Fashion Events

Making It: On Your Own

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Talk: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm + 15 minutes of Q+A with the audience

Location: Thomas Restaurant & Bar 49-51 Thomas Street Manchester M4 1NA

Are you keen to branch out and finally make it on your own? Do you have entrepreneurial ideas and don’t know how to put them into practise or do you just want a bit of advice on how to improve your business? From marketing advice, to buying and funding, our panel of experts will take you through a step by step guide of how to be successful in your business, whatever it is.

If you know you have got what it takes and just need a few inside industry hints and tips, come and listen to our panel of experts chat about their experiences about how they made it in the industry as they give their advice of how to ‘make it’ in today’s tough climate!

The panel:


  • Martine Alexander – Stylist -

In 2005, Martine decided to quit the corporate rat race to return to her fashion and styling roots and follow her dreams of giving her clients exactly what they wanted from their wardrobe.

In the past 6 years Martine has been working with companies such as BBC, Key 103, MEN, Liverpool One as well as creating a client list that contains high profile celebrity names from across TV, dramas and radio.

Martine will be joining the panel to discuss the realities of going freelance, the highs and lows, the rewards and the realities of setting yourself up as a freelance stylist.

You can keep an eye on what Martine is up to by following her on Twitter @yourstylist


Womenswear Designer – Hannah has experience working in leading fashion companies and has now successfully set up her own womenswear label - Beaumont Organic.

Environmentally-friendly Manchester-based fashion label Beaumont Organic sells “ethical luxury” in the form of garments made from 100% organic cotton free from pesticides and insecticides. Owner and designer Hannah Beaumont launched the brand’s first collection of 8 pieces in 2008 and successfully won the award for 'Best Textile Product' category at The 2008 Natural and Organic Awards.

Read more about Hannah


Jo MD of BWD was asked, as part of a fun quiz, to describe the essential contents of a wardrobe. Her response was ‘black, white & denim’ and from their Jo Davis has created a concept that has been credited in the trade magazines such as Drapers and consumer bible Vogue.

Jo’s business savvy knowledge and creative flair, which with a gap in the market has aided her in creating a concept business that is now recognised worldwide with the fashion elite.

Jo will be speaking at the event and sharing her first hand advice on how to make your dream of owning your own business a reality and the highs and lows that come with it. Listen to the lady who gets recognition from the top designers and press across the globe.

Read 'TFN 5 minutes with Jo' Interview and follow BWD on twitter @blackwhitedenim to see what Jo and her team get up to. 

Areas Covered:

•    Making connections
•    Where to start
•    Making the idea a reality
•    Marketing your business
•    Funding

Who should attend?

Anyone who is…

•    Looking to start their own business
•    Looking to learn how to market your own business
•    Wanting to understand more about how media works

If you think this event might be for you, it probably is.

How to buy tickets:

  • Students: £6.00- bookable on the below link

You must produce valid NUS or student card on arrival. You can book online below or e-mail to reserve a place and pay later

  • Industry:£10.00 

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