I remember for some time towards the end of last year and the beginning of 2014, reflecting that fashion was still very London centric and that to have the access to the networks and expertise of this industry, whilst based in Yorkshire, would be a gift. Imagine my delight when I came across and attended a two day course run by The Centre for Fashion Enterprise in Leeds.
This is the first time that this programme has been bought out of London. Lamberts Yard has been instrumental in this alongside Leeds City Council.
To give a little background about this, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise is a fashion business incubator. By way of a four-level programme offering, CFE provides expert guidance in the fields of finance, legal, manufacturing and marketing. From strategic advice on progressive business solutions to bespoke mentoring from industry leaders and key influencers. CFE provides the tools to boost brand confidence – for designers, manufacturers and buyers, to ultimately reach economic sustainability.
CFE facilitates this, unlocking creativity and business potential, allowing designers to gain an international foothold. Working with the next generation of iconic design innovators, CFE fast tracks designers into businesses. Successes include Erdem, Richard Nicoll,Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff and Mary Katrantzou.
Having gone through the application process for the second level of this programme, the Pioneer stage, I was delighted to be accepted. My place was confirmed in November this year. The advantage of this for Cabba, given my unusual route to label (as a science graduate), is that it is utilising the transferable skills I had, consolidating and developing them within an industry that I didnt have direct experience of (outwith being a heavy consumer !!).
It is a complex and multi faceted industry, yet so exciting and fascinating so to have access the wealth of knowledge and expertise of industry leaders is beyond words.
I hope my customers enjoy the journey alongside Cabba and her growth.