Fashion East / MAN
The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
+44 (0) 207 770 6150
Fashion East is developing non-profit leadership created by the Old Truman Brewery in 2000. Fashion East receives sponsorship funding from Topshop, TOPMAN and The Greater London Authority. The aim in this association is to support and encourage young designers through the difficulty of the beginning of their career. Designers get a chance to travel to a sales show room in Paris each season.
Each year a womenswear and menswear designer are chosen to have the oppertunity to present a catwalk collection to the international press and buyers at London Fashion Week. These designers get full access to receive a bursary, free venue and complete catwalk show production, professional catwalk photographs and video. They also get mentoring, guidance and in-house PR throughout the season from Lulu Kennedy(Founder and Director of Fashion East) and her team. Previous Fashion East successful designers were people like Richard Nicoll, Holly Fulton, Jonathan Saunders, House of Holland, Gareth Pugh, Marios Schwab, Louise Goldin, Roksanda Ilincic and Meadham Kirchhoff.
In 2005 the team behind Fashion East introduced MAN, an identical support scheme for emerging menswear designers, sponsored by TOPMAN. Successes include Christopher Shannon, James Long, JW Anderson and more.