There's an exciting new addition to the show this season, the Dot to Dot workshops!

We are so pleased to announce the 3 speakers taking part to share their wisdom in an informal setting. Each talk takes place at the Crypt on the Green during our A/W19 show.

We have carefully selected the speakers to cover a range of topics we feel are important at this time including Brexit and Sustainability. Each session is 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for Q&A at the end so get your questions at the ready!

Sessions are ticketed at £11 and open to the public, please click the link for each session if you would like to take part.

Trading with the EU from 30 March 2019 – paperwork, business relationships, trading terms and your bottom line’ with Laurian Davies MBE of UKFT.

Friday 1st February, 2pm

Laurian will discuss Brexit and how it could effect the children’s wear and retail sectors. She will choose and discuss that main points from the government exit guidelines which can be found here: and advise on what sensible steps every brand and buyer should be considering.  With a focus on the preparation brands need to do about export and import systems. Laurian will also answer any questions you might have so get them at the ready! 

The workshop is suitable for businesses, brands and designers with an emphasis on exporting.

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Colour and trend for A/W19 with Fiona Coleman

Friday 1st February, 1pm

Fiona is a colour and trends consultant for brands and retailers working on bespoke projects and a regular speaker at events and a member of the British Textile Colour Group. At the ‘Dot to Dot workshops’ she will discuss trend and colour predictions for A/W19 with a focus on childrenswear and gift ideas, with examples from the collections on show.

This workshop is suitable for buyers who are building their A/W collections and designers.

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The importance of sustainable fashion with Tze Ching Yeung 

Saturday 2nd February 11AM

Tze Ching will talk about her experience as a brand owner, the lessons learnt, the inspiration and why she thinks it is critical that we consider sustainable options.  She will discuss the environmental impact that our clothing has on the environment and what we, as designers and business owners can do to make better choices. 

Finally, she will also talk about how we can help the next generation become more conscious of their fashion choices. 

There will be a short Q & A at the end of the session. 

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Laurian Davies MBE

Laurian is the International Business Manager at UKFT (UK Fashion & Textile Association, the trade association for the UK fashion and textile industry). UKFT is financed and run by the industry and is also the skills and training body for the industry, helping to develop apprenticeships and training programmes for all parts of our industry, from saddlery to top end tailoring.

Laurian began her career in Harrods, aged 3! “where my late mother was a buyer and needed people to entertain me on a Saturday morning – and I was very good at putting tickets on the scarves!” and worked for Courtaulds before moving to UKFT to advise designers and brands on marketing and exports. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, for “Services to young fashion entrepreneurs and exporters”, on 16th November 2018 from HRH the Prince of Wales.

Fiona Coleman
Fiona is a colour and trends consultant for brands and retailers working on bespoke projects. She is a regular speaker at events and a member of the British Textile Colour Group. With extensive industry experience, she has headed up teams at WGSN, Paul Smith and Uniqlo.

Tze Ching Yeung 

Tze Ching is the founder and creative director of Jake and Maya, a sustainable kids fashion brand, first launched in 2009.

Tze Ching, driven by her mission to reduce the environmental impact that our kids clothing has on the environment, takes pride in promoting and providing solutions for the most sustainable kids clothing possible.  She frequently guest-blogs about this subject and is a contributor for Tangereen, an online fashion magazine, to help inspire the next generation to become more conscious consumers. 

Recently, Tze Ching successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign, promoting Kids Clothing that Grow. It was extensively supported and featured in both Sustainability press as well as more mainstream media like Mashable and CNN. 

Tze Ching lives in Wiltshire with her children and a handful of pets and acts as a volunteer for local refugee programs. 

Human and Earth profit is what drives Tze Ching forward.

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