Trampery Fashion Incubator Closes

The social enterprise, which provides facilities to emerging designer labels, has been forced to move following a rent increase.

LONDON — The Trampery, a social enterprise that operates work spaces for the tech, travel, art and fashion sectors across East London, is appealing to find a new space for its fashion incubator, currently located in the London Fields neighborhood.

The location has been operating for the past two years, and designers James Long, Holly Fulton, Jonathan Saunders and Lou Dalton are all based in the building.

But in light of a 400 percent increase in rent on the building, beginning in September, the organization is looking for a new location, or multiple locations, for the fashion businesses it supports. The Trampery is now appealing on two fronts — to find a new permanent home for its fashion incubator in a 10,000- to 30,000-square-foot space, and to find pop-up studios for the emerging designers, possibly in partnership with fashion brands or retailers.

Charles Armstrong, founder and director of The Trampery, noted that fashion labels “have the lowest budgets to pay for facilities,” compared to technology and other creative sectors. “Unless somebody comes forward with suitable buildings, there is a big question mark about whether we can continue to provide suitable facilities for labels here in London,” Armstrong said.

Caroline Rush, chief executive officer at the British Fashion Council, described The Trampery’s fashion incubator as “an incredible facility for start-up and developing designer fashion businesses.”

“Many of the businesses that currently rely on The Trampery facilities are part of London Fashion Week. It is essential to us that The Trampery [finds] a new home,” she said.

The Trampery fashion incubator is running a social media campaign to appeal for a new home, using the hashtag #savetramperyfashion.

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