DISC: Launching Spring 2012

Thursday, 9 February, 2012

London College of Fashion announces the launch of the Designer-Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre (DISC). DISC is a unique and exciting project, designed to develop the demand and supply of innovation, information and solutions in high-end fashion manufacturing, sourcing, technical innovation and sustainability. DISC will be working with businesses in the fashion design and manufacturing industry to help them make London a leading centre for the production of high value designer fashion garments.

How will DISC achieve this?

DISC includes a team of highly skilled industry experts. Their experience incorporates factory production, global sourcing and sustainability manufacturing. With over 60 years of experience between the team, the DISC project is a unique collective offering assistance to London fashion businesses.

DISC offers support in four ways:

DISC: Online Knowledge Bank – The DISC website will offer on-line toolkits, market intelligence reports, case studies, listings, and knowledge matching service to all beneficiaries.

DISC: Workshops – DISC will be hosting a series of seminars, demonstrations and workshops promoting innovative ideas, solutions and techniques to both designers and manufacturers.

DISC: Tailored Support – The core of the DISC support structure is the unique one-to-one advice and support from the DISC experts. Businesses and experts will be matched according to suitability and need.

DISC: Incubator – in partnership with Hackney Council the DISC knowledge incubator will enable collaboration with the DISC team and manufacturers to further develop their business models and product innovations. This service will offer a more intensive mentoring system from the tailored support and will only be available to a select few organisations.

What can Designers/Manufacturers achieve with DISC?

Through working with DISC businesses will potentially:
• Identify opportunities and solutions for adding value to manufacturing
• Deliver innovation in product, process and business models
• Attract new customers, increasing sales (both home and export sales) and increasing turnover
• See an improvement in profit margins
• Develop new products and services
• Become a pioneer in the growing sustainable fashion industry

Who is involved in DISC?

DISC is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The DISC team is a partnership between London College of Fashion, London Borough of Hackney and Camden Enterprise (CENTA). The DISC team are based in Hackney, which is in the heart of London’s fashion district.

We are looking for businesses to work with. If you are a small to medium enterprise working in the high-end fashion or jewellery industry in design or manufacturing and are based in the London area, contact us now.

•One-to-One support from Industry Experts
•Workshops and Seminars covering all areas of production
•Online Toolkits and Resources