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Welcome To The Fashion Studio

The Fashion Studio has two aims - sampling and short run production and it's also where we hold the Fashion Apprenticeship Programme for the Government. We are the leading training provider in the country for fashion apprenticeships and our clients include ASOS.com, House Of Fraser, New Look and many others. 

Orders are taken from our clients such as House of Hackney, PPQ and Barbara Hulanicki for quantities under 300 units. Any order over 300 units is transferred to our factory. 



How we work at the Fashion Studio:

Sample Development Process

- Strategic meeting – (with Jenny)

- Initial Design development (meeting with Yuliana/ Beth)

- Sample specifications (meeting with Kasia/Rebecca)

- Place order for patterns/samples (In person or via e-mail with Kasia/Rebecca)

- All orders must be placed through Rebecca/Kasia, any amendments must at least have Rebecca Cc'd on.

We raise the following paperwork

Progress Sheet


Time Sheet

Costing sheets

Size charts

Fitting Logs

Agreement of appropriate fit mannequin (The Fashion Studio has a choice of 8 fit mannequins from Alvanon)

White Production board updated

Blue Production board updated

Estimated lead times

Initial pattern work –  approx 5 working days

Cutting - 2 working days

Stitching 1st toiles – approx 5 working days depending on current work loads and production planning

Amendments made – 5 working days (depending on work load and collection size)


Stitching 2nd toile/samples – 5 weeks (depending on work load and collection size)

First Fitting -- sealing**invoice point

Here we address any amendments or changes wanted to the design at this stage, change any finishings and check fit. Sometimes on simple garments the amendments are so minor it is possible to go straight into a final sealing sample. Not all garments in a collection will develop at the same speed depending on complexity of design and clients requirements.


2nd Fitting green seal**invoice point

Here we review the expected final toile which will act as our Green Seal for production. There may be further minor amendment and this is perfectly acceptable. If a client has changed her requirement on design at this stage then next stage estimates of price are given. (One common problem is that designers believe that one pattern will work on a cross section of fabrics. This is not correct. Different fabrics have different properties and that require pattern amends.)

Once the Green Seal is approved a docket is raised and agreed by client and production prices are then confirmed.



The docket is an instruction to cut and this document has the fabric consumption clearly confirmed with the unit price per garment.

Production or Showman Sample

This is when the garments are fully made and processed. Clients are encouraged to review work in progress. Final Fitting; a full garment inspection is encouraged by the client. Stock is to be paid for after inspection and before delivery. If required the Fashion Studio will create a Gold or Black seal. This seal should mirror exactly the Green Seal unless amends were requested by the client. We work on a CMT basis i.e. we do not buy fabric or trims this is your responsibility.



Once the green seal is approved we can then instigate grading on the requested sizes. We have a Vetigraph system which enables grading to take place in house. This also estimates fabric consumption. Grade rules have to apply and this is at the discretion of the client. It is normal for a 5cm grade rule to apply on bust, waist and hips.

Pressing and 100% inspection

We work to very high standards and we undertake in work checks in production as well as 100% inspection reviews. Quality Reports are undertaken for every production line we operate and again are open for review. We are also SEDEX approved which is a high benchmark of quality service and systems.

Time Lines

Approx 10 weeks should be allowed for a collection of around 6/8 designs to be fully developed from strategic meeting and idea generation into final samples. This time is an approx turn around time, not an estimate for invoice times.


At each stage for the garment development process we will estimate price for our client. Price is currently £20 per hour + vat for members of Fashion Enter and fashioncapital.co.uk and £25 per hour + vat for non members. All time sheets are open for review by the client as we are a not-for-profit organisation and we work completely transparently.  


Please call 0208 809 3311 for all enquiries

Fashion Studio - e-mail addresses:

The Fashion Studio
@ The Factory
Unit 14
167 Crusader Estate
Hermitage Road
N4 1LZ

Locate us



The closest tube is Manor House on the Piccadilly Line. Please use Exit 7 - Green Lanes (North East Side). Walk along Green Lanes. Take the second Road on the right into Hermitage Road and walk along the road which has speed bumps!

The entrance to Crusader Estate is on the left hand side. Unit 14 is situated on the left hand side of the first set of units.

Walk time is approx 10 mins from the tube.




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