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London Fashion Week and unemployment

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mortlake64 Tue 01-May-12 12:08:47

The mayor has called on London employers to help reduce record youth unemployment, but he pays £3m a year to London Fashion Week to promote imported clothing. It is run by a trade association of clothing importers and one of their advisors - Ethical Fashion Forum - even has a web page cautioning against buying British goods for vague rambling reasons!

Are any candidates troubled by this?
Are any candidates willing to spend time with a constituent and the organisers of London Fashion Week to try and make it better at providing employment?

(I have had an offer from them to meet with by green candidate, but he backed-out)

I know there is a subtle argument that LFW exports brands not clothes and that takes time to un-pick, so I'm just asking if you're troubled at first glance and willing to spend a bit of time.

orangeandlemons Thu 22-Nov-12 10:10:56

I'm not sure what you're saying in your post, but I have looked at the website you linked to. I worked in the fashion industry for 10 years and what that page says is true. Britain has no manufacturing base so most garments are made abroad. Not through choice, but because the uk doesn't.t have the capacity/technology or skills base to do it. Uk manufacturing started to die out in the late 80 s early 90 s as no one was prepared or was funded enough to invest in the new technologies at the time. The developing world was prepared to so a lot of production moved abroad at this time.. The problem lies with the uk manufacturing base not the designer or clothing company. I think a lot would like to manufacture in Uk but there is no availability.

As for the 3m. Well the fashion industry is a huge employer and one of the uk's biggest exports. The items need to be promoted to sell them abroad.

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