Newsletter 3rd May 2017
From Paris to Plymouth, mentoring to manufacturing FashionCapital covers the industry from the inside out.
Did You See Us on Channel 4 News?
Channel 4 News filmed and interviewed our CEO Jenny Holloway at the Factory last Friday to discuss the latest UK manufacturing figures and how Fashion Enter is adopting flexible strategies to cater to an ever-changing retail market.
To view the report on Channel4.com click here.
Commenting on the latest PMI data, Ms Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“While all the indicators are pointing to the potential of another year of decent growth for manufacturing, the importance of a comprehensive and enduring industrial strategy for the UK must not get lost in the noise of election campaigning.”
Join Us in Plymouth
Our second FashionCapital Trunk show has been scheduled for Thursday 22nd June in Plymouth in collaboration with Millfields Trust, a Community Economic Development Trust that has been set up to enable local people to contribute and manage the regeneration of the Stonehouse neighbourhood in Plymouth. Alongside Plymouth College of Art, a specialist, independent art college supporting a community of artists with a heritage dating back 150 years.
“We’re so excited to be travelling to Plymouth and meet new designer businesses in this creative corridor of the South West. We are delighted to be working with both Plymouth College of Art and the award winning Millfields Trust. This hard hitting seminar starts at 1 pm and continues until 4 pm and is perfect for any start up business.”
For more details please email: email@example.com
Essential Designer Mentoring and Support Continued
Jenny says: “From 2001-2006 we worked for Government supporting new and emerging designers. It was fantastic…we were paid to develop innovative business solutions that really worked. We opened a shop in Blue Water that took £36,000 a week for new designers. A fashion event Profile, which showcases in New York, plus hand holding mentoring and support.
“When the funding finished we struggled with providing the service because of that age old problem ‘that time is money’ and we only wanted to provide a top quality service. We had to restrict our membership to just 100 designers a year.
“However, now we have Tracey Parks-Taylor joining us and we can really kick start supporting new and emerging designers again. A big welcome to Tracey who officially joins us 1st June but is already merrily working away behind the scenes.”
Tracey (pictured right) comments:
“I am looking forward to mentoring and hand holding the next generation of emerging and established British designers at FashionCapital. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share my 30 years of Fashion Marketing experience gained at Director level with Global Brands, the most recent of these being Monsoon Accessorize. It’s great to be able to put something back into the industry that has supported my entire career.
“Fashion Capital has a unique and nurturing environment, not only does it have an established and successful apprenticeship and mentoring scheme, it is also home to a working factory supplying clothing to a host of major high street and designer brands. This kind of exposure is gold dust to designers.
“The Fashion Capital Mentorship Scheme will truly provide each individual the best possible foundation for a successful career in one of the most highly competitive industries.”
To find out more about FashionCapital memberships click here.
See You at Meet the Manufacturer
British-made goods are enjoying a revival and this will be reflected in this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, organised by Make it British, on 24th and 25th May at The Old Truman Brewery, London.
Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British, explains: “We’ve been inundated with enquiries from people not only looking for manufacturers to help them make their product in the UK but also from people who would like to buy from brands that are making in Britain. That’s why we’re introducing a new ‘brands hall’ this year.”
As always FashionCapital’s sister company Fashion Enter will also be there to exhibit not only their manufacturing samples but to inform on production training, apprenticeships and careers.
Meet the Manufacturer is the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, textiles and homeware and includes a trade show, with over 150 exhibitors, and a series of workshops and seminars, connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers looking to produce quality British-made products.
Meet the Manufacturer – organised by Make it British, on 24th and 25th May at The Old Truman Brewery, London.
For more information go to www.meetthemanufacturer.co.uk or www.makeitbritish.co.uk
Fashion Enter & TCBL in Paris
Jenny Holloway is representing Fashion Enter at the TCBL committee meeting in Paris today and tomorrow, 3rd and 4th May. TCBL aims to renew the European Textile & Clothing sector by exploring new ways to design, make, and work together. Fashion Enter along with other TCBL partners, such as Reginnova NE and Centexbel, are keen to continue a strong relationship with European businesses and become part of a transformative ecosystem for the good of the industry as a whole. Further news on this meeting will be published on FashionCapital in due course.
Fashion SVP New Designer Awards Deadline Extended
“We have already received some fantastic entries, but with the Easter break and May bank holiday, we do not want anyone to miss out on this opportunity, so we have decided to extend the deadline for final submissions of the New Designer Awards until Friday 12th May! So, if you have not submitted your design entry yet, do not delay! You now have until Friday 12th May to get your submission in!”
Click here to find out more about the Awards and to apply – this provides a fantastic opportunity for those at the start of their design career.
Attention Fashion Studio Clients!
Rosie from the Fashion Studio sent a note out a few months ago to say that any of your old samples, garments and fabrics need to be picked up from the Fashion Studio & Pressing Room please. This is a final call for clients to pick up their property – the deadline is next Wednesday the 10th May any items that remain beyond this date will be donated to the Fashion Technology Academy or to charity.
Welcome to Lauren Loftus as Head of Patterns
“It’s fabulous that Lauren has joined the team as Head of Patterns. Lauren has years of experience with her last job being at Topshop but its more than just being an expert it patterns! Lauren is such a genuine person who really wants to help our designers perfect their collections and works to the highest standards at all time. It’s a great new era at FashionCapital and we are proud to have Lauren on our team.”
Beneath the Surface Conceptual Collection Launch
Fashion designer Isabel Fletcher incorporates materials usually found in practical layers of furniture or interior décor to create her unique, niche collection: Beneath the Surface. For the launch of this conceptual collectionIsabel has teamed up with dancers and choreographers to with evening shows on Thursday 11th and Saturday 13th May 2017 19:00-21:00, alongside a static exhibition: Friday 12th and Sunday 14th May 2017 11:00-19:00 at Animali Domestici, 1b, Saltoun Road, London SW2 1EN.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
London Craft Week begins today (3rd May) so why not get creative and join in with your own personal making projects. We have some gorgeous 100% silks available at the moment, just in this abstract daisy print silk on black, available now from the FCFabricStudio.com at £8- a metre.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
This time last year, May 2016, we reported on the KickStarter campaign behind the ‘Slave To Fashion’ book and campaign, a year later the book has been printed and published, to bring in the facts, stories and actions we must take to eradicate modern slavery.
Sabrina Shafi discusses some sustainable alternatives to toxic fibres.
And Fashion Enter & the Fashion Technology Academy were recently invited to hold a workshop and exhibit at Big Creative Education (BCE).
Boutique Pick of Week
Made from organic cotton jersey, the Nancy Dee Penelope dress features a flattering scoop neckline, contrast sash tie and embroidered shoulder detail. This Made in Britain dress strikes the perfect balance between retro glamour and comfort. Available now from Nancy Dee £62-