Meet the Manufacturer to host first catwalk show

Meet the Manufacturer, the sourcing event organised by Make it British, will host its first fashion show in collaboration with the Leicestershire Textiles Hub in June.

The show, which will take place on the first day of the Meet the Manufacturer trade show and conference, will present the best of Leicestershire textile manufacturing.

Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British, which organises the two-day trade show said: “We’re very excited about the partnership with the Leicestershire Textiles Hub. Their philosophy mirrors ours – to reinvigorate the textiles industry and provide information, inspiration and innovation around British manufacturing.

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“As the trend of re-shoring gains momentum, we’re confident that this fashion show will bring to life the quality and diversity of manufacturing in Leicestershire and prove an informative experience for buyers.”

Since its launch in September 2014, the Leicestershire Textiles Hub has been offering useful and practical support and information to textile manufacturers in the area to help their businesses to flourish.

Leicestershire Textiles Hub programme manager Abdul Bathin said: “The Leicestershire region has always been a traditional centre for knitwear, hosiery and footwear – much of the infrastructure is still there and now is the time to write the next chapter in the history of Leicestershire textiles and inspire a new generation to take the county to where it belongs.”

According to the ONS business register and employment survey 2013, Leicester and Leicestershire has one of the highest levels of textiles employment in the UK, with over 10,000 people involved in textile manufacturing and more than 400 companies responsible for 20% of the UK’s clothing manufacturing.

The city is also the home to De Montfort University, which boasts the oldest and one of the most successful Contour Fashion courses in the world.

The Meet the Manufacturer trade show and conference on 3 and 4 June 2015 at Tobacco Dock in London.

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