Reinforcing its position as a leader of change in the industry, Daniel Peters' Fashion Minority Report has recently launched the 'HUB' - a learning and career developing resource for young talent. By providing digital and physical resources that combine insightful interviews with industry professionals, toolkits, guides and directories, the HUB answers many of fashion's previous struggles regarding the 'one size fits all' quota when hiring. Revealing that 'ethnically diverse talent only accounts for roughly 11% of roles' in the industry, the HUB have said for fashion to reflect the UK population at large, this statistic should increase to a minimum of 17.8%, made possible by addressing struggles that have set communities apart from fashion's main inner ring, prioritising transferable skills and passions.
Already jumping on board, believing in the change that FMR have consistently campaigned for in a post-pandemic world, brands FARFETCH, Browns Fashion, British Fashion Council, John Lewis & Partners and ASOS have come together in fostering and sharing a vision of diversifying the industry to become a more inclusive space for underrepresented talent from minority groups.
The idea came to Peters post-pandemic, during a time when the industry was desperately trying to find its feet after a rippling tidal wave of change forced the industry to face up to the problems it had been trying to escape for decades. A total reckoning for the industry, 2020 was the year promises were made, then broken. Pledges were assured, then neglected. Knowing this more than anyone is Peters, who, unlike others, decided to act.
'2020 was the first time that the world, and the fashion industry with it, began to acknowledge the challenges that minority talent face in and out of the workplace. But two years on, I still see a distinct lack of representation in the creative sector, so the HUB will bridge that gap by nurturing a future workforce of diverse industry vanguards alongside our brand partners' said Peters in a statement.
Chief executive of British Fashion Council Caroline Rush added:
'We are delighted to partner with Fashion Minority Report on The HUB and support further access to the fashion industry for all. This partnership reinforces our organisation's commitment to lead the way when it comes to opening doors to young talent from minority backgrounds who might not always have the same opportunities to succeed and thrive. It is an important part of the BFC's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy and we encourage more brands to join to make the fashion industry one that we are all truly proud to be a part of.'
To celebrate the launch of the HUB, FMR is launching the Creative Change Makers campaign. Featured in the campaign are the professionals who sit across a multitude of disciplines and intersectionality that represent what success can look like within the creative industries. One action at a time, the progression may be slow, but at least it's long-lasting.