Laurian Davies appointed MBE in the Birthday 2018 Honours List for services to Young Fashion Entrepreneurs and Exporters
UK Fashion & Textile Association is delighted to announce that Laurian Davies, International Business Manager at UKFT, has been appointed a Member of the British Empire for services to Young Fashion Entrepreneurs and Exporters.
The award was made in recognition of Laurian’s work in helping designers and brands over a period of more than 38 years.
With Laurian’s help, encouragement and infectious enthusiasm for the fashion industry, thousands of designers and brands have started their export business at exhibitions and trade missions around the world. She has also worked with a huge number of freelance designers helping them protect their designs and to understand the value of their creativity, enabling them to turn their passion into a living.
Laurian Davies said of her award: “I am surprised and delighted to have been awarded an MBE. It’s wonderful to help young designers to find their place in our ever-changing industry; talking them through the possible pitfalls and helping them to grow. They don’t all necessarily go on to be household names, but their contribution to the UK economy is immense. I’ve calculated that I’ve travelled over 500,000 miles so far on my journey to export British fashion and textiles, and it still gives me a massive buzz to see our companies writing orders!”
Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT, said, “Laurian has a passion for helping fashion companies make a success of exporting and for sharing her knowledge and experience. I am thrilled that her dedication to the industry has been recognised.”
UKFT is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textile companies in the UK. We bring together designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry, both in the UK and throughout the world. UKFT is in a unique position, representing businesses from spinning, weaving and knitting, right through to catwalk.