Mouret Supports Britain’s Home-Grown Manufacturers
“We have created a made in Britain movement, which has strength,” says Roland Mouret and we couldn’t agree more…
Roland Mouret (pictured right) celebrated 20 years in the industry last night (Sunday 19th February) with a unique AW17 showcase at the National Theatre. His turbulent rise and fall in the industry has been well documented, to the phenomenal success of his Galaxy dress in 2005 to the loss of his own name to his backers less than a year later.
Now, thanks to his incredible knack of making women feel beautiful and new backing, his business is on an upward turn with stores in London, New York and Dubai and a global list of stockists. Returning his focus to London, his design base from the very start, Mouret told The Evening Standard that; “The beauty of London fashion is its influence on production. One by one, we saved factories here. We produce so much in Britain now. I hope Theresa May will understand. We have to take care of the people that work for us. They are part of the family.”
Mouret’s words resonate strongly with us here at FashionCapital and sister company Fashion Enter. As part of the Made in Britain campaign we not only produce up to 8,000 garments per week in our North London factory but we teach production skills to a new generation to guarantee business longevity. Most of our factory workers are from overseas, so we fully understand Mouret’s concerns about potential restrictions on foreign factory workers and designers post Brexit.
JoJo Iles, editor at FashionCapital comments: “It is so refreshing to hear a designer talk about the importance of his production team, so often this crucial area of the fashion industry is overshadowed by the design and media side. We too, are passionate about the future of our skilled production staff from overseas; we would not be able to run such a successful factory without them. There is a huge skills gap which is why we have set up the Fashion Technology Academy to ensure we up-skill individuals for what we hope is a growing and prosperous industry here in the UK.”
Mouret added that “we have created a made in Britain movement, which has strength.” The latest figures from the UK Fashion & Textile Association confirm the British apparel manufacturing sector is set to grow by nine per cent in the next five years, hopefully Theresa May and Parliament will take good heed of this when finalizing on those Brexit negotiations.
(Image left Roland Mouret AW 17/18)
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