Yourbrandspace.com, a free online service connecting fashion buyers to fashion brands, and the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB) have teamed up to run a series of networking events aimed at independent retailers.
The new partnership sees a joining of philosophies, with both FAB and www.yourbrandspace.com seeking to support and develop the independent fashion sector.
Former Drapers editorial director Eric Musgrave said: “yourbrandspace launched at exactly the same time as FAB at the beginning of 2012 and like FAB, it really wants to see the UK’s independent fashion stores prosper.”
“We are pleased to be teaming up over the next few months to jointly host networking events to explain to retailers what we do and why they should sign up to us both.”
The first of the series will kick off on May16, 2012, in Manchester, with the Manchester Fashion Network (www.manchesterfashion.com) as the third co-host.
The networking event will commence at 6.30pm at 2022NQ, 20 Dale Street, Manchester. The FAB story will be told by Eric Musgrave and yourbrandspace.com founders Sam Bleasby and Louisa Valvano will be talking about the origins of their concept, how it can be used and what it could mean for the future of sourcing products.
Yourbrandspace director Louisa Valvano said: “We are delighted to work with FAB and to get on the road to talk to independents about how we can help their business become stronger and more profitable.
“Working with the only UK trade association dedicated to the interest of the independent fashion retailer was an opportunity not to be missed as we build on our mutual desire to improve profitability and streamline the day-to-day business practices of running an indie.”
The event will provide an opportunity to meet and network with other fashion store owners and suppliers in the independent sector.
More information can be found at: www.yourbrandspace.com and www.fashionassociationofbritain.co.uk/blog/come-and-have-afab-evening-in-manchester-on-may-16.
Tickets cost £10 and can be booked through: www.manchesterfashion.com/event/311/independent‐networking‐night.