Newsletter 13th July 2016
Poor retail sales thanks to a rather damp summer, Brexit and political musical chairs we could all do with some positive news. Thankfully ASOS.com have been getting it right with sales up by 30 per cent. Our sister company Fashion Enter manufactures 8’000 pieces a week for the online retailer so their good news is our good news and we will be congratulating chief exec Nick Beighton (pictured right) personally when he pops over to the factory later this afternoon.
How to Succeed in Fashion Today Seminar
Thanks to all those that attended our ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar yesterday, it was a resounding success! A huge thank-you to our industry experts who gave up their valuable time to inspire and educate the new designers and business start-ups.
“I have learnt a lot – an insight into manufacturing, sourcing and fabrics as well as an awareness of the financial and legal aspects of starting a company. I really enjoyed today.” –Sarah Taplin
“I have learnt so much I couldn’t write it all down – so helpful. Thank you! All so informative!” – Judy Turton
To read about the seminar click here
The FashionCapital Roadshow
Due to the great success of our How to Succeed in Fashion Today seminars we will be taking our informative team across the country to advise and inspire in other key locations. First stop is Exeter, so if you live in the South West then Save the Date: Saturday 17th September. More information will be released soon, to express an interest in the Exeter seminar please email your details to Jenni: email@example.com
June Sarpong Needs Creative Fashion Apprentices
June Sarpong popped by the Factory this week to speak to potential apprentices for her brand Ldny. Five selected apprentices will creatively assist the design development process and the subsequent production of this exclusive and ethical label.
June is still looking for further applicants to find out more and apply please click here.
Fashion Enter Leading the Way in Apprenticeship Standards
We are thrilled to be a part of a new initiative The UK Fashion & Textiles Strategy Group, which has been set up by Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence, Lords Alliance Group, UKFT and Fashion Enter. We will be striving to lead the way in fashion apprenticeships, more on this soon.
On Monday evening Jenny Holloway and Jenni Sutton attended the Business in the Community Awards at the iconic O2. Invited by HSBC Fashion Enter joined 1,600 guests from businesses, communities, NGOs, government and media who came together to celebrate, inspire and look to the future of responsible business.
Guest of honour HRH Prince Charles spoke passionately about the importance of the circular economy and introduced his new national ambassador for the Princes Trust Jaybe-Anne Gadhia, whilst the evening’s entertainment included the riveting Joji Hirota and the Taiko Drummers.
Well done to Veolia who won Responsible Business of the Year award!
New Media & Photography Space
We think Karl Lagerfeld was on to something when he presented his recent AW16 Chanel couture collection against a production backdrop of mannequins and bolts of fabric. This week Nina Baker shot her new collection at the Factory, to see behind the scenes pictures / video click here, and the demand for studio space and post production facilities has led to the creation of a new media and photography space at Fashion Enter HQ.
Anthony and Siobhan are behind this new facility:
“The new photography studio is opening up at Fashion Enter. Part of its function will be to provide model training for anyone who has aspirations to be a model in fashion. Absolute beginners welcome and training will be on a one to one basis in a dedicated fashion studio. The studio will also offer services in portfolio work and for photographing individual garments as well as collections. For any questions Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call outs also available.”
ASOS Foundation Charity Golf Day
This evening Jenny Holloway and Jenni Sutton will be attending the ASOS Foundation Charity Golf Day.
The ASOS Foundation is an independent charitable trust, funded by ASOS and supported by their employees and customers. Its mission is to provide young people with life-changing opportunities, support and inspiration through long-term partnerships with established charities.
To find out more about the Foundation click here
Dates for Your Diary:
Today 13th July – Hackney Job Centre Careers Fair
The Fashion Enter team is on hand to talk about the various courses and opportunities available within the company.
13th – 14th July – The London Textiles Fair
The UK’s premier platform for fashion fabrics and clothing accessories held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
Thursday 21st July – Open Factory
Fashion Enter invites you into their factory for you to see what a large-scale factory looks like and to find out about their part-time and short courses in garment production.
Find out how you can gain a qualification in just 6-weeks and master the garment production cycle; pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching.
This event is for people:
- looking to take their first step into fashion
- wanting to start a fashion apprenticeship but lacking qualifications
- who understand the business side of fashion but not the manufacturing process
To find out more and get tickets click here
24th – 27th July – Pure London
Industry trade show with over 700 fashion and footwear brands under one roof held at Olympia, London.
4th August and 25th August – Perfect Patterns Open Days
Want to learn more about our highly successful Perfect Patterns course? Then come along to our open day. The Fashion Technology Academy will be holding 2 drop-in open days for potential learners to meet with Perfect Patterns tutor Alice Prier and learn more about the course.
There will be hands-on activities, which attendees can engage in to help them learn more about patterns and what the course can offer them.
The first will be Thursday 4 August from 10-2.
The second will be Thursday 25 August from 10-2.
To find out more about the Perfect Patterns Level 1 and Level 2 courses click here
Contact 020 8809 3311 or email: email@example.com to confirm your attendance at one of the open days or to enrol.
Welcome to this Week’s Work Experience Group
And we say group, as we have not one but five work experience individuals working behind the scenes with us this week! Click here to read about them and their plans for a career in fashion.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Just in: We love this textured organza with large embroidered polka dots in vibrant crimson. Perfect to use as a statement over layer.
Click here to visit the FC Fabric Studio
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
The FashionCapital team were pleased to hear that reassurances from government have been made to ensure EU workers will be able to remain in the UK for the foreseeable future. CEO Jenny Holloway is keen to protect her highly skilled team of production workers, most of which are from Eastern Europe. To view her video on this issue click here. Evie Haynes and Eden Mullane report on the exquisite Haute Couture collections, meanwhile the Northern Clothing & Textile Network invite you to their strategic road-mapping event to begin the debate about the opportunities and challenges facing the clothing & textile industry.
Chanel Couture AW16
Boutique Pick of the Week
See Concept was created in August 2010, after winning the “Prix InnoveretEntreprendre” (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Prize), which enabled the business to launch its first product -See Up, the first self-service reading glasses. The brand has gone on to produce stylish glasses for screen use, reading and sun, amongst other innovative design details such as magnetic glasses that can be positioned on magnetic appliances around the home. Here we’ve picked out these reading glasses in hot red.
To view these and the full range click here
Our social media pages have been buzzing and thanks to our social media queen Rebekah Louise Litherland (pictured right) all the latest news from FashionCapital & Fashion Enter HQ is posted on a daily basis. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, LinkedIn and Instagram.