March’s Northern Clothing and Textile Network event

Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event

Northern Design Centre (Gateshead) - Friday 17th March 9am-12pm


Join us for our next Northern Clothing & Textile Network event on Friday 17th March and hear from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the latest cutting-edge technologies and exciting developments shaping the future of the sector.

Our speakers will include:

Jenny Holloway, fashion industry expert and CEO of Fashion Capital and Fashion Enter
With a career spanning 30 years and with senior roles in some of the leading high street brands Jenny Holloway became a government industry advisor for the London Fashion Forum and other government backed initiatives before forming Fashion Capital and Fashion Enter. The business operates a 7500 square foot factory in North London manufacturing 12,000 garments per week for leading retailers including ASOS, M&S and Finery. Supporting the work of up-and-coming designers, a fashion studio create samples and small production runs for London Fashion Week designers and start-up businesses. The Fashion Enter apprenticeship programme is one of the largest in the UK and in 2015 the Fashion Academy was formed in a collaboration with ASOS and Haringey Council, providing "real skills for real jobs".

Mark Harrop, fashion technology figurehead and CEO of WhichPLM, WhichERP and WhichPLM Academy
Mark Harrop's 42 year career in apparel has seen him move from the cutting room to leading PLM, E-PLM & IoT advisor, speaker and blogger. Mark is a digital expert for the fashion industry and is a frequent speaker on digital solutions for the retail, footwear and apparel industries. Founded in 2008 WhichPLM is a digital magazine and analyst firm dedicated to PLM, E-PLM, 3D and the IoT for fashion. With articles, interviews, tools, publications and advisory services, WhichPLM has become the first port of call for retailers, brands and manufacturers seeking to understand these technologies and their applications. Today Mark is a trusted advisor to some of the world's leading retailers, brands and manufacturers. He delivers exhaustively researched and expertly informed online education to today's technology professionals.

To complete our morning we will hear from inspiring fashion entrepreneurs in our Showcase Presentations. Louisa Rogers is a recent graduate of the London College of Fashion and founder of TrendListr.com, an online fashion marketplace for vintage items of substance. Louisa will tell us about her journey into business and share her thoughts on the future of fashion e-commerce.

A little about us
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