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Fashion Capital Newswire – 1st October 2014


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Newsletter 1st October 2014

Dear all,

After an intense 5-days with Anastasia Vouyouka students from thee-Telestia Perfect Pattern Cutting Masterclass are full of praise for the Telestia pattern cutting methodology.

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“I have learned more in 5 days than I have in 5 years of education and 20 years of practice.”

“Telestia feels like a long overdue wake-up call to the fashion industry, once experienced, never forgotten.”

Fashion Enter will be holding more Perfect Pattern Cutting courses from Levels 1 – 5 incorporating the Telestia system at their new Fashion Technology Academy opening in January 2015.

To reserve a place or to find out more please contact: education@fashioncapital.co.uk

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Fashion Enter is about to receive an ABC Awards Showcase Centre plaque on the 17th October. The presentation will be attended by Chief Executive, Paul Eeles.

ABC Awards established the Showcase Centre initiative in 2012. It aims to establish a portfolio of Showcase Centres across the country to act as ambassadors for ABC Awards qualifications in certain specialist sector.

ABC Awards is delighted to have Fashion Enter as a Showcase Centre and looks forward to working closely together for the benefit of the Fashion & Textiles sector to ensure together we can meet the challenges of future training needs and produce successful outcomes.



Coming Soon…FashionCapital.co.uk to Join Forces with NatWest

1 oct natwestJonathan Coates Relationship Director NatWest Commercial & Private Banking, Fashion & Accessories comments:

“NatWest are delighted to be partnering with FashionCapital.co.uk on a number of initiatives including the Fashion Capital programme “be the best @ NatWest” which provides a banking solution for Fashion Start Ups that participate in the Fashion Capital business programme. Details will be revealed about the programme at the launch on 13th November 2014 at the RBS/NatWest Bishopsgate headquarters in London”.

More on this soon.



Traineeship Update

The Level 2 traineeship students have been learning the processes of production for 4 weeks. Following the Garment Life Cycle layout this week students are focusing on fabric; from fabric inspection to laying and cutting. Students are responsible for observing the fabric deliveries and taking part in the processes that surround it, inspecting the fabric upon delivery for any manufacturer or delivery faults.

This ensures the suitability of fabric prior to production – the next stage in the Garment Life Cycle which students will move onto next.  

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“All of the Level 2 students are progressing really well. They seem to be very inspired and driven through the live factory setting. It’s the perfect set-up for the course; they do really get to see production from start to finish.

Marilyn Forkan – Tutor


“I hope to go into design after my course, through an apprenticeship. I feel that this Level 2 course in perfect in setting this up for me. This week has enabled me to understand fabrics, understanding how they must meet consumer standards and hang correctly as final garments.”

Jasmine de Baeza – Level 2 Student


The Level 2 traineeship offers a hands-on insight to fashion production, combining theory with practical within a Factory setting. 
If you are interested in finding out more or getting involved in the course, please contact us.


Traineeship enquiries- education@fashioncapital.co.uk



1 oct alo nukoJust in New Apprenticeship Positions

Alo’nuko the award winning fashion designer has just posted two new apprenticeship positions to view them and the other positions currently open please click here.





generic apprentice small 1Update on Design Services

More and more of our new members are taking the opportunity of working with our designers and pattern cutters. This is a chargeable service such as our mentoring is and it is at a cost of £22.50 per hour for members and £25 for non-members.

Recently one designer who would like to remain anonymous said: “I knew what I wanted but I am not a designer. I am a working woman who can not find what I want anywhere. By going along to The Factory I had everyone in place to create my range of designer ladieswear; illustrations, first pattern, toiles, seals before production and production seals. Everything was smooth! I was overwhelmed and actually cried when I saw the resulting garments.”

For further information please email memberships@fashioncapital.co.uk regarding our services.



Collaborating for Social Impact: the next 10 years

1 oct evpa

On 17-18 November 2014 the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) team will head to Berlin for the 10th edition of its Annual Conference.

This event will bring together hundreds of venture philanthropy and social investment experts and practitioners from Europe including our very own CEO Jenny Holloway to discuss this year’s theme: ‘Collaborating for Social Impact: the next 10 years’. Themes that will be covered range from crowdfunding to impact measurement and from exits or family philanthropy to government regulations.

To view the conference agenda click on the following link:


To view the full list of speakers including Jenny click below: 




A Trip to the Fashion & Textile Museum

Head of Learning Wendy Coley has been busy taking Fashion Enter’s current cohort of apprentices to various exhibitions and shows. One exhibition Wendy recommended in particular was Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood currently on at the Fashion & Textile museum. Wendy says: If you have a desire or passion for anything textiles, or fashion-related than this is the perfect exhibition, displaying the best of techniques and styles through the years.”

Part of enrichment week for the Fashion Enter apprentices Wendy and her team try and book visits to exhibitions at least once a term to keep the tutors and the students well informed.



Knit of the Day1 oct c20 vintage knit

While on the subject of the current Knitwear exhibition Cleo and Mark from c20Vintage have started a ‘Knit of the Day’ on Twitter which will feature one that got away from the current exhibition every day until the exhibition finishes in January.


Knit of the Day on Twitter http://twitter.com/C20Vintage



Introducing New Brand ‘TDW’

TDW stands for ‘TIME DON’T WAIT’

TDW is a UK brand that brings a new age blend of quality and unique design concepts to the UK fashion industry, using ‘Time’ as the main focus for the story behind each individual design….reminding us of the ‘importance of time’.

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instagram – TDWclothing

Twitter – TDWclothing

Facebook – TDWclothing 

On working with FashionCapital.co.uk Susan from TDW said:

“It has been great to find FashionCapital.co.uk and their factory in North London. Genuine people who totally understand what we are trying to achieve with our premium T-shirt product and they care! Our designs are already selling out and now we have a reliable and high quality factory that can support our global growth.”



On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week…

Our resident trend reporter Katie Farley takes a look at the key SS15 trends from the big brands of Milan. Also looking at trends but this time in season is our guest journalist Monica Lowry and her review on style savvy childrenswear. One not to miss in news this week is the cash boost initiative currently on offer to help sustainable designers, artists and creative businesses. And high street giant Topshop has unveiled their latest and much awaited collection with Marques Almeida.



Boutique Pick of the Week1 oct angel jackson boutique

Accessories brand Angel Jackson have come a long way since showcasing at FashionCapital.co.uk’s industry event: Profile and winning the Topshop New Designer Award in their first season.

Now well-established as a global accessories brand with the likes of Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue singing their praises we’ve taken a look at their current A/W collection and picked out thishand-printed silk satchel in abstract art-inspired leopard print. 

The Angel Jackson design duo have taken inspiration from French abstract artist Jean­Pierre Bourquin, and have given leopard print a revamp. This painterly aesthetic echoes this season’s obsession; art meets fashion, but ultimately it is a dynamic print which transforms the timeless mini­ petra and the starlet style and is available in nine different shades.

To view and buy online click here.

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x





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