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Fashion Capital Newswire – 10th September 2014


As New York Fashion Week comes to a close and all eyes turn to London we are pleased to introduce the fashion community to our new and improved website www.fashioncapital.co.uk – we hope you like it!
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NEWSLETTER 10th September 2014

Dear all,

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close and all eyes turn to London we are pleased to introduce the fashion community to our new and improved website www.fashioncapital.co.uk – we hope you like it!

Membership Package

Along with our website re-launch we are offering a new annual membership package structured to aid emerging and established designers with a cross section of support from a broad range of industry experts.

For the yearly membership you will receive:

  • Business diagnostics meeting
  • Discounted rates on mentoring packages
  • Discounted access to quarterly seminars – ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’
  • 10% discounted rates on sampling
  • Members only access to www.fashioncapital.co.uk
  • Intro to industry via www.fashioncapital.co.uk
  • Promotional campaign via www.fashioncapital.co.uk and all viral networks
  • Weekly newsletter with industry and membership updates
  • User guide to www.fashioncapital.co.uk
  • Reciprocal link
  • Discounted rates for all events

The cost to join is £125- plus vat for one year.

To become a member with FashionCapital 

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Since starting my business www.fashioncapital.co.uk has been working with me from day one. They understand and know my product inside out and are a great support for myself and my brand – which for me as a designer is so important especially with the type of garments I create.  I love working with them and hope our relationship will continue.” Rebecca Torres – Designer


Fashion Technology Academy Courses!

Learn all you need to know about the Garment Life Cycle with the FTA!

In January the Fashion Technology Academy will be opening its doors to 100s of new learners who want to learn the REAL way to design and manufacture garments. Following funding from Haringey Council and ASOS.com the FTA will be offering a wide range of courses that emulate the garment life cycle from idea generation through to final garment delivery. New qualifications have been written with support from Creative Skillset and ABC awards catering for absolute beginners to advanced master classes. And we are currently developing new qualifications for level 4 and 5.

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To express an interest and find out more please contact:


Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 
167 Hermitage Road
, London N4 1LZ


The Big Fashion Conversation

Our industry event ‘The Big Fashion Conversation’ with Wandsworth Council aims to raise the profile of careers and training in the fashion sector.

We have had a fantastic response from industry wanting to take part and are pleased to confirm that Sof Sofocleous. Head of Quality at New Look will be attending the event, Sof comments:

“Today I am the Head of Quality at New Look with a large team. However I started my career working in factories learning from the bottom up. In my view this is the only real way how to learn about all the factors of a garment.

New Look were the first to introduce Level 4 apprenticeships into buying and merchandising and we have had excellent results on the Level 3 with Fashion Enter.

Education today needs to be vocational and real and this is why New Look is totally supporting the Big Fashion Conversation with Wandsworth.  It’s a great concept for schools of today.”


The Big Fashion Conversation is a collaborative event with Wandsworth Council and Fashion Enter and is targeted at 14-24 year olds interested in careers and training in the fashion industry.

If you are a Wandsworth based school/college/organisation and would like to take part in this event or require further information, please contact jenni@fashion-enter.com


More industry professionals To Be Confirmed.


Teach Too and New Learning Videos

Please see the link below to a video of Gabrielle Rode-Hilbert the Senior Buyer of ASOS.com for Going Out Dresses.

Click here for a link to the video

This video really shows the abilities you need to be an excellent buyer – I am sure you will agree that Gabrielle is outstanding in the video. This video is just part of a complete series of the ‘Garment Life Cycle’ videos that have been produced over the last six months thanks to funding from Teach Too. The videos will be uploaded on to the new www.fashioncapital.co.uk site as we approach the opening of the Fashion Technology Academy – a UK first for garment courses from real industry backgrounds.

Our grateful thanks to Gabi for being so professional – as always!


NRG Digital Group10 sept nrg video

If you are in need of some film footage for your business or brand then we can highly recommend nrg digital.

nrg has teamed up with www.fashioncapital.co.uk and is working on a new and exciting proposal for our members, more on this soon




A few weeks ago we mentioned an exciting launch brand that we have been working with at the Fashion Studio; FatKyds. The website for this brand has now just gone live www.fatkyds.co.uk with an online shop to boot! Please have a look at this great new concept.

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Exciting times! Well done to Gayatri we hope the brand is a great success.


Introducing Kibby Kays

Kibby Kays creator Grace has been sewing and creating garments her entire life, she learnt from her mother from the age of five but having no formal training decided to take the next step with her passion and make her dream a reality! Having established her dancewear company Kibby Kays last year Grace has already created bold, fierce carnival wear. Her direction is figure hugging body suits, bright leggings and colourful dancewear.

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Grace is now a learner on the Level 1 Stitching Academy so she can hone in on her skills and develop her technical ability when creating garments for her new label – Kibby Kays.


Social Business Trust

On 16th September Social Business Trust is hosting an event to celebrate their work with social enterprises. Following the award we won with SBT in January 2014 to help us increase our social impact we have been invited to attend with a group of our apprentices and learners on the Level 1 Stitching Academy.

To read more about our award with the Social Business Trust click here

Tall and Petite Fitting Models Needed at Top Shop

10 sept topshop models

On www.fashioncapital.co.uk This Week…

Our resident trend journalist Katie Farley and editor JoJo Iles take a look at the New York Fashion Week shows and report on the emerging designs and trends. The London shopping mecca Westfield launches its latest fashion project entitled AW14: The Talking Points, which brings to life the key topics of the season through a series of fashion films. And Ezinma Mbonu provides fashion students with a practical approach to successful research with her new publication Fashion Design Research.


Boutique Pick of the Week10 sept boutique pick

Now that the www.fatkyds.co.uk online store is officially open for business it would be rude not to indulge. We have picked out this limited edition (only 25 produced) Fresh Shoe print by the artist Athier. Not only is each tee individually numbered and embroidered by hand but it also comes with a signed canvas by the artist.

Sizes available S to XL


And Finally…

Last week we held our end of summer BBQ for all FashionCapital and Fashion Enter staff at The Factory, here are a few snaps below to enjoy.

Much to her delight our CEO Jenny Holloway was also nominated to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! She promptly responded by nominating no less than 6 people before receiving her very own ice cold downpour!

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Until next time have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x


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