in Old Street, close to both Silicon Roundabout and east London’s fashion community, this event will showcase traditional and innovative manufacturing and explore the possibilities of technology-enabled design and manufacturing. It illustrates CFE’s commitment to nurturing SMEs and providing opportunities for networking.

The CFE Manufacturers Trade Show is unique sourcing event for fashion businesses looking to connect with high-end production units, including manufacturers, pattern cutters, fashion software and embroidery services, which cater to smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs. Exhibitors, this time, include Jenny King Embroidery, Kitty Ferreira and London Pattern Bureau and new knitwear offers from Knitster and Harlowe Studios.

CFE’s 14th FashTech Meetup will explore the next wave of making: technology-enabled design and manufacturing. This evening event hosted by CFE will bring together a panel of experts, including Carys Roberts - Chief Economist and Head of the Centre for Economic Justice at IPPR - to discuss: What will automation do to job supply? How are designers adopting technology in their creative processes? Will circular technologies demand that designers take ownership over a garment’s entire life cycle? 

Date and Time

Wednesday 3 April 2019; 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Manufacturers Trade Show

Time: 9.30 am - 6 pm

CFE FashTech Meet-up 14

‘The next wave of making: technology-enabled design and manufacturing’

Time: 6 pm - 9 pm


LSO St Lukes, 161 Old St, London, EC1V 9NG

To attend, register here.


Note to editors

Notes on confirmed speakers

Carys Roberts is Chief Economist and Head of the Centre for Economic Justice at IPPR, the UK’s leading progressive think tank. Carys’ published research spans a range of economic topics, including automation, work, gender and wealth inequality. In 2017, she published Managing Automation: Employment, inequality and ethics in the digital age, which informed the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice and was featured on the front-page of the Guardian. She is an experienced media commentator and has appeared on Radio 4, Radio 5Live, Talk Radio, LBC, BBC Breakfast and Sky All Out Politics. She has previously spoken at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and at ASOS on the topic of automation and the fashion industry.

For the full list of exhibitors, please contact CFE’s Press Office –


Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) is London's pioneering fashion and fashion tech business incubator, supported by London College of Fashion, UAL. The programme-based offer supports businesses across fashion, accessories, jewellery and fashion tech at different points in their journey. Tailored mentoring and strategic guidance helps them navigate the complexities of running a business.

Current CFE-supported businesses include Molly Goddard, Charles Jeffrey, Bethany Williams, Supriya Lele, Marieyat, DANSHAN, JORDAN/LUCA and Alex Mullins. The Manufacturers Trade Show is part of CFE’s Fashion Technology Emerging Futures (FTEF) project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


About CFE and the FTEF project

The Fashion Technology Emerging Futures Project is instrumental to the new eco-system emerging in London that recognises the convergence of fashion and technology SMEs. Through its tailored support programmes, CFE builds confidence in these businesses, propelling them to adopt and innovate their business models, products, and services. In turn, new fashion and lifestyle products are grown and digital marketing and retail solutions are developed, boosting London’s high-value fashion and retail sector.


How CFE is supported

CFE and the FTEF project specifically, is part funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) up until Summer 2019. CFE is also supported by London College of Fashion, UAL.


European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £4.8m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit