Roland Mouret has called on Theresa May to safeguard the jobs of foreign workers employed in the UK fashion industry. It is feared that tighter restrictions on foreign factory workers in the wake of Brexit could damage the British fashion industry and push production overseas.
French-born Mouret is one of a group of designers who have pushed for local production of their collections and helped to rebuild the luxury fashion production industry in the UK.
He also stated that the country’s luxury fashion designers had an obligation to protect the factory workers producing their designs, as these people are “part of the family”.
The number of workers employed in British fashion production is expected to increase by 9% over the next five years, creating up to 20,000 jobs by 2020. The demand for UK-produced luxury products is also increasing, with an expected 65% increase in demand over the next five years.
Mouret showcased his autumn/winter 2017 collection as part of his 20th anniversary earlier this month at the National Theatre. 75% of this collection was produced in the UK.