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About us

UAL Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute is a network of specialist academic research, knowledge exchange and business support from across UAL, and around the UK.

Our community spans design, science, engineering, anthropology and business operations.

Our values

  • Collaboration - We know people who know best
  • Creativity - We unlock innovation through creativity
  • Beyond Theory - We turn theory to practice
  • Resilience - People, planet and profit
  • Legacy - Our collaboration is just the beginning
A man holding a cone of spun yarn out in the mill
A farmer hand combing the yak fibre for the recipient of the BFTT SME R&D support © Tengri

Partnerships

Fashion, Textiles and Technology

FTTI is a network of specialist academic research, knowledge exchange and business support from across UAL, and around the UK. Our community spans design, science, engineering, anthropology and business operations. FTTI builds on the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT, 2018-23), Creative Research & Development Partnership award, led by University of the Arts London.

Over the 5 year progamme the BFTT award convenes a transdisciplinary group of nearly 60 researchers, led by Principal Investigator Professor Jane Harris, with Co-Investigators including Professor Rebecca Cain, Loughborough University, Professor Susanne Kuechler, University College London, Professor James Busfield, Queen Mary University of London, Joanne Norman, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Professor Richard Blackburn, University of Leeds, Professor Steve Evans, University of Cambridge; and Professor Dilys Williams, Dr Kate Goldsworthy, Dr Alessandra Vecchi, and Dr Veronika Kapsali, UAL.

Research and Development expertise

The challenges facing the fashion and textiles industry today demand a transdisciplinary approach and by bringing the research and development conversation into the business environment we can accelerate the pace of real-world change.

We build mutually beneficial partnerships between academia and industry, facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration that gives agency to industry, and commercial scale to academic research.

We work across specialist and academic institutions, and endeavour to normalise openness and knowledge exchange.

Sustainability

We take a holistic approach to sustainability and focus on the environmental, social and financial impact.

Materials

We see materials innovation as a foundation of a more circular future of consumption that is healthier and performs better for people and the planet.

Manufacturing and commerce

We combine expertise from industry and academia to help discover, design and implement alternative manufacturing processes.

Retail and engagement

We believe that digital technology can offer better and more immersive engagement than conventional retail alone.

Digital

Our knowledge and experience of digital realities and big data utilisation ensures these novel applications add true value and meaning.

A farmer hand holding pineapple leaves
Pinatex, a recipient of BFTT SME R&D support, uses fibres extracted from the waste leaves of pineapples which is industrially processed into a textile for wide range of products.