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Livery companies and education

Posted by: JHM Date: 28 Sep 2019

City of London Liveries and London College of Fashion – a 20-year relationship

The livery companies have been great industry partners for us over the years.

Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion

The London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts, London, celebrates its longstanding relationship with the ‘leathery livery’ companies of the City in a new video.

‘The contemporary face of a livery company is really about philanthropy and support for talent’, says Darla Gilroy of LCF, whose words reflect a key ethos of the Cordwainers Company.

‘Our relationship with the London College of Fashion is special because of the Cordwainer College, which was established by the Cordwainer Company years ago,’ says Nigel Easton, Master of the Cordwainers, who is interviewed in the video.

The Cordwainers and the Leathersellers founded the Leather Trades School in 1887, which quickly acquired a reputation for exceptionally high standards of work. In 1913 the Leathersellers established their own institution and the Leather Trades School became Cordwainers Technical College, which eventually became part of the London College of Fashion.

The Cordwainers are very proud to play a part in supporting footwear design students at LCF and are delighted to see the philanthropy of City livery companies acknowledged by the beneficiaries.