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Prince Andrew opens The Trampery London Fields fashion hub in Hackney

PUBLISHED: 18:08 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:08 16 July 2013

Prince Andrew at the official opening of The Trampery

Prince Andrew at the official opening of The Trampery

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Prince Andrew officially opened an old Hackney Community College campus which has been transformed into an innovative shared workspace for fashion and creative professionals called The Trampery London Fields.

Prince Andrew in Holly Fulton's studio at the official opening of The TramperyPrince Andrew in Holly Fulton's studio at the official opening of The Trampery

The former base of further educational establishment Hackney Community College (HCC), in Mare Street, London Fields, has been turned into a fashion base by The Trampery social enterprise.

The idea is to support the next generation of fashion design talent by providing access to flexible spaces, facilities, expertise and solutions which historically have been scarce in the industry.

Rising stars of the fashion industry, Holly Fulton who is known for her graphic prints and statement jewellery, and menswear designer Lou Dalton opened the doors of their newly acquired studios to showcase their work to the Duke of York.

They were joined by HCC students Verlisha Pierre and Kyran McCaffery who presented the Prince some of their clothing creations, and spoke passionately about the training and support they received at the college.

Lou Dalton (left) and Holly Fulton (centre) with Charles Armstrong, Director of the Trampery at its official openingLou Dalton (left) and Holly Fulton (centre) with Charles Armstrong, Director of the Trampery at its official opening

Principal of Hackney Community College Ian Ashman said: “The Trampery’s innovative transformation of our building will bring opportunities for our creative and fashion students to link with a new network of companies, which we hope will lead to work experience, apprenticeships and future employment.”

Income from the lease will be invested into the education and training of local people through HCC.


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