NEWSLETTER 14th OCTOBER 2015
The team are back from exhibiting at another successful Knitting & Stitching Show with Twistedthread. We took prime position within the West Hall Corridor, which ensured every attendee walked past our stand as they entered the exhibition. As part of the display visitors could even have a go at designing in our interactive ‘Design a Dress’ competition. Our team of in-house designers and pattern cutters will now select the winning design and the winner will be invited to the Factory to experience their design being produced and fitted for their body shape. Watch this space!
Our selection of discounted fabrics also proved to be a big hit at the show and those in need of quality silks, chiffons, jerseys and more will be pleased to know our next discounted fabric and sample sale is in the diary for Saturday 31st October 10am – 1pm. Last month the sale attracted design students from the London College of Fashion as well as designers and home dressmakers, there is indeed something for everyone!
Fabric & Sample Sale
When: Saturday 31st October 2015 10am – 1pm
Where: Fashion Enter, Crusader Estate, 167, Hermitage Road,
London, N4 1LZ. Nearest tube Manor House.
1-Day Taster Courses
Alongside our more intensive courses we hold affordable 1-day taster courses aimed at those with little or no stitching, pattern cutting or making experience. To find out more about the various courses we have available click here.
The 1-day courses run from 10am – 3pm, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the next available dates and prices.
Webinar Part 2 Tonight 7pm Be There!
In September we introduced our very first informative webinar with Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter, Annabel Kay, Director of Irenicon and Jenny Tolmie, Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co. The webinar proved very effective and the trio were on hand to discuss designer start-ups and scale-ups. Tonight at 7pm the next installment focuses on ‘reaching out and growing your fashion business.’
Jenny Tolmie will be considering the key financial issues faced by many growing fashion businesses. Annabel Kaye will be talking about how to know when it is time to outsource and the difference between outsourcing in the UK or abroad and how that can affect your brand and your business, while Jenny Holloway will be covering – what paperwork do you need when working with factories, what are rolling ranges and a balanced range and what is an acceptable quality level.
There is still time to register for the upcoming webinars – To register please click here and click on the ‘register now’ button
Please note a 10% discount on membership with Fashion Enter is available to those who attend the webinar.
Topman has hired their apprentice Chloe Norris (pictured right) and she has started this week.
Chloe comments: “I’m super excited to start my apprenticeship with Topman in Garment Technology. I attended an open day with Fashion Enter and applied there and then. Within a few days I had an interview and now less than a week later I was offered the apprenticeship! Fantastic!”
Fashion Enter are currently recruiting for 12 more apprenticeship positions across levels 2, 3 and 4. Candidates can apply by submitting CV’s to email@example.com
This Week at The Fashion Studio
This week in the Fashion Studio we have been working with ‘Concert Clothes’ to create their performance ready dress collection. The collection will launch with four different black styles fit for any classically trained musician. ‘Concert Clothes’ was founded by Daniella Gluck and Paul Benson (pictured left), and they have been working hard to get both the perfect tailored dress that also leaves room for plenty of strenuous arm movements. Movement is fundamental to the fit as the musician needs to play their instrument unrestricted, and each design does just that.
Daniella developed the idea after she was struggling to find a dress suitable for her talented daughter Julia to wear for her numerous concerts throughout the year. Working with Paul and Daniella in the studio has been really enjoyable as they come to each meeting loaded with ideas and a strong direction of what their target market want. We are looking forward to working with them in the future and want to wish Julia the best of luck with her performance for the ‘Young BBC Musician of the Year Award!’
Daniella Gluck commented, “We set up Concert Clothes to help ease the problems classical musicians face finding suitable performance attire. Sampling our designs at Fashion Enter gave us access to their excellent skills and advice.”
Eleni Christodoulou Wins Brand Tuition & Development with Fashion Enter
Today we will be welcoming designer Eleni Christodoulou all the way from Cyprus for some intensive brand tuition and development with sister company Fashion Enter.
Eleni Christodoulou’s designs (pictured right and in the header/footer) made an impact with the judges at The Fashion Show of Cyprus Young Designers held in Limassol Municipal Theater back in July and as part of her prize she landed a bespoke weeklong course from the education team at Fashion Enter. The course has been devised to enable Eleni to take her fashion label to the next level. Along with developing and deepening her knowledge of production skills including stitching and pattern cutting she will receive one-to-one mentoring and further insight from a range of industry experts.
Eleni Christodoulou comments: “London is a big experience for me. Not only does it give me an exciting opportunity to build a fundamental understanding on how the fashion industry works but it will also allow me to network with new people.”
Jenny Holloway adds: “Eleni is a very worthy winner and we really do look forward to developing her skills further.”
Retail Academy Students Visit The Factory
The Factory has been bustling with visits from three groups of students from the Fashion Retail Academy. All were introduced to the garment life cycle and then taken on a tour of the Factory and Fashion Technology Academy. To find out more click here.
We would like to say a big thank-you to Jacqueline Milton at Pulse Brands for donating some mannequins to the Fashion Technology Academy. The mannequins will no doubt be well utilised by our FTA students over the coming years.
About Pulse Brands: Pulse Brands is a corporate branding and communications consultancy, which helps clients create businesses that are guided by purpose and principles. We have come to know Fashion Enter through Simon Milton, founder of Pulse Brands and Trustee of the Social Business Trust.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Our very own Paul Markevicius (pictured above) voices his opinion in the Faustine Steinmetz SS16 video take a look here. Luxury fashion brand Belstaff, has won its ongoing battle against online counterfeiters to read the full story click here. WGSN gives their analytical insight into the key catwalk trends emerging for SS16. And we were very sad to hear that ‘Who Made Your Pants?’ the ethical lingerie brand based in Southampton has decided to cease trading click here to find out more.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Not so much a current pick but wish list preview – designer Danielle Romeril has teamed up with iconic shoe brand Kickers to create an incredibly unique range of sandals. Danielle Romeril is known for her extraordinary fabric combinations and attention to surface detail – a notion that comes through with this latest footwear collection. The only snag is we’ll have to wait until spring to get our hands, or should I say feet, on a pair!