As a CIC, Fresh Off the Runway is a creativity showcase, an event that helps the community help itself as a social enterprise.
Fresh Off The Runway is a nonprofit= social initiative = that promotes arts, culture and heritage that representsManchester and the fashion and textiles industry in the best way.
Our Long term goal is to provide a sustainable fashion and creative industry in Manchester that showcases its multi-cultural heritage as well as the city's roots in the fashion and textile manufacture industry.
We promote fashion education as well as interaction between, brands, designers, creatives and the general public through fashion events that are held in key locations in Manchester that have relevance and historical meaning to the city or places that have now become landmarks of the city. Places such as Gorton Monastery, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Central (formerly known as GMex) or Manchester Cathedral to name a few.
Our mission is led by the idea thatManchester was a city at the forefront of the industrial revolution with textile mills that fueled the growth of the city, the North West and the whole country. With Manchester now being the second city of England it is only right that it also becomes the second city of Fashion in the UK. We are looking to involve the whole city in rediscovering Manchester's heritage in the fashion and textile industry.
We are not only looking to showcase that Manchester is talented but also keep it going as a cultural event that can involve the whole of the city similar to events such as Manchester Carnival which brings people from all over the country into the city. Our focus is to :
- Break the barrier between the creatives (designers, hairstylists, makeup artists) in the industry so that they can develop a network with each other whilst growing their brand in the industry.
- Provide designers based in Greater Manchester the ability to showcase their collection in front of their target audience, as well as industry specialists.
Fresh Off The Runway strives for national recognition as the Fashion Event of the North West providing the best opportunities for upcoming and established designers, offering advertising and marketing support.