Onesie boss from The All-In-One Company joins fashion experts

THE creator of bespoke onesies at The All-in-One Company is working alongside some of the biggest names in fashion to support the UK’s designers and manufacturers.

Kate Dawson has been appointed to the advisory board of Meet the Manufacturer – which later this year is staging a major exhibition of the best of British clothing, textiles and leather goods.

Her company designed its first onesie for adults in 2008 and now also makes sleepsuits in plain and patterned fabrics for children and babies. It puts its success down to the quality of its products, handmade at its factory in Ashington, and the ability for customers to create their own onesie through The All-in-One Company website.

“When we started we really struggled to find machinists and cutters because the UK fashion industry was on its knees,” she said.

“To be asked to join the advisory board is a great honour and I know that all the members are as keen as I am to do all we can to encourage and promote this country’s very talented designers and manufacturers.”

She added: “In the relatively short time we’ve been in business there’s been a real change. Customers are turning away from poor standard cheap imports and looking for quality – and there are more and more UK companies supplying just that.”

The creation of a Meet the Manufacturer advisory board, made up of industry experts, is to ensure its members use their knowledge and experience to make next year’s event as relevant and useful as possible to the industry.

INDUSTRY INITIATIVE: Meet The Manufacturer Advisory Board (second from left) Kate Hills, founder of Meet the Manufacturer; (third from left) Professor Bruce Montgomery of Northumbria University; (second from right) Kate Dawson, director of onesie The All-In-One Company.

INDUSTRY INITIATIVE: Meet The Manufacturer Advisory Board (second from left) Kate Hills, founder of Meet the Manufacturer; (third from left) Professor Bruce Montgomery of Northumbria University; (second from right) Kate Dawson, director of onesie The All-In-One Company.

Other members of the 10-strong panel include Kate Stacey, the head of group sourcing for the Arcadia Group – which owns high street giants and brands Topshop and Topman, Burton Menswear, Miss Selfridge, Wallis and Evans – Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, and Bruce Montgomery, professor in design craftsmanship at Northumbria University.

 

Around 150 design and fashion companies are taking part in the Meet the Manufacturer exhibition on 25 and 26 May at London’s Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane. It will be its third and biggest event so far and the only one of its kind to exclusively showcase British designs and products.

Meet the Manufacturer was the brainchild of Kate Hills, who is the founder and editor of the Make it British website – a leading source of information on products made in the UK, and she was a designer and buyer for brands including Burberry, Levis and M&S.

She added: “‘We really wanted to get Kate Dawson onto our advisory board as she understands the textile industry from both a brand and manufacturers perspective.

“As a woman who has set up her own factory, with no previous experience in garment manufacturing, she is a great inspiration, and her contribution to the board is highly valued.”

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