We already talked about finding a place in London that suits your business. So, what sort of area would suit the fashion industry? We showcase the top three places where you’ll find like-minded businesses, great footfall, and plenty of inspiration for the next big thing in fashion.
With great connections to EC1 and all the city has to offer, Clerkenwell has an innovative and creative vibe that fashion companies will love. The studio of the late, great fashion designer Alexander McQueen is in Clerkenwell, not to mention numerous pop-ups and design festivals that take place throughout the year. Vintage fashion is popular here and the next big thing is often showcased at Clerkenwell Design Week.
Sound like where you need to move your fashion business? Clerkenwell is one of Workspace’s most dense locations with brand-new Ink Rooms, Exmouth House, The Record Hall, Mare Street Studios and Clerkenwell Workshops all available.
Leafy north London gives fashion companies a little more breathing room, but still allows access to the hustle and bustle of central London when needs be. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, Workspace has not one, not two, but three clothing brands based in this area at Workspace ScreenWorks. Check out what Albam Clothing, Three Graces London, and Les Animaux have to offer.
Known for its trendsetting location just east of the City, many fashion businesses settle here to take advantage of the flocks of tourists and locals alike. Pop along to Bethnal Green Road for the first ever pop-up mall BOXPARK, or attend Refashion East, the area’s very own celebration of the fashion history and heritage of Shoreditch.
Another vintage hotspot, this is also where many of the fashion schools and colleges are located, including The University of the Arts London. One of Shoreditch’s finest schools of fashion and design is Isistituto Marangoni London. Every inch of the university is filled with the heritage and history of fashion.
You’re also not far from other fashion-forward locations like Hackney which has a recent initiative by Hackney Fashion Hub and Hackney Council, The Hackney Shop featuring a different local designer every week. Nearby Workspace Mare Street Studios has modern offices and a roof terrace in this quirky area if you need a space for your company (the building itself has an interesting history too), or Pill Box in Bethnal Green features stripped back studios with tonnes of natural light that are perfect for fashion businesses.
Why not base your business here? Try Workspace The Frames for a central location.
To market to market. This area is where you’ll find not one, but three of London’s iconic markets, selling fabrics, garments and unique accessories. This is the place to meet with new and exciting suppliers, see the latest trends as they unfold, or simply get inspired.
Brick Lane market is held on Sundays, but even if you can’t make it the road itself is home to plenty of unique fashion stores including Tatty Devine and Beyond Retro.
Petticoat Lane market has its origins in the 17th century with the connection to fashion dating back to the mid-18th century when city traders started buying garments from merchants in the area. The popularity of the market developed into a worldwide reputation for quality, value and choice and it’s still bustling today.
Spitalfields market is one of London’s oldest markets, open seven days a week. But for fashion, head there on a Saturday, where over 75 independent designers showcase the latest in trends, vintage, and one-of-a-kind fashion pieces.
For a nearby space to do business, East London Works or E1 Studios on Whitechapel Road are ideal.
This part of North London is filled with pretty Victorian terraces and plenty of green spaces. A historical home for industry, its also incredibly creative, helped by its proximity to Alexandra Palace, where artists from all over the world perform or display their work at shows across the venue’s busy calendar. A hive of creativity and innovation, Workspace The Chocolate Factory has three studio buildings available. Jewellers, designers and artists find plenty of inspiration here, so your fashion business would be in great company.
Workspace knows fashion
Workspace is home to plenty of fashion businesses. From A Rum Fellow at The Chocolate Factory, a brand looking to improve the living standards for workers by stripping back the supply chain to their textile industry, to Joanna Dai Limited, a company at the forefront of the Fashion Revolution in E1 Studios Whitechapel.
We also frequently take a deep dive into the issues facing the industry, like our WBI Dinner A Fashion Revolution: The Future of the Industry and your wardrobe, held at China Works in Vauxhall.
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