Meet the Manufacturer will be held in Britain from May 24 to 25, 2017. This is the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, textiles and home ware. This year’s trade show will be the biggest and best yet, with over 150 exhibitors. The show opened in 2014. It aims at promoting UK manufacturing.
New for 2017 are a series of drop-in workshops and seminars, connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers. Creative businesses will be given the opportunity to showcase their distinct and inspirational labels.
For decades, off-shoring almost totally depleted the UK fashion manufacturing industry, but rising production costs overseas, especially in China, combined with Britain’s vote to leave the EU present an incredible opportunity for British-made fashion to step out into the world. Since the greatest threat to the renaissance of British fashion is a lack of skills, the issue of skill development will be tackled at this year’s event.
Meet the Manufacturer inspires next generation of young people to make it in manufacturing and produce quality products in Britain. There will be sessions on innovation, heritage, producing knitwear and building partnerships with manufacturers. Speakers from fashion houses will share stories of survival and success.