Regeneration & investment at Lambert’s Yard to create alternative to high street retail giants

Development prepares for launch with two day business support programme run by the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE)

Regeneration & investment at Lambert’s Yard to create alternative to high street retail giants

Located in one of Leeds’ most historic quarters, Lambert’s Yard is set to become the city’s leading destination for independent design, fashion and lifestyle in autumn 2014.

Following a successful pop-up shop in winter 2013, the next phase of the Lambert’s Yard project is an upcoming New Market Entry Programme (NMEP), a two day course on 26th and 27th June. The programme, run by the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), will bring together industry leaders from the world of fashion and design to share their expertise on how to manage and build a successful fashion label.

The programme aims to provide a launch pad for up-and-coming designers wishing to grow their businesses in Leeds and forms part of a wider regional Fashion, Manufacturing & Textile initiative and a new Leeds Fashion Incubator. The success of such CFE programmes is reflected in its notable ‘alumni’ including Mary Katrantzou, Erdem, Richard Nicoll, Christopher Raeburn, Peter Pilotto. The business support programme will be the first phase in a series of events and announcements to mark the opening of brand new retail and events space in October 2014, Lambert’s Yard, which will become a regional hub for fashion, textiles and design innovation.

Wendy Malem, Dean of the Graduate School at London College of Fashion and Director of CFE said, “The UK is home to some of the fashion industry’s brightest design talent. However, to ensure a brand’s survival and success takes more than raw talent. It is crucial in today’s market for small businesses to understand their USP and vision, to be better informed and follow a considered development strategy. CFE facilitates this, unlocking creativity and business potential, allowing designers to gain an international foothold. The Lambert’s Yard initiative is our first foray outside of London designers. One of the reasons we chose it, is the region’s fantastic heritage in textiles and retail. Hopefully those aspiring entrepreneurs wishing to learn how to be successful in their chosen field will find the course an interesting start to the whole initiative.”

A full programme of events, including launch details for Lambert’s Yard, will be released in mid-July. In the meantime emerging or established designers across fashion, accessories, jewellery, art & design, beauty & wellbeing or home ware, interested in hearing more about this project, or fashion designers interested in applying for the CFE New Market Entry Programme on the 26th & 27th of June, can contact the team on Places on the NMEP are limited and qualifying designers may subsequently qualify for twelve months of further support as part of the CFE Pioneer Programme.

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