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CommonwealthFirst is a major new initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs will be selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Export Champions will be provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

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8DIX

8DIX is a London based fashion brand retailing a range of casual mens and womenswear. Designers Jordan Bowen and Luca Marchetto produce ready to wear clothing, millinery, embroidered garments and other hand finished items such as shoes and bags from their London studio. They provide a bespoke service for customers, working with clients on garments for fashion shoots, film and television and ceremonies. The designers have recently worked with Janet Jackson making costume for her World Tour and for international pop artist Sia.

Named after German painter Otto Dix, the designer duo fuse their love of design and fashion with Luca’s roots in punk, drawn from five years working for Vivienne Westwood and Jordan’s craftsmanship developed in his seven years at Stephen Jones Millinery.

Since their launch in 2013, 8DIX have developed a core following in the UK and a strong international customer base and the team now present their collections at Berlin Alternative Fashion Week every season.

8DIX already have a significant international footprint, exporting their products to the USA, Singapore and Rome and sourcing from high quality manufacturers in the UK, India and Bangladesh. They have a strong online presence and looking to expand their network of existing fashion boutiques globally.

Through their involvement in CommonwealthFirst, 8DIX will be looking to deepen their relationship with manufacturers around the Commonwealth and raise awareness of their brand.