Profile – Andrew Fearon
April 1, 2020 - April 1, 2020
Over 25 years in the industry Andrew has worked at most areas on the “factory floor“ in clothing manufacture and is currently employed as Faulty Goods Administrator at HOBBs Ltd.
Originally trained at the London College of Fashion attending the Ã¢â‚¬ËœACFIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Management course (Associate of the Clothing and Footwear Industry), he went on this course to get a firm grounding in the basics to enable him to join the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfamily businessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. He completed the Ã¢â‚¬ËœPart OneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ of the course (the first 2 years), and as the part two was based on specialising in a particular subject (such as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwork-study) to get a job in a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlarge BusinessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, he felt that he would be better off starting work at this stage.
He was formerly the director of Cortessa Ltd, a small Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdress and light clothingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ CMT manufacturer, specialising in unstructured garments. The company was founded by his father in 1971 and used to work in the upper end of the market dealing with medium sized companies, and with some of the Ã¢â‚¬ËœDesigner LabelsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. The company finally succumbed to the harsh CMT environment, and was forced to close in September 2001 due to rising costs and falling revenue, making it impossible to continue.
Andrew joined the LFF at the outset as, “I feel that if we do not make the effort to encourage the manufacturing side of the trade, and stem the flow of work going overseas we could have little other than niche manufacturing left in this country. If this is the case there will make it even more difficult for new designers to set up in the UK“.
“I became involved in the project as I feel that because the Ã¢â‚¬ËœTradeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is mainly made-up of small companies, it needs to have a Ã¢â‚¬ËœVoiceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. It is still a large employer, even if less so in manufacturing now, and needs help to remain competitive.Ã¢â‚¬
Andrew was nominated to become a “fellow” of the RSA (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce) in 2004, for his “contribution to British industry”.