FIREup Platform Launch

FIREup would like to invite you to celebrate the launch of its new online platform. This interactive space brings together designers and academics to share knowledge, inspire innovation and bring about collaborations. The platform is designed to help designers and fashion businesses in the UK access leading research based at the University of the Arts London and beyond. The collaborations initiated between these sectors is exactly where the future of the fashion industry can be realised.

The evening will mark a year of progress by showcasing current catalyst projects that have received FIREup funding since the initiative’s inception.

The showcase will take place at The Trampery in London Fields which is situated in the heart of Hackney’s fashion and creative community. The Trampery houses a community of fashion designers, technology and creative enterprises, and is close to London College of Fashion’s Mare Street site – the home of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) and Designer–Manufacturer Innovation Centre (DISC). It’s the perfect place to bring together designers and academics to share knowledge, inspire innovation and bring about new collaborations.

Event Programme:

Friday 21st March 12.30pm – 7pm

The Trampery London Fields, 125 – 127 Mare Street, London E8 3RH


• Lunch served 12.30pm

• FIREup Introduction 1.30pm-1.45pm

• Session 1 1.45pm-2.20pm

No money or time for R&D? Can Collaborative Research help you and where to find the funding?

Presented by Sandy Black, FIREup PI

Followed by Q&A with Robert Keegan (AHRC), Jess Sully (CITKN), TSB representative, Rebecca Earley (FIREup Co-investigator UAL) and Adam Thorpe (FIREup Co-investigator, UAL)

• Session 2 2.30pm– 4pm

Three Round Table discussions:

1. Textile Collective: Developing an interdisciplinary London-based textile design collective

Experts: Kirsty McDougall (Hills McDougall), Prof Rebecca Earley (UAL), Val Furphy (Furphy Simpson Design) , Chaired by Alex McIntosh (FIREup Researcher)

2. Sustainable New Product Development, Innovation through new materials, technologies and processes

Experts: Simon Thorogood (UAL), Thomas Makryniotis (UAL), Jonathan Chippindale (Holition), Michelle Lowe Holder, Kate Goldsworthy (UAL)

Chaired by prof Sandy Black (FIREup Principal Investigator)

3. New Business Models: Innovation in Fashion Communication, Promotion and Digital Strategies

Experts: Nick Ryan (Worn Again), Not Just a Label, ShowStudio (tbc), Hywel Davies (UAL tbc)

Chaired by Adam Thorpe (FIREup Co-Investigator)

• Tea Break 4pm – 4.30pm

• FIREup Showcase 4.30pm – 5pm

• Drinks reception 5pm – 7pm

Please RSVP to Gabrielle Miller