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Newsletter 2nd November 2016

Dear all,

stitching funding release april 16 smallWith a 100% employment rate, it is always fantastic to see our Fashion Technology Academy student’s progress onto further education and employment within their chosen sectors. Fashion is a tough and competitive industry however the opportunities and jobs are available, so what are you waiting for? This week we are looking three hard working individuals to join our in-house team here in North London. The following positions are available:

  1. Qualified Fashion Lecturer for our busy apprenticeship programme
  2. Fashion Assessor
  3. Qualified teacher with stitching skills to join the Stitching Academy

To find out more and apply for these positions please contact: jenni@fashion-enter.com

We also have numerous apprenticeship positions available, including 3 posts with DSI Clothing – the company behind the Strictly Come Dancing outfits; please click here to find out more.



See You at Fashion SVP

We will be at the fashion sourcing meets manufacturing 2-day event Fashion SVP this November 15th & 16th at London Olympia and will hold a series mini workshops:

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Tuesday 15th November 

11.00 – How to work with the right manufacturer 

12.00 – How to finance your collection 

13.00 – How to create your collection 

15.00 – How a sampling unit works

Wednesday 16th November

11.00 – Hire a fashion apprentice 

12.00 – Use FashionCapital.co.uk for free to help your business 

13.00 – How can Fashion Enter help your business succeed 

15.00 – How to do your own PR with the London Fashion Agency!

There will also be a selection of event managed seminars and our very own CEO Jenny Holloway will be speaking at ‘Sustainability as the new Norm’.

To find out more and register click here



Skills London 2016

skills london 2016We will also be at Skills London, jobs and careers event, on 9th and 10th December with an interactive stand (1040) showcasing the garment life cycle where students will be asked to design their perfect party outfit. Designs will join the wall of entries and will be judged by a panel of industry experts. One design will be selected as a winner based on trend, colour, silhouette and fabric. The winning design will be produced in our North London factory!

Skills London www.skillslondon2016.co.uk




The Manufacturer Top 100

Last night our CEO Jenny Holloway, along with more than 300 people, attended The Manufacturer Top 100 event in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The Top 100 comprises of a report and event recognising an elite group of individuals identified as manufacturing champions. And it’s a big well done to Jenny and the team – now officially listed in The Manufacturer Top 100 2016!

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2 nov jenny broJenny (pictured right with her brother) comments:

“On behalf of all of our amazing cutters, machinists, pressers and finishers I was proud to receive The Manufacturers Top 100 award last night in Birmingham.  As a member we do take the pledge very seriously too…we already have a highly successful open doors education package and CPPD programme and now we’ll join the editorial board too to spread the word how absolutely fabulous manufacturing is! Productionistas are the future…not fashionistas!”



Careers Day with Affinity Sutton, Love London Working & Haringey Council

Last Thursday we welcomed a wide range of people with numerous skills and of all ages, to the Factory in collaboration with Affinity Sutton, Love London Working and Haringey Council to highlight the many opportunities that are available here.

“From the jobs fair today I have learnt that there are alternative opportunities that I can transfer my home taught sewing skills to.  It has been very inspiring and motivating.”– Marva

“Today has taught me that it is never too late to learn!” – Sezay

“The jobs fair has taught me a great deal regarding the production process.”– Jamshid

To read more about the careers day click here



2 nov chelseaWelcome Chelsea

Chelsea (left) has joined the team this week as our Level 4 apprentice and will spend 4-days with us in head office working with the team.





Ongoing Mentoring

CEO Jenny Holloway is now mentoring Jacqueline Law (pictured below) who is also gaining further industry knowledge on our Vetigraph course.

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Vetigraph Course

The latest edition of our highly successful Vetigraph course is now on day-3 Jacqueline comments: “I am so glad I enrolled… it is challenging but I am learning a great deal.”

To stay up to date read our Vetigraph course blog.



ABC External Moderator Training

Jenny Holloway maybe the CEO of a busy fashion enterprise but her learning and development continues to flourish. Presently Jenny is undergoing training to become an ABC External Moderator and once qualified she will be expected to keep her expertise up to date by taking up a variety of CPPD opportunities.


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Make Your Own Poppy

Just in time for Remembrance Day our tutorial series demonstrates how to make a fabric poppy with simple step-by-step instructions.

Click here if you would like to give it a go.

For a vibrant red cotton, which can also work really well when layered, look no further than our FC Fabric Studio online shop. This basic square weave cotton in bright red is just £3 a square metre.

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Next week the FC Fabric Studio will be filming a series of Christmas tutorials!




The Northern Textile Network

November 18th will be a big day for the team behind the Northern Clothing & Textile Network as they celebrate the launch of the network with delegates and guests from across the North of England.

Spurred on by the success of an event in June this year, where 120 delegates registered to hear inspirational talks from J Barbour & Sons, The University of Northumbria and the All-in-One-Company, David Reay has put his heart and soul into getting his long-held dream of a clothing and textile network for Northern businesses off the ground.

Chairman David Reay has 35-years’ experience in the clothing and textile industry. He is personally and professionally committed to the renaissance of the UK clothing and textile manufacturing industry.

David is working with the team at Design Network North, the obvious collaborators on the Northern Clothing & Textile Network project.

The event is already oversubscribed. To join the waiting list and to ensure that you receive early notification of future events please email: Jane@davidreay.co.uk

The next event will be on Friday 17th February 2017.



Dates for Your Diary:

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November Fashion SVP, Europe’s leading exhibition for garment manufacturers held at Olympia, London. http://www.fashionsvp.com

Wednesday 16th November – Routes to Work – A careers fair aimed at Haringey students in Years 10 – 12 held at Alexandra Palace from 4pm – 7.30pm.

Wednesday 23rd November – How to do your own PR seminar. Want to know: How to work with bloggers? How to affectively use social media? How to achieve magazine coverage? Then our ‘How to do your own PR’ seminar with London Fashion Agency Director Rosie Davies is just for you. Held at he Factory / FashionCapital HQ, Unit 14, Crusader Industrial estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ. Email jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and costs.  

Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December Skills London the biggest jobs and careers event for young people and takes place at ExCeL. Fashion Enter will also be exhibiting at Skills London with a stand that will demonstrate the garment life cycle and give students the chance to create their own design. http://www.skillslondon2016.co.uk



Christmas & New Year Break Holiday Dates

Please note that The Factory, FTA and Fashion Enter/FashionCapital head office will be closed from 23rd December until the 3rd January 2017.




ss17 footwear trends smallThis Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Where are they now? We follow the career journeys of our former students and apprentices.

The BFC announce a new home for its three bi-annual events.

Katie Farley reveals the Top 3 Footwear trends to watch for Spring/Summer 2017.




Boutique Piece of the Week

We love the duel functionality of this jack-it-bag. Usually functionality is a word synonymous with ‘not particularly chic’ but no so in this case. These practical compact bucket style bags convert easily into stylish jackets, which look great and fit seamlessly with modern on-the-go lifestyles. With the party season in mind we’ve picked out the metallic silver thread option to ensure your outerwear looks as glamorous as your outfit!

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www.jack-it-bag.co.uk £75

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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