We enjoy working with young creatives and have strong links with both the Cardiff Business School and the Fashion Design course at the University of South Wales, based at the ATRiuM Cardiff. 

In 2017 we were asked by Megan Davies, a student in her final year of Fashion Design at USW, if we would sponsor her Graduate Show by providing the fabric. We agreed to do this and she produced an amazing collection, inspired by vintage military garments and workwear, with her footwear designs based on World War Two flight boots and an electric heated sock insert.

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She showed her work at a special graduation show in Cardiff and following this she also won the Clark's Foundation award at London Graduate Fashion Week. This included a £5,000 bursary and a 6-week paid work placement at Clarks as part of the prize.

During her placement, Megan will work with Clarks to produce a prototype of her footware, before the boots are manufactured and sold in stores later this year.

I am passionate about functional design, and think that design is now about experience more than objectivity. I also believe that sustainability is an extremely important issue and should always be considered during the design and production process. 
— Megan Davies
The work that the students have put together are incredible, and prove that they have what it takes to make it in the world of fashion. USW is here to give our students the skills to flourish when they go out and get a job in the industry they have chosen. I have no doubt that they will be snapped up when they start looking for work, and will be a huge success.
— Steven Wright, Fashion Design Course Leader