The British Fashion Council (BFC) announces the launch of the Student Fabric
Initiative, a collective community action developed to support fashion students across the country
in the face of the pandemic while reducing waste across the industry. 24 brands have joined
together to donate materials, including deadstock and unwanted fabric, to fashion students at 33
colleges in need around the UK. Burberry supported the delivery of the material, and the initiative
is supported by Charlie Porter, with additional help from MATCHESFASHION, Fora and Cozette

Brands taking part in the Student Fabric Initiative include: ASICS, Barbour, Begg x Co, Bianca
Saunders, Charlotte Knowles, Craig Green, David Koma, Gabriela Hearst, Halpern, Hamilton
and Hare, Knitster LDN, Mackintosh, Natasha Zinko, Orlebar Brown, Paul Smith, Per Gotesson,
Phoebe English, PREEN by Thornton Bregazzi, Qasimi, River Island, ROKSANDA, Simone Rocha,
Sunspel and Victoria Beckham.

The BFC, through its Institute of Positive Fashion and Colleges Council, oversees the logistics of the
fabric donation to students across the UK. The scheme was initially piloted with Burberry earlier
this year, who through ReBurberry Fabric made their own donation of fabric to colleges, allowing
for the development of a centralised logistics process for donations and the creation of a blueprint
for other brands and colleges to work together to provide practical support for future talent.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive BFC said: “We are delighted to work with some fantastic brands
to meaningfully support the pipeline of creative talent here in the UK with the support of our
incredible colleges network. One of the BFC‘s priorities is to encourage the industry to move
towards a circular fashion economy while supporting excellence in fashion design. Being able to
help students in need while managing to offset waste is an important example of the power of
industry-wide collaboration.”

Charlie Porter, Writer said: “It’s incredible to see the fashion community come together to help
students across the country by donating fabrics. This collective action is in response to the
pandemic but will hopefully become a model for how designers and brands can give back in the
years ahead, placing sustainability at the heart of UK fashion education.”

The initiative will support students as they complete their BA Fashion degrees, while also helping
colleges bring sustainability even closer to the heart of fashion education in the UK. The scheme’s
ultimate ambition is to create a simple and efficient way for brands and colleges to work together
to provide practical support for future talent.

photo Ravensbourne University

Fashion Editor


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