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Indonesia Fashion Forward (IFF) programme launches for 2017 for its sixth year

CFE Pioneer alumni COTTWEILER announced as the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark prize for Menswear

Launch of a new Jewellery Production workshop in partnership with CENTA

CFE x Christopher Raeburn collaborate for Sustainability focussed Fashion Production 1 workshop

EMEL+ARISBECOCOHIGHERFAVOUR UPMESHMERISE and OKAUTUMN are the latest recruits on the FashTech Pioneer Programme

CFE welcome the first on site FashTech Accelerate businesses – cutting edge wearable tech company XO, customisable bridal wear platform PRIM & CLOVER, and 3D-bespoke shoe brand SOLELY ORIGINAL

CFE partners on Sónar+D Barcelona international conference

CFE holds first standalone Manufacturers Trade Show

Matthew Miller and Samantha McCoach of Le Kilt announced as the winners of the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize British Isles regional final.

CFE hold second Manufacturers Trade Show alongside luxury fashion fabric show, Textile Forum

Designers Le Kilt, Joshua Millard, Feng Chen Wang, Nicholas Daley, Jamie Wei Huang and Art School join the Fashion Pioneer programme

Doppelhaus, Glitzbox, Petit Pli, Save Your Wardrobe, Shopest and Teggnet join the FashTech Pioneer programme for November

CFE designers Craig Green and Charles Jeffrey, and alumnus Jonathan Anderson win The Fashion Awards 2017 for their outstanding creativity and innovation

Molly GoddardCharli CohenCharles Jeffrey and Ovelia Transtoto  join Alex MullinsRoberts Wood and Grace Wales Bonner on the Accelerate Programme


jew 2016 timeline

CFE returns to Leeds for Leeds New Market Entry programme

CFE alumni, Teatum Jones, win Woolmark Prize in Womenswear

Launch of CFE Fashion Technology and Emerging Futures Project

CFE ‘Venture’ programme changes name to ‘Accelerate’

CFE Pioneer alumni Grace Wales Bonner wins LVMH prize

Fashion Pioneer programme supports designers  Sadie WilliamsROBERTS | WOOD Kéji, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY , R-O-K-H and This is the Uniform

CFE Pioneer alumni COTTWEILER and current Accelerate designer Faustine Steinmetz  announced as the menswear and womenswear winners 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize British Isles regional final

CFE launches new fashion production programme – Fashion P1

The Jewellery Pioneer Programme in partnership with CENTA launches supporting 12 businesses

CFE partners on the Decoded Fashion Milan summit 2016

CFE recruits AWAYTOMARSCashmere AppGilded LabMEAMESolely Original, and Tinker Design for FashTech Pioneer programme

CFE Leeds Pioneer alumni designers Cabba and Julia D’albert launch collections at John Lewis Leeds

CFE alumni designers, Craig Green, Molly Goddard and Simone Rocha all win awards at The Fashion Awards

Designers Bashaques’, Ece Gozen, Maya Bash and Muslin Brothers successfully complete YOTA programme



CFE launches its pilot FrontRow Fash-Tech programme funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and supports 9 fashion tech businesses for 3 months

Venture designers Fyodor Golan & Craig Green and pioneer alumni Claire Barrow win at the debut Fashion Future Awards by Decoded Fashion and BFC

Venture designers Marques’ Almeida and Agi & Sam win at WGSN Global Awards

Venture designers Agi & Sam and Teatum Jones win the Woolmark Prize for British Isles in menswear and womenswear categories respectively

Venture designers Marques’ Almeida win the LVMH prize for 2015

CFE becomes a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner

CFE welcomes Muslin Brothers from Israel and Bashaques from Turkey as designers in residence for 6 months on the YOTA programme

CFE selects two new venture designers – Liam Hodges and Faustine Steinmetz

The pan -European WORTH pilot project, led by CFE, concludes in 35 unique products that were exhibited in London and Paris – October 2015

CFE alumni designers J.W Anderson, Mary Katrantzou, Erdem, Thomas Tait and Grace Wales Bonner win at British Fashion Awards



CFE BFA 2014

CFE appoints The Barn as their digital consultants to work with designers on their digital strategy

CFE launches its first regional programmes outside London, in Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council and Lambert’s Yard

Bridging the gap between fashion, technology and digital industries, CFE launches the ‘Fashion Tech Meetup’ series

CFE and DISC consult with Hackney council to help setup ‘Fashion Lab’ at the Trampery, London Fields

CFE alumni Thomas Tait wins the inaugural LVMH prize

CFE hosts a one day symposium ‘Fashion Talks London’ discussing future of business support with pan European incubators

CFE venture designers Craig Green and Marques Almeida win in the emerging designers category at British Fashion Awards



2013 FyodorGolan

Building on success CFE International expands its work in Indonesia Turkey, and Qatar

CFE agency re launches as Fashion Innovation Agency, expands team and remit of work, Matthew Drinkwater appointed as Head of Agency

245 fashion designer businesses have been supported by CFE since 2003

CFE celebrates 10 years supporting the most talented and exciting emerging designer businesses in London

CFE launches new website

CFE launches Building Brand Equity programme to help designers to prepare their businesses for attracting investment


2012 Sibling

CFE attracts continued support and funding from ERDF

In association with Olswang LLP, CFE publish “Intellectual Property in the Fashion Design Industry” helping designers understand and manage IP.

Baartmans and Siegel, Agi and Sam, Marques Almeida join Venture and take studios at Mare st. Fyodor Golan and Teatum Jones join Venture.

Femina Media Group Indonesia commission CFE International to deliver bespoke business support to emerging Indonesian designers

CFE establish designer fashion investment programme, 1st designer to investor pitch takes place at Hospital Club, Covent Garden

CFE partner with UKTI to deliver E commerce Digital Seminar

CFE International host summer fashion incubation programme for 10 Turkish Designers at Mare st.

Bianca Fincham – Director Rainbowwave PR appointed to manage CFE PR.


2011 disc launch

CFE launches DISC, Designer – Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre. Helping fashion designers and manufacturers innovate their business, products and services.
Jackie JS Lee joins venture. Matthew Miller, Dominic Jones, Katie Rowland, William Richard Green, Agi and Sam, Fydor Golan, Georgia Hardinge join Pioneer

CFE partner with NESTA to launch Designer and Manufacturer production Toolkits

CFE run 1st of 2 intensive boot camps for fashion business start ups. NatWest sponsor £1000 prize fund, Natalie Rae Richardson wins inaugural prize.

CFE International undertakes Indonesian scoping mission with British Council to develop “Indonesian Fashion Industry roadmap”

Turkish government appoints CFE Agency as sole provider of design consultancy to Turkish Fashion Industry


2010 (2)

Christopher Raeburn, Louise Gray join Venture and take studios at Mare St. James Long joins Venture

Judith Tolley appointed, joins team as CFE Manager

Christopher Shannon, Simone Rocha, Sibling, Eudon Choi join Pioneer

CFE partner with Fashion East and British Fashion Council (BFC) to launch inaugural London menswear sales showroom in Paris. Funded by UKTI

Holly Fulton and Thomas Tait join Venture and take up studios at Mare st. Sibling join Venture

Agency brokers high profile collaborations – Christopher Raeburn for Victorinox, Holly Fulton for Smythson

CFE forms Fashion Alliance, works with strategic partners to look at Designer high-end manufacturing issues. Partners include NESTA, UKFT, Grant Thornton and BFC

New 2 day intensive workshop programme – Market Entry launches, designed to support early stage designer businesses

After 3 seasons hosting designer showrooms NY, CFE partner with BFC for 1st London show ROOMS New York.



CFE wins ERFD bid securing 3 further years of funding, studio facilities expand at Mare st.

Mary Katrantzou joins Jean Pierre Braganza, Aminaka Wilmont, Hannah Marshall on CFE venture. Mary moves to CFE studios, stays for 2½ years .

JW Anderson, Ostwald Helgason, Carolyn Massey, Holly Fulton join Pioneer

Olswang LLP supports CFE providing Venture designers with unrivalled package of legal expertise

DCMS commission CFE to write UK high-end manufacturing report – highlights case for Designer and
Fashion Manufacturer Alliance and Designer Innovation and Sampling Centre

CFE launches agency to broker collaborations and consultancy for designers


2008 JPB

CFE host inaugural New York, Designer showroom at Soho Grand, funded by UKTI

Meadham Kirchhoff joins Venture for 2 years. Henry Holland, Felder Felder, Todd Lynn, David David join Pioneer

Jane Shepherdson, Chief Executive Whistles joins CFE Board

NESTA commissions CFE to write first ever study of high end designer businesses “The UK Designer Fashion Economy”



CFE launches 6 month programme – Pioneer, supports Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Goldin

Peter Pilotto joins Venture moves to CFE studios for 2½ years

CFE supports independent Paris sales showroom, Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Gray and David David exhibit

Daniel Marks, Director Communications Store joins CFE Board



Wendy Malem appointed Director of CFE, re shapes vision and sets out future strategy

Jan Miller joins CFE team, advising on strategic business planning

Marios Schwab joins Venture


2005 manish arora

CFE launches 2 year bespoke support programme – Venture

Erdem wins Fashion Fringe, joins Venture and moves to CFE studios for 3 years

Manish Arora invited to show at London Fashion week, joins Erdem on Venture



London College of Fashion gifts designer studio and office space to CFE at Mare st. , Hackney

Partnership with Fashion Fringe develops, CFE supports first winner, Basso and Brooke

CFE Advisory Board forms, strategic advisors Suzanne Tide Frater and Sarah Mower join

CFE supports Pauric Sweeney, Hamish Morrow, Tristan Webber, Anne Sophie Back and Jewellers Mawi



Mayor of London supports London’s fashion designers, funds Centre for Fashion Enterprise for 3 years

Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) launches at Mayors City Hall

First CFE grant scheme supports Bora Aksu, Alastair Carr, Chris Liu, Christopher Ryan