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HRH The Princess Royal commends sustainable fashion innovation during visit to Scotland

Today, HRH The Princess Royal, serving as the President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, graced the premises of Advanced Clothing Solutions (ACS). 

As Europe’s largest circular and sustainable fashion hub, ACS welcomed Her Royal Highness for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of its 200,000 sq. ft state-of-the art operation situated in Eurocentral, Scotland.

Founded in 1997, the company which employs a team of 150, enables fashion brands and retailers to join the circular economy.

ACS collaborates with fashion brands and retailers to usher in a circular format, offering to streamline rental, subscription, and resale models to minimise waste and capture value from existing inventory. With a vast scale, its warehouse can store more than three million clothing items and processes more than six million units annually.

Warehouse operative Dorota Nowak Poslednik of ACS, HRH, Andrew Macfarlane, Head of
Circular Operations at ACS. Image Kirty Anderson

From eco-friendly cleaning to brand authentication, garment repair, photography, tailored branded packaging, and delivery, the B Corp accredited business and recent Kings Award for Enterprise winner, oversees the entire returns and resale process for all fashion goods and accessories. 

ACS collaborates directly and indirectly with various fashion brands and retailers, providing circular fashion rental, subscription, and resale capabilities. Notable partners include The North Face, Pangaia, Nudie Jeans, Moss, LK Bennett, CaaStle, Zoa, HEWI and Reflaunt, each contributing to the evolution of the sustainable fashion landscape.

CEO Andrew Rough, HRH, Lucy Smith, HR Executive at ACS, David Wagstaff of The Good
Bee Company, Fiona Mobbs with children from Compass Primary School, Haddington. Image Kirsty Anderson

Andrew Rough, CEO of ACS expressed pride in hosting The Princess Royal, stating, “Our environmental commitment, skilled workforce, and community engagement is central to our mission of the last 25 years – to cultivate a more sustainable fashion industry not just here in the UK but globally.

Anthony Burns, COO of ACS, echoed this sentiment: “Focusing on people and the planet is the cornerstone of building a circular future for the fashion industry. Everyone here at ACS is thrilled to share our innovative approach with Her Royal Highness, our partners, the local community and beyond.”

All images by Kirsty Anderson

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