Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event

Northern Design Centre (Gateshead) -Tuesday 20th March,



Join us for our next Northern Clothing and Textile Network event and head from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the latest cutting-edge technologies and exciting developments shaping the future of the sector.

Confirmed speakers so far include:
Simon Middleton, Managing Director, Blackshore Southwold Ltd

Simon will tell us the story behind the foundation of his brand Blackshore Southwold Ltd., which started at the window table of a cafe down on the harbour of Suffolk. Simon will also talk us through the exciting journey his brand's gone, right from its foundation until nowadays and he will share some invaluable real-life examples from his experience.

Taking insiration from the fishermen and boat builders, and from their very own adventures along the coastlines of Suffolk and Norfolk, Simon and his friend Andy created the definitive Brotish coastal clothing brand for men who seek premium, British-made casual clothing of timeless style. Supporting the resurgence of British manufacturing, their entire collection is designed and made in Britain.


Sally Smallwood, Chief Wreckre8tor, Wreckreation

Sally Smallwood is Chief designer, clothing fabricator and pattern producer at Wreckreation, a custom fashion studio based in the North of England.

Sally will take us through the story and passion behind the brand, and Wreckreation's mission:

- To create long-lasting, hard-wearing items.

- To be creators and not the created.

- To question everything and to stand up for what we believe in.


A little about us
The Northern Clothing & Textile Network is a collaboration between David Reay and Design Network North

David Reay has 35 years of experience in the clothing and textile industry, and has held senior posts with J Barbour & Sons, Jockey International and many other well-known international brands. David hails from the North East of England and is committed to furthering the renaissance of the clothing and textile industry in the North.

Design Network North, a project delivered by RTC North, was established in 2007 with the aim of increasing the contribution that design makes to the economy. They firmly believe that great design can improve any product, service or business. They support local businesses and their design projects in a variety of ways, through funding, workshops and one-to-one support.

‘Designing Better Business’ is part funded by European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020