Newsletter 1st July 2015
Who would of thought that the menswear shows in Paris would be causing such a social media stir, from Rick Owen’s ‘rogue’ model flashing his opinions to Junya Watanabe (JW design pictured right) being accused of cultural appropriation! Fashion, it seems, is a whole lot more than interesting aesthetics.
Machine Maintenance Open Day – Thursday 9th July
The Machine Maintenance Open Day will introduce this much-needed course to prospective students. Please come along if you are looking for training and qualifications in Machine Engineering. At the Fashion Technology Academy we offer a wide range of opportunities, from short 6-week Level 1 courses to more long term 24-month Level 2 Apprenticeships in Machine Engineering. If you would like to attend and find out more please email: email@example.com
Machine Maintenance Open Day
Thursday 9th July, Fashion Technology Academy, Unit 14, Crusader Industrial Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ. Tel: 0208 809 3311
Council Reps Visit the FTA Open Day
Last week we held another open day for Council Representatives and Third Party Organisations. With a great turn out, including representatives from Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest Councils, guests were invited to a talk about the company before a tour of our facilities.
With our new improvements, Fashion Capital will soon be able to capacitate and offer 1,620 training places, 2872 NVQ 1 courses and 450 NVQ 2 courses completing over the next five years and also an additional 20 apprenticeship placements creating a total of 70 places per year with supporting Level 3 and 4 NVQ courses.
As the UK’s leading fashion portal, we took this opportunity to show representatives of the community what great opportunities we offer here and to let them know a bit more about what we’re doing. The day went down very well with a good response all around.
“Thanks to you and the rest of the team for such an interesting and informative visit today, I was truly inspired both professionally and personal,” Said Donnarie Goldson, Young Persons Substance Misuse Commisioner.
3 New ASOS.com Placements
Leading etailer ASOS have confirmed they will be hiring further apprentices to add to their Garment Technology, Buying and Merchandising teams.
To find out more and apply for these apprenticeship positions please click here.
A Unique Alliance Between FashionCapital, Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co & Irenicon
We are pleased to announce a unique collaboration with Annabel Kaye Director of Irenicon Ltd and the central London based accountancy practice Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co (GSM). Working with Jenny Tolmie, (pictured left) one of the four partners at the long established firm, we will be providing informative webinars and mentoring to provide essential advice to successfully develop your business. These conversational style webinars are designed to get you thinking and get you started with a pattern for success.
Hosted by Jenny Tolmie, (Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co.) and Annabel Kaye (Director of Irenicon Ltd) we will be talking about simple ways to get yourself on track with money and people and giving you some top tips to help you avoid some nasty problems.
There will be free downloads available during each webinar and we will deal with live questions and chat to everyone – this is not going to be a broadcast. Replays will be available for a limited period.
FashionCapital CEO Jenny Holloway comments:
“Finding the right professional advice that is pertinent to start-up designers and their brand is never easy but now it is. We have formed a unique alliance between GSM Accountants for business financial support and Irenicon for specialist employment advice so you can start your business with strong foundations. Everyone is busy so by organising webinars you can ascertain exactly what you need to know in the comfort of your own space. This really is a unique collaboration just for our Fashioncapital users!”
Key areas Jenny Tolmie can assist with:
Business structures, the pros and cons from an accounting and tax viewpoint
Cash flow forecasting
Budgeting and cost control
Pricing strategy and strategies to maximise your margins
Stock control and associated systems, whilst being mindful of seasonality and trends
The webinars are scheduled 17/9, 15/10 and 19/11 at 19h00 for one hour. More will be announced in due course via FashionCapital, the newsletter and on Koffeeklatch
Belles of London & FashionCapital Labels
As we mentioned a few weeks ago the team has been busy developing our in-house labels ‘Belles of London’ & the younger, trendy line – ‘FashionCapital’. Both labels will be formally launching later this month and you’ll be able to view and buy the collection online. More on this soon.
In preparation for the ‘Belles of London’ QVC collection we are looking for a female model for a studio shoot for approximately 3 hours on either the 6th or 7th of July. Please note this collection is aimed at a 40+ sector we therefore need a confident and sophisticated model to reflect this core market. Professional photographer Sherion Mullings is on board and will no doubt capture some great portfolio shots. To apply please e-mail your photograph and statistics to firstname.lastname@example.org
Perfect Pattern Cutting Course
The Perfect Pattern Cutting 6-week course is back! Following the huge success of the previous classes, FashionCapital will again be joining forces with expert pattern-making methodology Telestia, to teach you how to construct and create both basic and advanced garments. The 6-week course will include: How to measure correctly both for bespoke and generic market sizing – review of theory and actual application. How to construct patterns for basic blocks for ladieswear, menswear and childrenswear. Incorporation of actual body shape identification and then resulting blocks to ensure “perfect fit”. Style developments from basic blocks. Technical drawings with measurement specs for perfect pattern making. 3D grading techniques to ensure perfect fit. Use of all e-Telestia software to be able to “teach the Teacher” and enhance learning for all designers irrespective of pattern making experience.
To find out more and gain a place please contact: email@example.com
CPPD Workshop with New Look
Last week Fashion Enter hosted a CPPD workshop in Garment Technology for the Buying Admins and Assistant Designers at major high street retailer, New Look.
CPPD is an on-going and continual process of both personal and professional growth that improves the capability of an individual to realise their full potential. Fashion Enter delivers CPPD training for industry professionals seeking further development and training in a live factory environment to ensure understanding of the complete garment life cycle is achieved. Workshops include Garment Technology, Buying and Merchandising as well as bespoke tailor made courses to suit your company’s specific needs.
The team at New Look were provided with a tour of the Factory and the Fashion Technology Academy before receiving invaluable training in open costings, garment components, fabric consumption, industrial machinery and an introduction to Galaxius software amongst other things vital to expanding knowledge in the fashion industry.
“I have learnt so much information that I will be able to confidently apply,” said Lauren Mason from New Look.
“I feel really privileged to have met Jenny as I think she is such an inspiration. A ‘thoroughly enjoyable experience,” said fellow New Look employee Cheryl Aime Diper.
If you would like to organize a CPPD workshop please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
On FashionCapital This Week…
We have business advice from Paulo Bernini, Creative Director and Partner of Open Reply ‘Don’t Forget Your DNA’, along with Gideon Lask, CEO & Founder of Buyapowa and his advice on creating a social buzz to encourage customers to share across social networks. Chandler Tregaskes gets inspired by Drew Barrymore and her early-1990’s look and Amy Newson discovers the latest menswear trend for gender-bender dressing.
Boutique Pick of the Week
As you all probably know we are big advocates of Made in Britain so when we heard about the limited-edition Clarks Desert Boot utilizing the highly-skilled shoemakers and tanners of England we wanted to know more. Launching today, 1st July, the Desert Boot celebrates its 65th anniversary, after Nathan Clark stormed America with his revolutionary Desert Boot design in the early 1950s.
The boot was constructed using British suede from the Charles F. Stead tannery in Leeds, with a crepe sole made with rubber tapped from the Pará tree and using a hand carved wooden last. Each of the 1,950 pairs- a number chosen to reflect the year when the boots first hit the market- of Made in England Desert Boots are hand-numbered and come with spare leather laces.
Click here to get yours, £250.
This Saturday we are all off to Hastings for our annual staff summer day out. Hastings watch out! Images to follow next week!