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Fashion Capital Newswire – 16th October 2013


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16_oct_campaign_for_wool_logoDear all,

This week it’s all about wool, with the 4th installment of Wool Week 14 – 20 October. From designers Christopher Raeburn and Margret Howell to High Street brands Topshop and John Lewis – many are embracing the use of this natural, biodegradable, insulating fibre. Visit http://www.campaignforwool.org for more details on promotional products, events and craft classes taking place this week.


This Week on FashionCapital

This week on FashionCapital the ethics of fashion is put under the spotlight with a statement from PETA requesting that Harvey Nichols return to their fur-free ways now that Paula Reed has resigned as Fashion Director for the high-end department store. Last week another factory fire in Gazipur, Bangladesh claimed the lives of nine workers and injured a further 50, bringing the Bangladeshi manufacturing sector under intense scrutiny from press and the major retailers. While on a lighter note Zoe Barrow passes on some top tips on ‘How to be the Perfect Fashion Intern.’ For those of you about to attend an interview prepare and read our Career’s Corner article: ‘17 Interview Questions You Must Be Able to Answer’. And Nick Gould from Collyer Bristow gives essential legal advice in our TopTips section.


ReWorks Apprenticeship

ReWorks is still searching for a Fashion Marketing and Product Development Apprentice…

ReWorKs upcycles surplus textiles to create sustainable product ranges for the global fashion industry. We aim to develop ethical solutions to textile waste solutions and to revive UK manufacturing, with localisation at the heart of our thinking. We are an authority on genuine vintage garments with inspiration from both military and civilian vintage styles. We wholesale garments and accessories to retailers and designers seeking individuality and authenticity. In addition we produce basic collections ready to wear or to customise.

We are looking for candidates interested in pursuing a fashion textile related career pathway and would be keen to gain experience in working within a dynamic environment. You will be working closely with our Network Partners, Sample Machinists, Sales & Marketing & Operations Functions. You will contribute to improving all aspects of product research, design, quality assurance and development of products and services.

ReWorks offers a challenging and innovative working environment. The key to our success is our intelligence instilled by our people. Becoming part of this inspiring team will be a really fantastic opportunity for the right person.

The Role:

The right candidate would be involved in the following activities:

  • Trends and General (internet) Marketplace and Competitor Research
  • Sample Creation, Analysis, Tracking, Archive & Feedback Collation
  • Fabric and trimmings sourcing and Quality Control
  • Assisting in translating fashion concepts and designs into workable garments
  • Preparing items for photography, image re-touching & social media
  • Logistics requirements.  This is including warehouse tasks, dealing with couriers and arranging shipping documentation
  • Data entry responsibilities – making sure systems and schedules are updated

Experience & skills:

Above all, we like enthusiastic and passionate people who have a strong vision for what they could bring to ReWorKs. An ideal candidate will be:

  • Highly motivated and extremely organised
  • Able to work autonomously when required or within a team
  • Well versed in Microsoft office packages
  • Determined to complete jobs to best of their ability and willing to go the extra mile when required.
  • Driven to succeed with a good eye for detail
  • Demonstrating a “problem solving/Can do” behaviour
  • Able to deploy good communication skills
  • Able to proactively identify and analyse problems and propose commercial solutions
  • Be passionate about sustainable fashion garment development.

To become an apprentice you must:

  • Have 5 GCSE’s
  • Two of these GCSE’s must be Maths and English
  • Own a valid UK passport
  • Own a valid National Insurance card/proof
  • Be aged 16-24
  • Live or be based around London (as this is where apprenticeship will be based)

Apply now send your CV over to zoe@fashion-enter.com


Katy Strange Bags Topman Apprenticeship16_oct_katy_strange

Congratulations to Katy Strange (pictured right) on getting the Topman apprenticeship position. The competition for this apprenticeship placement was extremely tough so well done. Here is what Katy had to say:

“I was very happy from the start of my interviews at FashionCapital and I really enjoyed my day. I felt like I was given plenty of help throughout and given advice and ideas, although I was nervous I was put at ease and the people were all very nice and supportive. I am so thrilled to have received the e-mail regarding being chosen to be part of the Topman team, it is a dream for me to be part of such a great company and I am very much looking forward to starting in November.”


Marks & Spencer – Best of British

Marks & Spencer have just launched their ‘Best of British’ range and it makes us immensely proud that we have been involved with this range that uses British fabrics and British production. Our Factory in North London produced five pieces for the capsule range that is all about quality, heritage, simple and yet modern styling, look out for our pieces in stores now (see images below) which includes one of their best sellers the pure silk diamond and checked black & white shirt.


To find out more about The Factory and its services please click here


Aged 16 to 30 and Want to Start Your Own Business?


The Bright Ideas Trust is calling on people aged 16 to 30 from across London to take part in two dynamic half-day events, supported by Accenture and taking place at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on Wednesday, October, 30, 2013.

Attendees will get the chance to find out what it takes to start up their own business in a packed programme of workshops, practical activities and talks, led by Tim Campbell, the first winner of BBC TV show The Apprentice.

After spending two years with Sir Alan Sugar’s company Amstrad, Tim has made it his mission to inspire other entrepreneurs. He set up the Bright Ideas Trust in 2007, and remains and active trustee of the organisation which has given hundreds of young people a chance to start up in business by providing advice and equity funding.

Tim will be joined at ‘Your Lightbulb Moment’ by Margaret Mountford, one of Sir Alan’s original sidekicks on the hit BBC1 programme. She will form part of an expert investor panel that will be keen to hear your business ideas, irrespective of what stage you are in developing your business.

The event will feature practical workshops and advice sessions on how to start-up and get funding; the chance to meet and network with other young people; plus an exhibition of new businesses that have started with Bright Ideas Trust support.

Lisa Gagliani, chief executive of the Bright Ideas Trust, said: “London is full of young people with great business ideas and the raw talent and determination to become successful entrepreneurs. Many find it hard to take their ideas further because they lack the necessary funding, skills and opportunities.

“We believe more should be done to help these aspiring entrepreneurs to realise their potential and the ‘Your Lightbulb Moment’ event is a great opportunity to demonstrate that the necessary advice and support is available to fulfill their ambitions.”

The first 300 delegates will also receive goody bags containing useful business equipment and services and there will also be the opportunity to win a host of prizes including an iPad, logo design, management consultancy and bespoke business cards.

Interested in attending for free? Register your interest at:



Want to Join the Stitching Academy? stitching_launch_2_mix

Want to break into fashion but don’t know where to start? Then why not take a look at the Stitching Academy. Based at The Factory in Haringey, North London, the Stitching Academy provides a six-week Level 1 intensive internship where students can learn a range of stitching skills and production methods. The course provides a solid foundation for not only production skills but for design, pattern-cutting, buying and merchandising – an asset for your fashion CV.

To enquire further about the Stitching Academy please email:


The Stitching Academy @ The Factory

Unit 14

167 Crusader Estate

Hermitage Road

N4 1LZ

Locate us


Boutique Pick of the Week16_oct_boutique_pick_of_the_wk

This week’s pick comes from Vintage Distributors with their best selling leather satchel messenger bag.

Vintage Distributors offer retail and wholesale options for the vintage fashion market, sourcing materials from civilian & military dead stocks as well as factory over runs.

This messenger bag features practical compartments, hand and shoulder straps and comes in chestnut brown – practical and stylish.

Special offer £20- inc UK P&P

Click here to view and buy


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x

Fashion Enter Ltd – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for the Social Enterprise category; the London and South region.


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