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Fashion Capital Newswire – 17th December 2014


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NEWSLETTER 17th December 2014 

Dear all,

productionThis week began with our CEO Jenny Holloway questioning why the British press are constantly publishing negative reports on migrant workers: ‘We want to revive British garment manufacturing don’t we? Yes of course! Do we have the skill base? No! It’s thoroughly well documented (too well documented with not enough doing!) That we have a skills gap due to 30-years of retailers moving production off-shore. So, why do I constantly read such negative reports of the migrant workforce here in England?’ Jenny continues to explain her positive experience of working with a migrant workforce within her own factory and how their essential skills are being passed on to a new generation of production workers. To read the full letter from Jenny click here. The letter is also due to be published in Drapers Record.



New Look Require More Apprenticesnew look

New Look has just confirmed that they would like to hire two more apprentices for their garment tech department. Details are yet to be released but for those interested please send your CV to Jenni Sutton at Fashion Enter jenni@fashion-enter.com

Fashion Enter has previously placed apprentices with New Look and they have successfully gone on to gain full-time jobs with the high street retailer. To read the full story click here.



Welcoming Paul Markevicius to the Team

zandra rhodes paulPaul Markevicius (pictured right) has been a Fashion Enter and FashionCapital.co.uk ambassador for several months now. Having experienced our Stitching Academy and Pattern Cutting courses first-hand Paul is highly impressed with the company and what we are all about. We are now pleased to announce that Paul has taken on the role Operations Executive at FashionCapital.co.uk and will be working with the team to take our informative fashion portal to the next level.


Paul comments:

“Having ‘followed the energy’ from a chance meeting with Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter at the ‘Make it British’ event in the summer, leading to a FTA Stitching Academy course, a pattern cutting course, a number of articles on FC, attendance at various industry events representing FashionCapital…I have been given the interesting challenge of taking the FashionCapital website to a wider audience of users and industry advertisers. I look forward to meeting industry professionals from all areas of the fashion industry – government representatives at a local, regional level and fashion industry college and training providers, and of course the designers and students who will be ensuring the UK remains at the vanguard of the global fashion industry.”



Know Your Factory Seminar

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Do you know what to look for and what questions to ask when working with your manufacturer? In this workshop learn the basic process for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for:

  • Pre – planning the visit, setting an agenda and what you really want to achieve.
  • Communicate to the factory and to your own team.
  • Tell the factory and confirm orders, getting the right people involved.
  • Show respect and understanding and provide feedback to the factory.
  • What are the key elements to a costing?
  • Cost of fabric (price V’s usage) make-up costs, trims and logistics.
  • Types of sampling, design and product development, fits, contract seals.
  • How samples are generated?
  • Cost of a sample, getting approvals and speed of response and much more!    


Know Your Factory Seminar 22nd January from 10am – 12pm

To find out more and book your place contact Jenni Sutton




No Fixed Abode Gains 2 Apprentices

No Fixed Abode has just hired their first two apprentices through Fashion Enter – Jasmine de Baeza and Faizah Shafi pictured below with Emma Mann, Creative Director centre.

17 dec no fixed abode apprentices

Emma Mann, Creative Director of No Fixed Abode comments:

“It’s been great working with Fashion Enter and their team finding my two bright apprentice’s. I’m sure they will be a valuable and integral part of the No Fixed Abode team. They are doing well, and enjoying taking on new responsibilities with their roles.” 



Introducing Finery

finery websiteFinery London is an exciting new womenswear brand created by a group of likeminded individuals that have lashings of industry experience. Created in 2014 Finery pieces are designed in London and made in London, with over half of the collection manufactured at Fashion Enter’s very own Factory in Haringey, North London.

Led by Brand Director Caren Downie, Head of Design Emma Farrow and Head of Buying Rachel Morgans, the Finery creative studio pulls together some of the most experienced and talented individuals in British fashion.

The core ethos behind the brand is integrity and quality, clothes that are lovingly crafted to be worn for real life. Finery’s core style is elegant and feminine with a touch of fun and a distinctly London feel. 

‘We want women to feel fabulous wearing our clothes.’

Finery is coming soon and the production team at Fashion Enter is proud to be a part of it.



Testimonial from Well Cool Clothing

The Fashion Studio has received feedback from another happy client:

“I received the Poppa PJ woven tops today. They look fantastic !!! Merry Christmas to you all and a big THANK YOU. Please can you say thanks to the staff that made them, I am delighted.”

Kirsty – Well Cool Clothing Ltd



This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

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India Hunnikin reports live and direct from this year’s edition of The Clothes Show. In News a Fashion Design student from the University for the Creative Arts (designs pictured right) has been selected as a finalist in the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) awards for the fourth year in a row. And for those still at school with dreams of becoming the next Stella McCartney or Alexander Wang we have some top tips on becoming a designer in ‘Business Advice.’


Unfortunately our trend guru Katie Farley has been unable to contribute this week due to ill health – we wish you a speedy recovery Katie.



17 dec boutique pick jumperBoutique Pick of the Week

Henry Todd is an exciting new London-based contemporary lifestyle brand with a strong British heritage. Created for fashion-savvy customers wanting haute couture looks, high-quality materials and the best of British craftsmanship. Here we have picked out their sleek colour-blocked pullover. Made from the softest 100% cashmere, it is luxuriously cosy and features beautifully knitted textured patterns that will add a dynamic edge to plain trousers or a pair of slim-fit jeans.





With thanks to the Social Business Trust http://www.socialbusinesstrust.org and their commitment and support throughout 2014.

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x







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