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Fashion Capital Newswire – 19 March 2014


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Dear all,

Two big news stories in the fashion sector this week. First up the announcement that Primark will begin making long-term payments to the 580 workers (or their dependents) of Primark supplier, New Wave Bottoms, which occupied the second floor of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed in Bangladesh last year. The pay out is said to total $12 million. This, along with a series of ethical and environmental statements is marking a new era for the reputation of high street label Primark. We really hope that a disaster of this scale within the manufacturing industry never happens again and we are committed to supporting regulations and initiatives that offer factory workers fair pay and ethical working conditions around the globe.

The other rather sad story this week was the news that fashion designer and partner to Mick Jagger L’Wren Scott took her own life amid claims that her fashion business was in millions of pounds of debt.

Our CEO Jenny Holloway commented on the sad news:Lwren_with_mick

“It was with genuine sadness that I read about the death of L’Wren (pictured with Mick right); not because she was a top end designer but because she was a troubled human being that could only see one way out of her financial and personal woes. All the quotes from the many celebrities of fashion are so quick to endorse L’Wren’s creative talents but where were the sales? Where was the genuine advice to help her when she needed the support most?

I have mentored young designers for almost 15 years. I often hear how the aspirations are for their collections to be at LFW and costs of development, marketing, grading, production, labelling et al are far away thoughts in their business plans (if a plan exists!)

So please all designers out there look at your collection as a business. It’s not a just a passion. You have to be grounded and make money. Yes of course the brand identity counts but there are ways and means of achieving your eventual goals. Remember from little acorns….

L’Wren was truly inspirational and sincere heart felt thoughts go to her family and friends from everyone at FashionCapital. This was a tragedy that should never have happened.”

On FashionCapital This Week

Our trend guru Katie Farley focuses on Spring/Summer accessories to covet this season, while Editor JoJo Iles interviews the founder of accessories brand Marla Fiji, Marla Singh-Walton. Her top tip for breaking into the fashion industry is: “The three D’s. You have to be disciplined, determined and direct.” Elsewhere London based designer Tanya Elizabeth waves the flag for British Manufacturing in our Lifestyle section.


Marla Fiji Bags


Photography Apprentice Wanted

365Fashions is looking for an e-commerce and photography apprentice to join their growing team…

Duties include:

– Producing listings for our online websites including Ebay, Amazon,  ASOS and 365Fashions

– Taking photographs of our new collections – this includes editing the pictures and uploading onto e-commerce platforms

– Processing new consignments of jewellery, clothing and accessories

– Adding value to social media platforms

– General administrative duties

To check out the full job description and to apply now click here.


Ince Umbellas Production and Accessories Assistant Needed

Ince Umbrellas, a small family run manufacturer have been making umbrellas for over 200 years, the longest established manufacturer in the UK are looking for a Level 3 apprentice to join their team.

A production and accessories assistant is needed within the busy team to help with completing customer orders by assembling, finishing, inspecting, and packing finished items.

Check out the full description and how to apply here.


Photographer and Model Required!


Fashion Enter is looking for a model and a photographer to shoot and model for their latest Belles of London lookbook.

The 12-piece Belles of London soft-separates collection is set to hit the FCB Boutique next season. Belles of London is designed and produced in our North London Factory.

Model Requirements: Female, min height 5’8, size 8-10, with some experience. Please send portfolio of work to zoe@fashion-enter.com

Photographers please send zoe@fashion-enter.com a link to your profile alongside a pricelist.


Wandsworth Youth Fashion Project in the Final Stages

The project deadline for the Wandsworth Youth Fashion project is getting closer and closer, and the final designs by the five young designers are finally coming together.

The five winners, Lillian Esianor, Imogen Murphy, Isatou Ceesay, Nabilah Vazir and Letisha McDonald have been put through their paces through a number of masterclasses. Their original sketches which were inspired by iconic architecture in London are now coming to life, with the input and assistance from the young designers.


This weekend, the Mayor of Wandsworth, Angela Graham will be visiting The Fashion Enter Factory to observe the winning students in their final masterclass, a sewing and construction class, where they will be working hands-on alongside the machinists to create their dresses.

Watch this space to see the finished designs and make sure you pop along to The Pump House gallery in Wandsworth on April 15th to see the designs on display.


19_march_fash_rev_by_keironFashionCapital Supports Fashion Revolution Day

Fashion Revolution Day – one year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh it’s time to get people to think about where their clothes are from – hence the global concept Fashion Revolution Day on 24th April.

Dedicated to a better fashion world, this year the Fashion Revolution team are asking one simple question: Who Made Your Clothes? They are asking everyone who’s part of Fashion Revolution Day to help by wearing an item of clothing inside out, photographing it and then sharing it with the hashtag #insideout.

That way, everyone – wherever they are, whoever they are and whatever they’re wearing – can show their support for better connections and transparency across the fashion supply chain.

Here at FashionCapital & Fashion Enter we couldn’t agree more about transparency and we are extremely proud to produce our garments right here in Britain with fair pay and ethical working conditions for all of our staff. This modern day slavery of unethically low wages, hazardous machinery and poor working environments needs to end and we all as consumers can make informed choices about where we spend our money.

Fashion Revolution Day 24th April hashtag #insideout


Image right by Keiron O’Connor


Hackney Community College Visit

On the 19th March, a group of students from the Hackney Community College visited the Factory to get an insight into fashion production and the lifecycle behind garments.

Seeing firsthand how garments go from idea to finished product and into stores, the 16-18 year old students were treated to a guided tour from Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway.


It was the first time for many of the students being in a factory and they were keen to get as much information as possible for their studies. Jenny also invited Peter Isepp a London College of Fashion graduate and experienced industry professional to speak to the students about his experience working behind the scenes in the fashion industry.

This is the second visit from the Hackney Community College this month, and they will be returning to the factory on April 2nd with another cohort of learners.


Boutique Pick of the Week

We certainly don’t want to jinx things here at FashionCapital HQ but we’ve been having a bit of sunshine of late. As a result we’ve been thinking sunglasses and moving on from last summer’s owl-eyed look is a wing-tipped version as seen here by Coco & Breezy. These unisex Zesiro black sunglasses feature gun metal details and have already been endorsed by Rihanna, well, if they’re good enough for her!


Coco & Breezy Zesiro black sunglasses available from Hoochie Mama £135.00

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x

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