The essential link between fashion,
politics, business and the consumer.
Fashion Roundtable is a new and unique not for profit organisation that specialises in seamlessly integrating the concerns and requirements of the fashion industry, into mainstream UK and EU politics. We offer our partners political insight and access in one of the most challenging and uncertain periods in modern British political history.
Fashion Roundtable organise events, roundtables and meetings, to support consumer awareness, sustainable UK growth and business development for the fashion industry.
Public affairs awareness for the all of the industry from freelance to creative to multi-brand platforms, between partners, consumers and politicians is creating the platform to front-line fashion industry concerns into parliamentary discourse.
Our written papers and political intelligence work will feed into governmental departments and promote best business strategy for long term sustainable growth for the fashion industry, as the UK leaves the EU and beyond.
Fashion Roundtable advocate for long term strategic and sustainable growth for the entire nationwide UK fashion industry in the global market; with links to arts campaigns, to promote sector-wide governmental creative support and powerfully advocate for fashion and the consumer.
One in 74 in the UK works in the fashion industry, employing over 800,000. It makes over £28bn annually for the UK economy, the largest component of the creative sector's £87bn annual return. If fashion was a nation state, it would rank as the seventh richest global economy. We at Fashion Roundtable, believe that it is vital that the concerns of this growing and diverse business are heard by the policy makers whose decision making impacts upon our future.
Tamara Cincik, Founder & CEO
Tamara is a UCL graduate and has almost 20 years experience working in the fashion industry, as a fashion editor and brand consultant, both in London and globally for publications, VIP clients, as well as with UK and international High Street and well renowned designer brands on advertising campaigns, fashion shows and brand design.
Her work has spanned the entire remit of the fashion industry, from music styling where she designed tour, album visuals, red carpet and video images for leading recording artists, to London, NYC and Paris fashion shows where she styled for leading designer labels, as well as exciting start up brands. Tamara's experience in the fashion industry has seen the changes in the market, from print media using polaroid and film for photography, through to digital influencer led content and multiplatform retail.
Uniquely, Tamara has also worked in Westminster as a Parliamentary Researcher for Sharon Hodgson MP, who was her mentor on the prestigious Fabian Women's Network Mentoring Scheme, which trains women from diverse backgrounds into frontline politics.
Tamara worked for Sharon primarily on the Art, Craft and Design in Education All Party Parliamentary Group, organising events both for roundtable discussion with arts educationalists and key sector stakeholders. She also arranged the Drawn Together event at Westminster with a larger audience of arts groups, businesses, VIPs, Parliamentarians, media and creative industry leaders.
While in Westminster, Tamara organised a series of roundtables for the fashion industry to meet with Parliamentarians, to discuss their key business, creative and consumer concerns around Brexit and future sector growth. There is clearly a real need for this intersectional dialogue between brands, businesses, creatives, consumers and parliamentarians to continue and grow. This has led to the organisation of Fashion Roundtable, to support awareness and promote discussion to generate best business growth for the fashion industry.
Swati Dhingra, Economics Panel Expert
Swati Dhingra is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, researching globalisation and industrial policy.
Swati is co-author of the recent “Life after Brexit” report published by the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, which looked at the UK’s options outside of the EU.
She is also associate editor of the Journal of International Economics. Swati was awarded the FIW Young Economist Award and the Chair Jacquemin Award by the European Trade Study Group for her work on firms and globalization.
Swati's work has informed bodies such as the Parliamentary International Trade Committee, CBI, Treasury, Social Enterprise UK, Credit Suisse and Sunderland City Council, and has featured in the media, including the BBC, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, The Economist, The Times and Business Standard.
Bev Malik, Fashion Retail Panel Expert
Bev began as an acclaimed Buyer for Harvey Nichols and Browns across menswear and womenswear. She has also worked with companies such as the British Fashion Council, and award winning retailers in Russia and the Middle East.
Karen Binns, Fashion Panel Expert
New Yorker Karen Binns has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, beginning her career as muse to legendary artist Jean Michel Basquiat, as well as hosting celebrity downtown NY nights. Integral to 1980's NYC, with artists such as Andy Warhol and Basquiat, Karen also created the first moving warehouse parties called 'Soulboys' and was door-girl of the underground club scene. This understanding of popular culture and its currency in our creative, visual and fashion markets is implicit in her work.
Karen studied and worked for designer Andre Walker for his Paris catwalk shows for several seasons. Creative Director for Tori Amos for over a decade, Karen has art directed and styled all of Tori's campaigns, videos and shows, as well as a number of international recording artists and celebrities.
As a fashion editor, Karen worked for the UK based magazines 'True' and 'Untold' and as a freelance editor for numerous publications, including 'Dazed' and 'Rolling Stone', now publishing her own UK based pop art journal 'What?' magazine. She has consulted for designers such as Kanye West, Zandra Rhodes, Ashish, Maharishi and Bernard Chandran.
Karen has spoken on numerous panels including at the V&A, MASTERED and for Lulu Kennedy.
Marc Jacobs says: 'I've known Karen both personally and professionally for over two decades. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm for fashion is always a great and welcome inspiration to me. Her soaring, distinct vision and her insightful unique interpretation of "what is " and "what will be " makes her a truly rare and exceptional voice in the fashion universe.'
Samuel Nicholls, Political Director
Samuel is a graduate from King's College London, with several years experience in politics, policy and communications. As our Political Director, Samuel sets the political strategy and direction of Fashion Roundtable and supports the development of all members of the team.
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