Posted: Mon 21st Feb 2022
It’s Fashion Exchange week!
If you’re looking to start or grow a fashion business, come along to Enterprise Nation’s virtual Fashion Exchange event, which takes place on Friday 25 February.
It’ll provide you with the opportunity to hear from industry experts, meet retail buyers to hear how to get your product stocked, and network to your heart’s content at the end of the day.
The Fashion Exchange sponsors
GS1 UK: Our headline sponsor for the event, GS1 UK, will be hosting an exhibition throughout The Fashion Exchange, which ticketholders can access at any time to find out more about their services, offers and direct contacts.
Furthermore, GS1 UK will showcase three expert speakers at 12:30 pm on the main stage, focusing on building a direct-to-customer fashion brand.
TSB Bank: As well as an exhibition stage of their own, TSB Bank is running a session at 3:30 pm, which looks at how they can support your fashion brand.
The speaker will be TSB Bank’s head of procurement Warren Chambers, so it’s one you won’t want to miss.
Aviva: Finally, Aviva will be running an exhibition throughout the day and will be happy to answer questions or queries on all things fashion!
Agenda and speakers
The Fashion Exchange runs from 12:00 pm until 5:30 pm, playing host to a wonderful variety of speakers and topics:
12:00 pm: Welcome to The Fashion Exchange!
Hear from your host for the day, Enterprise Nation’s very own Jess Salamanca, who will give you a rundown of the full agenda.
12:30 pm: Best channels to build a direct-to-consumer fashion brand
GS1 UK’s showcase session will feature the co-founders of Sante + Wade, Shola Asante and Agnes Cushnie, alongside the co-founder of Duco Life, Kieran Miles, who will discuss their experiences of different marketplaces, ranging from traditional High Street retail to getting listed on digital platforms.
1:00 pm: How to work with wholesale for your fashion brand
Ami Rabheru is the first speaker at this year’s Fashion Exchange who is also an adviser on Enterprise Nation, as well as a retail business mentor and product strategist.
For attendees interested in building retail brands and pitching to wholesalers, Ami’s talk will be unmissable.
1:30 pm: 10 tips to get your fashion brand featured in the press
The quality content from Enterprise Nation advisers doesn’t stop there, as Rosie Davies-Smith, who is also the founder of PR Dispatch, will provide a masterclass in getting your brand noticed by the press.
2:00 pm: Building a socially responsible fashion brand
How can your brand be more inclusive? Victoria Jenkins, the founder of Unhidden, which looks to address the severe lack of inclusion and representation within the fashion industry, talks through all things social responsibility.
2:30 pm: From take, make and sell to rental, resale and mending: How to be more circular
Lucy Kebbell is the third and final Fashion Exchange speaker who is also an adviser on Enterprise Nation.
Having founded sustainable style platform The Vendeur, Lucy will discuss alternative business and revenue models to apply to your fashion brand.
3:00 pm: Support for your fashion brand
TSB Bank’s talk will be hosted by their head of procurement Warren Chambers, who will share his expertise and provide you with information about how he can support you and your business needs.
3:30 pm: My journey launching a fashion brand
Founder of Five Stars Design, Gulzhan Namazbaeva, has over 25 years of experience in the world of fashion, and will chat through her journey of launching and growing her own incredibly successful brand.
4:00 pm: How to use social media to engage a small audience
Social media is always a key tool in the armoury of any fashion entrepreneur, so attending Elizabeth Stiles’ workshop in engaging your audience on social media, no matter the size or following, is a must.
4:30 pm: Meet Clare Alexander, the fashion brand consultant
The penultimate Fashion Exchange offering will showcase Clare Alexander, who has worked on the supplier and manufacturing side of the fashion industry with the likes of Topshop and Temperley, alongside her work with a multitude of smaller brands.
5:10 pm: Let’s network
Join The Fashion Exchange roundtable for a virtual glass of wine (other beverages also permitted!) to finish the day with an informal discussion, where attendees and speakers alike can reflect, share, connect and exchange tips with one another.
The Fashion Exchange is a wonderful opportunity for current or budding entrepreneurs in the sector. Get hold of your tickets right here!