ALISON LEWY MBE
Fashion Industry Expert, Author and Founder of Fashion Angel
Alison Lewy is a social entrepreneur and founder of Fashion Angel. Alison ran her own design and manufacturing business for 15 years producing under her own label as well as consulting on sourcing and production for designers including Matthew Williamson and Preen.
She worked with Newham College to create and deliver business support programmes to assist creative businesses in developing business skills to become more sustainable. She set up innovative business mentoring schemes that are now established models adopted by other organisations.
Alison became the Commercial Director of the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2006 which she positioned as a hub for the fashion and textile sector, and continued to run mentoring and business support programmes as part of the museum’s offer, as well as setting up the Shop@FTM to showcase new designers.
Seeing the constant demand from fashion designers in need of sector specific support, prompted her to set up Fashion Angel in 2011, to help challenge the high failure rate of fashion businesses.
In 2016 Alison was awarded and MBE for founding Fashion Angel and in recognition of her services to the fashion industry.
She was also selected as one of the inaugural The Maserati 100 – a definitive list celebrating Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs – in recognition of the continuing support she gives to 100’s of fashion start-ups .
She is one of Fashion Angel’s lead mentors, hosts popular workshops , and speaks regularly at business events and regularly appears in the media commenting on fashion industry issues.
In addition, Alison is the best-selling author of Design Create Sell – a guide to starting and running a successful fashion business.