Newsletter 25th May 2016
Today and tomorrow you can find members of the FashionCapital team on stand D2 at this year’s ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ at The Truman Brewery in London. If you are attending this ground-breaking event then do drop by for a chat the team are available to answer any questions you might have about fashion production and how we can help you.
- Do you believe that fashion & textile manufacturing can come back to Britain?
- Are you looking to make garments or leather goods in the UK?
- Are you a UK manufacturer who is looking for new customers?
- Do you already have a brand that is manufacturing here but want to find additional British suppliers?
- Have you been looking to find UK clothing manufacturers but have not had much luck so far?
- Are you about to launch a new clothing brand but don’t know where to start?
- Are you thinking about working in the fashion manufacturing sector?
If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then attending Meet the Manufacturer is highly recommended. 25th / 26th May 10am – 5pm at The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.
Do You Want to Work with June Sarpong MBE on her Latest Clothing Project?
Fashion Enter is looking for enthusiastic and flexible creative livewires that have a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn to support and assist the design and development process as well as the manufacturing process of an exclusive range of garments for June Sarpong (pictured left with Jenny Holloway), under the brand Ldny. Training will be under the direction of June and will be based in our factory in North London.
June commented: “I wanted to work with a North London business that has the same ethical stance that is so important for me. I am looking for local men and women to work along side a new exciting project that will go live in September 2016. Fashion Enter is leading the way forward with fashion apprenticeships in the country and they are going to shortlist some candidates to work with me.”
If you think this sounds interesting and you would like to be considered for this one of a kind opportunity, submit your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jenni via email to find out more!
For the full job description click here
‘How To Succeed in Fashion Today’ Seminar
On the 6th July we will be hosting a seminar from 10am – 2pm at the Fashion Enter Factory. This will include topics surrounding important documentation, finding the right manufacturer, IP and copyright, fabric sourcing and the design process. Aimed at new and emerging designers wanting to develop their knowledge this is an event not to be missed.
The seminar will also include a tour of The Factory and Fashion Studio, where guests will have the opportunity to see our facilities, meet the teams behind the scenes and review what we do.
Sharing their industry knowledge, we have an incredible line up of speakers confirmed including;
Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter.
Nick Gould, Solicitor/Partner of Gunnercooke, London.
Mark Dodd, Fabric Technician and consultant for ASOS.com, Charlotte Tilbury and Oliver Spencer.
On previous How to Succeed in Fashion Today seminars, attendees have said:
“Exceeded my expectations… The day was fantastic and I have learnt so much.”
“The whole day was a huge eye opener… I am keen to become a member of Fashion Enter.”
If you are interested in attending, please contact Jenni email@example.com for further details. This is an incredible opportunity for designers and is not one to be missed.
Members are eligible for a discount for this seminar.
The EU & The Fashion Industry
Another hot topic that’s hard to ignore right now is the EU referendum. Rise, UKFT & Drapers are due to host a panel debate on how the EU decision will affect the fashion industry. Held at the RBS Auditorium at 280 Bishopsgate from 6.30pm Wednesday 15th June.
Rise is kindly offering FashionCapital users a 25% discount – link to: https://eufashiondebate.eventbrite.co.uk/?discount=FashCapEU25
Please note this event is proving popular and it is recommended that you book in advance.
Perfect Patterns Level 1
Perfect Patterns is a six-week course, where students can learn the fundamentals of pattern making: how to draft blocks and use them to create patterns.
Students will practice taking standard and personal measurements and apply them to their patterns effectively. The experienced tutors teach students using a range of methods and techniques including the unique Telestia system.
To enlist for the next course of Perfect Patterns Level 1 and other ongoing courses such as Sew We Learn and Stitching Academy for Designers please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 809 3311.
TCBL 2-Day Industry Event Huddersfield
TCBL aims to renew the European Textile & Clothing sector, exploring new ways to design, make, and work together. TCBL are inventing new business models to open up attractive markets.
The first TCBL Event invites you to find out how the textiles and clothing sector is responding to major change. The morning session – TCBL Talk – will look at new trends, consumer choices and customisation, the environment and new technologies and provide a range of provocative speakers, including our very own CEO Jenny Holloway, offering new perspectives on these issues; the afternoon – TCBL Jam – will showcase ideas from all over Europe on how this might work in practice, developing new business models and collaborative ventures along the way.
To find out more and book your place click here
Maisie’s Closing Thoughts on her Apprenticeship
Maisie Marshall is coming to the end of her apprenticeship with Fashion Enter as a Production Assistant she comments:
“Fashion Enter has pushed me to be the best I can and has shown me what hard work can achieve, my confidence has bloomed since I started working here and this has allowed me to be part of regular meetings with our customers and gain strong working relationships with our suppliers.”
We wish Maisie well with her fashion career.
News from Rosie at The Fashion Studio
We have worked with Tallulah & Hope an exciting and dynamic beach kaftan brand for several years. We have always enjoyed their eye-catching prints and easy to wear shapes. Here we catch up with Lisa Ispani the co-director to find out more about the brand, and their part in the upcoming Ab Fab movie…pass the Bolly!
In 2009 I was travelling to Mexico on holiday and found it hard to find a well-designed kaftan that I liked that’s when I became inspired to launch a beach wear label. I had been working in PR (fashion and lifestyle) and teamed up with Zoe Holborough an old friend who had studied fine art at Chelsea Art College and St Martins and was working as a stylist and costume designer. I had always admired Zoe’s aesthetic, creative talent and instinctive great style – she is responsible for creating the beautiful signature prints we produce for each season.
Fashion Enter was recommended to us and we have worked with them on and off since we launched the brand for both our sampling and production. One of the biggest challenges as a new independent label is finding reliable production. Our garments are quite simple in construction but they require a beautiful finish and attention to detail such as fin pin hems. Fashion Enter have been consistent and reliable and we really value this.
Since we launched the brand Tallulah & Hope has featured in leading media titles such as: US Vogue, The Times, Telegraph and Observer magazine, ES magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and Grazia and has attracted the attention of several high-profile women and fashion influencers. Women like Sienna Miller, Dita Von Teese and Jodie Kidd. Excitingly T&H kaftans from our SS16 collection will be worn by Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, the stars of Ab Fab: The Movie. The film is set for release in July 2016.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Multi-coloured floral polyester georgette. The ideal to layering fabric when combined over plain fabrics to show off its vibrant, eye-catching tones.
FC Fabric Studio
This Week on FashionCapital…
For those based in and around the Midlands area the application process for the industry showcase ‘Midlands Fashion Awards’ is about to close, designers, stylists and make-up artists have until 31st May to apply. Clothing brand Weird Fish is searching for a new artist to design its next limited edition charity T-shirt for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the deadline for this competition is also 31st May click here to find out more. Grad season is well underway and we will be featuring news and images from all the colleges and universities, visit ‘Trends’ to view the latest from Regent’s and Northumbria Uni’s. And the latest ONS retail sales figures released show substantial year-on-year growth in online sales confirms that fashion retailers need to embrace omni-channel retailing in order to survive.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Abbott Lyon is on a journey to produce collections of beautifully designed, British fashion accessories at an affordable price. From humble beginnings, the brand has quickly become a celeb, blogger, press and most importantly, customer favourite, selling thousands of watches, in over 30 different countries. Here we have selected a classic Abbott Lyon watch featuring a pastel green leather strap encased in rose gold for a chic timepiece that says ‘summer’ all over it.
Abbott Lyon Pastel Green Rose Gold Peach 40 £119-
Welcome Back Anna Gall
The team would like to say a warm welcome back to Anna Gall who has been off on extended maternity leave. Anna will rejoin the factory floor later this summer, here she is with Jenny’s horse Fern and her daughter and Jenny’s goddaughter Laura.