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Showcase your collection at the Milan Fashion Week!

Milan Fashion Week 2011

Published: 17th August 2011.

Are you interested in taking your fashion collection to Milan Fashion Week?

Whether you design mens or womenswear, accessories or jewellery, this is a unique opportunity to showcase your products!

Creative Front Cambridgeshire, working with the Special Interest Group for fashion and textile design Cambridge Design Collective, are looking to support five Cambridgeshire based designers to attend one of the big ‘four’ fashion weeks showcasing SS 2012 Collections in Milan.

Taking part in overseas exhibitions is an effective way for you to market your products, test markets, attract customers, appoint agents or distributors and make sales. This package offers you an opportunity to attend Milan Fashion Week whilst building your knowledge and experience of international trade. Participating as a group of companies from Cambridgeshire offers great advantage for inexperienced businesses.

The package includes:

  1. A pre-event Virtual Market Briefing from Milan UKTI staff
  2. An opportunity to present your collection as part of Corteggiando fashion event, alongside designers from Italy, Spain, Austria and Germany to audience of international buyers, retailers and journalists
  3. A unique networking event and evening reception which organised by Corteggiando to help you make contacts and further your business
  4. Financial assistance* of up to £1000 to cover costs to attend Milan Fashion Week {specifically for Corteggiando fashion event on 20th September}
  5. A two day workshop in Cambridge on international trade to help you take your business global
  6. The opportunity to take part in a Post-event Virtual Creative Lab - explore potential collaboration or partnership working with Italian designers beyond the trade mission

Cambridge Design Collective

What we need

If you are interested in applying please send 5-8 images (high resolution jpegs) and a CV / Biog / Statement about your business and work (and if possible price list or price guideline) and a short statement (max 300 words) about why this experience would benefit you. This should be sent via email to clearly marked Milan Fashion Week in the subject line to arrive no later than 24 August 2011.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed following the initial selection process and if selected will be given guidance about the preparation of their collections for the visit. 

How the financial assistance* works

Working with the UKTI Passport 2 Export (P2E) scheme, we are able to offer you;

  • Pre-event Virtual Market Briefing
  • A full business diagnostic
  • The two day International workshop
  • Match funding of up to £1000

Creative Front is now covering the £250 fee for admissions! This means you recieve a comprehensive business diagnostic and International Trade workshop at no cost. We can also provide financial assistance with your visit. The Passport 2 Export scheme is designed for businesses looking to invest in taking their products global and 50:50 match funding is required from your business. Therefore on returning from Milan and with proof of purchase, you will be able to claim up to £1,000, enabling you to redeem 50% of your costs; for example if your business spends £1600, you will receive £800 from the P2E fund. Please bear in mind, that this funding can be used to cover a full range of expenses from promotional and marketing materials, business cards, advertising through to design & production costs, travel and accommodation in Milan.

All applications should be sent to clearly marked Milan Fashion Week in the subject line to by 24 August 2011.

Interviews & Selection will take place on 31st August onwards.

Corteggiando fashion show & networking reception event will be held in Milan on 20th September from 7pm – 11pm.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

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