Forge Fashion is a brand new, free business support and networking programme for fashion and textiles businesses in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, delivered by Creative United in partnership with Waltham Forest Council and The Fashion District. 

Forge Fashion aims to support fashion and textile businesses to thrive sustainably – both environmentally and financially – during Covid recovery and beyond, through workshops, one-to-one advice and networking. The programme is open to a mix of new and existing businesses from across the fields of fashion and textiles. 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.

The programme started in October 2020 and will end in December 2020. 

Applications to join the programme are now closed.

Meet our Forge Fashion cohort 

We are excited to announce the 30 businesses selected for the programme; from couture design studios, to children’s clothing brands, we are delighted to welcome a diverse array of businesses. 

See all businesses on the news page and a selection below. 

Launch Event 

To celebrate the launch of Forge Fashion, we invited leaders and innovators from London’s fashion and textiles sector to share their insights in 3 Instagram Live events. Those who missed the events live can now watch a recording of each IG live here

The schedule of IG live events was: 

  • 20 July, 7pm –Rosie Wolfenden MBE from Tatty Devine talks about creating a successful and scalable brand 
  • 22 July, 7pm –Anna Ellis from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise talks about the challenges for fashion businesses during and beyond COVID 19 
  • 24 July, 7pm –Ryan Yasin from Petit Pli talks about creating sustainability through fash-tech innovation

Press Release 

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