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Fashion Capital Newswire – 19th November 2014


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Dear all,

A big thank-you to those that made it to our FashionCapital.co.uk re-launch and bethebest@NatWest party last Thursday evening. The turnout was fantastic attracting a broad range of attendees from the fashion and business sectors. It was also great to see Eric Musgrave, Editorial Director of Drapers, take time out from his busy schedule to support our new initiative with NatWest. Developments on this unique initiative are underway as we speak and we will be updating all on this shortly.

In the meantime if you would like to read about the event please click on this link: A Stellar Turnout at the FashionCapital BeTheBest NatWest Launch

Or if you would like to view images from the night please go to the FashionCapital Image Gallery.

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5 nov the big convo wandsworthOne Week Until The Big Fashion Conversation

Next Wednesday 26th of November Fashion Enter will be joined by a host of industry figures to inform and advise on the various fashion careers and training routes available today. This unique event is aimed at 14 to 24 year-olds and will be held from 9.30am to 3.00pm at the Civic Suite, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU.

To view the full agenda please click here.



Business Directory on FashionCapital.co.uk

19 nov bus directory

We are now updating and adding new entries to our Business Directory with the aim of providing an up-to-the-minute resource for industry. Lauren has been heading up the main directories on FashionCapital and will be updating every week to ensure all data is relevant and correct. From labels to elastics, fabrics to finishes, if you would like to list your business in our directory please contact Lauren via info@fashioncapital.co.uk


Wanted: Dewhirst Production Assistant

Roles and Responsibilities include the following but are not limited to:

         Support the Design team with Design research


         Creating mood boards & fabric boards as requested by Designer


         Creating, editing garment sketches in Illustrator


         Sending complete, accurate sample requests to factories


         Progress chasing  fabric & trim from suppliers into factory sample rooms in time for sample critical path


         Confirming with supplier  what the cost prices are for each of the components and updating files


         Progress chasing  garment samples from factories


         Working with factories and suppliers to resolve delays


         Updating files and team members on sample progress against critical path


         Preparing Showroom for presentations


         Preparing fabric and trim submissions for approval by customer


         Filing and archiving of internal design resource (eg: fabrics and GMTS)


         Managing incoming and outgoing post, tracking urgent parcels as required


The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:


         Highly accurate, with excellent organisation skills 


         Ability to work calmly and efficiently in a fast paced environment


         Familiar with use of excel spreadsheets is required


         Knowledge of Illustrator and/or Photoshop is a distinct advantage


Please apply to: Mirvette.Russo@dewhirst.com


FashionCapital’s In-House Labels Go Global

Our three in-house clothing labels; FashionCapital, Belles of London and Elizabeth of London are set to go global with wholesale agents located in South Africa and UAE.

Currently exhibiting at the ATF Expo Cape Town from the 19, 20 and 21 November Matzner Holdings will present both FashionCapital and Belles of London labels to retailers and public. Matzner Holdings is a family business previously managed by Ishi Matzner and now by Eugin Matzner.

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Fashion Enter and FashionCapital.co.uk CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “Sometimes the best contacts come from the most unlikely of scenarios.  Recently at an event that Fashioncapital.co.uk were guest speakers at we had the pleasure of meeting Eugin and his sister Natasha. We discussed how the fashion industry works and our need for a reliable agent for an export business for our own label Belles of London. Today we are working closely with Eugin and Natasha building two collections – one is high fashion at competitive prices under the label FashionCapital and the other is a higher end luxury fabrics line in contemporary styling for the Belles of London collection.  We have been delighted with the results thus far with Matzner Holdings. The first show ATF Expo Cape Town is now underway and we have obtained orders already! It’s a fantastic start and just goes to prove that when the right people work together the world is your oyster. Our aim eventually is to secure this wholesale opportunity for all of our brands that we work with so just watch this space! Onwards and upwards!”

Meanwhile, East of the globe Farzaneh Christensen is representing our in-house Elizabeth of London label in the UAE region. Elizabeth of London is a demure and glamorous line created specifically for the UAE market.

Farzenah comments: “Women in the UAE have increasing purchasing power which has lead many adapted brands to launch in the region. Since the UAE entered the OMC in 2001, the Arabic government put several measures in place to favour investments and make implementation easier. Access to distribution channels has for instance, been simplified. The UAE has a very different culture compared to the West and the way we do business can often lead to misunderstandings, however having professional experience with both cultures I feel I am qualified to achieve business decisions that will benefit both parties and this will provide wonderful opportunities for the Elizabeth of London label.

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The UK Fashion and Textiles Skills Summit & Tick Showcase

Today Jenny Holloway has headed up to Nottingham with Paul Markevicius (pictured right) to speak at The UK Fashion and Textiles Skills Summit & Tick Showcase presented by Creative Skillset. Jenny will discuss the topic of Best Practise: Employer Investment in Skills and she will be joined by the likes of Kate Hills from Make It British, Simon Ward from the British Fashion Council and Barbara Kennington from Texprint amongst other leading industry figures.




Careers Event with New Look – Thursday 20th November

New Look are hosting an exclusive careers event in collaboration with The Arts Thread and Kingston University. The event will also be live streamed via a Google+ Hangout, where viewers will be able to tweet in their questions. Anyone looking to embark on a fashion career is invited to attend. There will be plenty of advice from a range of professionals including: Nick Ormerod, Ecommerce Senior Merchandiser at New Look, Alex Brownless, Founder of The Arts Thread, Wendy Elsmore & Dan Blake, celebrity stylists and founders of the London College of Style and Steph Wilson, celebrity stylist amongst others.  

Venue: Forward 3D, 19 Mandela Street, Centro 3, Floor 2, London NW1 ODU.

Please RSVP to sophia.parsons@forward3d.com


retail film screenshotThis Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Paul Markevicius attends the London Fashion and Politics Brunch at the House of Commons and gets networking with key influential figures in fashion. Our trend guru Katie Farley looks at footwear trends for SS15 – will the heel or flat reign supreme? And we take a look at the highly informative Day Before Tomorrow series and their latest doco-film on the future of Retail.

Jo Roach from MakieLab features in the Day Before Tomorrow – Retail programme



Penguin Waddle19 nov penguin waddle

Many thanks to those that supported our charity Penguin Waddle, the world record was broken with 375 people dressed as penguins waddling around the City of London at the same time! And we have raised £670- for Richard House charity, 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.

We are still accepting donations if you would like to support this charity:



19 nov jumper pickBoutique Pick of the Week

Keep the chills at bay in this cosy wool knit jumper covered in a kitschy Martini motif by Alice + Olivia. The New York based label owned by Stacey Bendet is a running success story; launching in Barneys in 2002 and now totting up over 50 stockists globally, we’ll drink to that!

The Martini glass intarsia 100% wool sweater is available to buy in the UK from Harvey Nichols Online and is available in sizes XS to L retailing at £310-


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x





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