Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE)

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) is London’s pioneering fashion business incubator, situated at London College of Fashion for emerging fashion designers.

London is home to some of the fashion industry’s brightest design talent. To ensure a brand’s survival and success though takes more than raw talent, it takes people who understand the creative mind, unlocking creativity and business potential, allowing designers to gain an international foothold through a pipeline of business support and strategic advice on progressive business solutions. Bespoke mentoring from industry leaders and key influencers are working with the next generation of iconic design innovators, CFE fast tracks designers into businesses ultimately for designers to reach economic sustainability. Successes include global names Erdem, Peter Pilotto, and Mary Katrantzou.

CFE launched the Designer Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre as an advice centre delivering practical &technology based solutions, production planning and sourcing know-how to add value and innovation to UK manufacturing. CFE also leads the WORTH network in partnership with IFM Paris that innovates new fashion and lifestyle products through pan-European collaborations between enterprises and designers, funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) which aims to encourage the competitiveness of European Enterprises.

The Fashion Innovation Agency (FIA) linking to the CFE and WORTH networks initiates and provides high profile innovative designer collaborations on behalf of global luxury and contemporary apparel brands, FMCG brands, artists and celebrities.  The designers deliver compelling design solutions adding value to the partner's products. FIA partner the most exciting designer talent with the very latest fashion tech start-ups, to create groundbreaking collaborations across fashion, retail, lifestyle, cultural and digital industries. FIA helps designers and brands innovate their intellectual property assets and meet new global business opportunities. FIA pride themselves in finding the ideal pairing between brand and designer, ensuring the alignment is perfectly matched.

Name of Project Contact:

Prof Wendy Malem
Twitter: @FIALondon