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155 – Creating change in the UK fashion industry – Lee Akpareva

Podcast Ep.155 Lee Akpareva

Lee Akpareva is a fashion designer, tailor and technology consultant. 

He’s also creative director of Never Fade, a fashion store and creative space on Old Compton Street in London.


We chat about collaborations within the fashion industry, helping new designers get a head start, and how blockchain and technology are impacting the fashion industry and manufacturing.


  • About Lee and his background before becoming a designer [02:40]
  • Having a second-life career [05:34]
  • Why he decided to go to fashion school as a mature student [07:58]
  • How he started working with Never Face [10:27]
  • About the Never Fade store and the designers they work with [12:17]
  • Why Lee is focusing on UK production [15:32]
  • How they select the up-and-coming designers for Never Fade [16:09]
  • How money and funding is a big constraint for new designers [17:43]
  • Why there’s not more diversity in fashion colleges [18:21]
  • Why aren’t there more black tailors? [21:40]
  • Lee’s future plans for his business? [23:23]
  • Why collaboration is the way forward for the industry [25:31]
  • The rise of Blockchain and NFC [26:26]
  • The rise of ‘digital’ clothing and accessories [29:32]
  • The adoption of technology in fashion manufacturing [32:35]
  • How we can reinvigorate our high streets [37:06]

More about Lee Akpareva

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