Fashion Roundtable Despatch March 2018

"Fishing delivers roughly £1.9bn to the UK economy, compared to fashion’s £29.7bn. Nonetheless, fashion is yet to have a debate dedicated to the industry, in the House of Commons, in two years. Which means fashion has not been debated during the entire EU referendum process. As aforementioned, fashion did have a debate in the Lords but it only lasted 8 minutes. Fishing, this month, had a debate dedicated to the subject in the Commons and it lasted almost an hour."

Trade Wars – The Threat of Isolationism is Beyond Political Rhetoric

Inside Parliament

Fashion mentioned for 8 minutes in a House of Lords debate.

Intellectual Property

Seasonal Migrant Workers

The Fisheries

Observations: Navjyot Lehl - Division and Debate - What Has Happened in Brexit and Where Are We Now?

APPG For Textiles and Fashion Meeting at the Houses of Parliament: Fashion Trade with China.

Minutes for the APPG for Textiles and Fashion Roundtable on Fashion Trade With China 20/03/2018 at the Houses of Parliament.

Huishan Zhang saw his label as a point of change: away from mass market towards a luxury vision of Made In China. What began with him and his aunt, has grown into a UK studio and Chinese atelier where he has over 40 staff creating sustainable fashion in China, supportive of the local community and employees and the recent opening of his flagship store in Mount Street, Mayfair.

Press Release ON The Text Of The Interim Brexit Agreement.

Eszter Kantor, Fashion Roundtable's EU Politics Expert said: "For me, one of the interesting things is that there are no texts in brackets; meaning that there are no counter proposals for certain paragraphs. They are either accepted, not accepted or being clarified on a technical level. Normally parties bring their own solutions and suggestions and I am missing the suggestions from the UK`s side. I can see that citizens` rights has been agreed upon; so everyone can come and go and take residence until the end of 2020. Goods traded without tariffs, IP rights already earned stay as now, access to public procurement except for the non-discrimination part is agreed, UK payment to the EU is agreed."

Fashion Roundtable Despatch February 2018

Eszter Kantor: Brussels View On Brexit

Inside Parliament

Cars Versus Fashion

Gender Pay Gap

100 Years of Women's Suffrage

Observations: Eszter Kantor: US Denim - Division and Debate

Populism in Italy

Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace

HM The Queen Attends LFW






Fashion Roundtable Press Release on Theresa May's Mansion House Speech On Future EU – UK Relations

"We are leaving the single market. Life is going to be different. In certain ways, our access to each other's markets will be less than it is now. How could the EU's structure of rights and obligations be sustained, if the UK - or any country - were allowed to enjoy all the benefits without all of the obligations?
So we need to strike a new balance. But we will not accept the rights of Canada and the obligations of Norway."

Fashion Roundtable Press Release 28/02/2018 On EU's Draft Exit Treaty

As we await credible proposals from the UK government, the lack of lobbying from UK industries in mainland Europe is also apparent. Creative industries, and fashion in particular, need to be seen and heard on both sides of the English Channel. Not only is the EU our largest fashion trading partner, within that, Ireland is our largest import partner, and the fashion industry cannot accept a future where border control towards Ireland, NI and mainland Europe will apply at the same time, limiting our industries ability to build and maintain viable supply chains. We call on the UK government to propose measures that protect our fashion industry, textiles and manufacturing sector, promote our cross-border alliances and protect the rights of our freelance employees. Our data, which we worked on with Assay Advisory and sees very similar outcomes to that done by Bloomberg, and BOF, places a 35% loss of GDP, or £8bn a year lost to our UK fashion economy if the UK and EU cannot agree a deal, or the UK decides upon a hard Brexit. 

Article By Navjyot Lehl and Tamara Cincik from Fashion Roundtable for UK In A Changing Europe on London Fashion Week and Brexit.

Fashion has always been international. The thread in your jacket, the buttons on your shirt, the leather in your shoes, all come from different countries, and any one outfit is composed of materials from numerous territories. And it’s not just clothes. Being part of a large trading bloc brings in the investment, talent and skills and EU funding which allows London to maintain its seat on the global fashion stage.

Press Release On The Eve Of London Fashion Week And London Modest Fashion Week

UK fashion talent are the global leaders in this market: go to any fashion house or high street brand HQ across the world and you will meet Creative Directors, designers and CEOs from the UK. At the freelance end of the spectrum – itself a growing and vital part of our economy – many of our UK domicile talent travel weekly across numerous territories, but pay their tax here. Make their lives or international reputation in anyway lessened by poorly conceived Brexit and transition plans, and many of those talents will relocated, taking their taxes and creative brilliance with them. 

Eszter Kantor: Our EU Expert Decodes The European Commission's Proposal For The Brexit Transition Period & Fashion Roundtable's Asks.

As in all negotiations parties go in considering their own best interest and asking for everything they feel they can and should have. It would be great to have a written position on the asks and offers of the UK Government as well. It seems for the time being there are statements made behind closed doors (in Brussels) and statements made in public (in the UK) and these two are not quite aligned yet.

Fashion Roundtable Despatch January 2018

Blog Post by Dr. Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion.

"It is also crucial, to ensure diversity that Parliament looks at who is making that happen in the textile and fashion world – in terms of inclusion for disabled people, ethnicity, fashion across the lifespan and healthy body image.   Importantly, we also want to champion regional developments and will shortly be launching a challenge to MPs to meet with local textile and fashion companies and to nominate them for a ‘Best in the UK’ award."

Mystery Guest Editor - Op-Ed on Brexit

Our Letter to MPs

Inside Parliament

Creative Gender Pay

Observations: Jack Tindale, Policy Connect - Division and Debate