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Fri | Sep 17 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event – 17th September 2021

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Join us for our next Northern Clothing and Textile Network event and hear from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the lates

About this event

Join us for our next Northern Clothing and Textile Network event and hear from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the latest cutting-edge technologies and exciting developments shaping the future of the sector.

This event is aimed at those businesses wanting to improve their manufacturing capabilities and use of digital technology and helping them expand their Supply Chain, with regards to suppliers and clients. 

It’s also a great way to make new contacts in the industry, and to share ideas, projects, problems or just a business card. Because you never know.

Speakers include – 


Graham Davies , Shima Seiki

Almost 60 years after launching the worlds first fully automated glove knitting machine, Shima Seiki are still at the forefront of automated knitting technology, holding true to their vision of ‘creating things that do not exist in the world.’ Their products include knitting machines, design systems, fabric printers, and WHOLEGARMENT that knits in three dimensions to produce knitwear without seams.

Graham will be presenting the future of textiles manufacturing including digital development of knitted structures and virtual product development in 2D and 3D using the Apex 4 Design System. He will also be showcasing their latest 3D knitted samples from a range of product areas including footwear, wearable tech, industrial and household items.


Sally Smallwood, WRECKREATION

From her design studio in Annfield Plain, Sally and her team design and handmake some of the most amazing garments you’ve ever seen, taking inspiration from motor racing and sci-fi, with a healthy dose of Nietzsche thrown in for good measure. Given some of her sources of inspiration, it’s no surprise that she recently caught the eye of the Shelby Corporation, home of the legendary AC Cobra, GT 500 and other iconic muscle cars. 

Sally will be giving us an update on her recent trip to the US, and share some of the inspiration behind her latest Shelby inspired range. 


The Northern Clothing and Textile Network, founded by David Reay and Design Network North, is a community of entrepreneurs, designers and creatives with an interest in the clothing and textiles sector. Whether you’re all about cushions or haute couture, you’ll be made welcome here.

The North is enjoying significant growth in the clothing and textiles industry – yet so few people are aware of it. Together, we can show Great Britain, and the world, that there is fantastic opportunity to grow your business here in the North. From big name brands like Berghaus and Barbour to local tailors and designers – the North has a lot to offer the industry.

This network belongs to you! Let us know what you want, and what you’d like from the network, and how we can support you and your business.

Please note: The places at this event are fully funded from ERDF and LGF sources and as such we are required to capture reporting data for our funders on the recipients attending to demonstrate the support and this is reflected in the questions to complete as part of the registration process and eligibility checks will be carried out and you may be contacted prior to the event. To see our Privacy Policy please visit this link :

This event is brought to you by Supply Chain North East which involves four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.


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