Future Fashion Factory - Digitally Enabled Design & Manufacture of Designer Products for Circular Economies

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Design

Abstract

The fashion design industry contributes £28bn or £50bn including indirect contributions, to the UK economy with a growing workforce of nearly 900,000 making it one of the largest creative industries in the country.

This is an industry-led challenge in which designers will lead a highly creative process of applying, co-developing and implementing new textile and industrial digital technologies (IDTs) in collaboration with supply chain manufacturers and other technology experts, in the high value luxury textile and fashion sector. The R&D cluster will deliver exciting new creative innovation opportunities, new products, shorter product development and design lead times, reduced costs, and substantially increase global industrial competitiveness and productivity.

The research focuses on developing new creative design processes, products, service and business models, linked to two key themes: 1. Digitally Connected and Sustainable Processes. 2. Digital Communication and Data Analytics.

The R&D in both themes will also feed in to the creation of new fashion design degree and industrial apprenticeship programmes to address a skills gap in the industry for multidisciplinary STEAM-based designers, that possess a unique combination of art, design, science and technology competencies.

Planned Impact

Lead time, between design and the finished product, currently limits growth in the luxury fashion sector. This is particularly acute beyond the small number of vertically integrated companies in the sector. The Future Fashion Factory R&D Partnership will develop interventions to refine every stage of the new product development (NPD) process and shorten the time required to finalise design decisions thus reducing risk. This addresses the need to increase the flexibility and agility of fashion designers (independents and employed) within the interconnected supply chain of fibre suppliers, textile and clothing manufacturers, wholesaling, retailing, brand marketing and advertising and the converging industries engaged in digital and textile technologies. Consumers will have their demand for high quality personalised luxury clothing met. Additional beneficiaries are students and apprentices engaged in training and education.
In the near term, the initial partners and their supply chains will benefit significantly (see below). However, given the wider relevance of the research challenge to the industry, we will disseminate and engage beyond the immediate geographic cluster through established relationships with the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) and the British Fashion Council (BFC).
Within 0-3 years of engagement: 1. Transition to a continuous creative output cycle rather than the current seasonal approach; 2. More rapid NPD process; with the potential to reduce lead times from the current 4-8 month average in the luxury segment to around 3 months (much closer to the fast fashion lead time of 6-8 weeks but without the transport timescales of bringing finished garments from their offshore production sites).3. Reduction in lead time will generate similar improvements in productivity, reduction in stock-holding, reduced risk of stock running out, smoother cash flows and reduced cost in the NPD process. It is estimated that the reductions in lead time that are envisaged will translate into a potential doubling of profit.
Within 3-5 years of engagement:
1. Reduced waste and cost arising from iterative sampling and the manufacture of textiles and garments prior to retail, achieved by recycling/upcycling the waste back into high value garments and by using digital iterations (minutes and zero material cost) rather than physical iterations (many hours, raw material and asset/operator waste). We estimate that this will reduce development costs by 15-20%, which will translate into increased manufacturing and retail margins; 2. Greater flexibility and responsiveness in the NPD process, with designers able to digitally link to manufacturing assets to produce customised product design ranges. This will increase the potential for new label start-ups as up-front costs will be less;
3. New products and business models from greater connectivity of digital communication systems and manufacturing processes. Digital communication systems will enhance the customer experience in online channels providing a significant boost for small labels who sell exclusively via this channel. Labels, with online and physical channels, will be able introduce products to the online channel that currently would not sell well in this environment as customers will be able to 'feel' and interact with a virtual product which accurately mimics its physical manifestation; 4. New UG, PG and apprenticeship programmes for multidisciplinary 21st Century designers.
Within 5-10 years: 1. Opportunities to increase re-shoring of textile and fashion operations to the UK leading to an increase in high skilled jobs; 2. Shorter local UK supply chains, with the potential to cut lead times even further than the short term target above to weeks. This will further protect and grow the UK's luxury fashion sector; 3. Stronger, more resilient and innovative UK luxury fashion sector resulting from the full implantation of new textile and digital technologies.

Publications

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Title Digitally Decoded Heritage Cloth 
Description Collaborative R&D project supported by Future Fashion Factory decoded historic jacquard punch cards from Leeds Industrial Museum into a digital format enabling high speed woven fabric manufacture in the UK of 'heritage designs' for use by fashion designers. This has enabled unique 'New Heritage' fabrics to be made in the UK in partnership with Yorkshire Textiles and AW Hainsworth, as well as providing access to a new source of design inspiration. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact A new designer-led short run production service for bespoke fabrics, and the capability to access and manufacture historic textile designs for luxury fashion ranges. 
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/event/new-heritage-historic-textiles/
 
Title LEEP 1 project via the University of Leeds Partnership impact Project (PiP) 
Description Working with a local charity (LEEP 1) which supports resources for learning difficulties to develop a transactional website for the group who have designed a range of sweatshirts and t-shirts as merchandise to raise money for the charity. Created a marketing stratgy for a fashion show related to this activity (June 2019) and this is follow on activity. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The transactional website is an outcome of the original intervention supporting the fashion show. 
URL https://leep1.co.uk/
 
Description Within the first year of operation, through intensive R&D and wider engagement the collaborative partnership has grown substantially from 10 core partners to 138 micros, SMEs and PLCs. A large portfolio of industry-led collaborative R&D projects is underway, all of which focus on achieving improvements in industry competitiveness or new creative product offerings. The Programme's first responsive call led to nine projects with the potential to reduce lead times for companies, increasing their competitiveness, reduced environmental impacts or the creation of new revenue streams through new creative output. The R&D has also leveraged significant industry support. Provided below are a few more web-links to relevant news items for further information of Programme progress to date.
Call 1 Responsive R&D Links:
https://futurefashionfactory.org/call-1-funded-projects/
https://futurefashionfactory.org/hainsworth-yorkshire-textiles-new-heritage/
Year 1 Showcase Links:
https://futurefashionfactory.org/year-1-showcase-success/
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/17983698.future-fashion-industry-unveiled-salts-mill-saltaire/
https://www.wtin.com/article/2019/october/211019/future-fashion-factory-event-showcases-rd-developments/?freeviewlinkid=107749
Call 2 Responsive R&D Links:
https://futurefashionfactory.org/second-innovation-funding-call-launched/
Education & Skills Links:
https://futurefashionfactory.org/digital-technology-sustainability-innovation-new-textiles-courses-launched/
https://futurefashionfactory.org/skills/
https://futurefashionfactory.org/bombyx-plm-university-leeds-partnership/
Exploitation Route Opportunities are being developed to cross-fertilise between industrial members & educational organisations aligned with the FFF education & skills CRT, work being carried out with a sustainability focus (examples being addressing the environmental impacts of fashion and textile operations across the supply chain) has obvious links with environment / healthcare / chemical industries whilst the whole of the Programme's activity has huge potential to impact on the way that the global fashion & textile retail sector operates and to inform future government policy. Synergies between fashion & textile and food supply chains are currently being investigated by the Programme with an international consortia which could then lead onto development of supply chain security solutions within the sector but which could easier cross over into other global sectors as ideas progress.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Creative Economy,Education,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail

URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/call-1-funded-projects/
 
Description Initial impacts generated during Year 1 include the completion of projects within the Programme's Call 1 Responsive R&D strand. Three Call 1 projects are now complete and have impacted as follows: A collaborative R&D project led by AW Hainsworth Ltd / Yorkshire Textiles led to AW Hainsworth Ltd. establishing a new UK-based design and manufacturing capability, involving a bespoke short-run process to reduce waste and enabling a unique low minimum order service to fashion designers. The service is now being offered as part of the Company's enhanced sustainability offering (https://www.awhainsworth.co.uk/hainsworth-sustainability-report-2020/). This has also brought significant advantage to students at the Universities of Leeds, Huddersfield and the RCA who have benefitted from access to new fabric designs as well as leveraged funding (via the AW Hainsworth Designer & Manufacturing fund) to enable them to work with the new fabrics. A collaborative R&D project led by Joshua Ellis & Co Ltd scoped the development of a new luxury product offering concerned with high-value recycled cashmere fabrics, designed and manufactured in the UK. And the third collaborative project led by Abraham Moons & Son Ltd established a digital system for developing wool dyeing, positively impacting cost efficiency of operation. Other Call 1 industry-led projects underway include: Gieves & Hawkes Ltd, developing a digital system that reduces the lead time on a UK made-to-measure suit from up to eight weeks to 48 hours; Advanced Dyeing Solutions Ltd, developing a new digital fabric evaluation system; Laxtons Ltd, developing augmented reality (AR) techniques for staff training in large-scale textile production; Whiteford Felt & Fillings Ltd., using data analytics market research to develop new outerwear product lines and WT Johnson & Sons Ltd, developing a digital tool that provides a link between the conditions used during fabric finishing and the resulting fabric handle. Additional industry-led collaborative R&D projects aligned to the digital technology and advanced textile technology themes of the FFF programme have also been established, mirroring the growth of the partnership. The skills and education objectives of the programme are also being addressed via the launch of new/revised MSc programmes and commencement of multiple new apprenticeships.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Colourpedia
Amount £231,650 (GBP)
Organisation AkzoNobel 
Sector Private
Country Netherlands
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Designer & Manufacturing Fund. Additional jacquard run in black & red for student work being carried out during the 2020 term.
Amount £700 (GBP)
Organisation A W Hainsworth & Sons Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description Develop an image interface for facial colour measurement
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation L'Oreal (Paris) 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 08/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Developing a market information system framework for reutilising discarded postconsumer textile
Amount £27,432 (GBP)
Funding ID RG.TEXT.95549497 
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 06/2020
 
Description Encouraging public engagement with textiles waste management
Amount £4,999 (GBP)
Funding ID RG.TEXT.118631.033 
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 08/2020
 
Description Fast x Slow Fashion: Shopping for clothes in Leeds 1720 - 2020
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Leeds City Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Lets Talk Real Skills. The project ensures significant improvements in skills provision through a strong collaborative approach with sectors and industry groups li. https://www.westyorkshirecolleges.co.uk/contracted-projects/lets-talk-real-skills
Amount £1,063,999 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2021
 
Description Pattern Project - a FFF supported application by FFF network member Hetco Ltd, resulted in a spin out company The Pattern Project
Amount £129,520 (GBP)
Funding ID 42876 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 06/2021
 
Description RElease of Stains at Ultra Low Temperatures (RESULT)
Amount £522,797 (GBP)
Funding ID 105039 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Description SMARTY. To establish a common basis for policy learning among its members to overcome fragmentation of Industry 4.0 solutions and their enabling potential by dealing with main challenges hampering their diffusion into the European Union.
Amount € 2,425,500 (EUR)
Organisation INTERREG IIIC North 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 08/2019 
End 07/2023
 
Description Skills development for researchers. Developing Fashion Thinking through Design Anthropology
Amount £99,537 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 01/2021
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D - Call 1 project: Yorkshire Textiles & AW Hainsworth. Coding and the Jacquard Loom 'New Heritage' weave. 
Organisation A W Hainsworth & Sons Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds made sample items from the New Heritage cloth for display, also exploring the further use for designers wishing to be involved as part of the FFF network. Yorkshire Textiles led on the development of suitable educational materials, in a variety of formats, liaising closely with both LCC Museums and UoL academic staff, ensuring that educational output is in a format that can be easily adapted to work alongside taught UG & PG modules.
Collaborator Contribution Sourcing and decoding Jacquard loom punch cards in their various forms, both wood and card, that would be the basis of the collaborative design. Digitisation of these historic patterns and the creation of the 'New-Heritage' textile. Sales & Promotion: engaging with potential commercial buyers and end-users.
Impact The jacquard loom, credited as one of the earliest forms of coding, has inspired a 'new heritage' cloth being produced at AW Hainsworth. By digitising the patterns of early jacquard punch cards held at Leeds Industrial Museum, a new design has been created for modern electronic jacquard looms. Hainsworth will use the project to trial a new designer-led short production run service, for bespoke fabrics. Designers based at Hainsworth Creative Hub will use the cloth to produce bespoke items that support their business growth. Some of these products will be on display at the Future Fashion Factory Showcase on 16 October. Using the new short-run capability and the new fabrics, Yorkshire Textiles will develop educational projects engaging designers and students with both the heritage and the full production processes behind bespoke fabric products.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D - Call 1 project: Yorkshire Textiles & AW Hainsworth. Coding and the Jacquard Loom 'New Heritage' weave. 
Organisation Yorkshire Textiles
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds made sample items from the New Heritage cloth for display, also exploring the further use for designers wishing to be involved as part of the FFF network. Yorkshire Textiles led on the development of suitable educational materials, in a variety of formats, liaising closely with both LCC Museums and UoL academic staff, ensuring that educational output is in a format that can be easily adapted to work alongside taught UG & PG modules.
Collaborator Contribution Sourcing and decoding Jacquard loom punch cards in their various forms, both wood and card, that would be the basis of the collaborative design. Digitisation of these historic patterns and the creation of the 'New-Heritage' textile. Sales & Promotion: engaging with potential commercial buyers and end-users.
Impact The jacquard loom, credited as one of the earliest forms of coding, has inspired a 'new heritage' cloth being produced at AW Hainsworth. By digitising the patterns of early jacquard punch cards held at Leeds Industrial Museum, a new design has been created for modern electronic jacquard looms. Hainsworth will use the project to trial a new designer-led short production run service, for bespoke fabrics. Designers based at Hainsworth Creative Hub will use the cloth to produce bespoke items that support their business growth. Some of these products will be on display at the Future Fashion Factory Showcase on 16 October. Using the new short-run capability and the new fabrics, Yorkshire Textiles will develop educational projects engaging designers and students with both the heritage and the full production processes behind bespoke fabric products.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd. Colour Measurement of Blended Fibres. 
Organisation Abraham Moon & Sons
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We undertook a study of the colour measurement practice at Abraham Moons and identified sources of error. We developed a sample holder that allows a more precise colour measurement to be made. Several prototypes of the sample holder were manufactured using a 3-D printer and the performance of the sample holder was evaluated. We also developed two methods to predict the colour recipe for a blended fibre sample; one of these methods was based upon a novel application of supervised machine learning (artificial neural networks) and the other used a colour-calibrated imaging system and an unsupervised machine learning technique.
Collaborator Contribution Abraham Moons provide access for our researcher to study the colour measurement process at the company. They worked with us to understand the sources of error that exist within the current practice of making fibre samples and measuring their colour. They contributed to the analysis of the data.
Impact This project is now complete and has performed well for the company, achieving the desired outcome and leading onto discussion of further process and project innovations. As wool varies from year to year and even from sheep to sheep, subtle variations in the dyes that are used, ensure the end product maintains the specified colour and quality. This project will develop and build on existing digital colour measurement and matching technology (spectrophotometry) to improve the accuracy and economic efficiency of the wool dyeing process, reducing waste and improving the quality and consistency of the end product. Laurence Brophy: "Abraham Moon is keen to support the Textile Creative Industries in the UK and we have sustainability and quality at the heart of all that we do. This project will hopefully help us to improve, even further, the quality and consistency of our woollen yarn colours in the fabric that we weave at our vertical Mill in Yorkshire."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Advanced Dyeing Solutions Ltd. Fabric Evaluation System. 
Organisation Advanced Dyeing Solutions
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University research team is leveraging IP to assist the industrial partner, also helps the partner develop a commercially available system to the market including the improvement of the system, develop new control system, operation software, database and remote communication system.
Collaborator Contribution Advanced Dyeing Solutions (ADS) is a world renowned company specialised in textile instrument and dyeing & finishing system. It brings its expertise in instrument development and marketing channels to develop and deliver a commercially viable fabric evaluation system for measure fabric tactile properties to the global market.
Impact It is expected that the outcome of the project will finalise the marriage of software and hardware to allow ADS to successfully deliver a new high value technology into the market. This project will develop a new digital fabric evaluation system, which measures the tactile properties of a textile fabric, and then relays them over the internet, building an accurate reproduction and visualisation for a customer in a different location. This example of digital communication of aesthetics links in closely with one of our core research themes and if commercialised, could reduce the need for excessive sampling, as well as reduce the time and resources involved in building a global customer base. As a result, it has the potential to slash costs, improve substantially through reduced waste, and reduce product development lead times. Sean O'Neill, managing director: "We see this as a fantastic opportunity for Roaches International to expand in to areas of textile measurement that have not been possible before. Once this technology has been fully released into the market place, the possibilities are huge. Not only will this be used for comparison of textile properties globally, but we also see interest from online retailers who would like to be able to accurately display the way that a particular fabric drapes on a person. The development of this technology will have a very positive impact on the continual growth of the Roaches International portfolio of products which will lead to the creation of jobs."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Deluxe Beds Ltd. Modular Mattress Design. 
Organisation Deluxe Beds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield's team provided staff input (scientific input related to designing of modular mattress, new polymeric adhesives, new materials to reduce weight and improve recyclability, etc.) and laboratory facilities to develop and test new adhesive and mattress materials.
Collaborator Contribution Deluxe Beds Ltd. provided staff input (administrative and managerial) to inform market needs and product guidelines and also facilities and materials required to develop mattress prototypes.
Impact The project has started in October, 2019 and will run for a period of 12 months. This project will enable the company to develop a specification and prototype for a new high value modular mattress product, comprising interlocking sections that can be configured to create a personalised product that suits each customer's unique physical needs. As the product ages or as customer needs change, individual sections will be replaceable, extending the product lifetime and reducing waste. The innovative design will give the company a competitive edge by providing a new product offering that significantly reduces waste in both the manufacturing process and at the end-of-life, while keeping valuable textile materials in circulation for longer. Better customisation will improve the health benefits of having the right mattress for consumers. Dr Sammar Javed, Business Development Manager: "We are very thankful to the Future Fashion Factory for not only providing this opportunity but also the support we had for preparing the application and idea development. Hopefully idea of the modular mattress will be changing the industry dynamics presenting Deluxe Beds Ltd as the market leader to have innovative product design and advanced manufacturing processes."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Gieves Ltd. Reducing Made-to-Measure lead times: the 48-Hour Suit. 
Organisation Dormeuil
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds is providing scoping work & reporting on options for enhancing customer experience throughout the purchasing process. Specifically UoL research will report on the variations available for use of personalised avatars within the decision-making process, i.e. compare and contrast the aesthetics of different trims, jacket fittings and clothe choices.
Collaborator Contribution The project involves staff & resources from both the project applicant/lead (Gieves and Hawkes) and from within their supply chain (Lutwyche Bespoke & Dormeuil). Only G&H and LB formally contracted to provide project support although senior staff from within Dormeuil are attending project meetings.
Impact Project deliverables will be the development of a new digitally enabled measurement, ordering & delivery process that will enhance customer satisfaction, improve process transparency and reduce lead times. As a high-end tailor, the company will develop a digitally-enabled system for use in their flagship Saville Row store to accelerate business growth in its made-to-measure suit category. New digital technology will be used in-store to help customers visualise the detailed design features of their UK-manufactured suit, and track in real-time the supply of high quality fabrics produced in Yorkshire. Real-time production updates will be available for customers to track the design and manufacture of their suit from the Yorkshire mill to the UK garment production site, and eventually to the collection point. By leveraging UK suppliers end to end, and speeding up the process of communicating the customer's needs via digitisation, lead times on a high quality made-to-measure suit will be reduced from 6-8 weeks to 5 days, and eventually to 48 hours. Nick Keyte, managing director: "Future Fashion Factory gives Gieves & Hawkes the opportunity to combine our world class, Made in England manufacturing with the latest digital technology to fundamentally change the Made to Measure service proposition, significantly reducing lead times whilst supporting total transparency within the supply chain. Initially, the launch will focus on our world renowned flagship store at No1 Savile Row but with the intention of a full roll out to all our locations and partners in UK and International markets."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Gieves Ltd. Reducing Made-to-Measure lead times: the 48-Hour Suit. 
Organisation Gieves Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds is providing scoping work & reporting on options for enhancing customer experience throughout the purchasing process. Specifically UoL research will report on the variations available for use of personalised avatars within the decision-making process, i.e. compare and contrast the aesthetics of different trims, jacket fittings and clothe choices.
Collaborator Contribution The project involves staff & resources from both the project applicant/lead (Gieves and Hawkes) and from within their supply chain (Lutwyche Bespoke & Dormeuil). Only G&H and LB formally contracted to provide project support although senior staff from within Dormeuil are attending project meetings.
Impact Project deliverables will be the development of a new digitally enabled measurement, ordering & delivery process that will enhance customer satisfaction, improve process transparency and reduce lead times. As a high-end tailor, the company will develop a digitally-enabled system for use in their flagship Saville Row store to accelerate business growth in its made-to-measure suit category. New digital technology will be used in-store to help customers visualise the detailed design features of their UK-manufactured suit, and track in real-time the supply of high quality fabrics produced in Yorkshire. Real-time production updates will be available for customers to track the design and manufacture of their suit from the Yorkshire mill to the UK garment production site, and eventually to the collection point. By leveraging UK suppliers end to end, and speeding up the process of communicating the customer's needs via digitisation, lead times on a high quality made-to-measure suit will be reduced from 6-8 weeks to 5 days, and eventually to 48 hours. Nick Keyte, managing director: "Future Fashion Factory gives Gieves & Hawkes the opportunity to combine our world class, Made in England manufacturing with the latest digital technology to fundamentally change the Made to Measure service proposition, significantly reducing lead times whilst supporting total transparency within the supply chain. Initially, the launch will focus on our world renowned flagship store at No1 Savile Row but with the intention of a full roll out to all our locations and partners in UK and International markets."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Gieves Ltd. Reducing Made-to-Measure lead times: the 48-Hour Suit. 
Organisation Lutwyche Bespoke
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds is providing scoping work & reporting on options for enhancing customer experience throughout the purchasing process. Specifically UoL research will report on the variations available for use of personalised avatars within the decision-making process, i.e. compare and contrast the aesthetics of different trims, jacket fittings and clothe choices.
Collaborator Contribution The project involves staff & resources from both the project applicant/lead (Gieves and Hawkes) and from within their supply chain (Lutwyche Bespoke & Dormeuil). Only G&H and LB formally contracted to provide project support although senior staff from within Dormeuil are attending project meetings.
Impact Project deliverables will be the development of a new digitally enabled measurement, ordering & delivery process that will enhance customer satisfaction, improve process transparency and reduce lead times. As a high-end tailor, the company will develop a digitally-enabled system for use in their flagship Saville Row store to accelerate business growth in its made-to-measure suit category. New digital technology will be used in-store to help customers visualise the detailed design features of their UK-manufactured suit, and track in real-time the supply of high quality fabrics produced in Yorkshire. Real-time production updates will be available for customers to track the design and manufacture of their suit from the Yorkshire mill to the UK garment production site, and eventually to the collection point. By leveraging UK suppliers end to end, and speeding up the process of communicating the customer's needs via digitisation, lead times on a high quality made-to-measure suit will be reduced from 6-8 weeks to 5 days, and eventually to 48 hours. Nick Keyte, managing director: "Future Fashion Factory gives Gieves & Hawkes the opportunity to combine our world class, Made in England manufacturing with the latest digital technology to fundamentally change the Made to Measure service proposition, significantly reducing lead times whilst supporting total transparency within the supply chain. Initially, the launch will focus on our world renowned flagship store at No1 Savile Row but with the intention of a full roll out to all our locations and partners in UK and International markets."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Joshua Ellis Ltd. Recycling Cashmere. 
Organisation Joshua Ellis
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The collaboration was based on the expertise of Dr Alice Dallabona with regards to the luxury fashion industry, and in particular with regards to branding, marketing and the dynamics concerning societal and cultural values and their role in shaping consumer and business practices. The industrial partner aimed to explore the development of a circular manufacturing process on cashmere (and lambswool) to create a new range of yarns but, when considering the technical challenges to do this, it was deemed necessary to investigate and assess the market to identify opportunities and challenges. In this respect, the collaboration led to a more in- depth understanding of potential demand and gave the business enough confidence to identify a strategic short-term and long-term plan with regards to the substantial capital and R&D investment that would be needed to create a commercially available product. The first phase of the project involved integrating existing market knowledge held within the business to help scope the focus of the research undertaken. This was followed by a detailed research to assess the potential within the market for consumer buy-in to high value luxury textiles with recycled content, and the challenges and problematic aspects in this respect. Focus groups, run with the collaboration of a research assistant, were undertaken. Dr Dallabona then analysed the data and produced a report which informs on the potential to develop products with high recycled material content in relation to the market need and demand. The review of the findings was undertaken to assist the business with its decision making in relation to further investment and R&D on the production technical challenges which would be faced as part of bringing product to market.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial partner contributed to the outcomes of the project through access to their expertise in a variety of areas, from manufacturing to marketing and management, access to data and access to existing market knowledge held within the business. This information proved essential to achieve the aim, which was to assist the business with its decision making in relation to further investment in the development of a circular manufacturing process on cashmere (and lambswool). The above mentioned contribution made by the industrial partner, alongside the findings from the project, will also be used to inform academic publications (see next section).
Impact Through this project, the industrial partner has achieved its goal and gained significant insight into the market under consideration. The aim of the project was to support strategic product development decisions based on the analysis of key drivers within the luxury fashion goods market and the analysis of primary data. The primary outcome of the project was the development of a detailed market intelligence report to underpin decisions on capital investment with regards to the potential to develop products with high recycled material content. Moreover, the project will also contribute to at least one journal article and conference presentation.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: Laxtons Ltd. Immersive Training for the Textile Industry. 
Organisation Laxtons Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds is providing specialist advisory services to the project (WP4) ensuring that project output is fit for purpose and terminology used can be easily understood in both academic and industrial contexts.
Collaborator Contribution Delivery of this project is seen as key to several areas of the business and as such significant company resource has been allocated in all Work Packages. This includes staff expertise (managerial, operational, sales/marketing & administrative) as well as machine/equipment resource. A specific emphasis on the FFF Core Research Theme of skills & education means that this project will impact across all areas of operation for the company.
Impact It is anticipated that successful delivery of this project will result in a variety of production savings to be made by standardisation of working methods which will ensure that only the most efficient ways of completing individual tasks are passed on through the workforce. An example of such a saving would be more efficient mending of broken ends on spinning machines which would dramatically reduce waste fibres being discarded due to less than optimal staff response times. Technical roles in the fashion and textile industry require a wide range of specialist skills, but training new employees is time-consuming and labour intensive. It can take 6-8 months before a new member of staff can work on manufacturing equipment unsupervised. This project will harness new augmented reality (AR) techniques to develop exciting new immersive training packages for Laxton's staff, allowing them to gain virtual 'hands-on' experience of complex production processes, cutting average learning times, as well as providing unrivalled access to high quality training provision. James Laxton, managing director: "We are really excited about this project which will enable us to take our training and multi skilling to the next level, not only improving productivity but also improving staff engagement in the whole process."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 1: WT Johnson Ltd. Digital Analysis of Fabric Finishing Processes. 
Organisation WT Johnson and Sons Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team will help WT Johnson to characterise the fabric tactile properties of their fabrics objectively by using a unique technology developed by the research team, a database of fabric tactile characteristics will be established. A predictive model incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be established to link fabric tactile properties of finished fabrics, fabric processing parameters, and fabric properties of raw fabrics.
Collaborator Contribution WT Johnson are a market leading service provider of high quality fabric finishing for many of the UK's premium cloth manufacturers and they add considerable value to the final product delivered into the market. A predictive software system to predetermine the outcome of a specific finishing technique from data relating to the properties of the cloth (design, structure, components etc) offers major benefits to the company and the customers they serve. The business wish to pursue a project to explore the potential of developing such a system to achieve targeted fabric tactile properties using existing fabric data and processing parameters.
Impact It is expected that the project will deliver a successful outcome on a number of issues which the business sees as significantly problematic in the area of textile finishing processing they operate in. WT Johnson will build on R&D work already undertaken in partnership with the University of Leeds to develop a digital tool that provides a quantitative link between the complex conditions used during fabric finishing and the resulting fabric handle. The project will enable the company to build an extensive data library from their existing sample archives, to develop a powerful new digital tool capable of predicting the effect of any finishing technique on any type of fabric, or which finish should be selected to achieve a desired effect. The information on fabric handle will also be digitally relayed to customers around the world. This will save substantial time and resources on testing, cut production waste and significantly reduce production lead times. Paul Johnson, Managing Director: "We are delighted to be working with the University of Leeds to explore digital representation of fabric handle. It is the measure that we, and all of our customers, are ultimately judged by. WT Johnson has always put a premium on innovation with regard to wool finishing, and our collaboration as part of the Future Fashion Factory programme is both innovative and ground breaking."
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2 Project: Camira. Rapid and late stage functionalisation of textiles. 
Organisation Camira Fabrics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield team provided specialist staff input (academic literature, scientific reason and commercial considerations of end product specification), facilities for laboratory-scale trials & development of methodology to optimise the process, demonstration of commercial application & review of how best to embed the capability within the company's business operation.
Collaborator Contribution This project is commercially driven and the company see successful delivery as a crucial part of their customer service to a global client base. As such they provided project input in the form of staff time (managerial, operational & administrative), laboratory support and materials (both chemical and fibre/fabrics).
Impact This project has only just contracted and is due to commence delivery from 1st June 2020. It is anticipated that the project will deliver a successful outcome on a number of levels which will allow the business to significantly improve the delivery of their product into the market and deliver tangible benefits to customers through enhanced functionality of the fabrics supplied. In addition, the potential to make considerable improvements in the environmental performance of Camira with modifications to the processing used in manufacture are also expected.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2 project: Marton Mills. Developing sustainable, durable fabric for the school wear market. 
Organisation Marton Mills Co Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield is inputting both staff expertise and use of laboratory facilities into this project. Staff expertise will cover existing literature review & commercial option appraisal, formulation development, testing & provision of a comprehensive report on options trialled and methodology to optimise in production.
Collaborator Contribution This project is seen as key to the continue success of a key product line for the company. As such the company is providing input into this project in the form of staff time (managerial, operational & administrative) and provision of sample materials in the form of both finished and incomplete product for experimentation & testing. Marton Mills will carry out a rigorous level of customer wear-testing to inform selection of a preferred option for production & to aid promotion of the new product range.
Impact This project is currently being contracted and is due to commence delivery on 1st July 2020. Expected outputs from the project are the development & evaluation of a number of potential solutions to the identified challenge which will lead to the successful launch of a new product range for Marton Mills.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd. Development of a digital solution to archive highly valuable historical cloth designs. 
Organisation Abraham Moon & Sons
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds provides staff input and cover the academic researcher's project-related traveling. We provided and will continue to provide the following research inputs:Development of a highly innovative digital solution for collating and managing a complex historical textile archive;Colour management technology for textile archive;
Collaborator Contribution Abraham Moon are inputting staff time, travel and internal IT resource into this project .
Impact Anticipated project outcomes have considerable potential for revolutionising the way the business uses and manages their highly valuable and extensive design archive. There are a number of outcomes anticipated which, given success, will deliver on several levels for the company, these include amongst others making significant savings in time and cost on new product development and providing a training/educational resource for new designers.
Start Year 2019
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Aurelie Fontan Studio. Mycelium Eco-Leather. 
Organisation Aurelie Fontan Studio
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution University of Huddersfield staff are contributing to Work Packages 2 - 5 of this project. Huddersfield is liaising with industry partners, Royal College of Art and Open Cell staff to deliver project outcomes. The role of Huddersfield within the project is to provide specialist staff expertise & laboratory facilities to support design & prototyping, testing & accreditation and advise on optimisation for manufacture.
Collaborator Contribution Within the project the various partners are contributing as follows: Aurelie Fontan Studios - company founder is the inventor of the process and this partner holds the IP. The company inputting into all Work Packages across the project. Burberry - are a potential end-user of the finished product Natura Design Studios - this company are supporting the project across the Work Packages, working closely with Aurelie Fontan Studios to ensure that commercial exploitation of the innovative process is possible at project end. Royal College of Art - the University of Huddersfield will also be working with RCA and their commercial operation 'Open Cell', RCA are providing access to London-based facilities and project oversight.
Impact The project will enable prototyping which take the existing process & enable it to be scalable, develop different stable textured products & optimise production to minimise waste & resource consumption. IP protection will be paramount and further patent activity is envisaged. The end goal will be the manufacturing of circular, sustainable and fully biodegradable textile with a suede-like appearance that could replace current synthetic and animal-based materials for a guilt free fashion and textile business model.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Aurelie Fontan Studio. Mycelium Eco-Leather. 
Organisation Burberry Group PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution University of Huddersfield staff are contributing to Work Packages 2 - 5 of this project. Huddersfield is liaising with industry partners, Royal College of Art and Open Cell staff to deliver project outcomes. The role of Huddersfield within the project is to provide specialist staff expertise & laboratory facilities to support design & prototyping, testing & accreditation and advise on optimisation for manufacture.
Collaborator Contribution Within the project the various partners are contributing as follows: Aurelie Fontan Studios - company founder is the inventor of the process and this partner holds the IP. The company inputting into all Work Packages across the project. Burberry - are a potential end-user of the finished product Natura Design Studios - this company are supporting the project across the Work Packages, working closely with Aurelie Fontan Studios to ensure that commercial exploitation of the innovative process is possible at project end. Royal College of Art - the University of Huddersfield will also be working with RCA and their commercial operation 'Open Cell', RCA are providing access to London-based facilities and project oversight.
Impact The project will enable prototyping which take the existing process & enable it to be scalable, develop different stable textured products & optimise production to minimise waste & resource consumption. IP protection will be paramount and further patent activity is envisaged. The end goal will be the manufacturing of circular, sustainable and fully biodegradable textile with a suede-like appearance that could replace current synthetic and animal-based materials for a guilt free fashion and textile business model.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Aurelie Fontan Studio. Mycelium Eco-Leather. 
Organisation Natura Design Studio
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Huddersfield staff are contributing to Work Packages 2 - 5 of this project. Huddersfield is liaising with industry partners, Royal College of Art and Open Cell staff to deliver project outcomes. The role of Huddersfield within the project is to provide specialist staff expertise & laboratory facilities to support design & prototyping, testing & accreditation and advise on optimisation for manufacture.
Collaborator Contribution Within the project the various partners are contributing as follows: Aurelie Fontan Studios - company founder is the inventor of the process and this partner holds the IP. The company inputting into all Work Packages across the project. Burberry - are a potential end-user of the finished product Natura Design Studios - this company are supporting the project across the Work Packages, working closely with Aurelie Fontan Studios to ensure that commercial exploitation of the innovative process is possible at project end. Royal College of Art - the University of Huddersfield will also be working with RCA and their commercial operation 'Open Cell', RCA are providing access to London-based facilities and project oversight.
Impact The project will enable prototyping which take the existing process & enable it to be scalable, develop different stable textured products & optimise production to minimise waste & resource consumption. IP protection will be paramount and further patent activity is envisaged. The end goal will be the manufacturing of circular, sustainable and fully biodegradable textile with a suede-like appearance that could replace current synthetic and animal-based materials for a guilt free fashion and textile business model.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Bower Roebuck Ltd. Development of a predictive model for weaving machine settings based on cloth construction. 
Organisation Bower Roebuck
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Leeds is contributing staff expertise, know-how and use of laboratory facilities to this project. The project is split into three Work Packages which will investigate the range of parameters to be considered, their interaction & variations that thus occur, construction of a solution that will fully take into account all known variables, and then prototype modelling and testing in a production environment.
Collaborator Contribution This challenge is seen as key to unlocking production efficiencies and optimising performance for the company, as such they are committing significant staff time (managerial and operational), materials and internal testing/IT resources to supporting the project. Company staff will work alongside University of Leeds staff across the lifespan of this project.
Impact Successful delivery of this project will deliver on a number of levels for Bower Roebuck, the main impact anticipated will be a significant uplift in weaving efficiency and vastly improved agility and flexibility across the production unit leading to cost savings and reduced wastage.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Conductive Transfers Ltd. Personalised 3D zoned textile heaters. 
Organisation Conductive Transfers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield's team provided specialist staff input (know-how of academic literature, new materials and processes, analytical techniques, etc.) and also a range of characterisation facilities for the developed textile heaters. This will help the partner to thoroughly investigate the performance of the heaters and find out optimum processing parameters. Also, through in-depth characterisation and analysis, the partner will be able to understand what new materials can be used to further improve the performance up to the targeted level.
Collaborator Contribution Conductive Transfers Ltd. made contributions in this project by providing staff time (managerial & administrative), technician time, materials (fabrics, inks, etc.) and machines for sample production and their optimisation.
Impact The project has not started yet. Currently, the contract preparation process is going on. Further information will be provided in due course.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: HSSMI Org 
Organisation Burberry Group PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Leather has become a more common commodity in automotive trim. Currently it can't be separated from other materials and at its end of life its destination is the Automobile Shredded Residue pile. As a valuable commodity, the reuse of leather will generate further revenue streams and reduce demand for new material, going some way to reducing demand on animals for hides. This project has been put together as a cross industry effort to confirm a solution, low volume leather returns on a stable supply can be reused creating both value, awareness and setting the way for others to follow. My involvement is to provide insight into the circular supply chain and map this out for the project.
Collaborator Contribution This project has been put together as a cross industry effort to confirm a solution, low volume leather returns on a stable supply can be reused creating both value, awareness and setting the way for others to follow. The partners will contribute in three ways: provide used leather, designing fashion clothing from the used leather, adopting the designs for commercial manufacturing.
Impact The project is still underway. The project is multidisciplinary as it brings together a number of disciplines: science, social sciences, design
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: HSSMI Org 
Organisation HSSMI
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Leather has become a more common commodity in automotive trim. Currently it can't be separated from other materials and at its end of life its destination is the Automobile Shredded Residue pile. As a valuable commodity, the reuse of leather will generate further revenue streams and reduce demand for new material, going some way to reducing demand on animals for hides. This project has been put together as a cross industry effort to confirm a solution, low volume leather returns on a stable supply can be reused creating both value, awareness and setting the way for others to follow. My involvement is to provide insight into the circular supply chain and map this out for the project.
Collaborator Contribution This project has been put together as a cross industry effort to confirm a solution, low volume leather returns on a stable supply can be reused creating both value, awareness and setting the way for others to follow. The partners will contribute in three ways: provide used leather, designing fashion clothing from the used leather, adopting the designs for commercial manufacturing.
Impact The project is still underway. The project is multidisciplinary as it brings together a number of disciplines: science, social sciences, design
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: HSSMI Org 
Organisation Lear Corporation
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Leather has become a more common commodity in automotive trim. Currently it can't be separated from other materials and at its end of life its destination is the Automobile Shredded Residue pile. As a valuable commodity, the reuse of leather will generate further revenue streams and reduce demand for new material, going some way to reducing demand on animals for hides. This project has been put together as a cross industry effort to confirm a solution, low volume leather returns on a stable supply can be reused creating both value, awareness and setting the way for others to follow. My involvement is to provide insight into the circular supply chain and map this out for the project.
Collaborator Contribution This project has been put together as a cross industry effort to confirm a solution, low volume leather returns on a stable supply can be reused creating both value, awareness and setting the way for others to follow. The partners will contribute in three ways: provide used leather, designing fashion clothing from the used leather, adopting the designs for commercial manufacturing.
Impact The project is still underway. The project is multidisciplinary as it brings together a number of disciplines: science, social sciences, design
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Nomad Designerwear Ltd. Web based digital applications for independent UK fashion manufacturers. 
Organisation Nomad Atelier
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield are inputting staff expertise (both academic and technical) & equipment resource into this project.
Collaborator Contribution The company is inputting significant staff time into the project and will provide access to sample garments etc, throughout.
Impact Although this project has yet to complete it is anticipated that the following outcomes will be achieved. The business anticipates this will deliver across several different aspects to assist with securing the long term future of a high value fashion brand and offer a template for other smaller scale design/manufacture based retailers, facing increasing challenges within the market space that they operate, to adopt innovative technology which drives sales. Primarily this would be considered to be: • Insight of the benefits of the best technology to adopt; • New capability to engage customers in a more inclusive and immersive level; • Insight into the investment required to develop the online capability; • Support succession planning; • Drive sustainable and successful growth of the brand for the long term; • Present opportunities for young designers.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: Something Wicked Ltd. Upscaling hand-crafted fashion garment production through the integration of digital technologies. 
Organisation Something Wicked
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The University of Huddersfield is providing input in terms of staff expertise (both academic and technical) and equipment/software.
Collaborator Contribution The company is providing input in terms of staff time & access to facilities and processes.
Impact Although the project is yet to commence it is anticipated that the following outcomes will be achieved. This section will be updated in future periods. Holistically the business will benefit on a number of levels and the project is expected to deliver in several ways to achieve the desired outcome. Primarily these would be considered to be: • A detailed analysis report to support the business to embed digital technology within the production unit; • Significantly increased awareness of the technology available; • Technology implementation plan with a full understanding of the investment required; • Appreciation of the skills development required to compliment the deployment of new production techniques; • Enhanced capability to apply technology within the business.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF Responsive R&D Call 2: WT Johnson Ltd. Intelligent sensing system for weft misalignment detection. 
Organisation WT Johnson and Sons Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This research team will endeavour to develop a sensory system which utilises optical sensors to collect various types of fabric information such as colour, IR reflection and light reflection/refraction and by comparing levels of dissimilarity in the measurements it will be able to detect the existence and extent of weft misalignment. The concept will also then consider how this information can be relayed to roller actuators to make automatic adjustments to the cloth to ensure perfect weft alignment immediately prior to entry into the finishing machine and final setting.
Collaborator Contribution WT Johnson are a key service provider in the textile supply chain with high levels of expertise in finishing premium fabrics for some of the UK's top cloth manufacturers. WT Johnson will provide expertise and experience on the problem identification and analysis of distortion and misalignment of the weft in the end product, they will also provide machinery and textile products for the trail of the system developed, including the production time taken to trial the new system in their production line.
Impact It is expected that the project will deliver a successful outcome on addressing the core issue around rectifying weft distortion and misalignment prior to final finishing of the cloth.
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF responsive R&D Call 2 project: Mycelium Eco-Leather 
Organisation Aurelie Fontan Studio
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution . Susan Postlethwaite from the Royal College of Art will be our other academic partner to oversee project delivery and technical outcomes.Dawn Ellams Research Fellow RCA/FFF will support the project.
Collaborator Contribution To deliver this project, we will work with Parik Goswami and Sohel Rana from The Huddersfield Technical Textiles Research Centre who will assist in leading mechanical tests and life-cycle assessments plus quality control, as an ongoing process during the project. Meanwhile, fellow biodesigner Ashley Granter - from Natura Studio in Doncaster - will direct the manufacture of our production line in London - from fabric sterilisation to inoculation and growth/ drying period. The funding allocated will also contribute to set up a hybrid manufacturing/lab facility with necessary machinery and tools.
Impact No outcomes yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF responsive R&D Call 2 project: Mycelium Eco-Leather 
Organisation Burberry Group PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution . Susan Postlethwaite from the Royal College of Art will be our other academic partner to oversee project delivery and technical outcomes.Dawn Ellams Research Fellow RCA/FFF will support the project.
Collaborator Contribution To deliver this project, we will work with Parik Goswami and Sohel Rana from The Huddersfield Technical Textiles Research Centre who will assist in leading mechanical tests and life-cycle assessments plus quality control, as an ongoing process during the project. Meanwhile, fellow biodesigner Ashley Granter - from Natura Studio in Doncaster - will direct the manufacture of our production line in London - from fabric sterilisation to inoculation and growth/ drying period. The funding allocated will also contribute to set up a hybrid manufacturing/lab facility with necessary machinery and tools.
Impact No outcomes yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF responsive R&D Call 2 project: Mycelium Eco-Leather 
Organisation Natura Design Studio
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution . Susan Postlethwaite from the Royal College of Art will be our other academic partner to oversee project delivery and technical outcomes.Dawn Ellams Research Fellow RCA/FFF will support the project.
Collaborator Contribution To deliver this project, we will work with Parik Goswami and Sohel Rana from The Huddersfield Technical Textiles Research Centre who will assist in leading mechanical tests and life-cycle assessments plus quality control, as an ongoing process during the project. Meanwhile, fellow biodesigner Ashley Granter - from Natura Studio in Doncaster - will direct the manufacture of our production line in London - from fabric sterilisation to inoculation and growth/ drying period. The funding allocated will also contribute to set up a hybrid manufacturing/lab facility with necessary machinery and tools.
Impact No outcomes yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description FFF responsive R&D Call 2 project: Mycelium Eco-Leather 
Organisation Open Cell
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution . Susan Postlethwaite from the Royal College of Art will be our other academic partner to oversee project delivery and technical outcomes.Dawn Ellams Research Fellow RCA/FFF will support the project.
Collaborator Contribution To deliver this project, we will work with Parik Goswami and Sohel Rana from The Huddersfield Technical Textiles Research Centre who will assist in leading mechanical tests and life-cycle assessments plus quality control, as an ongoing process during the project. Meanwhile, fellow biodesigner Ashley Granter - from Natura Studio in Doncaster - will direct the manufacture of our production line in London - from fabric sterilisation to inoculation and growth/ drying period. The funding allocated will also contribute to set up a hybrid manufacturing/lab facility with necessary machinery and tools.
Impact No outcomes yet
Start Year 2020
 
Company Name Pattern Project Ltd 
Description The company was formed as a spin out of Hetco Design to take forward an innovative idea around ready-to-sew designer clothing with bespoke tailored patterns for individual clients. The FFF Programme worked with Hetco Design to secure InnovateUK funding to progress this innovation. 
Year Established 2019 
Impact Company start up, all income derived will be tied to the ready-to-sew idea.
Website https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/12168474
 
Description 'The Spectacular Showcase of Textile Innovation' at the University of Huddersfield with WOVEN Textiles Festival, June 14th & 15th 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Spectacular Showcase of Textile Innovation at the University of Huddersfield and the Textile Centre of Excellence shone a spotlight on the incredible scientific and creative innovation taking place in the textile industry today. Visitors came to find out how scientists, businesses and artists are continually exploring how to make the industry more innovative and environmentally sustainable.

On Friday the focus was on how this innovation has created a thriving industry and activities highlighted the diverse careers that the textile industry now offers. As well as workshops and talks at the Technical Textiles department at the University led by FFF member Dr Andrew Hewitt, there were talks from Alan Cannon Jones, former Saville Row tailor, with 50 years of experience in the fashion industry and as a teacher at the London College of Fashion, and from FFF co-I Parik Goswami, Professor in Technical Textiles on how scientific developments in textiles are being applied in areas far beyond clothing.

On Saturday the Spectacular Showcase hosted the culmination of the Future Fashion Challenge with a fashion show created by around 150 young people from schools from across the district. Also on offer on both days were free workshops on up-cycling and new technological innovations in textiles and their potential societal and business impacts, led by FFF member Dr Andrew Hewitt.

As a result of the event, the vast majority of respondents who responded to the official survey reported the event gave them a greater understanding of how relevant the textile industry was, of the potential for employment in the textile industry, and of career progression in the textile industry. (Woven 2019 Evaluation Report). Specific on-site feedback showed the event gave new understanding of textile innovation and attendees were "amazed" at the scope and possibilities of the programme of textile research being conducted in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://woveninkirklees.co.uk/events/spectacular-showcase-of-textile-innovation/
 
Description 1/2 day digital workshop, TCoE. 6th March 2020. 29 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A half day digital workshop, part of one of 4 new courses developed by the TCoE for the FFF Programme. This course was developed to address gaps in understanding of FFF industry network members that had been identified by benchmarking activity carried out during 2019. Industry 4.0 awareness day, advertised on TCoE website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/skills/
 
Description 2019 Conference Paper: Fashion Thinking. Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice. January. University of Bolton, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Delivery of Fashion Thinking position paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.ftc-online.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/F4_Programme.pdf
 
Description 2020 26th - 30th. January Research Paper Discourse: Debating the Future of Fashion Design. Fashion Colloquium. Sub-theme: Disruption & Innovation. ARCH College of Design & Business, Jaipur, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Investigation: The paper takes as its starting point the development of particular pedagogic approaches initiated in the Fashion Programme at the RCA and the development of the tool kit by Chelsea Franklin, RCA Fashion alum. The development of a new pedagogic strategy and restructuring of the delivery of the first year, the subsequent student work and the design of the tool kit, the iterative testing of the tool, its efficacy and value and future iterations are all discussed. A series of 'platforms' designed to encourage engagement with new perspectives were introduced in the Fashion Programme at the Royal College of Art in 2016. The platforms are taught by industry professionals, researchers and designers during students' first year at the RCA. Students can choose either of the following subjects specifications: Bio Design, Sports, Digital or Future Systems. These groups are taught in parallel with an understanding that there are shared rationales, areas of interest and synergies, and that collaborations across these areas should happen and is encouraged.This paper discusses initial findings from the work carried out at ISDAR and subsequent workshops with first- and second-year students at RCA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.archedu.org/fashion-colloquiumjaipur.html
 
Description 2nd Functional Textiles & Clothing Conference. Keynote address: Textile Functionalisation - A Tool For Sustainable Topical Innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FTC is a biannual international conference that provides a platform for leading academic scientists, researchers, designers and entrepreneurs to have in-depth exchanges on latest scientific developments, cutting edge technologies, innovations, trends, concerns, challenges and opportunities in the field of Functional Textiles and Clothing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description 6th International Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention Conference: Innovations in Wound Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk title: "Technical textiles for wound management and infection prevention". The University of Huddersfield has gained a considerable reputation as a centre for innovation and change in the field of wound infection and care and the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject was never more evident than at the latest conference on the subject held at the University this month. The University's Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention held its sixth annual conference, which was again sponsored by the leading industry magazine, the Journal of Wound Care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AMRC Sustainability Event - Sustainability as Industry 5.0. 12th February 2020. ~20 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Bill MacBeth, FFF CRT lead for Education & Skills presented to this event, introducing the FFF Programme and key activities / Core Research Themes. The focus for Bill's talk was the FFF CRT of sustainability / circular economy. The event was both an opportunity to disseminate FF activities & encourage new membership but also to learn from best practice in other sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.amrc.co.uk/events/amrc-forum-sustainability-the-5th-industrial-revolution
 
Description Advances in Technical Textile Research - invited talk at the Panipat Institute of Engineering & Technology, Haryana, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presented an overview of the research and development projects and their applications at the University of Huddersfield including a focus on the Future Fashion Factory programme and the relevance to the UK textile industry. Generated interest in the project, the UK textile industry and the areas of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Alumni Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Formal meeting with Patrick Grant (industrialist and media commentator for fashion) to discuss and inform him on the latest issues facing the fashion industry and how Leeds and FFF are developing new solutions and business models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Apparel and General Merchandising Public Private Protocol Meeting, NEXT retail Ltd., Leicester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss UK manufacturing practices in the fashion and textile industry, involving the UK's major retail brands, including fast fashion and online retail brands.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Association of Fashion and Textile Courses Awards 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation exploring the changing dynamics of the fashion industry with an emphasis on how designers and retailers have to incorporate global challenges into their work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Contributed to a podcast for the BBC covering the complexities of the fashion industry, the role of fashion in modern culture and the growing influence of sustainability on the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Briefing Presentation at the Textile Centre of Excellence, Huddersfield, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Members of industry and representatives of the TCE attended to discuss the R&D plans of the Future Fashion Factory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Challenges for a sustainable wool and cashmere industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact this has led to an increased international academic/industrial links between China and UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.ctes.com.cn/art/2019/8/13/art_874_53104.html
 
Description Data Analytics - Identifying the effect of fabric tactile properties on the retail sales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact this presented a real-world case studies highlighting how AI and data-analytics is being used in textile and fashion businesses with industry partner (i.e., Burberry) to inform the design of new products and enable better business decision-making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/event/how-to-use-artificial-intelligence-in-textile-and-fashion-bus...
 
Description Digital Storytelling - How Brands Are Using Technology to Innovate: external speaker event (37 attended, 8th May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jonathan Chippindale, Chief Executive of Holition (https://holition.com/), spoke to FFF industry partners and students about the ways in which digital technology is reshaping the relationship between brands and consumers. The talk sparked lively questions and discussion. 37 students and industry partners attended the event, which raised the FFF programme's profile within the University and attracted 3 guests who became FFF members as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/event/digital-storytelling/
 
Description Digital Technologies Overview, TCoE. 8th January 2020. 6 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A formal digital technologies workshop introducing staff members from FFF network member Camira Fabrics to the range of digital tools available. Level 3 staff cohort. TCoE led workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.camirafabrics.com/en
 
Description Engagement event with school teachers from the Kirklees region promoting textiles - organised with WOVEN Textiles Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organising and running of a school teacher engagement event with colleagues from the Department of Fashion & Textiles to promote textile research and career opportunities for students. Focus on the Future Fashion Factory programme and the relevance to the UK textile industry. Generated interest in the project, the UK textile industry and the areas of research. Teachers reported they were amazed by the scope of the research and there was a lot of interest in the research and the projects. Organised and delivered by FFF members Dr Andrew Hewitt and Sarah Agar Brennan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FFF Engagement Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to invited guests at the FFF business engagement event in London. Presentation provided the framework for understanding the need for initiatives like FFF in the retail and fashion industries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FFF Programme Manager visit to British Resort Association (27th June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Future Fashion Factory Programme Manager met with representatives from the BRC to discuss both GLAA thinking in the Fashion & Textiles sector and BRC collaboration in the emerging InnovateUK submission on 'end-to-end traceability'. The BRC agreed to support the project by communications with their members and committing to dissemination of learning from the project should it progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.brc.org.uk/
 
Description FFF Programme meeting with staff from a Retail Brand and an example UK-based manufacturer. Visit to the manufacturer's premise (04/04/2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A major Retail Brand, who is an active member of the FFF network, invited the FFF Director and Programme Manager to visit one of the manufacturing facilities they regularly use in Leicester with a view to illustrating good practise (in relation to compliance with UK employment guidance / working conditions) and providing a contrast with other UK provision. A very useful discussion was held on the visit. This activity supports both the GLAA meetings attended by FFF staff and input into the InnovateUK 'end-to-end traceability' submissions later in the year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FFF Retailer Engagement Event. Part of the FFF inception activity, utilising UKFT connections to engage with London-based retail brands. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Outcomes from this event included participants formally signing up to the FFF network and from these organisations applications to the FFF Responsive R&D funding calls and participation in larger FFF managed follow-on funding applications.
Following the event Brora, Gieves & Hawkes, New Look and Arcadia Group all signed up to become FFF network members. Gieves & Hawkes went on to apply for Call 1 R&D funding which they won. New Look went on to support further FFF led funding applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FFF engagement with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) 2019 (3 meetings during 2019 (April, June, December), ~20-25 people attended each meeting) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Future Fashion Factory Programme staff were invited to attend one of the first Fashion & Textile focused working groups held at the Next head quarters in Leicester (4th April 2019), both the FFF Director & Programme Manager attended this first meeting. The FFF PM attended subsequent meetings in London, 27th June & 12th December 2019. The working group brings together retail brands with UK policy bodies & enforcements agencies to seek to address a range of labour abuse issues across the industry.
GLAA's mission is to work in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.
"Our values define who we are and how we go about delivering on the promise we have made to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation. All GLAA colleagues are expected to adhere to these values which place integrity, professionalism, teamwork, commitment and respect, at the heart of everything we do.
Our aims will be achieved by:
- Preventing worker exploitation
- Protecting vulnerable people
- Tackling unlicensed/criminal activity and ensuring those licensed operate within the law
The 6 strategic objectives which will ensure we meet our aim and priorities are:
- Disrupt criminal activity within the labour market
- Engage with stakeholders to minimise and manage risk
- Support compliant business
- Work in partnership to protect workers' rights and prevent labour exploitation
- Maintain a credible licensing scheme, creating a level playing field and promoting growth
- Identify and support victims of labour exploitation

FFF continues to keep a watching brief on this activity and will disseminate good practise & learning throughout its membership network as appropriate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.gla.gov.uk/
 
Description Fashion Fiesta Leeds - a charity fashion show showcasing independent designers (29 November 2019, Crowne Plaza Hotel 6-8.30pm) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Suzy Shepherd (FFF Co-Director) served on the judging panel for this competition for independent fashion designers. Sustainability, one of the FFF Programme's Core Research Theme, was one of the main judging criteria. The winner, Corinne Coolican, became a Future Fashion Factory member with her brand Cooli after finding out more about the FFF Programme during the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fashionfiesta.co.uk/
 
Description Fashion Question Time 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Was part of the panel for the Fashion Question TIme event, organised by Fashion Revolutions, taking questions from the audience. On the panel were policy makers, politicians and business.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fashion in the UK: Challenges and Opportunities - a public talk with invited speaker Adam Mansell (UKFT) (13 November 2019, University of Leeds 14:00-16:00) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Adam Mansell, Chief Executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), gave a talk on the growth, opportunities and challenges for today's fashion and textile industry. Over 60 people attended, including local designers, local government, and fashion students at Leeds and other institutions, raising awareness of the Future Fashion Factory Programme and attracting attention on social media from UKFT, and local government figures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-in-the-uk-challenges-and-opportunities-tickets-78346052151
 
Description Fostering Sustainable Practises Advisory Board Meeting, 21st January 2020, London. 15 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BFTT organised event. Bill MacBeth of the TCoE and CRT leader for education & skills attended this meeting for FFF. The meeting was a cross-cluster information exchange opportunity which creates the basis for future sharing of best practise and joint working.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://sustainable-fashion.com/projects/fostering-sustainable-practices/
 
Description Functionalisation of wool fibres 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact this has led to the increase of the UK-China academic/industrial links
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ctes.com.cn/art/2019/9/29/art_874_71825.html
 
Description Future Fashion Factory Year 1 Showcase. Salts Mill, Saltaire (150 attendees, 16th Ocober 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Research from Future Fashion Factory partners was displayed in the showcase. This showcase event also included academic Core Research Theme demonstrators, some of which had already been shown at the event hosted in Leeds following the conference organised to celebrate one year since the formation of UKRI. Displays included University of Huddersfield research on plasma treatment for fabric hydrophobicity; garments made by University of Leeds students as part of a project based on the Yorkshire Fashion Archive; haptics technology for communicating fabric touch feel properties; and designs from Burberry's 'hackathon' event, presented by a University of Leeds student who was on the winning team.

The Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence (FFF CRT lead, education and skills) was heavily involved in promoting the event to their members & encouraging visits to Salts Mill. The TCoE team were present to raise the profile of their 'diagnostic' tool which contributes to skills benchmarking across the sector & will, in conjunction with their 'top team' workshops, inform development of future apprenticeship modules.

The event raised the profile of Future Fashion Factory, and the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, with senior figures in government, the third sector, the University of Leeds and a number of research bodies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/ukri-showcase-research/
 
Description Future Fashion Factory attendance at the MIT REAP Global Innovation Dinner (29th January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Three members of the FFF core management team (Director/Co-Director/Programme Manager) attended this event along with a number of FFF industrial partners, notably from AW Hainsworth who hosted an Eco-Tour. The dinner itself included informative presentations from MIT organisers & was an extremely useful networking opportunity, we await the MIT reports with anticipation as they should lead onto further insights into how FFF can support the regional fashion & textile economy.

MIT REAP Team Leeds is thrilled to be part of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP). MIT REAP engages regions around the world in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems. Team Leeds is part of MIT REAP Cohort 6, a diverse network of regions representing Campania, Italy; Central Denmark; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Kentucky, U.S.A; Monterrey, Mexico; Oslo, Norway; and Sydney, Australia. In January 2020, Team Leeds will host Cohort 6 along with MIT Sloan School of Management faculty at the annual MIT REAP Strategy and Action Workshop. This gathering will bring entrepreneurs, risk
capital, corporate, university, and government stakeholders together to identify their unique comparative advantages and accelerate their regional ecosystems forward. As part of this program, Team Leeds strives to develop Leeds City Region into a globally recognized ecosystem of innovation-driven entrepreneurship.
A highlight of this workshop, the Global Innovation Dinner provides an opportunity for ecosystem leaders in Leeds to engage with the MIT REAP Cohort 6 teams, MIT faculty, and key stakeholders in the Leeds innovation and entrepreneurship community. It promises to be a truly global evening!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://mitreapleedscityregion.com/
 
Description Future Fashion Factory briefing event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 38 industry and academic partners attended this seminar at the Textile Centre of Excellence to formally introduce the Future Fashion Factory Programme and set out its governance, objectives, and potential outcomes. Talks on the Programme's structure were complemented by the views of industry partners, who shared what they hoped to achieve through Future Fashion Factory. Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) also presented on the potential of data analytics to increase competitiveness in the fashion industry. Questions and answers followed and positive levels of engagement from industry and academic partners were reported after the event.

Catalysing engagement with the Future Fashion Factory Programme among core industrial partners at the beginning of the funded period, as well as facilitating networking and the consolidation of relationships between industry and academic partners on the Programme. Attendees left with a clearer picture of the Programme's objectives and the needs and drivers of industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Future Fashion Factory exhibition at UKRI Delivery Plan Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Future Fashion Factory exhibition within the UKRI event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Future Fashion Factory presentation (Leeds Fashion Network) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation to UG and PG students about the R&D programme of the Future Fashion Factory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Global Expert Mission: Fashion Tech in New York - trade and fact-finding mission with InnovateUK (28 October - 1 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact FFF Programme Director Professor Stephen Russell was among the experts from the business and research communities to meet with stakeholders such as fashion designers, trade organisations, companies, retailers and local government in New York City. The delegates' objectives were to explore sustainable fashion innovations in the US, identify knowledge and innovation gaps, and explore the possibilities for collaboration in sustainable fashion initiatives. Professor Russell found the visit extremely useful and is now seeking ways to translate learning into the context of the UK Fashion & Textiles sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Global Fashion Marketplace - Clubhouse Fashion Innovation Challenge follow-on event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GFMP invited students who had presented their work to FFF industry partners down to London to give a talk about their suggested solutions at the beginning of a Clubhouse Fashion event (15th February 2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_P7_Zw3NMM&list=PLHJeyDPlBi6cxTRs1HvIHOgUPXc7zypD7
 
Description How to Get Started in Fashion with No Money - a public talk and discussion with Russell Hammond (The Scaphan Network) (23 October 2019, University of Leeds 14:00-16:00) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This talk provided practical tips and insight into starting a fashion business from scratch. Some 30 guests attended the talk including fashion design students from universities and local colleges, as well as professionals looking to start their own fashion design labels. A further 20 people signed up to the Future Fashion Factory mailing list following this event to receive information about further opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-get-started-in-fashion-with-no-money-tickets-71649757353
 
Description How to use Artificial Intelligence in Textile and Fashion Businesses to Increase Competitiveness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Seminar for industry partners with speakers Jez Bassinder (IBM), Prof Ningtao Mao (University of Leeds), and Bill Macbeth (Textile Centre of Excellence) on the potential for AI to increase competitiveness in the UK fashion industry. This related closely to Future Fashion Factory's Core Research Theme of Data-Driven Design and helped to draw attention and spark engagement with this research. Feedback on the event was extremely positive and several attendees have since submitted applications to FFF Responsive R&D funding calls while even more have joined the FFF membership network.

Driving engagement with Future Fashion Factory core research and generating new membership enquiries, while raising the profile of the FFF programme within the fashion and textile industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Woven festival will look forward as well as back 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Woven: A week-long festival celebrating Kirklees' textile heritage and looking ahead to the industry's digital future. Aiming to bring together the local community to take pride in its textile heritage and celebrate its future opportunities for careers , creativity and innovation. Businesses, families and local schools are encouraged to get involved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.pressreader.com/uk/huddersfield-daily-examiner/20190425/282166472591046
 
Description ISDAR workshop - 2019. 2-5 September. Discourse. Workshops. International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference. Manchester, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshops to test Discourse as a tool for debate to further develop Fashion Thinking methods. The conference track theme in relation to this paper is Disruption & Innovation - Academia & Industry. In facilitating discussion on the disrupting factors facing the fashion industry, we aim to show how we are identifying opportunities to ease and expedite a transition from the now to the new in an understanding of fashion design education and practice. Exploring how an active integration of academia and industry at masters level can provide an alternative to an otherwise one-sided offering which only looks to support design talent to become sole practitioners. This research paper provides an analysis of a workshop developed by the authoring researchers Chelsea Franklin, Susan Postlethwaite and Kat Thiel, alongside their contextual findings. The workshop uses a tool for debate, Discourse, designed by Chelsea Franklin while she was an MA fashion student at the Royal College of Art. The tool was developed as a response to, and recognition of, the struggle of working as a siloed, sole-practitioner/ designer within education whilst understanding that the industry is built of complex supply chains and networks of individuals. The work has emerged from a new fashion pedagogic model that aims to produce a multidisciplinary fashion student/ researcher/ designer. We will share the first results of this on going research which is currently being developed in tandem with the RCA MA Fashion course, encouraging students' to engage intellectually with their discipline and to question and hold to account new industrial models. This research is part of a larger body of work currently being developed through Future Fashion Factory: Digitally Enabled Design & Manufacture of Designer Products for Circular Economies AHRC funded research. Through this work RCA Fashion researchers propose to define a new methodological approach, Fashion Thinking that has three distinct strands - Fashion Thinking for Social Change, Fashion Thinking for Applied Speculation and Fashion Thinking through Advanced Manufacturing. Discourse engages with all three of these areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://iasdr2019.org/uploads/files/IASDR-Schedule-Supplement-Spread.pd
 
Description Innovation Thinking and Practice - industry partners setting practical challenges for student innovation module. Oct-Dec 2019 (final event 5 December 2019 3-5pm) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Three FFF industry partners set challenges relevant to their businesses for students in Leeds University Business School as part of this undergraduate degree module. These were: Camira Fabrics, Global Fashion Marketplace and Joshua Ellis. The students developed solutions to the challenges and pitched them to a judging panel, including a representative of each industry partner and a member of the core Future Fashion Factory team, at the end-of-module pitch session. Final presentations were held over two days and the FFF Director & Programme Manager each attended a session. One industry partner has requested to follow up with the students about their pitch as a result of this module.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk/Broadening/Module/LUBS2065
 
Description Invited Lecture : A Green Interface-Modification Route for Improving Mechanical and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Glass Fibre Composites (Next Generation Composite Matrix Materials Conference, 22 nd May, Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This invited lecture presents the processing and properties of hierarchical textile composites developed using microcrystalline cellulose. The lecture attracted a number of composite manufacturers who are interested to develop this technology at a commercial scale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/37937/next-generation-composite-matrix-materials-conference
 
Description Invited Lecture: Advanced nonwoven composites for meeting industrial needs (ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum, 21 June, 2019, Barcelona, Spain) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The delivered invited lecture covered the following topics:
• Latest developments in the micro and nanofiber based nonwoven composites
• Hybrid and 3D nonwoven composites
• Auxetic, smart and sustainable nonwoven composites
• Current and future industrial applications

This talk generated lots of interest among the audience on the functional nonwoven textiles. A few industry representatives contacted afterwards to know more about the presented technology and showed interest to collaborate in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.itma.com/highlights/conferences/itma-edana-nonwovens-forum
 
Description Invited Presentation, Burberry Christmas Town Hall, Burberry Business Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation on Future Fashion Factory R&D activities to Burberry staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Leeds Inclusive Growth Partnership event - exhibition at local government conference (Leeds, 4th September 2019, 70 attendees) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Future Fashion Factory Programme team had a stand at the exhibition as part of this conference on economic development in the Leeds City Region. Programme information was distributed and the team spoke to delegates about industry engagement and the wider benefits of driving innovation in the fashion industry for the wider region.

Important connections were made with stakeholders at Leeds LEP, different departments of local government and business support organisations. This helped to raise the Programme's profile in specific regional sectors, increasing the number of membership enquiries from businesses referred through these channels. Contacts also enabled the Future Fashion Factory team to build relationships with alternative sources of funding and business support to which its members can be referred.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Make It British Live! trade show (estimated attendance at the event 5,000 29-30th May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Future Fashion Factory had a stand at this exhibition where brochures and information about the Programme were distributed to visitors. Professor Stephen Russell participated in a panel, 'Technology vs Craftsmanship', alongside three other FFF members - Mark Randle from Galaxius Systems, Nick Keyte from Gieves & Hawkes, and Andy Ogden from English Fine Cottons. The panel was recorded and later released as an episode of the Make It British podcast.

Over 40 new enquiries were generated for the programme from conversations at the exhibition stand, while the panel gained substantial media attention through the podcast, social media, and partners' networks. This made a major impact on the overall reach and industry awareness of Future Fashion Factory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://makeitbritish.co.uk/podcast/067-live-craftsmanship-versus-technology/
 
Description Make it British Panel - Craftmanship vs. Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact SJR was a member of a live debate at the Make it British panel "Craftmanship vs. Technology" - How can technology help UK textile manufacturing become more viable?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://makeitbritish.co.uk/podcast/067-live-craftsmanship-versus-technology/
 
Description Making it in Textiles (MIIT) 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at the Making it in Textiles (MIIT) 2018 is organised and financed by the major textile Guilds, The Worshipful Company of Weavers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Manufacturing Made Smarter Event (30th July 2019) ~50 attendees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TCoE staff provided a briefing to attendees on the FFF Programme and the kind of support being offered to fashion & textile businesses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meet the Researcher - an industry / HEI networking reception (Leeds, 15th July 2019. 55 attendees) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Academics from all 3 Future Fashion Factory universities were present at this meeting hosted by the University of Leeds. Industry partners from across the FFF network were invited to join them for networking and to explore the possibilities for future Responsive R&D funding calls. Each Core Research Theme leader spoke briefly about their work as an invitation to attendees to engage in further conversations about future collaborations.

Valuable contacts were made between researchers from the universities, which are geographically diverse, and industry partners based in Yorkshire and the Humber. Two industry partners - Global Fashion Marketplace and Omolola Jewellery Co. - went on to submit Expressions of Interest for funding Call 2, while the team from HD Wool, who were originally brought as guests of another partner, became Future Fashion Factory members after the event and exhibited at the Year 1 Showcase held at Salts Mill later in the year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/future-fashion-factory-partners-meet-the-researchers/
 
Description NERC visit - presentation to visitors from research council (Leeds, 17th September 2019, 10 attendees) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Visitors from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) visited the University of Leeds in September 2019. Professor Stephen Russell was asked to give a presentation on Future Fashion Factory Programme's industry engagement and specifically on research into sustainability and circular economies.

The presentation sparked a lively and engaging discussion, after which the visitors reported a deeper understanding of how collaborative research can help to tackle global challenges that also have substantial importance to NERC. Awareness of key issues and of the Future Fashion Factory Programme itself was raised significantly among the visitors as a result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description NIRI Members Meeting and Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to the Non-Wovens Network who represent the UK industry for non woven textiles. Presentation consider the business implications created by a change in stakeholders perceptions for sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description New Heritage: Historic Textiles and Today's Designers - a public talk sharing outputs from FFF-funded Responsive R&D project (5 December 2019, University of Leeds 6-8pm) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Textile designer Rebecca Ough spoke about the FFF-funded New Heritage Cloth project on which she worked for Leeds mill A.W. Hainsworth. A talk from curators introduced the International Textile Collection in Special Collections, engaging guests to think about using historic textiles for their own designs. An interactive Q&A followed along with the opportunity to see artefacts from the textile holdings in Special Collections and garments made in the New Heritage cloth. This event was co-organised with Leeds University Library Special Collections team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-heritage-historic-textiles-and-todays-designers-tickets-804337284...
 
Description Nonwovens Innovation Academy: Nonwovens as a tool to sustainable topical innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Topics discussed were New Materials and New Applications from a sustainability perspective, Clean chemistry for nonwovens, Cellulose and other polysaccharides for nonwovens. The Nonwovens Innovation Academy (NIA) brings together academics, students, scientists, engineers and industry experts with the aim to encourage the development of technical understanding and research to support innovation and growth in the nonwovens and related industries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Nonwovens Network Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participants from industry participated in a 2 day nonwovens training programme to discuss the latest developments in technology and product applications including clothing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nonwovens Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Nonwovens Network training event, including discussion of nonwovens in fashion and related applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Northern Clothing & Textile Network event - presentation for business network workshop (estimated 40 attendees, 17th May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Sue Rainton and industry partner Julie Greenough from AW Hainsworth co-presented a talk about Future Fashion Factory's Responsive R&D funding calls to this network of design businesses in the north-east. AW Hainsworth's Call 1 proposal had recently been approved and the event was intended to generate interest in future funding calls.

Several new membership enquiries were generated from businesses interested in submitting applications for responsive R&D funding calls and the Programme's profile was raised beyond its home region of Yorkshire and the Humber.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact About 100 people attended for a presentation on the Future Fashion Factory and a discussion on industry challenges, surrounding digitalisation and sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.northernclothing.org.uk/
 
Description One Day in Leeds - presentation and exhibition at alumni conference (Leeds, 12th October 2019, 60 attendees) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Two FFF management team member attended this event, the Director & Programme Manager. Professor Stephen Russell spoke to around 60 University of Leeds alumni, including policymakers and industry professionals, about Future Fashion Factory's research and industry partnerships. The team also had a stand in the exhibition that followed where they distributed information on the Programme and answered questions from the attendees. Leeds Alumni travelled from all over the world to this event.

This event raised Future Fashion Factory's profile among a group of engaged people across a variety of industries who had low awareness of the Programme beforehand. It has also led to further engagement opportunities, as the team has been asked to support another event for legacy leavers in August 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Outlook Plus Latin America 2019 - Invited talk - São Paulo, Brazil - May 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented an overview of the research and development projects and their applications at the University of Huddersfield including the Future Fashion Factory programme and its importance to the textile industry. Generated interest in the project, the UK textile industry and the areas of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.edana.org/about-us/news/outlook-plus-latin-america-2019-keeps-its-momentum
 
Description Patrick Grant / Community Clothing. Connection with this company / Patrick Grant in his capacity as media figure to encourage dissemination of FFF Programme themes & raise national profile of the Programme. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20th June 2019. Following the visit Patrick Grant joined the FFF network, both his Community Clothing company and the wider 1821 Group. 1821 Group then became part of an industry collaboration working on supply chain traceability that went on to submit an InnovateUK funding application. Patrick remains engaged & willing to support the FFF Programme. Community Clothing has since gone on to collaborate with another FFF network member.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation of research at the 6th International Conference on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens at IIT Delhi, India, December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented an overview of the research and development projects and their applications at the University of Huddersfield including a focus on the Future Fashion Factory programme and the relevance to the UK textile industry. Generated interest in the project, the UK textile industry and the areas of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ictn.in
 
Description Press release: Drapers - 1st investment for fashion businesses (August 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release announcing the projects that were successful in the first Responsive R&D funding call. A separate document was also sent out with summaries and comment on each project. This was picked up by media with local, national, and international reach such as Drapers, WTIN and Fibre2Fashion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.drapersonline.com/news/latest-news/fashion-brands-receive-645k-to-support-innovation/703...
 
Description Press release: Fashion Network - AW Hainsworth hosts MIT-REAP visit (January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release for visit of MIT-REAP programme of global entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors and universities to AW Hainsworth as part of an eco-system tour organised and hosted by Future Fashion Factory in January 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://uk.fashionnetwork.com/news/Aw-hainsworth-hosts-future-fashion-factory-visit,1180716.html
 
Description Press release: Future Fashion Factory adds 100th member (July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release celebrating the addition of Wyedean Weaving Co. as Future Fashion Factory's 100th member. This was picked up by at least seven outlets with broad reach across local and trade news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tevonews.com/research-news/2116-british-industry-initiative-charts-progress
 
Description Press release: T.EVO - FFF partners launch new courses to meet skills gaps 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release announcing the launch of new MSc Textile Sustainability and Innovation at the University of Leeds, MSc Product Innovation with Textiles at the University of Huddersfield, and industry 4.0 courses for companies at the Textile Centre of Excellence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tevonews.com/industrial-fabrics-news/2301-future-fashion-factory-addresses-industry-skil...
 
Description Press release: T.EVO - Future Fashion Factory Year 1 Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press release announcing the FFF Year 1 showcase and discussing the success of the programme so far. This was picked up by a variety of outlets including trade media and local press, e.g. Bradford Telegraph & Argus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tevonews.com/research-news/2191-uk-initiative-celebrates-opening-year-impact
 
Description Press release: Texintel - AW Hainsworth and Yorkshire Textiles launch New Heritage Cloth project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release to raise awareness of the 'New Heritage' cloth project led by AW Hainsworth and Yorkshire Textiles as part of Responsive R&D Funding Call 1, including a link to the project video and reference to garments on display at year 1 showcase.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.texintel.com/press-room/the-future-fashion-factory-funds-yorkshires-new-heritage-cloth-d...
 
Description Press release: WTIN - Responsive R&D Call 2 Launched (September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release announcing the launch of Responsive R&D Funding Call 2, which drove interest in membership with a view to submitting funding applications when it was picked up by wide-reaching trade media WTIN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.wtin.com/article/2019/september/090919/future-fashion-factory-opens-rd-funding-applicati...
 
Description RESET meeting between Bill MacBeth (TCoE and FFF CRT lead) and Interreg Joint Secretariat, Lille, France (9th October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to the Interreg Joint Secretariat on the FFF Programme and the synergies between it and the Interreg funded projects that TCoE are also involved in. Cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning profiled for future meetings.
RESET project summary:
The textile and clothing sector in Europe includes 173,000 companies with a turnover of €165 billion, employing 1.87 million people. The sector's competitiveness is linked to innovation and technology development and more recently, sustainability and environmentally-friendly production. Production uses high levels of raw materials, water, energy and chemicals and often generates air, water and soil pollution through untreated e?uent and waste, which can have a big impact on the environment. New, sustainable approaches are being developed and adopted by textile and clothing companies across the EU. Informing stakeholders and policy makers about these good practices would allow those solutions to be adopted in other regions.
What is RESET?
RESET is an Interreg Europe project which aims to change the way European Structural Fund policies and programmes are implemented in the partners' regions. Its key objective is to improve regional policies and promote a more sustainable approach to production in the textile and clothing sector. This includes the creation, management and enhancement of the Research and Development and Innovation infrastructures required to develop greener and more sustainable textile and clothing products and processes which will di?erent these regions from their competitors.

RESET addresses 6 key themes:
- Recycling in textile and waste disposal
- Water consumption and energy saving, sustainable company organisations
- New sustainable chemistry, including reduction of chemical substances
- Smart textiles and new ways of production
- Eco-creativity, natural ?bres, short value chains
- New materials and new applications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.interregeurope.eu/reset/
 
Description Retailer Engagement Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Future Fashion Factory event at the Clothworkers Company in London, involving senior company representatives of the UK's fashion retail sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/event/retailer-engagement-event/
 
Description SMARTY Kick Off meeting, 21st - 24th October 2019, Prato, Italy (19 attendees) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TCoE is a key member of the FFF Programme delivery structure (responsible for education & skills) and has extremely valuable links to European organisations. SMARTY will be a key learning & dissemination mechanism throughout the lifetime of the programme. FFF CRT leader (Bill MacBeth) and FFF Programme Manager (Sue Rainton) will each attached key SMARTY events as relevant.

The interregional cooperation project, which kicked off last October in Prato (Italy), aims at establishing a common basis for policy learning among its members in order to deal with the main challenges hampering the diffusion of Industry 4.0 solutions and their enabling potential into the European SME ecosystem.
Seven European regions have joined forces to face a common challenge: supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in their awareness and adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions through regional policies and programs related to Structural Funds.The fourteen partners of SMARTY aim to trigger a policy change that will uphold Industry 4.0 as the new paradigm to drive industrial development in the coming years.

To this end, SMARTY will implement interregional learning activities to identify, analyse and share solutions which have already been tested in one of the participating regions and that can help in the innovation processes of other partners' regional industrial systems. These exchanges of experience will take place at the Interregional Thematic Seminars and Interregional Policy Brokerage workshops organized by the project on a semester basis, which will cover key topics such as Production Performance Monitoring Systems (PPMS), Predictive modeling and maintenance, Virtual Reality and Simulation Technologies, and Smart logistics and network management. The learning potential embedded in these interregional exchanges will result in the uptake of new good practices and projects by the partners, thus enabling the delivery of innovation within regional supply chains.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.interregeurope.eu/smarty/news/news-article/7133/smarty-launched-to-help-smes-adopt-indus...
 
Description SMARTY Partner meeting, 24th - 26th February 2020, Brussels. 19 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TCoE is a key member of the FFF Programme delivery structure (responsible for education & skills) and has extremely valuable links to European organisations. SMARTY will be a key learning & dissemination mechanism throughout the lifetime of the programme. FFF CRT leader (Bill MacBeth) attended this event.

The interregional cooperation project, which kicked off last October in Prato (Italy), aims at establishing a common basis for policy learning among its members in order to deal with the main challenges hampering the diffusion of Industry 4.0 solutions and their enabling potential into the European SME ecosystem. Seven European regions have joined forces to face a common challenge: supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in their awareness and adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions through regional policies and programs related to Structural Funds.The fourteen partners of SMARTY aim to trigger a policy change that will uphold Industry 4.0 as the new paradigm to drive industrial development in the coming years. To this end, SMARTY will implement interregional learning activities to identify, analyse and share solutions which have already been tested in one of the participating regions and that can help in the innovation processes of other partners' regional industrial systems. These exchanges of experience will take place at the Interregional Thematic Seminars and Interregional Policy Brokerage workshops organized by the project on a semester basis, which will cover key topics such as Production Performance Monitoring Systems (PPMS), Predictive modeling and maintenance, Virtual Reality and Simulation Technologies, and Smart logistics and network management. The learning potential embedded in these interregional exchanges will result in the uptake of new good practices and projects by the partners, thus enabling the delivery of innovation within regional supply chains.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.interregeurope.eu/smarty/
 
Description Skill's Cafe event, Hub 26, Cleakheaton. 25ht October 2019. 20 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact West Yorkshire Colleges Consortia organised event. Bill MacBeth, FFF CRT leader for education & skills presented on the FFF Programme. The emphasis on this engagement was disseminating information on the FFF Programme and making attendees aware of forthcoming opportunities to engage with FFF in a variety of ways.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skills-cafe-advanced-manufacturing-including-textiles-tickets-7295341...
 
Description Stacey Dooley interview for Grazia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Provide technical information to Stacey Dooley for us in her Grazia article on sustainability and fashion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://graziadaily.co.uk/life/opinion/stacey-dooley-sustainable-fashion/
 
Description Support for Innovation and Digital Manufacturing - presentation for industry awareness event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Programme Manager Sue Rainton gave a presentation about Future Fashion Factory and its Responsive R&D Funding Calls at this afternoon conference for businesses in the Leeds City Region. FFF Co-I Prof Parikshit Goswami also spoke on the topic of digital transformation, while Bill Macbeth presented on the 4 Manufacturing Tool. Several membership enquiries were generated from the event with a view to these new members applying for future Responsive R&D funding calls.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digitalising-textile-manufacturing-workshop-tickets-55630411057
 
Description Supporting Microbusinesses - industry engagement workshop (20 attendees, 26th June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Leeds City Council hosted this Future Fashion Factory workshop aimed at fashion microbusinesses working in the Leeds City Region. FFF Programme Manager (Sue Rainton) and FFF Co-Director (Suzy Shepherd) led the discussion by introducing Future Fashion Factory and taking questions from the audience. They also requested feedback on the challenges faced by micro-businesses and the type of support they need to grow.

Valuable feedback was gained from local businesses, enabling the Future Fashion Factory team to target future engagement activities to address these needs. New membership enquiries were generated by the event and every business that participated is either now a Future Fashion Factory member or has attended another event since this date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/event/working-with-microbusinesses/
 
Description Sustainable Fashion Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to the Huddersfield Textile Society about the challenges the industry faces with regards to sustainability and how the industry is responding to those challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TCBL Foundation update, Skype working group. 4th December 2019. 12 attendees. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The TCBL funded project has resulted in the formation of the TCBL Foundation which is a community of like-minded individuals, associations and companies who are working together to create a more circular and sustainable European Textile & Clothing sector.

Bill MacBeth, FFF CRT leader for Education & Skills attended this meeting on behalf of the TCoE and the FFF Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://tcbl.eu/community/news-and-blog
 
Description Textile & Clothing Business Lab (TCBL) Final Conference (28th - 29th May 2019) Attendance ~150 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The TCBL funded project has resulted in the formation of the TCBL Foundation which is a community of like-minded individuals, associations and companies who are working together to create a more circular and sustainable European Textile & Clothing sector.
At the TCBL final conference Bill MacBeth (MD of TCoE) presented to TCBL members on the FFF Programme, introducing the Programme to an international audience and opening channels to disseminate good practice. Relevant points covered were:

• Sharing of good practice including amongst international colleagues
• Exchanging knowledge with other partners or potential partners
• General brief of project and activities
• Highlighting the value of the project to textile manufacturers
• Promoting the potential of digital technologies in the field of sustainability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://tcbl.eu/
 
Description Textile Centre of Excellence Annual Awards - awards presentation for learners on Textile Centre of Excellence courses (29 November 2019, Textile Centre of Excellence 12.30-17:00) 172 attendees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact FFF Programme Manager (Sue Rainton) and Communications Officer (Sarah Parkin) attended this industry event celebrating achievements in apprenticeships and professional skills training. Future Fashion Factory had exhibition space at this event, with brochures and banners, set up so that the team could be approached to discuss opportunities available to FFF members. Several industry partners were also in attendance at the event which was hosted by FFF 'Skills & Education' Core Research Theme lead Bill Macbeth and the team at the TCoE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://certaawards.co.uk/learners-achievements-celebrated-at-textile-centre-of-excellence-annual-aw...
 
Description Textiles as a tool to sustainable topical innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event. This event was aimed at those businesses wanting to improve their manufacturing capabilities and use of digital technology and help them expand their Supply Chain, with regards to suppliers and clients. Discussions on the role of chemical functionalisation in technical textile innovation, and how chemical functionalisation could be used to achieve sustainability in textile manufacturing. Also some contemporary challenges that the textile industry is facing and how we need to approach innovation strategically.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Guardian: Conveyor belt 'skin' sculpture opens near Wakefield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A mobile sculpture by Holly Hendry made from synthetic skin-like material was installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. A collaboration and a series of conversations had with the sculptor about the potential of materials and how to reuse them in different ways. Slacker, the main sculpture, depicts a body lying down. It consists of the skin-like material printed with anatomical imagery being fed through a series of supermarket-style conveyor belts in a "regurgitatory motion" to create a "rotational autopsy of innards".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.stem.org.uk/news-and-views/opinions/medical-textiles-making-difference
 
Description The Transformation of Fashion Panel - BEYOND conference, London, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hundreds of delegates attended The Transformation of Fashion Panel, to hear the latest thinking around the challenges in the fashion industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRdpnTliCT4
 
Description The True Cost of Fashion - special lunchtime lecture organised by the FFF Programme team based at the University of Huddersfield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A lunchtime session at the University of Huddersfield focusing on issues of sustainability in the fashion industry, as well as new textile technologies and manufacturing techniques that can reduce the environmental impact of garment production. Speakers included Prof Parikshit Goswami, Dr Andrew Hewitt, and Sarah Agar-Brennan (all University of Huddersfield FFF staff members). Two industry representatives who attended became members of the FFF network after the event under their business name, Carter & Francis.

Future Fashion Factory gained an industry partner from the event, while social media coverage attracted 20 new Twitter followers and high levels of engagement. The Programme's profile was raised further among the student and academic body at the University of Huddersfield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurefashionfactory.org/event/the-true-cost-of-fashion/
 
Description The Weaving Group Dinner. Bill MacBeth (FFF CRT Lead, skills & education) presented on FFF Programme activities. 10th October 2019, ~100 attendees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A general briefing to the audience on FFF Programme with a view to recruiting further members & encouraging engagement with future Responsive R&D funding calls.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.theweavinggroup.co.uk/
 
Description The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, meeting with TCoE staff, general briefing on the FFF Programme. 15th October 2019 (6 attendees) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Informal presentation by Bill MacBeth on the FFF Programme, general activities & encouragement to get involved in future Responsive R&D calls.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.woolmen.com/
 
Description The effect of fabric tactile properties on garment product sales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact this has led to the increases of UK-China academic/industry links
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description WOVEN in Kirklees - many faceted textile festival spread over several days and located across Kirklees district (18,000 estimated attendance, 8-16th June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact WOVEN was a large community festival initiated by Kirklees Council to celebrate the textile past, present and future of the district. The Future Fashion Factory programme team contributed to the event in a variety of ways with members of the core management team, University of Huddersfield staff and the Textile Centre of Excellence all getting involved. FFF staff attended a careers-focused fair on Friday 14th June where they distributed information on the programme and were on hand to answer questions and speak to industry at the following Business Hub Live workshop on digital innovation in the textile industry. Academic staff at the University of Huddersfield also led tours for school groups around their research facilities, which sparked lively questions. Future Fashion Factory arranged for industry partner Eastman Staples to provide a prize for the Future Fashion Challenge, in which primary school classes designed and made their own garments.

One of the Future Fashion Factory's Core Research Theme, Skills and Education, is closely aligned to WOVEN's objective to promote the careers and opportunities available in the Kirklees textile industry. Across the festival, 68% of survey respondents agreed WOVEN had shown there is potential for employment within the textiles sector; 63% agreed it had shown there was potential for career progression in the industry; and 81% agreed it had demonstrated that the textile sector is "a relevant modern-day industry".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://woveninkirklees.co.uk/events/
 
Description WTIN: University of Huddersfield launches new Technical Textile Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Technical Textile Research Centre (TTRC) will focus on high-performance technical textiles that are bespoke and high quality but produced speedily and efficiently so that they are competitively priced and respond to an increase in global demand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.wtin.com/article/2019/august/190819/university-of-huddersfield-launches-new-technical-te...
 
Description Working in Partnership Showcase, May 2019. Part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre programme of events. Target audience early career researchers & industrial collaborators. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact One of three presentations in the afternoon sessions showcasing how academics & industrial partners could work together on research intensive projects. FFF presentation delivered by Sue Rainton, the FFF Programme Manager. The presentation sparked discussions amongst the audience and follow up conversations with a member of the Leeds City Region LEP, who was interested in the FFF Programme and funding opportunities for LCR-based businesses, and also a PhD researcher who was investigating a focus for her research. This researcher has since connected strongly with the FFF Programme & her research output will contribute to FFF outcomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://wrdtp.ac.uk/
 
Description Youtube: Raising the Global Profile of the Technical Textiles Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Technical Textiles Research Centre in Huddersfield is taking the UK's centuries-old textile heritage into the future, providing a boost to the economy. Based in a large suite of labs newly-equipped with advanced technology, the TTRC composes an interdisciplinary team of researchers who focus on ways to re-engineer textiles so that they can help to address serious global challenges, such as reducing dependence on single-use plastics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLLjfyq4-rc
 
Description Zero Waste Fashipn Event 'Fashion Hack' (Leeds, 14th January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This fashion hack event was a first pilot for work to be undertaken by the University of Leeds / Zero Waste Leeds Project. A description of the main project is below:

It is a collaborative project, developed by Zero Waste Leeds, the School of Design at the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
One key area of work is around understanding what people currently do with clothing that they no longer need. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to donate clothing that's still in good condition - and we also want to make sure that people know what their options are for disposing of clothing that's no longer in good condition.
We have developed a Zero Waste Fashion website with tips on where to recycle, reuse, repair and upcycle clothing and textiles in Leeds, including a map of all the textile banks, charity shops, repair shops, sewing classes and clothes exchanges in Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.zerowasteleeds.org.uk/posts/zero-waste-fashion/
 
Description asbci Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on research into consumer behaviour to the the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, which included attendees from the international supply chain and UK retailers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description • 2020 26th - 30th. January Research Paper Discourse: Debating the Future of Fashion Design. Fashion Colloquium. Sub-theme: Disruption & Innovation. ARCH College of Design & Business, Jaipur, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Investigation: The paper takes as its starting point the development of particular pedagogic approaches initiated in the Fashion Programme at the RCA and the development of the tool kit by Chelsea Franklin, RCA Fashion alum. The development of a new pedagogic strategy and restructuring of the delivery of the first year, the subsequent student work and the design of the tool kit, the iterative testing of the tool, its efficacy and value and future iterations are all discussed. A series of 'platforms' designed to encourage engagement with new perspectives were introduced in the Fashion Programme at the Royal College of Art in 2016. The platforms are taught by industry professionals, researchers and designers during students' first year at the RCA. Students can choose either of the following subjects specifications: Bio Design, Sports, Digital or Future Systems. These groups are taught in parallel with an understanding that there are shared rationales, areas of interest and synergies, and that collaborations across these areas should happen and is encouraged.This paper discusses initial findings from the work carried out at ISDAR and subsequent workshops with first- and second-year students at RCA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.archedu.org/fashion-colloquiumjaipur.html
 
Description • ISDAR workshop - 2019. 2-5 September. Discourse. Workshops. International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference. Manchester, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshops to test Discourse as a tool for debate to further develop Fashion Thinking methods.
Abstract
The conference track theme in relation to this paper is Disruption & Innovation - Academia & Industry. In facilitating discussion on the disrupting factors facing the fashion industry, we aim to show how we are identifying opportunities to ease and expedite a transition from the now to the new in an understanding of fashion design education and practice. Exploring how an active integration of academia and industry at masters level can provide an alternative to an otherwise one-sided offering which only looks to support design talent to become sole practitioners.

This research paper provides an analysis of a workshop developed by the authoring researchers Chelsea Franklin, Susan Postlethwaite and Kat Thiel, alongside their contextual findings. The workshop uses a tool for debate, Discourse, designed by Chelsea Franklin while she was an MA fashion student at the Royal College of Art. The tool was developed as a response to, and recognition of, the struggle of working as a siloed, sole-practitioner/ designer within education whilst understanding that the industry is built of complex supply chains and networks of individuals.

The work has emerged from a new fashion pedagogic model that aims to produce a multidisciplinary fashion student/ researcher/ designer. We will share the first results of this on going research which is currently being developed in tandem with the RCA MA Fashion course, encouraging students' to engage intellectually with their discipline and to question and hold to account new industrial models.

This research is part of a larger body of work currently being developed through Future Fashion Factory: Digitally Enabled Design & Manufacture of Designer Products for Circular Economies AHRC funded research. Through this work RCA Fashion researchers propose to define a new methodological approach, Fashion Thinking that has three distinct strands - Fashion Thinking for Social Change, Fashion Thinking for Applied Speculation and Fashion Thinking through Advanced Manufacturing. Discourse engages with all three of these areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
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