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WGSN and Arts Thread Announce New Partnership

May 19, 2016

Global trend authority to partner with emerging talent platform  to bridge education and industry

NEW YORK, May 19th, 2016 – WGSN,  the global trend authority for fashion and the creative industries, has partnered with Arts Thread, the world’s leading digital platform for new creatives – bridging the gap between education and industry.

This strategic partnership will introduce tomorrow’s talent to many of WGSN’s global clients. And it recognises the critical importance of ensuring that we educate tomorrow’s creative and design leaders with the tools, skills and connections they will leverage in the workplace. Specifically, WGSN & Arts Thread will partner with the industry and offer students/graduates real design briefs which will lead to internships, freelance or full-time employment or good PR in the form of success stories.

WGSN CEO Jose Papa said, “At WGSN we recognise the importance of ensuring that we connect the current and future leaders of the creative industry together. By partnering with Arts Thread we will be able to connect our 6,000+ corporate clients to the creative talent of students and graduates across the globe. This is part of a wider strategy to support and grow our connection to the education sector where we already provide the WGSN platform to hundreds of colleges and universities around the world. We are excited to partner with the Arts Thread team.”

Over the last seven years Arts Thread has built relationships with over 450 design schools globally and has showcased and supported students/graduates at events & shows such as Milan Design Week, London Design Festival, V&A, Premiere Vision, and New Designers. Arts Thread has built relationships with companies such as Nike, BBC Worldwide, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters, Pol Roger, Avery Dennison and Hermes. The Arts Thread digital platform promotes well over 60,000 students and graduates & showcases thousands of design school programs to a worldwide audience.

Commenting on the partnership, Terry Mansfield, CBE, Chairman of Arts Thread said “a partnership with WGSN creates immense value for both the corporate and education sector and for the people who work and study in these design institutions.”


Emily Spiegel



About WGSN

WGSN (www.wgsn.com) is the world’s leading trend authority, serving fashion and creative-led companies in over 86 countries. Our services cover fashion and lifestyle forecasting, data analytics, crowd-sourced design validation and expert consulting. We help drive our customers to greater success. Together, we Create Tomorrow. WGSN is part of WGSN Limited, comprising of market-leading products including WGSN Instock, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN Styletrial and WGSN Mindset our bespoke consultancy services. WGSN is owned by Ascential plc, a leading international media company that informs and connects business professionals in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions and Festivals, and Information Services.

Ascential powers the prestigious Cannes Lions festival for the branded communications industry, Spring Fair / Autumn Fair, the world’s premier payments and financial services congress Money 20/20, and the global fashion trend forecasting service WGSN and the environmental data business, Groundsure. 23 of Ascential’s 32 product lines are marketing leading and occupy number one positions. Ascential exists to provide our customers with world class content and connections empowering their businesses to be the best informed and best connected. Our products enable focus, growth and value. Ascential.com.