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“London Fashion Week really does tell a story of vision, determination, passion, love and emotion.”  
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Newsletter 21st September 2016

21 sept certificate AbcDear all,

It’s official…we can now offer our CPPD (Continuous Personal and Professional Development) course attendees a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary.

Jenny Holloway CEO of FashionCapital and Fashion Enter comments: “We are over the moon! Being recognised for the CPPD we perform for M&S, New Look and Arcadia by ABC Awards is a real honour – it’s a testament to the hardworking talented team of tutors here at the Fashion Technology Academy. The process was very rigorous and robust but also ABC Awards was incredibly helpful and supportive.  Recently we have had other retailers requesting CPPD regarding Open Costings, the Factory Uncovered, Fits and Perfect Fits and many other niche training areas. Now we can offer certificates for the attendees too! Big thank you to the team and to ABC Awards.”

To find out more about our CPPD courses please click here



21 sept fc team at lfwLondon Fashion Week

Our team of reporters and photographers have been super busy over the past five days capturing all the LFW action. Click here to read all the latest show reports, view the collections and see who wore what.

A big thank-you Rebekah Litherland, Nicholas Policarpo, Aneeqa Amira (all 3 pictured right trying on Sunglasses Hut merchandise) India Hunnikin, and JoJo Iles for the reports as well as Chris Daw for his fabulous catwalk photography and Sherion Mullings on her fantastic Street Style shots.

It was also great to see ex-Stitching Academy student Ryan Anton Reid presenting his debut collection and the Fashion Studio’s handy work at various designer shows.

Rebekah Litherland commented: I loved Fashion Week, I found the whole 5-days inspirational and insightful, not only from a fashion perspective but from a career one as well.  You meet so many people from different jobs and industries and obviously seeing the designs and meeting the designers is so motivating. London Fashion Week really does tell a story of vision, determination, passion, love and emotion.”  

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Street Style by Sherion Mullings


Fashion Enter Wins Award

forward ladies jenny 1Fashion Enter and FashionCapital have won this year’s London & South East ‘Women in Business Awards’ for the Social Enterprise category.

Sponsored by HSBC this year’s event attracted the highest number of entries ever received. The shortlisted applicants in each of the categories were invited to attend the regional final at the Amba Hotel in London on 16 September. CEO Jenny Holloway attended the prestigious event with Fashion Enter’s Senior Development Manager Jenni Sutton.

On receiving the award CEO Jenny Holloway said:

21 forward ladies winner“Fashion Enter won the Social Enterprise category on Friday which was a real honour for the company. We have come such a long way in the last 11-years and it’s all about the people that make the strategy and vision work. I am so proud of the entire team and we really are unique and the team is so talented.  So well done to everyone that’s involved in the company and thank you to Forward Ladies and HSBC for the award.”

Lynette, Head of Technical and Creative Development at Hobbs commented:“Fabulous news! Congratulations on the award, well deserved.We are very proud to be involved with Fashion Enter with our apprenticeship on the technical team, well done to your team.”

All the regional winners will be invited to appear before a live judging interview panel in November, followed by the grand national final in Leeds on 1 December.


June Sarpong’s Apprentices Meet Minister of Culture the Rt Hon Matt Hancock

On 19th September June Sarpong introduced her five apprentices to the Minister of Culture the Rt Hon Matt Hancock to discuss the importance of work based learning. 

Matt Hancock was recently appointed Minister of State responsible for digital policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

DCMS is here to help make Britain the world’s most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. They protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit.

Matt Hancock commented: “It was excellent to welcome new June Sarpong Ldny apprentices to DCMS to discuss diversity in the creative industries.”

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Apprentice Theodora Adjepong said:

“I was at FE and HE and I completed my masters. I thought it would be easy to start my own range especially as I did work experience and the designer in question actually ripped off my own designs. I was so upset, so disheartened and I nearly gave up fashion completely and then I went to Fashion Enter. I regained my confidence and now I have real faith in my ability. I know I am going to be a talented designer one day but in the meantime I am so happy that I have been selected by June as her apprentice.  The meeting with DCMS gave me a real opportunity to express how importance real skills are in business today. Having a certificate for a degree is great but it doesn’t mean you get a job at the end of it.”


Apprenticeship Post of the Week

N16 Vintage Ltd is a young, dynamic fashion design, manufacture and supply company based in North London. Supplying companies such as ASOS.com, Reclaimed Vintage, Urban Outfitters (Urban Renewal) and Topman. ‘We are a vintage inspired brand, using end of roll fabric and vintage wholesale goods to create new and exciting clothes.’

N16 Vintage is looking for Garment Tech Apprentice to shadow Head of QC and Senior Garment Technologist. 

To view and apply for this post please click here





Apprentice Giorgia Discovers Her Career Niche21 sept georgia jenny

Giorgia comments: “I have learnt a lot on the Level 3 Apprenticeship and worked a lot with the stylist at ASOS.com. This made me realise I prefer to work in a more creative fashion environment behind the lens, organising styling guides for the website and creating final looks for the website.”  

Jenny Holloway added: “I’m so impressed with Giorgia. She had the commitment and dedication to follow through on an apprenticeship Level 3.  Level 3 is not easy! It’s equivalent to two A-levels. Giorgia did realise that she didn’t want to be a garment technologist but chose another path instead…that’s just why the apprenticeship is excellent.  It opens up opportunities.  Best of luck on your next chapter Giorgia; I’m sure you have a wonderful career ahead.”

To find out about apprenticeships click here



Vetigraph Course Last Places Remaining

veti smallLearn how to digitise your own patterns, pattern cut, grade patterns, lay panning and utilize fabric effectively in this intensive five-day course at the Fashion Technology Academy!

To find out more click here.

Limited space is available so get in touch now to join! Email: jenni@fashion-enter.com or call 0208 809 3311.



Introducing Trybal Trendz

21 sept tribal trenzTrybal Trendz is a Men’s African Inspired Streetwear brand designed and founded by May Mbiya (@maymbiya). The brand launched in April 2016 and has gone from strength to strength. They have started off by specialising in t-shirts and vests, but they are looking to expand their range in the future. Trybal Trendz clothing is a fusion of traditional African Wax Prints with edgy western fabrics, to create a modern, trendy African inspired look. Trybal Trybal is available on Etsy now. May has just attended their first Africa Fashion Week London 2016 (9th-10th Sept) and has had really good feedback so far on her existing collection!

The Fashion Studio adds: “We have really enjoyed working with May, her designs are intricate and really eye catching. Everyone who walks into the studio always comments on the beautiful fabrics and unique gold trims. May has a real eye for design and is definitely a designer to look out for. Keep up the good work May, we are so pleased we have been able to help you start your first steps in the fashion industry.”

Click here to find out more about the Fashion Studio


Drapers Due to Visit

We are pleased to be welcoming Drapers to our factory and learning facility, more news on this soon.


HSBC Small Business Week Event

The Forward Ladies partner HSBC is hosting a pop-up event for Small Business Week in their London head office to showcase small businesses to their 10,000 employees and members of the public, and have invited Forward Ladies members to take part. Fashion Enter will be there tomorrow 22nd September at 8 Canada Square, London and we look forward to sharing our business model with those that attend.



Dates for Your Diary:

Friday 30th September 2016 – 2nd OctoberBest of Britannia at Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, WC1. Discover the best in British product design and see the Fashion Enter team cutting and machining designs from June Sarpong’s label Ldny firsthand. http://bestofbritannia.com/

Monday 3rd October – Friday 7th October – Vetigraph Course. Learn how to digitise your own patterns, pattern cut, grade patterns, lay panning and utilize fabric effectively in this intensive five-day course at the Fashion Technology Academy! Limited space is available so get in touch now to join! Email: jenni@fashion-enter.com or call 0208 809 3311.

Friday 7th October – Midlands Fashion Awards, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Centre, Birmingham www.midlandsfashionawards.co.uk

Tuesday 11th October from 10am ‘Fashion Fit For The Future – Better, Faster, Smarter’ conference to be held at Queens Hotel in Leeds, the event is sponsored by Alvanon and Lectra. To find out more and book your place click here.

Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th OctoberTextile Forum, The Fashion Fabric Show at One Marylebone by Regent’s Park, London. www.textileforum.co.uk



21 sept fabric swatchFabric Swatch of the Week

Strong tones of yellow were all over the SS17 catwalks and additionally endorsed by the forwarding thinking fashion pack. It can be a tricky colour to wear all over but as an accent or a separate it really makes a statement. Here we have a mid-weight cotton with a one-way stretch and smooth finish to the touch.

Available now from www.fc.fabricstudio.com




This Week on FashionCapital…

We have been majoring on London Fashion Week and our journalists have been picking out their top 3 handbags, shoes, jewellery and ready-to-wear from the designer showrooms. India informs us with What’s Trending on all those busy social media platforms while Cara  fronts the latest PUMA ‘DO YOU’ campaign.

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Boutique Piece of the Week

Shop the show…because now we can. Burberry leads the way, unfortunately designer style comes at a designer price, but we can look and lust can’t we? Here are a pair of floral print silk twill pyjama style trousers that certainly make a statement. Straight from the in-season catwalk show held just a couple of days ago and yours for £595-.

21 sept boutique pick burberry


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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