The Fashion Lab


From humble hot-desk beginnings to a constantly evolving studio and project space, The Fashion Lab was founded by Melanie Kyles and Helen McClafferty to provide a working space for events, workshops, tuition and collaborations. The concept was supported by Orbis, and the space itself located in Ampersand Inventions, 4th floor Commercial Union House.

Studio Entrance

At the start of 2018, both businesses had outgrown their shared studio next to The Fashion Lab, so Helen expanded into the studio next door to focus on her brand Osseus, whilst Melanie moved into The Fashion Lab to fuse her Melanie Kyles brand with events. Wanting her surroundings to reflect her business aesthetic, Melanie gave the entrance and interiors a fresh update, including a six-foot marble resin sewing bench skilfully made by Ampersand Inventions. The Fashion Lab whilst functioning as a working studio, is also regularly used for both independent and client workshops for organisations such as Newcastle University, TWAM and We Are Explore, and is well suited for creative business meetings and intimate events.


The Fashion Lab is situated in the creative and vibrant Ampersand Inventions, with fashion-industry neighbours Osseus, Mooncat Vintage and Trendlistr all just a couple of doors away. The spacious room has great city views of Grey’s Monument, is naturally well-lit and has a peaceful yet inspiring atmosphere that will leave you feeling both refreshed and invigorated. The fresh colourful aesthetic carefully balances clean graphics with rich textures such as the marbled sewing bench and cork wall, creating a pleasant environment. Regular creative workshops are held here that focus on sewing, embellishment and embroidery, allowing like-minded people to connect, relax and learn. Sometimes these will be more socially focussed and may involve gin and locally sourced cake that supports other independent businesses.


If you would like to collaborate on a project, event or are looking for a space to hold a small meeting or discussion group in a city centre location that’s peaceful, professional and has great natural lighting, send me an email at