Newsletter 26th April 2017
When we talk about fashion we often think cut, style and trends and yet the very substance that creates each and every garment, fabric, can often get overlooked. Today former Fabric Technologist for M&S Deborah Shulton (right) is introducing an essential guide to textiles and its relationship with garment manufacturing on her half-day course ‘Fabric Appreciation’ at the Fashion Technology Academy. With Fashion Revolution Week well underway the 2017 Transparency Index revealed that big brands are beginning to make their supplier lists public, however, not one brand is publishing its raw material suppliers – which just goes to show how covert the industry still is today.
Fashion Enter Supports Fashion Revolution Week
In this day and age we believe as a company that all garment production workers have a right to a fair wage, ethical and fair working practices, safe equipment and environments and realistic workloads. As we think back to this time in 2013 and the Rana Plaza disaster it is hard to believe that production workers are having to endure such hazardous working conditions in the name of fast fashion. Factory fires, slave labour, and appalling working conditions the list goes on and is happening right now. To find out how you can help make that change and join the Revolution click here.
#I Made Your Clothes
Meet some of our production workers based in our transparent, ethically run Factory in North London.
Not only have our skilled workforce become involved with Fashion Revolution to show ‘who makes your clothes’ this week but so have our Fashion Studio clients!
Show your label: Bow & Savile
New Designer Awards – Last Call
The first Fashion SVP New Designer Award in association with sister company Fashion Enter is about to close its application process at 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017. If you are an up and coming designer ready to put your creative ideas out there and win £750, a bursary and a design interview with a leading brand then what are you wait for?
For more details and to apply click here.
FashionCapital Trunk Show – Next Stop – Plymouth
After a packed-out success in Manchester the FashionCapital Trunk Show heads south with its ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar. This exclusive seminar will provide you with “bags” of pertinent information that all new start-up brands need, including fabric sourcing, how to work with a factory/CMT unit, ethical sourcing, spreadsheets and finance, legal status of you and your company, PR and press and much, much more.
“Today has informed me about different fabrics, how a factory works and all about PR! It was such a good morning!” – Kirsty
The second FashionCapital Trunk Show will take place in Plymouth on the 22nd June 2017.
Tickets cost £35 and £20 for students with a limited number of complementary tickets for early bird confirmations
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0208 809 3311 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Tomorrow: “From the Needle-point to the Board-room”
David Reay, fashion industry leader, will present a workshop for owners of high-growth fashion brands with ambition: “From the Needle-point to the Board-room”.
Hosted by FashionCapital on Thursday 27th April 2017, 10am – 12pm the workshop will be held at The Fashion Technology Academy, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. (Nearest tube: Manor House)
To book please email: email@example.com
News from the Fashion Studio
Rosie says: “This week in the Fashion Studio we are working out our spring/summer sampling and production schedules and it’s booking up fast. We still have availability so please get in touch as soon as possible to secure your spot. We have an incredibly talented group of pattern cutters, graders, fabric cutters and machinists all on hand ready to make your vision a reality…. please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get booked in.”
Stitching Academy Students on Film
Hear what Josephine and Adrian have to say about their journey on the Stitching Academy course.
Click here to view the You Tube videos.
Or read Stitching Academy student Sabrina Shafi’s personal insight here.
New Courses About to Start
Last call for our next ‘Stitching Academy for Tomorrow’s Designer’ & Perfect Patterns – both are free Level 1 courses for individuals based in London.
Contact: email@example.com or telephone 0208 809 3311.
Next 4-Day Vetigraph Course
Our next installment of Vetigraph tuition has been scheduled to begin on the 15th May. The intensive 4-day course is ideal for both beginners and those already with some experience.
Please note due to class size and popularity this course has limited places, if you would like to register your interest or request further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabric Swatch of the Week
With summer in mind the uptake on silks is on the rise, cool to wear we have a selection of silks available to buy online, here we’ve picked out an abstract printed silk in cool toned pink and black. Available now at £8 per metre from the FCFabricStudio
May Sample Sale
Our next sample sale here at the Factory will take place Saturday 6th May 10 am – 1 pm. Some gorgeous and discounted clothing will be on offer – don’t miss out!
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
This Saturday 6th May the highly anticipated #SheInspiresMe car boot sale will return to London click here to find out more.
If you are a creative fashion talent based in the Midlands then the annual Midlands Fashion Awards application process is now open click here to find out more.
Sabrina Shafi reports the top styles to emerge in sunglasses and designer watches this Spring/Summer 2017. While we take an insightful look at Hugo Boss’ menswear collection for A/W 17/18 in Trends.
Boutique Pick of the Week
This Pintura jersey top by ‘Thought’ comes in a relaxed boxy style, featuring an unusual smudgy print with a contrasting jersey back. Made from 100% tencel – front 70% viscose derived from bamboo 30% cotton back and yours for just £49.90 from Thought.