University of Southampton Visit the Factory

University of Southampton Visit the Factory

On 2nd March Fashion Marketing and Management students from the University of Southampton visited The Factory.

southamption uni visitWith many students showing a keen interest in becoming a buyer the tour gave them an opportunity to see how the production side of the industry works and they soon learnt that it was so important for a buyer to be aware of the processes involved in manufacturing.

The group were able to hear from CEO Jenny Holloway and with her background as a Senior Buyer and now owner of the Factory they were able to gain an insight into the both the role of the buyer as well as how a supplier operates.

The tour gave the students an opportunity to meet with Production Manager Caroline and learn what makes the factory ethical and fully compliant. They saw first-hand each stage of the garment life cycle both in the Factory for bulk production and the Fashion Studio for patterns, samples and short production runs.

The students commented:

‘I have learnt a lot about the manufacturing process, the different stages of production and what to look out for as a buyer.’ Elizabeth

‘Very interesting. I look forward to continuing this in my career!’ Alice

‘I know understand about the importance of fabrics and how vital it is for buyers to understand this. Really interesting – Thank you!’ Maddy

We look forward to welcoming students from the University of Southampton again next year.