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The Company

Anna Glover is a multi award-winning design studio specialising in bespoke wallpaper for the global luxury interiors market.

R&D Focus

We are working with the Textile Futures Research Community at Central Saint Martins (UAL) to explore new material and embellishment process development within the luxury interiors sector, using sustainable alternatives to the industry’s polyester standard and digital print technology to achieve high quality and larger volumes.

The project launched in March 2020.

The Partners
  • University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • Central Saint Martins (CSM)
  • Textiles Futures Research Community


Rosa Romeo

R&D Project Lead


A graduate of London College of Communication, Rosa has over eight years of experience working in textile print and processing, manufacturing, logistics and creative project management. Rosa is well versed in the intricacies of supply chain. Her passion for craft and process have led her to focus her work on sustainability and she engages in crucial discussions on the political nature of textile manufacturing. Her current research role as Project Lead for Anna Glover | EcoSilTex affords an opportunity to make vital progress in shifting the textile industry towards a more sustainable future. Rosa is skilled in print consultancy, forecasting, branding, identity, logistics, inventory analysis and operations.

Core skills and competencies include:

  • Textile print & processing
  • Research & Innovation for start-ups
  • Creative project management

Anna Glover

R&D Company Lead

Anna Glover Ltd

Anna Glover is a London based designer whose work celebrates art, storytelling, craftsmanship and innovation. She set up her design studio in 2014, specialising in bespoke wallcoverings and surface design. Today the studio works closely with top interior designers and architects on projects worldwide. Since launching, Anna has received; a British Elle Decoration, a House Beautiful and an English Home new year’s honours award. In 2018 she launched both a global collaboration with H&M and the Silk Route Collection, a series of ready to order textile wallcoverings.


Joanna Pierce

R&D Academic Mentor


Jo Pierce is a Senior Lecturer and Print Pathway Leader at Central Saint Martins and a member of The Textile Futures Research Community. Jo’s research in textile and material-based print and surface designs incorporates thinking through material cultures, sustainable design practice, craft and digital making and community-based contexts. Individual practice includes the language of pattern and material in relation to homes and interiors.

Jo is currently working on Colour Matter; a studio engaging in emerging trends and innovation with colour and materials and a particular interest in exploring perceptions of natural colour and low impact print approaches. Studio Houndstooth; a collaborative studio creating socially innovated projects that use methods of textile making to bring together industry and the local community.

Key Competencies:

  • Textile Print Design and Material Research including emerging trends and innovation in materials
  • Academic and Curriculum Development and leadership
  • Thought Leader in Sustainable Design Textile Practice

Project Updates

£1.2m R&D Funding Awarded to Fashion SMEs

18 May 2020

The Companies

We have awarded over £1.2 million to 10 of the UK fashion industry’s most innovative and sustainable brands.

From over 80 applications, 13 were shortlisted and provided with one-to-one mentoring, business workshops and training to help develop their initial concepts into fully fledged business plans.

The shortlisted businesses then had to pitch their idea to a panel of industry and academic experts – with just ten making the final cut. 

Awards totalling over £1.2m will be made to: Ananas AnamAnna GloverAWAYTOMARSBlackhorse Lane AteliersChip[S] BoardDoppelhausElvis & KresseSeguraTengri and Tibor.

Individual R&D projects are listed elsewhere on this website.


The Support

In addition, each recipient will receive a comprehensive package of support. This includes mentoring from leading academics across the partnership, hands-on specialist creative and technical support. Besides this, there is ongoing project management and strategic business support from across the BFTT team.  

The awarded projects cover a range of sub-sectors and R&D areas, including:

  • bio-material development to non-woven textiles
  • a global design crowdsourcing platform
  • sustainable surface finishing processes
  • on-shoring of state-of-the-art sustainable manufacturing
  • novel digital solutions to increase transparency and improve sustainability in the sector

The projects, which all focus on a specific R&D challenge, will launch in Spring 2020. They will be running for 12-18 months depending on the complexity of the proposition. 


The Programme

This award was made within the BFTT SME R&D Programme, which is hosted by the University of the Arts London (UAL), in partnership with some of the UK’s leading universities.

The programme consists of a bespoke support package designed to enable small and medium enterprises from across the fashion, textiles and technology sector, access to expertise and resources to develop the next generation of sustainability-driven products, services and experiences.

Over 2020/21 we will be launching further funding support of a similar value. 

Read the press release for further information.


Apply for a Studio at Poplar Works in London

12 November 2019

Applications for studios at Poplar Works are now open.

Poplar Works is a new space for fashion in East London. Poplar HARCA, London College of Fashion, UAL and The Trampery have developed Poplar Works together over the past years, and they will be opening in November.

There are over forty studios across two sites, as well as training spaces, a small production unit and a café. Studios range from 114 – 298 ft2 and start at £200 a month. Interested groups can now apply for studios. The first round of applications closes on 18th November 2019.

The studios at Poplar Works are open to anyone working in the fashion economy – designers, makers, photographers, jewellers and more – although applications from early stage businesses, and anyone based in Poplar and East London are particularly  welcome.

Prospective applicants can find more details of the application process and the available studio types at https://poplarworks.co.uk/studios/.


Any queries should be directed to hello@poplarworks.co.uk