On Wednesday 8th June, The Prime Minister and British Fashion Council invited guests from across the fashion and textiles industry including designers, media, retailers, business leaders, government, academia as well as our BFC Foundation Patrons to an event celebrating sustainable fashion. Thank you to those who came along to support.
The Downing Street reception set out the foundations to move towards a 10 year Fashion Industry Sustainable Change Programme, focused on creating a world leading circular fashion eco-system in the UK with innovation and creativity front and centre. The Sustainable Programme outlines the need for the first industry led Centre of Excellence, housed within the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion to convene industry including designers, retailers, manufacturers, academia and broader stakeholders including partnership bodies UK Fashion and Textiles (UKFT) and British Retail Consortium (BRC).
The evening gave credit to research partnerships to date with Innovate UK, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the vision of the CEOs of these organisations and of many British businesses from independent designers and big brands to manufacturers who are leading the way. The programme vision is to deliver city level eco-systems with world leading recycling infrastructure that delivers regional regeneration and innovation clusters, investment in skills and that embraces new business models focused on circularity.
For more information on our wider sustainability strategy, please find out more here: https://instituteofpositivefashion.com/