Exporting is great! Why fashion is leading the way with exporting this autumn…
With the fashion world firmly in everyone’s sights over the last few weeks as designers from around the globe showcase their latest offerings at Fashion Weeks across the world, exporting hasn’t been far from our minds here at Let’s Do Business.
There are many industries who are pioneers in exporting, but the fashion industry is among the most prevalent. According to government promoted statistics, British UK textiles and apparel exports is worth £7.3bn, with London Fashion Week alone seeing orders reach over £100m.
There are many famous fashion powerhouses hailing from Britain whose designs are seen across the world, including the instantly recognisable creations of Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney to name but a few. Without such influence and desirability in the fashion world, there would be a great loss to Britain’s exporting, something crucial to our economy.
From cafes to businesses offering chauffeur services, at Let’s Do Business we pride ourselves on assisting with finance and advice to enable opportunities for start-up businesses and more established SME’s alike.
A client in the fashion industry who was able to grow their enterprise using Let’s Do Business’ services was KirkandKirk, an innovative and creative eyewear brand hailing from Sussex. Managing Director Jason Kirk, firmly believes that there is a reason quintessentially British businesses often thrive working in overseas markets, and he believes we have a valuable offering to export, particularly within the fashion and design sector.
He said of his business ‘We often get asked what it is that makes British Design so popular in overseas markets. There’s something that comes out of our culture and our history that makes us so appealing.’
He continued ‘We add quirky elements of eccentricity when we create events abroad, which people will interpret as British. It’s really fun because the public love that.’
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Let’s Do Business has also helped successful Lewes based fashion business Boom Boom the Label, who count none other than Kim Kardashian among their client base. The brand, founded by 24 year old Alie Macintosh while studying product design at Central St Martin’s prides itself on its ability to create designs that sculpt the body. Featured in The Telegraph Online, Alie’s designs are handmade in England, and following Kim’s love of the brand, her own Miami, LA and New York Dash stores ordered items to stock for their customers in the US.
If you would like to find out more about growing your business and exporting, contact one of our expert team to discuss funding or obtain advice from business specialists.