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Newsletter 15th February 2017

Dear all,

This week kicked off in spectacular fashion, not only did we have specialist IP/IT lawyer from Gunnercooke, Deborah Niven, imparting her invaluable advice to a group of our apprentices, but our sister company, Fashion Enter, and all the industry services it provides, was featured in London’s favourite newspaper The Evening Standard! To view the online version of the article by Jim Armitage click here.

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A big thank-you to Deborah for her highly informative seminar held in-house last Monday. The apprentices came away with knowledge that will assist their careers for years to come.

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15 feb deb seminarFeedback included:

“This seminar has taught me that IP is a lot broader – not what I first expected. This in-depth seminar broke down IP, copyright and trade marking.  It was extremely helpful towards apprenticeship work.” – Robia

“I already had a brief understanding but this has made it much clearer and allowed me to be able to differentiate between different types of IP and which scenarios they might be used in.  I found this really interesting and gained knowledge from someone experienced in the sector.” – Emily

“I have learnt the difference between copyrights, design rights, patents and trademarks. I never fully knew the difference between them but I do now.” – Anna




Get More Expert Advice in Manchester!

Students and up-and-coming designers that are based beyond the M25 are always asking why there isn’t more industry support for them? Which is why we have decided to take our team of experts on a FashionCapital trunk show, sponsored by leading legal experts Freeths, around the UK. If you are keen to make a success of your fashion business then these 3-hour seminars are not to be missed. The first stop is Manchester on the 30th March to find out more and book a place click here.


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Perfect Patterns New Intake Places Available

The next uptake for our popular 10 week (four half days a week) Perfect Patterns course has been set for March. To find out more and express an interest please contact: education@fashion-enter.com or telephone 0208 809 3311.

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From New York to London

A big thank-you to Nick Policarpo for his coverage of New York’s up-and-coming designers click here to read his reports and links to his instagram coverage.

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From Friday it’s all eyes on London and the team will be there along with competition winners, Niamh Rooney and Sophia Koumis, to cover all the trends, street style, show reviews and action.



15 feb photoshoot make upFCBboutique Photoshoot

A huge thank you to models Talia Michaels and Charlotte Smith, Make-Up artists Riana Juma and Sidrah and Rodney for all of their help with the FCBboutique new Spring/Summer photoshoot. Also a big thank-you to The Folly Boutique who supplied us with stunning jewellery! All will be revealed in due course.





How To Do Your Own PR returns on the 2nd March!

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The two-hour seminar will also include a tour of the Factory for production, Fashion Studio for sampling, patterns and small production runs and the FTA for training and short courses. Hosted by the Director of the London Fashion Agency, Rosie Davies, who will be sharing some of her brilliant tips on how to do your own PR and will cover a wide range of topics including how to do PR on a budget, how to work with bloggers and influencers and how to create successful social media content.

This seminar will be popular so spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

Please contact: jenni@fashion-enter.com for availability and costs. 



Northern Clothing & Textile Network Event Speakers Announced 

Join us for the next Northern Clothing & Textile Network event and hear from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the latest cutting-edge technologies and exciting developments shaping the future of the sector

Hosted by Northern Design Centre, Gateshead booking will open soon. Places are always in demand so please save the date – Friday 17th March 2017, and look out for announcements on FashionCapital and the weekly newsletter.

Speakers will include: our own Jenny Holloway, fashion industry expert and CEO of FashionCapital and Fashion Enter 

& Mark Harrop, fashion technology figurehead and CEO of WhichPLM, WhichERP and WhichPLM Academy  




Work and Health Green Paper Consultation Event at Marylebone JCP

Steven Johnson and Sandra Burrows, Employer Engagement Managers invited Fashion Enter to a Work and Health Green Paper Consultation in a move from the government to bring about ashift in society’s attitudes, make progress and achieve long-lasting change to closethe disability employment gap and understand how to improve the system to make this possible.

Esme, FTA Operations Manager, attended the event she said: “I am pleased to see that the government is making efforts in bringing about positive change to our attitudes to disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. As a social enterprise, Fashion Enter has been leading by example and benefited from schemes such as DWP backed Access to Work.”

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To find out more click here



A Warm Welcome to Students from Ravensbourne

Today, tomorrow and Friday we have Ravensbourne first year fashion students with us to gain a firsthand experience of a live fashion production environment.



Meet the Apprentices!

Want to know what it’s like to be a fashion apprentice with a high street brand? Then check out our current batch of apprentices: Lia Bratt, Topshop apprentice, Emily Sensier, Hobbs apprentice and Alicia Noble also a Hobbs apprentice via our Meet the Apprentices page.

Alicia comments: “I have had the chance to work alongside and learn from people who have vast amounts of knowledge and experience and acquired essential hands-on practical skills alongside theoretical ones.  I would never have been able to achieve this without Fashion Enter, Hobbs and the apprenticeship scheme.”

Click here for the latest apprenticeship positions on offer.




15 feb designer talk4-Part Designer Talk Series

Average Events, supported by Makerversity, follows fashion’s biggest annual event, LFW, by bringing you a series of talks from the designers on the catwalks who have established their names and asking them how. Covering topics from finding funding to getting your idea off the ground, this four-part series takes place weekly on Tuesday evenings following LFW, from 17.30 till 19.00.

Date: Tue 21/28 Feb and 7/14 Mar 

Time: 5.30-7.30pm 

Place: Fusion lAB, Makerversity, Somerset House, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 1LA

Cost:  All 4 events = £17. 1 session = £7. Student discount 20% 

Click here for the event link 




FCFabricStudio Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve picked out this grey and black wool made up of viscose and a touch of elastine, easy to work with in classic black and grey, this is a fabric that has ‘timeless’ all over it.

FCFabricStudio Online Shop

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This Week on FashionCapital…

Our Life & Business Coach, Eric Gilston, talks about the application of SWOT when making the right decision in Personal Development! Want to know what SWOT is? Then click here.

New York Fashion Week has been putting on a united front to promote solidarity, human unity and inclusiveness, a strong reaction indeed from the fashion industry in light of recent political developments.

Get Employment Ready! We have a short course that fully prepares you to succeed in your chosen sector, click here to find out more.

Fashion Show of the Week: the team loved the clever combination of tailoring and fluidity at Taoray Wang’s New York show, click here to read the report and view the images.

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15 feb boutique pickBoutique Pick of the Week

Our friends at Finery London have joined forces with the long-established dance label Pineapple which has been co-designed with Debbie Moore. The capsule collection invokes both the heritage of Pineapple’s pioneering work in fabric innovation as well as the flattering femininity of dance. Here we have picked out the Plie Wrap body – which can be worn at the dance studio or as a top when layered under a skirt or trousers.

Pineapple X Finery London Plie Wrap Body in pink sand £49


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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