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Fashion Capital Newswire – 15th October 2014


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Newsletter 15th October 2014 

Dear all, 

1 oct natwestAs mentioned last week we are busy preparing our launch initiative with NatWest – bethebest@natwest a mentoring and business concept that will enable start-up labels to secure a comprehensive banking package. The initiative will officially launch in just under a month’s time on the 13th November and FashionCapital.co.uk new members are already eager to get on board.

Emma Mann founder of No Fixed Abode said:

“I’m so hyped and excited to learn about the NatWest – FashionCapital.co.uk collaboration you are doing. It’s exactly what my label needs right now.”  


Emerging Principles for Teach Too Employer-Provider Collaboration

The National Vocational Education and Training conference will take place on Thursday 13th to Friday and 14th November 2014 at The Skills Show, NEC Birmingham. We are delighted to invite you to join us at our practitioner workshop – Emerging principles for Teach Too employer-provider collaboration, which is part of the National VET Conference seminar programme. This workshop will report on phase one of the Education and Training Foundation’s Teach Too programme which has produced emerging principles for effective Vocational Education and Training based on close collaborative partnerships between employers and education and training providers. For example Fashion-Enter played an important role in Teach Too phase one providing a Demonstration Model and running a Development Project focused on the use of on-line learning. All the completed Demonstration Models and Projects can be seen on the Teach Too website http://teachtoo.org


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Last week FashionCapital.co.uk CEO Jenny Holloway and Sophie Glover, Head of Technical Services at ASOS.com (pictured right) were invited to the PLUSTEX conference in Tourcoing, France along with representatives from Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, France and the UK. The conference showcased the PLUSTEX project’s results and Good Practices, and discussed how businesses can help improve and innovate the T&C sector.


Jenny Holloway said:

“Thank you for opening my eyes to the European funding process! It has been a pleasure to meet many leading professionals from the sector. May I express my grateful thanks to Clio, Paul and John from Southampton University for inviting me; they are an amazing team!

Even though I am a complete novice at policies at European level it is clear that the time for implementation is now! There is so much to be achieved at the local level!”



Level 1 Perfect Pattern Making Courses17 sept pattern cutter alice

Following the overwhelming success of our recent Pattern Cutting course we are introducing regular Level 1 Pattern Making Courses at The Factory in North London.

Free places are available (conditions apply). Please e-mail education@fashioncapital.co.uk



The Westminster Media Forum Seminar

Prospects for the British fashion industry – domestic manufacturing, skills and wearable technology



John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)


Michelle Emmerson, Managing Director, Walpole British Luxury




Lasse Wassermann, Senior Programme Manager, Google X


with presentations from:


Simon Bennett, Fox Williams; Sally Britton, Mishcon de Reya; Mariel Brown, SeymourPowellProfessor Frances Corner, London College of Fashion; Kate Hills, Make it BritishJenny Holloway, Fashion Enter; Tamsin Lejeune, Ethical Fashion Forum; Bill Macbeth, Textile Centre of Excellence; Dids Macdonald, ACID (Anti Copying in Design)Kate O’Connor, Creative Skillset; Stephen Taylor, Kurt Salmon and Amy Winters, Rainbow Winters

Chaired by:

David Ward MP, Chair, Associate Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing

Timing: Morning, Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Venue: The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 

Website | Book Online | Live Agenda



Legal Advice from Nick Gould15 european commission

Public Consultation on the Small Business Act

Last month the European Commission launched a public consultation to get feed-back and ideas on how the Small Business Act for Europe (“SBA”) should be revised with a view to making a proposal for a new SBA to be adopted in the first half of 2015.The SBA was adopted in 2008 and updated in 2011 with the aim to promote the role of SMEs in the EU economy. The SBA currently has five main aims:

1.     Reducing the administrative burden on SMEs;

2.     Facilitating SME’s access to finance;

3.     Facilitating SME’s access to markets;

4.     Promoting entrepreneurship; and

5.     Addressing the shortage of skilled workers.

EC Proposals

The proposed changes in relation to the SBA include:

1.     Adopting an EU regulation on regulatory simplification ensuring it is possible to start a company at a maximum costs of €100 and within three days and to ensure that the necessary licenses are obtained within one month;

2.     Exploring the possibility to lower the transaction costs/fees for SMEs to facilitate access to industrial and intellectual property;

3.     Launching an EU-wide campaign on cutting red tape for SMEs.


4.     Urging member states to put in place plans on business transfers and implementing have a one-stop-shop on transfers by 2017.

5.     Identify and address bottlenecks in national legislation which impede SMEs growth; and

6.     Strengthen the European venture capital markets and promoting crowd-funding and mezzanine financing.

Details of the consultation

The target groups for the consultation include SME business organisations, individual SMEs and other relevant stakeholders and citizens and runs from 8 September 2014 to 15 December 2014; so you have plenty of time if you want to give them your views. Just complete the online questionnaire found at:



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 100’s 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.

15 oct fta leaflet

To express an interest and find out more please contact:


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


Positive Feedback from Postgraduate Fashion Student Morrison

“I have just completed my course in MA International Fashion Management. Whilst writing my dissertation I contacted Fashion Enter to get an interview and professional insight on my topic on the power of fashion buyers. The information that was provided was not only insightful, but crucial to my writing.

“Thank you so much FashionCapital.co.uk, especially Jenny Holloway! It’s nice to find a company that actually takes time out to teach the generations coming up – starting their careers in fashion.”

“I wish you great success!”


Introducing No Fixed Abode

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No Fixed Abode is a luxury streetwear fashion brand, designed and made in London.

Focusing on unusual detailing, zips, leather, unique prints and tailoring. No Fixed Abode expresses a sense of laid-back cool; the offbeat aesthetic takes inspiration from music culture and street style.

Founded by New Zealand-born, Emma Mann, it was through her love of London and the Punk scene that drove her desire to not conform and champion individual style. Here she created a cult underground boutique, combining street edge with high quality finishes.

“Based and developed in London, we tap into the British Heritage, and take influence from the punk movement. That’s why we live by INDIVIDUAL ANARCHISM.”

No Fixed Abode launched its Urban Warrior collection at London Fashion Week via Fashion’s Finest Emerging Designers show; selected pieces were manufactured at Fashion Enter’s Fashion Studio


Check out the No Fixed Abode full press release here.

Website: www.nofixedabodelondon.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nofixedabodeapparel


Instagram: nofixedabodelondon


Charity Event: Penguin Waddle

15 oct penguin waddle

The FashionCapital.co.uk and Fashion Enter team will be joining the next Penguin Waddle to raise funds for the Richard House charity. The challenge is on for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins to waddle round the 2km course in the amazing surroundings of the Scoop in Central London (the area near to Tower Bridge and City Hall).

We now have a charity page at http://www.justgiving.com/fashionenter

and would really appreciate donations for Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice that provides care and support to children who are not expected to live into adulthood, as well as to their families. Its team of nurses and care staff make the time children spend at the house fun, active and therapeutic.

The waddle will take place on the 12th November 2014.


This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk….

We reveal which London based models have been selected as influential tastemakers according to the Evening Standard’s 1000 list. Katie Farley picks out her top SS15 shows from the big 4 while Jemima Daisy reports from Moda Lisboa. And Fashion Scout opens its application process for London and Paris, Autumn Winter 15/16.

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Boutique Pick of the Week15 oct simona skirt

From our introduced label this week No Fixed Abode have just officially launched their latest collection. Here we have picked out the Simona Skirt. It comes in slim fit with a high waist and zip detailing. Hand made in London this piece combines quality cut and fit with a cool, urban vibe.

Click here to view the No Fixed Abode website


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x





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