Students from BA (Hons) Fashion have been given the opportunity to collaborate with Alfred Brown Ltd, a Leeds-based company with over 100 years of weaving heritage.
Students on the second year of the University’s fashion degree course will work on a tailoring brief set by Alfred Brown Ltd. To launch the project this year all the students received an exclusive tour of the mill to see where the fabric is produced, and to find out more about the history of Alfred Brown Ltd and what they do. They will now produce an item of tailored menswear using fabrics donated by Alfred Brown, to be judged by a panel including representatives from the company, early in 2019.
The winning student will then receive a private tour of the mill and the chance to choose a fabric from the warehouse to have their garment re-made to show standard. Alfred Brown will then exhibit the work on their stand at the Milano Unica trade show.
Alfred Brown Ltd have been weaving fabric in Bramley, Leeds since 1915. They produce and sell worsted suiting and jacketing fabrics for the British high street, and to clients around the world. Earlier this year they worked with M&S to produce the suits worn by the England football team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
This is the fifth year Alfred Brown have collaborated with the University to support the students with their menswear tailoring project. Previous winners include Monica Birzan who was also shortlisted for the Golden Shears Award, and final year student Maddy Crook.