Meet the Manufacturer to host seminars
This year’s event on 24-25 May 2017 will introduce seminars exploring partnerships, production and provenance.
By Laura Turner
20 March 2017
This year’s Meet the Manufacturer
- the sourcing event exclusively for UK manufacturers of apparel, textiles and homeware - will include a new series of free seminars.
Taking place throughout the two-day event, which runs on 24-25 May at The Old Truman Brewery, London, the drop-in seminars will explore ‘partnerships, production and provenance’ in UK manufacturing.
“One of the key reasons for coming to our event is to network, not only with manufacturers, but also with industry peers,” says Kate Hills, CEO and founder of Make It British, the campaign for the return of manufacturing to the UK and organiser of Meet the Manufacturer. “These free drop-in seminars will provide the perfect opportunity to explore all aspects of the industry, with an inspiring line-up of speakers offering advice based on their real-life experiences.”
Seminars will see innovation meeting heritage as Simon Cotton of Johnstons of Elgin teams up with Hal Watts of Unmade to illustrate how a partnership between one of the UK’s most innovative manufacturers, with one of the oldest, is good for business. Johnstons of Elgin is one of the oldest textile manufacturers in the UK and has been making fine woollen cloth, knitwear and accessories in Scotland since 1797. In stark contrast, Unmade launched in 2013, using technology to bring mass customisation to the textile industry.
Elsewhere, husband and wife team Kate and Graham Holbrook from Turtle Doves will discuss ‘How to make a million with an old sewing machine and a design idea’. Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, who launched their UK-based woven textile design studio Wallace Sewell after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990, will share the secrets of ‘building a good partnership with your manufacturer’. Deborah Maxwell from Nottingham-based law firm Potter Clarkson will cover the hot topic of ‘Intellectual property in the fashion and textile industry, while Joan Johnston, who has been engaged in both creative and commercial roles within British luxury textiles for over 25 years, will discuss the importance of using provenance to engage the consumer from a national and global perspective.
Meet the Manufacturer is organised by Make it British
, the campaign for the return of manufacturing to the UK. The two-day programme includes a trade show with over 150 exhibitors showcasing some of the top knitters, weavers, tanneries, leather-goods makers, CMT units and homeware factories in Britain today.
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