With over 50,000 square feet of facilities spread across 10 buildings, The Trampery Fish Island Village is a new center of fashion and innovation within Hackney Wick’s Fish Island development and housing scheme, located next to the canal Hertford Union in London’s bustling East End.
Providing subsidized, low-cost studio and workspaces for new and emerging fashion businesses, the project offers 63 studios ranging from 150 square feet to 2,000 square feet, a dedicated coworking space and a manufacturing facility where tenants can collaborate and share equipment. More than 500 people can work on the site every day.
“For a small, independent business trying to challenge the way the fashion industry works, it can be daunting,” says Genia Mineeva, founder of sustainable accessories brand Been London, who has moved into a studio at the Trampery. Fish Island Village in March 2021. “So being part of this incredible community of fellow innovators has been one of the best things that has ever happened to us.
“Our first steps as a brand making accessories entirely from waste coincided with The Trampery’s sustainable fashion accelerator. [which supports new sustainable businesses]. The cohort we were part of became very good friends and are now neighbors here at Trampery Fish Island Village.
“It’s really not just studio space that we get here. We hang out, we learn from each other, we share our ups and downs, and most importantly, we collaborate. It’s a support network we can only dream of.
It is the latest location for the ongoing workspace project The Trampery and aims to create a community of shared innovation and collaboration, as well as bring an entrepreneurial buzz to the new Fish Island development in Hackney Wick.
Other businesses that already call The Trampery Fish Island Village home include women’s shoe brand Ancuta Sarca, clothing brand Petit Pli, and children’s clothing resale company Dotte (see below for more info). ).
The Trampery Fish Island Village includes:
– 42 studios for emerging fashion companies
– 21 affordable studios for small creative businesses
– 28 coworking spaces for fashion-tech start-ups
– 1,000 square foot manufacturing facility
– Double-height room space to host fashion shows, sample sales and other events
– Meeting rooms with full audiovisual equipment
– Seminar room for training and courses on site
– Full service cafe/bar
The Trampery concept was founded by CEO and social entrepreneur Charles Armstrong in 2009, when he opened the first coworking space in east London. Today, The Trampery is an independent workspace provider, operating a portfolio of locations across London that offer a mix of private studios, coworking spaces, venues and hospitality. As a B Corp certified company – the rigorous environmental and ethical accreditation – The Trampery integrates social and environmental impact into all of its business.
“From the 1990s, Hackney Wick and Fish Island became one of London’s most important creative hotspots,” says Armstrong. “Many feared that this energy would be lost due to the redevelopment of the area after the 2012 Olympics. Now Fish Island will continue to be a thriving creative hub for many decades to come. I am thrilled to welcome a new generation of sustainable fashion innovators to this inspiring campus.
The Trampery Fish Island Village was realized with the support of a £2.26 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund and a £617,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, with a matching funding from the housing provider of the Peabody development.
The project is the Fashion District’s anchor campus, supporting fashion innovation in East London. Fashion District is carried out with partners such as the Mayor of London, the London College of Fashion, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and the British Fashion Council.
Some businesses that already call The Trampery Fish Island Village home:
Romanian-born designer Ancuta Sarca debuted her first shoe designs at London Fashion Week via talent incubation platform Fashion East in 2019, and now boasts some of luxury fashion’s most prominent retailers as than wholesalers.
The eponymous brand creates sustainable hybrid shoes from recycled, unsold and second-hand fabrics. He is best known for reinventing and recycling old sneakers into heels and dress boots.
Emphasizing circularity through the reuse of existing fabrics, Ancuta Sarca is one of the latest brands to join The Trampery Fish Island Village, having moved in January 2023.
Launched via Kickstarter in 2020 by Genia Mineeva, Been London is a sustainable bag and accessories brand based at Trampery Fish Island Village since 2021.
Innovative and sustainable materials are key to the company. Pineapple leaves and apple peels are made into vegan leather; discarded leather is repurposed and repurposed; and plastic waste is recycled into siding and hardware.
All products are made in East London with a zero waste design process that uses only square and rectangular panels to minimize material waste.
Founded in 2017 by aeronautical engineer Ryan Mario Yasin, Petit Pli is a clothing and accessories brand that uses patented pleating technology in its designs, all now designed in Hackney Wick.
The pleating system means Petit Pli garments can expand in both directions to accommodate a wide range of sizes in one garment.
For its children’s clothing designs, which are separated into ages 0-1, 1-4, and 4-9, pleated designs save on clothing waste, as the clothes grow as the child grows and grows, and can therefore be worn for longer.
Operating out of The Trampery Fish Island Village since November 2019, Sabinna is a brand of women’s clothing, accessories and homewares. She describes herself as “ethical, innovative and women-led”.
She uses sustainable alternatives in her collections, such as organic cotton, dead viscose and natural dyes. All items are produced in small factories in London, Portugal and Italy.
Designer Gemma McAllister has a background in fashion design and disability services, and combined her passions for both when launching Wear Matter.
The new brand creates inclusive clothing for people with and without disabilities.
He moved into The Trampery Fish Island Village in October 2022.