Ravensbourne, City And Islington College And Brighton University All Attend The Factory Virtual Tour!

This week we have seen fashion students from Ravesnbourne, City and Islington College and Brighton University all attend the virtual factory tour to provide extra curriculum depth to their studies.

Each year Ravensbourne take their Fashion Buying and Brand Management students on a trip to the factory so they can gain a real insight into the critical path and garment process production process of a UK factory. Whilst this year was a little different the students were still able to gain invaluable insight into garment production from Production Director Caroline.

This week we also virtually welcomed A-level students from City and Islington College. They are currently working on an environmental campaign specifically around fast fashion and how this can become more sustainable in the future, so an insight into how a UK factory manufacturing fast fashion can be ethical was particularly useful to them.

Then finally we also hosted a session for BA Fashion Design students from Brighton University. As a designer it is so important to understand the manufacturing process so Caroline explained how bulk production worked in the factory and also went through the sampling and patterns process in the Fashion Studio.

Feedback included:

“This was an excellent session, which kept all 50+ students engaged for the full two hours! Thank you.

Hearing how you justify your thought processes in terms of negotiating with clients. Great info on costs – direct and overheads – and how you can ‘cheapen’ a garment to lower manufacturing costs. Great to see an overview of Optitex too as the students are being introduced to Clo3D which is similar.” Emma, University Lecturer, Ravesbourne

“From this session I have learned about the varied types of machines used in the process, about ethical & sustainable practices i.e. action against modern slavery. Lots of in-depth knowledge’ Ben.

‘Absolutely enjoyed and loved the session, can’t wait to be able to come into the factory in person hopefully’ Daniel

“Thank you! It was a really interesting insight into what working for the industry is like, especially for a student.” Amelia

“The session was extremely informative for the students.” Sarah

“Thank you so much. The tour was great. So insightful.” Gayle, Programme Leader BA (hons) Fashion Design