The Prince of Wales with textiles trainees at Dumfries House

As part of a new textiles training initiative, The Prince’s Foundation and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP today announced the launch of a new partnership and project; The Modern Artisan.

The collaboration is designed to equip young artisans with the skills to succeed in a fast-paced digital landscape and produce luxury apparel collections to the highest standards.

Six Italian students selected from design school Politecnico di Milano will design the collection and The Prince’s Foundation will work with six graduates from the United Kingdom to take part in a specially designed four-month training course in luxury small batch production skills designed to help them gain employment in the industry.

During the course, the graduates will develop the expertise to handle wool, cashmere and silk fabrics to ensure garment finishes meet the requirements of the luxury market. This training will equip the students with the skills needed to manufacture the collection at Dumfries House, the headquarters of The Prince’s Foundation in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Launching in mid-2020, the collection will be sold across all four YOOX NET-A-PORTER brands.

Profits from the sale of the collection will be donated to The Prince’s Foundation, a charity that offers a broad range of education programmes, from traditional arts and heritage craft skills, to architecture and design, science, engineering, horticulture, wellbeing and hospitality.

Visit The Prince's Foundation to find out more.