Newsletter 30th September 2015
Exciting news just in…our sister company Fashion Enter has been nominated for the 2015 EEF Manufacturing Champion Award. The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are the most established and respected regional and national recognition of manufacturing success. CEO Jenny Holloway and the team will attend a celebration lunch on the 9th November where the South East Manufacturing Champion and winners of the business and apprentice award categories will be revealed.
Supporting British Made
This Saturday 3rd October is the second instalment of ‘Buy British Day’.
Set up by the ‘Best of Britannia’ (BOB) team the idea is to wake consumers up to the provenance and quality of the huge range of amazing products Britain produces.
An ethos that we adhere to completely with many garments; from high street to designer, large volume to one-off samples, all being produced on our North London factory floor. Each month we also host a sample and fabric sale, on the last Saturday of each month, and last Saturday we received a fantastic turn out.
Jenny Holloway commented: “It was absolutely great to see so many students from London College of Fashion at the sale on Saturday. Good luck to everyone with their final year collections. You have certainly have an eye for bargains!”
Our next sale will be held on Saturday 31st October, we always have a wide selection of fabrics in stock so whether you are a small scale designer, home dressmaker or fashion student there is bound to be something for you.
The Knitting & Stitching Show – 7th – 11th October 15
Sewing and textile crafts have seen a dramatic rise in interest thanks to TV shows like ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’, John Lewis reportedly saw a 54 per cent rise in dressmaking pattern sales after the first series was aired. A must-attend event for anyone with a passion for textile crafts – from complete beginners to experienced crafters to professional textile artists is The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London. The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for essential supplies.
FashionCapital is delighted to be returning to this season’s show and will once again be taking visitors on an interactive and informative journey that reveals each stage of garment production from initial idea through to delivery of finished goods.
For those interested in pursuing a career in fashion, FashionCapital will also host talks and demonstrations on its Levels 1 and 2 Stitching Academy, Level 1 Perfect Pattern Cutting course as well as Levels 2, 3 and 4 Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeships. For those who would simply like to learn a new skill or brush up on existing dressmaking skills Taster Courses will also be available, all taking place at The Fashion Technology Academy in North London.
Quote FASHCAP to buy your ticket for just £12*! Visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london or call 01473 321872
*£2 off an adult ticket (50p off concessions) in advance only. Booking fees and terms and conditions apply.
The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London 7th – 11th October 2015
Yesterday, 29th September, Jenny Holloway was invited to speak at the Fashion SVP seminar “Made in Britain: A true revival or a false dawn?” moderated by Eric Musgrave, Editorial Director, Drapers, and joined by Adrian Elliott, President, Apparel & Footwear, Coats, Philip Worrall, Sourcing specialist and former sourcing director of Musto & John Lewis.
The seminar covered:
Are retailers genuinely supporting UK manufacturing?
Will UK manufacturers expand beyond either Heritage production or fast fashion top-ups?
How do we build a new working relationship and a profitable deal for all?
Jenny Holloway commented: “The debate got quite lively and I was delighted to meet Ralph Goodstone, Co-organiser of Fashion SVP, again. We used to work together at M&S when I was a selector and Ralph a merchandiser. It’s amazing how the values of M&S still hold true today and still binds many ex-employees together. Ralph besides a few grey hairs you haven’t changed a bit!”
One Big Wednesday
Today Jenni Sutton & Carl Snellgrove will be hosting the Fashion Enter stand at One Big Wednesday at Highgate Job Centre. Open to the general public Jenni & Carl will be on hand to talk about the apprenticeship programme and learning facilities Fashion Enter has to offer to those considering a career in the fashion sector. @OneBigWednesday
Meanwhile Jenny Holloway will be hosting a ‘Design Your Own Prom Dress’ workshop at the Edmonton Careers, Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair. She will also be advising on the various fashion career pathways available via Fashion Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy.
Social Business Trust 5th Birthday Celebration
We are pleased to be involved with the Social Business Trusts’ 5th Birthday celebration on Wednesday 14th October at EY, 1 More London Riverside, London.
Fashion Enter along with others in the Social Business Trust portfolio will have a stall at the event to promote being a social enterprise in today’s business climate.
Nui Ami has Awoken. Sleep Beautifully
We are so proud to present one of our longstanding clients Sanjit Vallance’s luxury sleep wear brand Nui Ami. The sleep wear is designed to be tailored yet comfortable using the finest Italian Silks, French handmade Lace and Austrian Jersey.
At Fashion Enter we created the Paris, Venice and London silk pyjamas for Nui Ami alongside mentoring Sanjit through the process of developing her collection. It is a lovely feeling to be part of bringing beautiful designs to life and helping a designer to launch an incredible collection. Sanjit was a joy to work with and her attention to detail is what will give Nui Ami the recognition it deserves. We are sure you will agree they are the epitome of elegance and this brand is one to watch!
Long Ladies Website Launch
Laraine at Long Ladies announces the launch of her new website:
“Two years ago, I became passionate about us taller ladies of 6ft and over having difficulty finding lovely, elegant clothes to fit and flatter our taller frames. Talking to fellow tall ladies, I noticed their similar frustrations. Even clothes that were marketed for tall ladies of 5’10’’ and over didn’t fit me. In fact, I encountered so many problems when buying clothes; I decided to do something about it! It has taken me two-years to finally get off the ground with Longladies.com. In the beginning, I knew nothing-about design or manufacturing, but I certainly do now…. Working with the Fashion Studio at Fashion-Enter I now have a carefully edited, initial collection for Tall women worldwide!”
Please visit Long Ladies here: www.longladies.com
Congrats to Designer Tanya Elizabeth
Tanya has just completed her new SS16 Lookbook which, as you can see, looks very impressive indeed. Tanya comments: “Thank you so much to the Studio team! You guys are amazing!!!”
Another Happy Fashion Studio Client: Longstaff Longstaff
“I found Fashion Enter after many false starts and immediately, director Jenny Holloway, took me under her wing. What a relief it was to find a place that reveled in a technical challenge!
“Within Fashion Enter is the Fashion Studio which was established in 2008. It specialises in creating first patterns, toiles, seals, grades and short run production. Slowly but surely, it is showing brands both new and established, that expert manufacturing can be found and afforded in Britain, something that we at Longstaff Longstaff feel passionate about.
“The Studio employs hugely experienced pattern cutters, seamstresses and technicians and whenever we go, we come back more knowledgeable!” Sophie at Longstaff Longstaff
For Fashion Studio enquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Know Your Factory Workshop – 8th October 15
Don’t forget our next ‘Know your Factory’ workshop will take place on 8th October from 9am – 11am at The Factory, The workshop provides an essential guide to all the basic processes for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for. For more information click here.
To book your place please email email@example.com or call 0208 8093311. Members will receive preferential rates.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Sophie Lau heads off with the fashion pack and takes in the latest trends as seen on the Milanese catwalks. Our production neighbour ‘The Albion Knitting Company’ gain international press with a feature in The Washington Post, not bad for a company that’s less than 2-years old! And to find out which UCA fashion graduates are about to make their Paris Fashion Week debut click here.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Who said florals could only be worn in summer? Catwalk designers filled their Autumn/Winter collections with floral prints, an essential pick-me-up when the skies are grey and the temperature drops. Pillar-box red is another key A/W trend and this midi print dress with raglan style cut shoulders brings a vibrant splash of colour to your day and can be layered up in a number of ways.
Ruby Rocks floral midi dress available for £85 at www.fashion-conscience.com