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Rise & Design No.69 - Clothing and Textiles
Fri 17 June 2016, 08:30 – 11:30 BST
The design and manufacture of clothing and textiles is still a major activity in this region, and enjoying significant growth. This event will highlight some of the great businesses and expertise we have, and explore opportunities for collaboration and further networking.
David Reay, former Barbour Director and Founder at Small Circles Consulting
David’s a highly experienced Operations Director in both UK and International Textile supply chains and he has a consummate understanding of all aspects of the business models utilised by global fashion retail brands. He’s enjoyed success at a senior level within Barbour, Warnaco, Speedo and Jockey.
Ian Bergin, Director of Menswear & Accessories at J Barbour & Sons Ltd
Ian, former Director of Paul Smith Jeans, joined Barbour six years ago as Head of Menswear and is now Director of Menswear and Accessories. He has both managed and instigated collaborations with Tokito Yoshida, Paul Smith, Jack Spade, Pantone and Adidas.
Bruce Montgomery, Professor in Design Craftsmanship at Northumbria University
Bruce is a menswear design consultant with international experience, from a Designer at famous Italian fashion houses Luciano Soprani and Moschino, to Menswear Design Director at DAKS brand worldwide, showing his collections for 'Daks Luxury Line' during five consecutive seasons on the catwalk at Milan Menswear Fashion Week.
Bruce was awarded the Design Advocate award Northumbria University and was made Professor in Design Craftsmanship.
Kate Dawson, Owner of The All-In-One Company
Kate is an award-winning entrepreneur manufacturing bespoke customised onesies in Northumberland. The All-in-One Company was started by Kate in October 2008 after she was unable to find sleepsuits for her own children on the High Street. Hugely successful, the company is now making onesies for adults and children of all ages and sizes.
Kate works closely with Northumberland College with the apprenticeship programme and with HND Photography students. She is also on the Meet the Manufacturer advisory board.
Rise and Design lasts for approximately three hours, and includes networking before and after speakers. There is a chance to pitch at the end of the speakers' presentations, and you can book a stand for the whole event. We encourage all delegates to stay after presentations for neworking - it is one of the most valuable parts of Rise and Design. For more information, please visit our website