The Trampery: Hackney’s new fashion space opens its doors

The Trampery London Fields. Photo: Luciana Bhangu.

The Trampery London Fields. Photo: Luciana Bhangu.

A new fashion hub, The Trampery London Fields, opened in the heart of Hackney’s fashion and creative community on Mare Street last Wednesday with a special preview event for the public.

The creative space – a collaboration between Hackney Community College, the London College of Fashion, and social enterprise The Trampery –  launched with a display of emerging British designers such as Danielle Foster, Ellen Kern and Charlie May.

Caroline Rush, the chief executive of the British Fashion Council said: “It’s so encouraging to see creative communities working together to strengthen the opportunities for emerging British talent. By creating stimulating and supportive environments, social enterprises like The Trampery are really helping to bolster the strength and future of fashion in the UK”.

The Principal of Hackney Community College, Ian Ashman said: “We are very excited about this new venture. The Trampery’s innovative transformation of our building will bring opportunities for our creative and fashion students to link with a new network of companies, which we hope will lead to work experience, apprenticeships and future employment. A further benefit is that the income from the lease will be invested into the education and training of local people with Hackney Community College.”

Fashion Studio at The Trampery. Photo: George Powell.

Fashion Studio at The Trampery. Photo: George Powell.

The Trampery is a London-based social enterprise that provides spaces for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for aspiring artists. The Trampery London Fields is one of three sites opened since it was founded in 2009 by sociologist and entrepreneur Charles Armstrong. The other two are located in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell.

The space features a hall on the first floor – catered for catwalk shows, rehearsals and displays, a fashion lab designed for installations, and drop-in sessions for LCF alumni. The centre also provides workshops, a bike repair shop on the ground floor and a café called ‘Look Mum No Hands’.

Ricardo Davila-Otoya, Community & Communications Manager at The Trampery said: “The event went fantastically well – it was a great opportunity to share the excitement & hard work with everyone involved including friends and family.”

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