Last week, Creative United hosted a series of Instagram Live conversations with special guests from across the fashion industry to celebrate the launch of new, free business support programme, Forge Fashion. 

Forge Fashion will help 30 of Waltham Forest’s fashion and textile businesses to thrive sustainably – both environmentally and financially – during Covid recovery and beyond, through workshops, one-to-one advice and networking. Each will gain a better understanding of the strengths in their businesses, the chance to extend their network and create a bespoke action plan for sustainable growth.

Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support, was joined by three guests across the week to discuss some of the most pressing topics within the industry, including best business advice, adaptability in the face of COVID-19 and how innovation will impact sustainable practices.

Those who missed the events live can now watch a recording by clicking on the links below. Enjoy!


Rosie Wolfenden MBE, Tatty Devine 

Watch this IGTV to hear all about the best business advice Rosie received in her journey from art school student to scaling up her market stall business into the established brand it is today.

Anna Ellis, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Anna’s 20 years of experience in production and product development within the fashion industry is incredibly evident in this insightful conversation about the challenges for emerging fashion businesses throughout and beyond the current COVID-19 situation.

Ryan Mario Yasin, Petit Pli

If you are interested in the potential of fash-tech, then make sure to watch this IGTV with Ryan whose mission to prioritise sustainability alongside consumer needs has resulted in an incredibly exciting emerging fashion brand.


Applications to join the Forge Fashion programme are now open

Application deadline: 18 September 2020

For more information on the programme and to apply click here