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Fabric, Fit and Finance


 This week we highlight three key elements crucial to every fashion business…

Newsletter 25th October 2017

Dear all,


This week we highlight three key elements crucial to every fashion business.


First up Fabric: Tomorrow (Thursday 26th October 10am – 12pm) former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer Deborah Shulton will be at FashionCapital HQ in Haringey, North London to host a workshop on the appreciation of fabric. Attendees will learn the importance ofunderstanding properties of fabrics and the influences on cost, quality and lead times. An essential part of successful garment design, Deborah will also advise on appropriate fabric sourcing. Get it right first time and with professional support you will succeed.


Places are limited for availability and costs please email: events@fashioncapital.co.uk


Fashion Enter Now an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)

Fashion Enter, sister company to FashionCapital, is the UK’s leading provider for Fashion & Textiles Apprenticeship programmes has now been awarded Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) status. Government approved, an ATA works with employers to provide simple solutions to take on industry specific apprentices that receive specialist training, development and support

To find out more about our apprenticeship programmes click here



FashionCapital Trunk Show Newcastle

Last week the third FashionCapital Trunk show took place in Newcastle sponsored by financial providers Sage. With an audience full to capacity the Trunk Show was a resounding success! Fashion students, graduates and new business startups all attended the four-hour workshop to gain an invaluable insight into the real fashion industry and top tips to running a fashion label successfully.

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Feedback included: “I’m glad I came to the trunk show, I received helpful information about sustainability and running a business.” Raquel Fernandes

“The trunk show offered a wide range of valuable information and the guest speaks gave a real positive advise such as the roles of a garment tech and handling your own PR.” Isabella Palacz

“The most interesting and the most valuable discussion for me was ”˜How to do your own PR’ as well as the processes of sourcing and manufacturing.”Helena Sloan

Many thanks to our informative speakers and to Sage for sponsoring the event.


The next stop will be Northern Ireland!


Gerber Courses From the New Year

gerber 1

Gerber Technology, the world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, recently announced a partnership with Fashion Enter/FashionCapital, London, by supporting both their commercial factory and training academy. We are now delighted to confirm the Gerber courses will be led by two leading industry experts who have a combined Gerber experience of 35-years. The first course: Gerber Accumark V10 for Beginners, is a 15-hour course over 6-week period, is excellent for beginners or Gerber users that want to brush up on their skills.  Places are strictly limited to five per course.

For more information and costs please contact events@fashioncapital.co.uk


Lord Young Visit

Lord Young of Norwood Green visited Fashion Enter on Tuesday 24th October 2017 as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship programme focusing on skills and apprenticeships. Lord Young was so impressed he claimed we were by far the best training provision he had visited as part of the programme! 


Bespoke Tailoring & Pattern Cutting

Fashion Enter have recently expanded their qualifications on offer to include Bespoke Tailoring and Pattern Cutting up to Level 5, this will include some hands-on experience with highly experienced Savile Row Companies.


Save the World with a Great Fitting Pattern!

Along with fabric, fit is the most important factor when developing a garment.Anastasia Vouyouka founder and designer of Telestia discusses how ”˜Sustainability Starts With a Great Fit and how her up and coming course – The Online Pattern Cutting Course – Telestia Creator for Perfect Fit and Style with Fashion Enter, designed for professionals who care, will address all those essential fit issues. The course begins on the 6th of November and provides pattern cutters a deeper understanding of their craft.

Telestia flyer nov 17

For further information, costs and availability please contact: [email protected]


Saturday Stitching Surgery

This Saturday 28th October we will be holding another Stitching Surgery from 9am – 3pm at our HQ – Unit 14 Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4. All are welcome to upcycle old garments, make repairs or create something from scratch, we are here to help. The cost is £40 for the session and places are limited please book via [email protected]

4 oct saturday stitching


ASBCI Autumn Conference

Good luck to David Reay from the Northern Clothing Textile Network, he will be speaking at the ASBCI Autumn Conference tomorrow in Peterborough on the topic of Post Brexit – How to create value in the textile and clothing business.

With the B-word, Brexit, plastered all over the media of late our very own CEO Jenny Holloway speaks frankly about garment manufacturing in Britain today and how Brexit has added further dilemmas, to read her article click here.



Finances With Nigel Rust

On Tuesday the 17th of October, FashionCapital held a fantastic workshop to informing aspiring designer’s how to manage their brands finances. The workshop was led by Business Coach and Manufacturing specialist Nigel Rust. Having worked over 20 years in the industry, Nigel delivered his valuable expertise on different divisions on managing finances and overcoming the financial difficulties. 

Feedback included: “The session was really useful in informing how to carry out the financial aspects of setting up a business.” Billy Harrison 

“Very informative as it was full of valuable information and delivered in a concise way.” Natasha Wright

“I have learnt all about the finance side to the fashion industry. Nigel is a great speaker, very clear and friendly.” Emily O’Sullivan

One to one mentoring sessions with Nigel to discuss your business finances are also available please email Jenni jenni@fashion-enter.com for costs and availability.


Fingers Crossed for Fashion Enter

Our sister company Fashion Enter and its factory and learning facility is up for yet another award! The Manufacturer Top 100 Awards 2017 is due to take place in Liverpool mid-November and Fashion Enter has made the shortlist! Fingers crossed!


Good Luck Irza

Fashion Studio apprentice Irza Shafique has been with us since September 2016 and today she finishes the programme and will move on the pastures new. We wish you well Irza and hope to hear about your next career move in the not so distant future.

(Irza with Jenny Beth at the Fashion Studio)


Fashion Enter Organisational Chart

Ever wanted to know who does what in the company? Then check out our updated organizational chart.


Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we have selected a dusky pink crushed velvet, inspired by the designer ballgown trend and the use of sumptuous textures. Available now from the FCFabricStudio.com at £6- a metre.





This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

The Midlands Fashion Awards 2017 announce their nine winners in their 10th anniversary edition, celebrating fashion’s creative talent from the region. 

In Trends Katie Farley discovers the return of the ballgown for Spring/Summer 2018 for a much needed fairytale escape.

And Fashion Speaks Out on Immigration and makes a stand with designers and high street brands publicly airing their pro-immigration messages.


Boutique Pick of the Week

Who says you have to pay over the odds for ethically made goods these days? We have discovered The Third Estate based in Camden that offers ethically well-made products free from any animal ingredients. Here we have picked out a Chelsea boot style by German shoe brand Jonny’s Vegan. The upper material is made from recycled PET bottles (post consumer waste) and the lining is organic cotton too. The boots have a slight heel which can be re-heeled, elasticated sides and they also feature a crepe sole for added grip. Available now via The Third Estate online shop retailing at £85.00.


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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