Fashion & Politics at Houses of Parliament Hosted by London Ethnic
London Ethnic hosted a day of fashion & politics on November 25th at the Houses of Parliament as part of an official event known as Parliament Week. An annual event, Parliament Week seeks to highlight the work of the UK Parliament to the general public through a series of events and activities. In previous years the fashion & politics day has focused on the importance of London Fashion to the British economy and the role played by the British government, however in light of developments earlier this year the main focus of the day was what impact Brexit will have on the UK Fashion Industry.
TV presenter Seema Pathan was the host for the day and there were talks from Parliamentarians as well as industry leaders involved with the business of fashion including, Sandi Gollen Balendra, Media Lawyer & Lecturer at London College of Fashion, Adam Mansell, Chief Executive of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, John Pierce, CEO of Made in Britain and Saumen Kar, Founder & CEO of London Ethnic. They all delivered interesting talks followed by a Q & A session providing thoughts and opinions on the UK fashion industry and on what lays ahead for the business of fashion following Brexit.
After the event a series of fashion shows took place followed networking opportunities for guests that including fashion industry insiders and members of the media.
For more information on the organisations some of the key speakers are involved in please see below:
Saumen Kar is the socially conscious founder and CEO of London Ethnic, a London based fashion brand founded more than 5 years ago that works closely with emerging fashion designers who produce ethically in the UK. London Ethnic provides a platform for emerging designers to showcase their cutting edge collections ‘many of which reflect the diversity of London’ produced ethically here in the UK.
Speaking at the recent Fashion & Politics event Saumen said “London Ethnic aims to become a home to London style in all its forms. In the same way one can visit a market in Peru and buy Peruvian ethnic clothing or a market in Mombasa and buy Kenyan ethnic clothing. London Ethnic showcases authentic home-grown fashion.”
Every year London Ethnic organises a series of catwalk shows and events and collaborate with the key events on the fashion calendar such as London Fashion Week and Fashion Revolution Day in addition to working with charities such as Labour Behind the Label. A large social media following is used to promote emerging labels and the designers are offered assistance in all areas of marketing along with lookbook production and photoshoots. Ultimately London Ethnic aims to help emerging labels achieve success and help them make the right connections along the way.
London Ethnic also have their own in-house label which was showcased at the Fashion & Politics event.
For more on London Ethnic please visit – www.londonethnic.com