Forge Fashion was a 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. 

The Forge Fashion programme (October – December 2020) was created 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.

If you are interested in networking opportunities or to find out more about fashion in Walthamstow, be sure to follow the Hive Collective and Waltham Forest Fashion.

Meet our Forge Fashion cohort 

The Forge Fashion programme worked with a mix of 30 new and existing businesses from across the fields of fashion and textiles, offering them a better understanding of the strengths in their businesses, the chance to extend their network and to create a bespoke action plan for sustainable growth. 
From couture design studios, to children’s clothing brands, we were delighted to work with such a diverse array of businesses. You can find a selection of those we worked with below, or click here to view profiles of all 30 fantastic businesses. 

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

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