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Fashion Capital Newswire – 18th June 2014


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NEWSLETTER 18th June 2014

Dear all,

We are back from a very successful ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ conference and networking event last week. Well done to Kate Hills, founder and managing director of ‘Make it British’ and the first edition of ‘Meet the Manufacturer.’

Jenny Holloway was very impressed with the event she said: “A huge congratulations to Kate Hills for creating such a successful event. With thousands visitors over the two-days it was an amazing achievement. Our stand was mobbed, especially after our presentation, and we have met some exciting new clients. I really believe most of the contacts will lead to genuine business being created. Well done Kate Hills this is just the start ‘Make it British’ is here to stay!”




Stitching Academy Summer Party

To celebrate the 1st anniversary of The Stitching Academy and get in the spirit of the warm weather, Fashion Enter is holding a Stitching Academy Summer Party on Monday 23rd June.

Current and past learners will pop in on the day to see the Stitching Academy now, meet up and catch up with past learners, collect their qualifications certificates and celebrate with some music and refreshments.


Learners will also be treated to a personalized gift bag each, as Fashion Enter’s way of saying ‘Thank you’ for all their hard work and determination while on the course.

We’ll see all the learners on Monday and let’s get this party started!


Katie Farley Officially Joins FashionCapital


Katie Farley has been a freelance regular with FashionCapital over the last eight months. Last week she met with CEO Jenny Holloway and we are now pleased to announce that Katie has become one of our staff writers. FashionCapital editor JoJo Iles comments, “It’s great news that Katie has become one of the team, she is a fantastic fashion journalist with a promising career ahead of her.”


To read Katie’s fashion story so far please click on this link.


On FashionCapital This Week


It’s all about the boys as we focus on the London Collections: Men SS15 – Zoe Barrow and Katie Farley review the shows and emerging trends while Sherion Mullings provides some exciting streetstyle shots from the capital’s most fashion-forward crowd. Meanwhile in ‘News’ Urban Outfitters open their largest mega-store in New York and Fashion Scout have announced that applications are open for designers to apply to the S/S 15 event this September, plus we interview fashion’s newest Dame; Zandra Rhodes.



See You at the Cyprus Wine Festival

From the 28-29th June, Fashion Enter and FashionCapital will be at the Cyprus Wine Festival at Alexandra Palace. A two-day extravaganza, the wine festival displays some of the best wine, food and business exhibitors. The event will also host live performances, in particular Greek singer Despina Vandi and a special guest star.

The event attracts Cypriots from all over London as well as hundreds of non-Cypriots. Fashion Enter will put up stand throughout the weekend, alongside over 100 other different stands, ranging from wine, jewellery, bags to clothing and shoes. Fashion Enter will be selling fabric and garments all weekend and are extremely excited to meet everyone at the event 

Doors open from 11am, and tickets are now on sale.



The Big Bang Near Me Event

The Big Bang Near Me is about encouraging young people to pursue careers in engineering, technology and science. The open day offers advice on what subjects they need to study in order to take that path. The local Near Me organisers also have the knowledge and contacts to make sure each event delivers a programme of activities aligned to the strengths and specialties of the region. Fashion Enter will be at the next London edition at Alexandra Palace 8th July 2014.

Jenny Holloway comments: “Please come along and see how manufacturing really works at the innovative event The Big Bang. All the schools in the Haringey area will be attending so this is an ideal way to meet the many schools we have visited again. We attend schools most weeks to discuss how fashion apprenticeships work and with the opening of our new Level 2 qualification so we are interested to meet new recruits!”



Fashion Enter Launches Level 2 Apprenticeship

Fashion Enter will soon be the first fashion and textiles training provider in England to offer fashion qualifications for Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 with the aim of progressing to Level 5 also.

The Level 1 entry qualification was written by Fashion Enter in association with Creative Skillset and ABC Awards. The accredited qualification is a six week course held at the asos.com supported Stitching Academy; part of the The Factory. The course provides learners with basic sewing skills for all industrial sewing machines, a review of how to inspect finished goods for that all-important quality benchmark and health and safety in the workplace. Once this course is completed learners will now be able to progress onto a Level 2 apprenticeship qualification where they will also be placed with an employer in industry during their one-year Level 2 qualification.


This Level 2 apprenticeship qualification will build on the success of the Level 1 course but will also cover basic pattern cutting, quality control and manufacturing techniques whilst the learner is also working four days a week with an employer; this allows the learner to gain a unique insight into the industry whilst learning on the job the correct way!  Five candidates have already been selected to join the programme, with two of them successfully securing jobs with Rosie’s Fashions and 113 Clothing Ltd.

Wendy Coley, Head of Learning commented:This development is so exciting. Having written the Level 1 qualification and seeing its success over the last year it was a natural progression for us to provide the Level 2 qualification. This way we can now ensure learners continue their training with an increased chance of gaining sustained employment in the industry.”


Waltham College Fashion Show 

Last week (June 12th) Jenny Holloway was invited to Waltham Forest College to judge their annual Fashion Show. A great opportunity for students to present their hard work produced throughout the academic year, the show had a fantastic turnout, all seats quickly filled for a 7:30pm start.

Jenny was invited as a special guest to judge the designs and crown a winner. The winner would be awarded a membership with FashionCapital free of charge, including mentoring sessions with Jenny Holloway, offering guidance to launching their fashion career and supplies of stock fabric for their future collections.


After looking at 25 collections
Jenny noted an impressive collection from BTEC Extended Fashion Diploma student, Damla Ozelar. Damla’s collection, which was inspired by 1950’s silhouettes, included striking floral prints, cuts and commerciality.

The winning collection however was awarded to Safia Mavitidi, tailored shoulders were padded and prominent in an array of power suits, exaggerated skirts and ruffles in a monochrome colour palette.

Jenny commented: “A huge well done and thank you to Team Waltham Forest College! I was pleasantly surprised by the creativity, innovation and commercialism of the 25 presentations. Some individual garments were worthy of London Fashion Week, especially the toiling samples that were so intricate and the aboriginal art. The winner had to be an individual designer and Safia was selected because she produced a cohesive range that had true design, complex pattern pieces and yet the styles had elements of commercialism.  We will now work with Safia to define her collection, provide all fabric free of charge from our stocks and create a network for her brand.  We are really looking forward to welcoming her to the Factory.”

The night further cements the unique relationship Fashion Enter has with Waltham Forest College and its ongoing commitment to fashion in learning and education today.


Boutique Pick of the Week18_june_fedora_hat_pick

We couldn’t help but notice the interesting range of headwear donned by the fashion pack at the men’s shows of late. Inspired we picked out this classic Luma Woven Fedora in black and white from Anthropologie and it has just gone into the sale too.

Luma Woven Fedora Was £38.00 Now £24.95

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x


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