Newsletter 23rd December 2015
It’s that time when people reflect on the year gone by, on their achievements and on their plans for the New Year ahead. Councillor Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council gave us, Fashion Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA), a special mention in her annual Christmas message:
‘We’ve seen the launch of the pioneering Fashion Technology Academy in South Tottenham – which is building on our borough’s manufacturing heritage and supporting the next generation of fashion industry professionals through specialist training and on-the-job skills development.’
The FTA and our continued programme of learning and skills development is indeed one of our greatest achievements and we are incredibly grateful to be doing this with the support of Haringey Council and providing real employment opportunities and growth to the borough.
Click here to view our current selection of courses on offer.
Introducing the FC Fabric Studio
Due to the great success of our monthly fabric sales (the next one is on the Saturday 30th January) we have branched out and opened an online fabric studio:
There are over 400 different fabrics to select from at any one time with no minimum quantities.
Cottons, jerseys, silks, chiffons, leather, brocade, lace, Lycra and many more in colour blocks and prints are stocked in high volumes with new lines added each week ensuring the FC: Fabric Studio is a continual one stop shop for the latest fabric trends.
FashionCapital for Jobs
New this week, high-end designer Roland Mouret is looking for a knitwear designer, to view this post and others please click here.
Date for Your Diary:
Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar:
The UK fashion industry – digital strategies, IP, international competitiveness and policy priorities
Tuesday, 12th April 2016 at a central London venue
Fashion Enter & FashionCapital CEO Jenny Holloway will be joining Lord Stone Blackheath, along with industry professionals such as John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and Lynda Adams, Deputy Director of Designs, Intellectual Property Office, to provide insight into how digital technology in fashion is creating new opportunities – and disruption – across design, manufacturing, retailing and marketing.
To find out more and book a place click here
The Latest From the Fashion Studio
The Polka Story from www.polkapants.com
Commercial kitchens have never been glamorous places – hot, sticky and sweaty. But as a fashion assistant turned chef Maxine Thompson knew there must be a way to feel comfortable and look good while cooking.
Armed with a degree in Fashion Design, Maxine relocated from Australia to New York to work for Chanel’s Soho stores. Deciding to swap power suits for chef whites, she enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in New York and has since worked as a chef. Over her years in the kitchen, Maxine found herselffrustrated at the trousers on the market for womencooks, which were generally baggy, unflattering and uncomfortable. She began sketching the ideal ideal female chef trouser – one that was designed for functionality, but also for comfort and style. Polka Pants were born.
Maxine adds: “Keeping production for my label local was one aspect the design process that is paramount to me, so finding Fashion Enter has truly been a blessing! Working with the team at Fashion Enter has been nothing but a pleasurable experience. I’ve often heard nightmare stories about the quality of small local production, that it is expensive and takes forever! But Rosie Kasia and the team are very professional, quick and competitively priced. Their pattern cutters are always on hand to work with you to amend or adapt your patterns, and Rosie is always a pleasure to work with, whether in person or via email.
“Being local – it is easy to pop into the studio to check how production is going or to pick up the odd sample or two! They are also great in storing your fabric and trimmings up until production, which is a great help living in a tiny London apartment and working out of a small studio. I would highly recommend working with them, and am looking forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Sophie Lau reports on a new bill that has been passed in France, which bans the use of models who are deemed ‘excessively thin’ – will the UK follow suit? In the meantime River Island are embracing ‘curvy’ with the launch of RI Plus, a new line that will be produced in sizes 18-24 due to land in stores from March 2016. Elsewhere in ‘Business Advice’ CapitB Trust are offering 10 x awards of up to £1,500 each to Leicestershire garment employers to upskill their existing staff. And Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston advises on how to stick to those New Year Resolutions in ‘Personal Development’.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Thinking ahead to the New Year and the promise to get healthy and practice more yoga has inspired this week’s boutique pick. ‘Crystal and Rox’ has launched a new range of stylish, soft and seriously clever yoga clothing, made from eco-friendly bamboo, which not only looks fabulous but also allows you to carry crystals close to your heart chakra. The small tumbled crystals, Amethyst, Moonstone, Carnelian and Rose quartz are provided with each purchase and have subtle healing energies promoting better connection, harmony and wellbeing.
Crystal and Rox Om Over Top £54.99 available in sizes XS to L in Charcoal Slate or Midnight Sky