Poplar Works is a new space for fashion in East London. It was conceived around a simple idea that fashion could once again be a major part of East London’s local economy. In many ways we’re already there, but we think it can do much more.
Fashion has a special place in East London’s story. It’s been a major economic and cultural player for over a century. But as our city changes around us, so do the challenges we face. There is a chronic lack of affordable workspace, employment patterns are changing, and the skills we need to succeed are constantly evolving.
Poplar Works is part of a wider network of sites and organisations across East London that will help our industry to grow and innovate in a way that supports businesses, communities, and the city as a whole. This drive to support the growth of the fashion industry in the capital is being led by the Fashion District. As fashion businesses become key parts of East London’s economy, local people and communities should be part of this success story.
This is why we built Poplar Works. We want to help people and businesses reach their full potential in the fashion industry.
New networks and connections will be fundamental to this success. By combining studios and workshops alongside training, enterprise programmes, and manufacturing, Poplar Works will support a growing and diverse network. A network of entrepreneurs, trainees, students, amateurs, and mentors, which brings local together with global, and connects time-honoured crafts with new technologies.
The range of activity going on at Poplar Works is made possible by the partnership behind it. The Trampery, London College of Fashion, UAL, and Poplar HARCA run Poplar Works on a day to day basis, and it has been supported by the Mayor of London.
The range of activity going on at Poplar Works is made possible by the partnership behind it. The Trampery, London College of Fashion, UAL, and Poplar HARCA run Poplar Works on a day to day basis, and it has been supported by the Mayor of London. It is part of the Fashion District.Our partners
We host programmes that help people and businesses to excel in the fashion economy. We are a proud home to Making for Change, London College of Fashion’s fashion training programme . We also host a range of workshops and business support programmes for fashion entrepreneurs.