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The Collective Retreat, a tech-free conference

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There is a new wave of networking and community building events taking place all around us. Events that focus on the overall experience and longer lasting benefits on our life. The latest one to emerge is The Collective conference retreat – an all-inclusive, tech-free, retreat-style conference, where communities are forged and experiences created.

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Anique Coffee: Networking, Community Over Competition

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The Collective is the first all-inclusive, tech-free, retreat-style conference in Europe, that aims to forge communities and create experiences.

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5 Reasons Why a Fashion Factory Ignores Designers

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Approaching fashion factories for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience, especially if you’re new to the fashion business

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The Power of Fashion Collaboration

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The landscape of fashion has become increasingly democratized, and the formula of offering limited edition pieces designed in collaboration with another brand or person has proven to be extraordinarily lucrative.

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Fashion Business Notes from India

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Team Utelier swaps continents and goes to India for a week packed with exploring a new market, forging new contacts, connections and absorbing new experiences and lessons.

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Eye Glasses: In search of the perfect fit

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Sandra Battistel is an eyewear designer with more than 20 years of experience. She is also the editor of eyewear blog, EyeSpectacle where she shares her ideas and thoughts on eyewear, and celebrates independent brands. Here, she shares her excitement about an innovative solution for getting glasses to have the ‘perfect fit’.

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Innovation in eCommerce Paves the Way for Start-Ups

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For those of you who sell online or are planning on doing so, we spoke to the people behind easy-to-implement eCommerce system, ShopRocket to find out more about what they do, and how they can help fashion start-ups.

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Celebrity Gifting: A Sound Marketing Strategy?

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Imagine making one of your products: designing it, sourcing materials, manufacturing it and then putting it through vigorous quality control measures, and then giving it to someone for free.

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UK Garment Factory Workers Under Threat

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It’s important to remember on this Fashion Revolution Day and two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster that unethical treatment of factory workers lives on, and not just in Asian countries.

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What We Didn’t Know About Leather

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Hannah Stewart, a Product Account Manager at a London-based fashion company woke up at 5.30am recently, to travel two and a half hours from her London home to Northampton. She was attending the BLC Leather Technology Centre’s ‘Understanding Leather Course’, led by Barry Wood – a leather technician who has worked in the fashion industry for over 25 years.

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Rana Plaza Aftermath: 20 Months Later

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The Rana Plaza disaster of 2013 resulted in strategic efforts to improve the working conditions for millions of people and make the garment industry in Bangladesh more resilient.

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“No Comment” – The Art of Being Hermes

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As anyone who knows or follows the luxury goods industry will tell you – there are luxury goods companies and then – there is Hermes. The family owned leather goods maker is a true champion of “the art of craft”. They continuously find new ways to educate and showcase what true craftsmanship means be it through pop up exhibitions, store demonstrations or videos. The latest new initiative paying respect to the true unsung heros behind the brand are a series of videos simple titled “No Comment”.

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