UKFT is working on the new £5.4m Future Fashion Factory project to develop advanced digital and textile technologies that will increase competitiveness and productivity in the design and production of luxury fashion, led by the University of Leeds alongside project partners including Burberry, Royal College of Arts, Wools of New Zealand, Wooltex UK and the British Fashion Council (BFC). The industry-led collaborative research project links the textile design and manufacturing centres within the Leeds City Region with the creative design and retail centre of London.
It brings together expertise from ten core industry partners, with many more forming a wider network spanning design, manufacturing and retail in the UK. The project involves collaboration with the Universities of Leeds, Huddersfield and the Royal College of Art as well as the Centre for Textile Excellence in Yorkshire.
Adam Mansell, CEO, UKFT will lead the project, spearheading the drive to increase productivity, shrink design process lead times, lower costs, and importantly, reduce waste.