While the haute couture and menswear shows put the fashion spotlight on Paris this week London is gearing up for its season of womenswear tradeshows. On the retail side, however, the news is full of reports on the dramatic rise in shop thefts. There were 631,391 incidents of customer theft reported in 2012-13 and thefts per 100 stores increased 5% on 2011-12. According to a survey conducted by the British Retail Consortium retailers have suffered the highest level of theft for nine years in 2013. Let’s hope 2014 will see a reverse in this unwelcome trend.
At the Factory…
Today Mike Bentley, Director at CText FTI NWTexnet and Alice Burkitt, Training Network Manager in Fashion and Textiles at Skillset, paid The Factory a visit to meet with the tutors Wendy Coley and Keeley Smith to review and develop the Level 4 apprenticeship programme after having another four Level 4 learners join the course.
Alice Burkitt and Mike Bentley with Keeley and Wendy
In the bid to bring manufacturing back to Britain, M&S have launched a ‘Best of British’ range, manufactured in the Fashion Enter North London factory. The luxury collection is full of beautiful designs, celebrating British design, craftsmanship and manufacturing. Using some of the finest materials from around the UK, every part of the designs has been truly Made In Britain. M&S have even included a swing-tag to mention Fashion Enter’s manufacturing!
“I’m proud to be a part of the return to British manufacturing, especially with such a high profile retailer like M&S.” Caroline Ash – Production Manager.
Youth Fashion Wandsworth – Potential Participants Visit the Factory
Hopeful participants for the Youth Fashion Wandsworth project visited the Factory yesterday for an insight into the industry and an initial selection process to gain a place on the project. The hopefuls were given a guided tour of the Factory and then asked to complete a questionnaire about themselves and design a garment using one of London’s iconic buildings for inspiration, looking at form and structure to influence their design. The creativity was certainly flowing with some fantastic innovative designs coming through.
Here’s what some of the participants had to day about the visit:
Serena Sutherland “I just wanted to thank you for having us and showing us around, my fashion teacher was very proud of us, that we went and gained an experience of seeing a live factory. I’ve never been in a clothes factory before and I’m glad I got to. It made me feel like I was in at TV show called ‘Styled to rock’. All the things that we do at school in fashion I saw but it was but 10X bigger and better.”
Isatou Ceesay “I liked the fact I saw a live factory that make clothes for stores I actually shop in. This really inspired me for my future career.”
Lillian Esianor “It was very inspirational and I learnt a lot. It was amazing and outstanding and I’m inspired for the future.”
Phyllis Frimpong “I had a wonderful experience today in the factory and I had a chance to see the making process live.”
Fahima Alim “Aspire to inspire… the tour has inspired me because watching the workers put so much effort into their work has motivated me!”
Image of inspiration from the Wandsworth Project brief
Fashion Enter interviewed each of the participants and will now judge the entries to determine who will go on to take part in the unique project…watch this space!
The Business of Jewellery
Interested in Jewellery? Why not come to The Business of Jewellery networking evening on the 29th January at 5.45pm?
Are you starting a jewellery business, thinking about it or just need some ideas to make your enterprise more successful for the future?
Hear a series of industry experts talking on a range of topics to help your label succeed in the market jewellery today!
Discover how the City Business Library and these other organisations can help you:
CENTA; Companies House; Craft Central; Creative Islington; Design Trust; GRM Law; Holts Academy of Jewellery; Intellectual Property Office; Key Note; London Jewellery School; Mastered; NatWest Bank; Portobello Business Centre; StartUp Loans London
Network with other like-minded people over a drink and Tsuru sushi
Admission is £10. Places are limited so early booking is recommended
City Business Library | Guildhall | Aldermanbury | London EC2V 7HH
020 7332 1240 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/cbl
On FashionCapital this Week
The Headen & Quarmby factory in Greater Manchester, the manufacturer to exclusively produce the Kinky Knickers brand, has fallen into administration, read more in FashionCapital Industry News. Katie Farley and Zoe Barrow report from the menswear shows in Paris, to read the reviews go to Industry Menswear. And in Learning News you can find out about the up and coming ASBCI ‘Making it in the UK- Ready or not? The reality of manufacturing fashion in Britain’ conference.
McQueen A/W 14/15
We will be holding a ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar at The Factory on Thursday 27th February with a series of industry experts offering their advice and guidance to anyone embarking on their own label. The seminar will be free for any new members and £60 plus vat for non members. Speakers to be confirmed.
Sample & Fabric Sale
Fashion Enter is holding a sample sale on Thursday 30th January.
Get your discounted fabric and clothing – perfect to save after the holiday spending.
Pop down and pay us a visit from anytime between 10am-4pm. (Cash only please!)
New Membership & Mentoring Packages
Make 2014 the year you break into the fashion industry with FashionCapital’s latest membership and mentoring packages!
Aimed at business start-ups, emerging and established designers, the annual membership will assist you in every step along the way of running a successful fashion label.
For £199 (plus VAT) per year you can get a yearly membership, where you receive:
– One free mentoring session
– Discounted rates on sampling and production
– Members only access to FashionCapital.co.uk
– Promotion on FashionCapital.co.uk
and much, much more… for full details check out our membership packages here: http://fashioncapital.co.uk/Members.html
Boutique Pick of the Week
The V&A has long established the combination of art, print and fashion and with it arrives some exciting exclusive designs in its shop. With its clever cut and combination of print and jersey fabrics this Bird of Paradise dress is flattering and versatile. The front of the dress combines three printed panels, each panel has a different scale of the same pattern. This dress took around eleven hours to complete, it was created using a number of different hand and machine worked techniques.
The print on this garment is taken from an original textile in the V&A’s collections. The original design is based on an embroidered silk gauze sari made in China for the Indian Parsi community, 20th century.
Created exclusively for the V&A. Was £175- Now £60-
Go to the V&A shop here
Until next time, have a great week,
All the team at Fashion Capital x
Special Recognition Award
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