The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is the largest network for fashion and textile companies in the UK. We bring together designers, manufacturers, suppliers, agents, educators and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry, both in the UK and throughout the world.
We are in a unique position representing the entire UK fashion and textile supply chain, from spinning, weaving and knitting, right through to the catwalk.
We are headquartered in London and we have staff working in Scotland, the East Midlands, Lancashire, Merseyside and Yorkshire.
Our President is HRH The Princess Royal
What We Do
UKFT’s activity is focused on six key areas: lobbying, business support, UK manufacturing, skills & training, international business (exports) and innovation, R&D and sustainability.
Voice of the industry
As the collective voice of UK fashion and textiles, UKFT is committed to creating the best environment for our industry.
- We represent the entire fashion and textile supply chain
- We promote the strategic and economic value of our vibrant industry to government and policymakers, ensuring the key issues are on the agenda
- The key UK trade associations and organisations in fashion and textiles are Federated Members of UKFT. This strength and depth of contacts and experience gives us an unrivalled ability to comment on all issues relating to our industry
Practical advice and technical support to help companies grow.
- We provide one-to-one assistance with business plans and strategies, market trends, marketing and PR, logistics, IP protection, labelling, standards, range planning and pricing, employment and more
- We can help facilitate new partnerships within the most inclusive network for UK fashion and textiles
- Through our broad network, we provide a platform for companies to share best practices and forge relationships with potential clients or business partners
Supporting the growth of ‘made in the UK’.
- We work with government and industry to creating the right conditions for UK manufacturers to thrive
- We help to foster successful relationships between UK manufacturers and brands
- We operate letsmakeithere.org: a free sourcing platform connecting UK fashion and textile manufacturers with designers, brands and retailers around the world
- We champion the individuals and businesses that are shaping the future of our industry, highlighting the exceptional skills, craftsmanship and talent within UK fashion and textile manufacturing
Skills & training
Addressing critical skills gaps and developing industry-led solutions.
UKFT is the Sector Skills Body (SSB) for fashion and textiles in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We work with employers, training providers and other stakeholders to raise the skills and productivity of the people who work in our sector to the highest level, ensuring the UK fashion and textile industry remains competitive against global competition.
- We help fashion and textile businesses to attract, train and retain the best
- We promote the wide variety of careers in our industry and support the next generation of talented workers
- We develop new vocational and academic routes into industry that meet the needs of business
- Through our Education Partners membership we facilitate greater connectivity between education and industry
Helping UK companies reach new markets overseas.
- UKFT is dedicated to raising the profile of UK fashion and textiles around the world
- UKFT’s international business support helps UK companies make sense of changing export markets, as well as to develop export strategies and new routes to market
Innovation, R&D and Sustainability
- UKFT works across a wide range of projects to help the UK industry take full advantage of these new technologies and markets and to help change the future landscape of the textile industry in the UK into one where circularity and environmentally sustainable supply chains are the new normal. Find out more here
In addition, we also…
Run UKFT Rise, a supportive community for early-stage fashion and textile firms, uniting entrepreneurs with the passion, ambition and creativity to challenge the status quo.
Textile Scotland is now part of UKFT and promotes the unique strengths of the Scottish fashion and textile industry, with dedicated strategies for growth focused on skills and exports.
Who We Work With
UKFT members include some of the UK’s most well-known fashion and textile brands, heritage success stories and emerging designer labels, alongside the manufacturers and suppliers that turn those designs into a reality. Our community spans some of the most innovative spinners and weavers the world has to offer, as well as traditional businesses preserving skills that have been handed down through the generations. We are proud to work with everyone from established family businesses through to pioneering catwalk designers, leading education institutions and progressive production units that partner with some of the world’s biggest names. Our members range in size from small and local producers up to global super brands, but what they have in common is a belief in quality, craftsmanship and a commitment to creative talent.
Textile Scotland became part of UKFT in January 2019.
Companies and organisations we work with include:
Abbotsford Textiles | Abraham Moon and Sons | ACS Clothing | AForce | Alan Paine Group | Alex Begg | Alex Monroe | Alexander Manufacturing | Alfred Dunhill | Alice Timmis | AllSaints | Allied Textiles | Amack Group | Amara Living | Ambar Living | Angel’s Face | Ann Mackie Knitting Services and Designs | Annafie | Anor Living | Aphrodite x Venus | ApparelTasker | Aquafil | Araminta Campbell | Arkdefo Futures | Argos | ASOS | ASK Trading | Ava Innes | Avon | AW Hainsworth | Awling
B Fashion Studio Ltd | BAKKA | Barbara Harris – Water Jewels | Barrie Knitwear | Basma Design | Beauty Pie | Belinda Robertson | Belstaff | Berjoan | Be Yonder | Blackhorse Lane Ateliers | Blade & Rose | Black & Beech | Blake Mill | Bleachers | Boardies | Boden | Bonsoir of London | Boots | British Alpaca Fashion Company | Bristol Uniforms | British Footwear Association | British Textile Machinery Association | Brooks Sports | Burberry | Bute Fabrics | Byways Group Ltd
Calzeat | Camira Fabrics | Campbells of Beauly | Caramel Rock | Careaux | Carl Friedrik | Carrington Textiles | Caroline Bruce Designs | Cavalier Carpets | Cefinn | Celtic & Co | Character World | Charles Tyrwhitt | Chrysalis England | Cilia Fox | Cleverly Laundry | CloudCloth® | Cluny Lace | C.Nicol | Cole & Son | Colorifix | Cou Cou Intimates | Courtney & Co | Crimson Rose | CSM Logistics | Curvy Kate
DAKS | David Gandy Wellwear | David Walters | Davy J | De Montfort University | DCCM Fashion | Dege & Skinner | Denholme Velvets | Denza | DHJ Weisters | Dinsmore | Dugdale Bros | Duke Clothing
Edward Green | Eirini Scott Creative Design | Elizabeth Parker | Erdem | Eribe Knitwear | Être Cécile
Fabrika | Fashion Enter | Fashion Finishers Ltd | FiftyFigs | FitFreax Fitness | Fleur of England | Flora Bhattachary Fine Jewellery | Fox Brothers | Fox Umbrellas | Fox Williams | Freya Rose | Frugi | FTS Dyers
G Ettinger | Get Stuff Made | G H Hurt & Son | Garment Labels | Glasgow Clyde College | Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers | Gosha London Ltd. | Gower College Swansea | Gravalot | Grow Wild Outdoorwear | Guilford Textiles | Gymshark
H Seal | Halley Stevensons | Hanes Australasia | Harley of Scotland | Harris Tweed Authority | Harris Tweed Hebrides | Harris Wharf London | Haus of Montagu | Helen Ruth Scarves | Henry Bertrand | Heriot-Watt University | Hexed Fashion | Highland 2000 Ltd | Highland Natural Accents Ltd | HMPPS | Holland & Sherry | Home and Dry | Honeylove | HotSquash London | Huddersfield Fine Worsteds | Humphries Weaving| Hunleg | Hush
Ian Mankin | Ingles Buchan Textiles | International Tartans | Intimate Apparel Samples | Invista | Irregular Sleep Pattern | Istituto Marangoni | ITSG World Limited
James Dewhurst | James Ince Umbrellas | James Philips & Co. | Jane Atelier | Jardin Living | JD Sports | JD Williams | J. H. Clissold | Jo Gordon | Joanne Yeadon | John Foster | John Lewis | John Smedley | John Spencer | Johnstons of Elgin | Joshua Ellis | Joseph Joseph | Joules | Justine Tabak
Kalopsia Collective | Katz & Mouse | Karl Donoghue | Kate Sheridan | Kayser-Roth | Keltie | Kestin | Kingfisher PLC | Kinloch Anderson | Kissy Kissy | KTL (Key Training and Learning) | Kusan Accessories | Kynoch
L Brands | L’Estrange | La Fetiche | Lalage Beaumont | Laurence Odie Knitwear | Langton London Insurance Brokers | Lazy Oaf | Lazy Pheasant | Lectra | Lees Newsome | Leigh Spinners | Lluk | LR.D | Lochcarron of Scotland | Locker Loop | London College of Fashion | London Contour Experts | Loung-erie | Luella | Luke 197 | Luxury Lockstitch | Lyle & Scott
MAES London | MacGregor and MacDuff | Mackintosh | MacNaughton Holdings | Maggie Mowbray Millinery | Magicfit | Malcolm the Weaver | Mamas and Papas | Margaret Howell | Mark Michaels Valet Services | Marks & Spencer | Marling & Evans | Marro Designs | Marton Mills | Mattel | Mayfairsilk Ltd | Maxibillion | Merino.Baby | MG Rivers | Michael’s Bridal Fabrics | Milton Outerwear | Mimi Berry | Mint Velvet | Motel Rocks | Monsoon | Moody Monday | Moose Toys | Morphbag by GSK | Moss Bros | MYB Textiles
National Children’s Wear Association | National Weaving | NBrown | New Look | Next | Nielanell | Nilorn | Ninety Percent | NW TexNet | Northumbria Healthcare Facilities | Nosakhari CreateLab | Novo London | Nu Blvck
O+A Sports | Olive Clothing | Olivanna | Oliver Bonas | One Hundred Stars | OTK Studio | OUBAS
Pachacuti | P and C Retail | Pals Wear | Panache Lingerie | Pangaia | Pantherella | Parhela | Parlez | Pattern Cutting Studio | Pattern Project | Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) | Peregrine (JG Glover) | Perry Ellis | Philippa London | Picture Book Fashion | Pigeon Organics | Phoebe Philo | Phosphenes of London | Pincroft Dyeing | Plymouth College of Art | Pom & Granat | Pongees | Povoas Packaging | Premier EMCO | Premier Grip | Premier Textiles | Primark | Probity Europe | PVH Brands Australia | PWR Sportswear Limited
RA Smart | Rapha | Reiss | Responsible | Revere Sport | Rewritten | River Island | RMJ Studio | Ro&Zo | Robert Mackie of Scotland | Rodney Perrigo | Romney Tweed | Ruth Glen | Rutland Biodynamics
S Dawes Weaving | Sabina Savage | Salt Studio | Samuel Brothers | Samuel Tweed Fabrics | Sarah Regensburger | Sass & Belle | Savile Row Bespoke | Schofield Dyers & Finishers | Scott & Charters (Hawick) | Schofield Dyers and Finishers | Scottish Enterprise | Scottish Textiles Showcase | Seahawk Apparel | Seasalt Cornwall | Self Made Studios | Sew It In London | Shetland Woollen Co | Shiner | SIL Group | Simon Carter | Sinclair Duncan Textiles | SIPS | Sleex | SLG Brands Ltd | Smalls Merino | Smart Currency Exchange | Snag Tights | Soubi Studios | Splash About | Stanitex | Strathberry | Stretchline UK | Standeven Fabrics | Stephen Walters | Stone Wolf | STTC Test Laboratory | Studio Nicholson | Studio Pia | Studio Jag Sihra | Swatch Editor
Tateossian | TechStyle Group | Tesco | Tessuti Scotland | Textile Centre of Excellence | Textile Institute | Textiles Scotland | The Bonnie Mob | The Continuity Company | The Deck | The Fashion & Textile Design Centre | The Natural Fibre Company | The Production Lab | The Saddlers’ Company | The Shetland Tweed Company | The Tailoring Academy | The Tartan Blanket Co | Thirty Three Threads | Threads London | Toastie | Todd & Duncan | TOOGOOD | Tielle | Trimmings by Design | TRS Worldwide
Universal Works | University of Huddersfield | University of Leeds | University of the Arts London | Urban Outfitters | URSA straps | Uskees
Wallace Sewell | W Brewin & Co | Weavabel | WEPT – London Fashion & Textiles Academy | Wemyss Weavecraft | Westminster Kingsway College | White Stuff | Winchester School of Art | Wilsa Narrow Fabrics | Wittypoint | Woolmark | Workwear | Wrendale Designs | William Halstead
Who We Are
The UKFT Board uses their skills and varied industry experience to support the organisation and ensure strategic direction, with regular meetings throughout the year.
Nigel Lugg OBE | Chairman
Nigel Lugg OBE is Chairman of UKFT. He was most recently Group Chairman of the Prominent Europe, which specialises in clothing supply. Prominent serves a broad client base offering men’s shirts and suits, womenswear and casualwear to retailers across Europe; it has offices in Barcelona, Paris and Milan as well as London and Nottingham. It also owns the Chester Barrie brand and holds the menswear licence for Richard James Mayfair.
Originally a buyer at Liberty and then House of Fraser, Nigel moved onto the supply side of the industry in the mid-80s when he became European CEO of Warnaco. Then in 1992 he became a founding partner of Prominent Europe, setting up the business in conjunction with the Itochu Corporation.
Nigel became CEO in 2002; at the same time as Itochu took full control of the company. He has overseen the company’s development from shirt specialist to the broader role it has now.
He also led Prominent into the branded market, buying Chester Barrie in 1997. From one store on Savile Row the brand has now grown to 13 shop-in-shops in the UK and Italy and has a healthy wholesale business. The Richard James Mayfair licence began at the start of 2012 and already there are seven shop-in-shops in the UK and France.
Ian Maclean MBE | Deputy Chairman
Having grown up with the John Smedley brand as an 8th generation family shareholder, Ian chose to begin his career within finance working for 3i plc, the UK’s largest private equity provider. Following this, Ian began a 14 year advancement through niche multi-channel retailer Orvis, leading areas across buying and sales for both the US and UK. The brand saw rapid growth during the period, expanding from 4 to 27 shops, and Ian ultimately took charge of sales and marketing within the UK.
Having grown up with the John Smedley brand as an 8th generation family member, Ian joined the business as a Non-Executive Director in 2000, progressing to Chairman in 2008, and finally becoming Managing Director in 2010. In 2013, John Smedley was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment by Her Majesty The Queen, and received a visit from Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2014.
Under Ian’s leadership the brand has consistently moved forward, not only developing its design aesthetic to attract new consumers, but also strengthening its core values as a contemporary luxury brand. Ian has led the company to increasingly profitable growth in the last few years.
He was awarded an MBE for services to the UK textile industry and the Covid-19 response in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020.
Ian became a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) in May 2020 and has specific responsibility for the Charity’s finances. QEST is the UK’s premier charity supporting excellence in British craftsmanship through Scholarship funding.
Stewart McGuffie | Treasurer
Stewart joined Allied Textiles Ltd. as Chief Executive in September 2007 from Chisty Home Textiles, where he was the Director responsible for Sales & Marketing. Previously, he had performed various international roles in Courtaulds Textiles plc, including Regional Sales & Marketing Director of the Asia Pacific fabric business, based in Hong Kong.
Stewart gained his law degree at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant.
Adam Mansell | CEO & Company Secretary
Adam is the CEO of UKFT.
Adam joined the industry 25 years ago and has worked across a wide number of trade bodies. Having represented all aspects of the fashion and textile supply chain, Adam has links to every part of the industry, from design, fabric and component suppliers, wholesalers, brands, manufacturers and retail.
Adam leads the team at UKFT and has overseen the expansion of UKFT’s activity and membership. The organisation represents a wide range of UK fashion and textile businesses, helps hundreds of brands with their export strategy and is the government appointed Sector Skills Body for the industry. Adam has also led on the development of the manufacturing membership of the organisation. As well as running the organisation Adam focuses particularly on government relations, regularly briefing Minsters, MPs and civil servants.
Adam also represents the industry on a wide range of panels and groups. He is Chair of the Future Fashion Factory, a £5 million industry research project and a Board Member at the University of Leeds’ School of Design Industrial Advisory Board. He is Vice President of Ginetex, the international care labelling organisation. Adam is also the project lead on a £1m project working with IBM and Tech Data looking at sustainable supply chain optimisation. Adam is on the board of trustees at CAPITB Trust, an independent charity providing support and funding for “people employed or about to be employed in the British clothing industry”. He also sits on the advisory board of Textiles 2030 and the steering committee for the Institute for Positive Fashion.
Adam regularly comments on industry issues in the trade and national press.
Simon Carter | Board Member
The Simon Carter story began in 1985, Simon was studying and spent his free time pursuing his interest in vintage clothing and accessories in the stylish shops of Chelsea. His first business move came in the shape of a men’s pewter brooch which he had manufacturedand sold successfully to one of Chelsea’s most innovative jewellery stores. However, the company really found its niche when Simon developed the business to include cufflinks and watches, adding new product lines as the client list expanded.
The company continued to grow through the nineties adding in new products such as luggage and ties. Around this time Simon was crowned by the press as the ‘King of Cufflinks’ for his iconic designs such as the Aspirin cufflink. Early 2002 saw Simon Carter significantly expand the product offer to include a menswear line. PB Tailoring were granted the exclusive, worldwide rights to produce suits and shirts under the Simon Carter brand. From the start, the range proved popular with both buyers and customers alike and the collection is now stocked in leading department stores around the world.
Today, the accessories include watches, cufflinks, ties, luggage, small leather goods and men’s jewellery. The collections are carried in some of the most exclusive department stores and independent retailers in 35 countries around the world including Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Takashimaya, Bloomingdales and David Jones, as well as online.
Belinda Dickson OBE | Board Member
Belinda gained a Bachelor of Education degree and began her career as a physical education teacher before going into marketing with a telecommunications company. It was whilst working in the Scottish Borders that she developed an interest in the cashmere knitwear industry, which at that time was still steeped in classic design and traditional production methods. Belinda recognised the potential of cashmere as a fashionable luxury item and, encouraged by a manufacturer Belinda designed her first collection.
Before starting her own label, Belinda worked with internationally famous labels including Nina Ricci, Michael Kors and Dior. Belinda Robertson Ltd. was established in 1992 and came to be defined by modern, flattering cashmere garments.
Over the years her efforts have been rewarded by a number of accolades including Scottish Business Woman of the Year (1999), Entrepreneur of the Year (2000), OBE for services to the textile industry (December 2001) and Designer of the Year (Scottish Style Awards 2002).
Professor Parikshit Goswami | Director of Technical Textiles Research Centre
Professor Parikshit Goswami is Director of Technical Textiles Research Centre and the Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at the University of Huddersfield.
Professor Goswami’s areas of research are product development using flexible materials and application of chemistry for functionalising textiles. Professor Goswami manages a large portfolio of research concerned with fibre/polymer science, nonwovens, medical textiles, sustainable materials, nano and submicron fibres, and plasma treatments for functionalising textiles. He is a member of Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), Education, Qualifications and Accreditation Board (EQAB), and is a Trustee of SDC.
Prior to joining the University of Huddersfield, Professor Goswami was the Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Design, University of Leeds and he led the Fibre and Fabric Functionalisation Research Group.
Patrick Dudley-Williams | Board Member
Patrick Dudley-Williams is the creative director and founder of UK menswear brand, Reef Knots. Patrick started the business in 2013 after a 13 year career in the stock market at Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Reef Knots’ core product are handmade printed silk ties inspired by the ocean and the summer. They are designed to remind the customer of life far away from the corporate grind. The brand has now spread into a wider range of menswear (most notably swim shorts and shirts) and has one store in the City of London, supporting the online business.
Patrick is also Chairman of UKFT Rise, supporting fashion startups with informational and networking events across the year.
Alan Williams | Board Member
Alan is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and executive management of global textile design and manufacturing company Camira Group. He gained a Masters degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Newcastle University, before beginning his professional career as a Process Engineer at the global electronics company Philips. He then moved to construction materials company, Owens Corning, to become Operations Leader, before joining Camira’s predecessor Interface Fabrics in 2004. Quickly promoted to the position of Operations Director, Alan joined the main board in 2005 and was part of the team which completed the management buyout from Interface to set up Camira in 2006.
For the past two decades he has been responsible for establishing Camira as a centre of manufacturing excellence, a leader in textile sustainability, and the name behind fabrics which are used by millions of people every day, on busy public transport and in a wide range of commercial interior settings. He has been instrumental in several company acquisitions to extend Camira’s vertical manufacturing capabilities, develop new technologies, and enter new markets and geographies. He became COO in 2020 and CEO in 2021.