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Fashion Capital Newswire – 22nd October 2014


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Newsletter 22nd October 2014

Dear all,

There are many unsung hero’s in the fashion industry and the most apparent that quietly go about their business are the pattern cutters, skilled machinists and finishers. Their skill and expertise can turn a sketch into a wearable piece of clothing that in turn creates a media buzz followed by sales and the growth of a commercial business. The latest nominees have been announced for this year’s British Fashion Awards and while recognition is lavished on designers, image makers and models there isn’t one award that celebrates those in production – the people that bring fashion to life. Surely this needs to be addressed?


Breaking News…David Sassoon Visits Fashion Enter

Today the long established British Designer, David Sassoon, along with Paul Markevicius paid Fashion Enter a visit; interested in getting an insight to the company after hearing about it through Paul, David met with Jenny Holloway for a company overview into the services offered through the social enterprise.  

David met with various members of staff, to learn about the development and future plans of the training opportunities on offer through Fashion Enter. The visit was followed by a tour of the premises, and the FTA unit next door – which is set for renovation, opening its doors to the public early next year. 

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Left to right: Paul Markevicius, David Sassoon and Jenny Holloway with Head of the Stitching Academy Leyla Mehmet 


DISC Manufacturer’s Trade Show Wednesday 29th October

disc manufacturersThis time next week you can find our sister company, Fashion Enter, at the DISC (Designer – Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre) trade show. Held at BL-NK, 37 East Road, London N1 6AH (Close to Old Street Station) the DISC Manufacturers’ Trade Show, which is entering its third season, will be showcasing high-end fashion sampling and production units based in UK.

The option for production locally has grown considerably over the last few years and businesses such as Fashion Enter offer a quick turnaround at competitive prices with the added incentive of ethical working practices to boot. The Fashion Enter team hope to see you there.


Westminster Media Forum

Yesterday (21st October) CEO of FashionCapital.co.uk and Fashion Enter Ltd, Jenny Holloway, was invited to speak at the Prospects for the British fashion industry – domestic manufacturing, skills and wearable technology’ conference. Chaired by Patron Lord Stone the conference discussed how the British fashion industry can maintain, grow and widen its markets – particularly in terms of facilitating the return of manufacturing to Britain in light of announced Government support, capitalising on new emerging markets, and latest thinking on ethical policies and corporate responsibility strategies. Legal mentor Nick Gould attended the conference along with key industry professionals, he comments:

“Jenny Holloway gave(as ever) an inspirational talk (albeit a short one as she was only given a five-minute slot) at the “Prospects for the British Fashion Industry – Domestic Manufacturing, Skills and Wearable Technology”, seminar. I think she was the only speaker who has currently a “hands on” manufacturing role, which made her talk particularly powerful. Others, of course, can give views from an academic or governmental, or indeed professional point of view but do not give a “view from the floor”. Jenny invited everyone attending to come and see the Fashion Enter factory – it seemed a good idea to me and one which I have retweeted!”



Branding and Creative Seminar

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Emma Mann is the creative force behind No Fixed Abode. Born in New Zealand, Emma spent most of her adult life growing up in London in the heart of the punk scene, complete with green Mohawk and all, it was here she developed her individual anarchism sense of expression, channeling this into her style and way of design and creativity.

Emma has lead creative experience in not just fashion but in a variety of different sectors, her clients include, Lenny Kravitz, Xbox, Ibiza Rocks and L’Oreal amongst others.

With over 20 years experience in advertising and securing a spot for her newly–launched collection this season at London Fashion Week, Emma is now offering FashionCapital.co.uk readers the opportunity to learn from her…

Emma will be holding a Branding and Creative seminar at Fashion Enter, on November 6th.

The seminar will run from 9am – 5pm and cover all the key points you need to know about branding in the fashion industry and how to create the right brand for your label.

For more information and to secure tickets, please contact: zoe@fashioncapital.co.uk


New Jobs Posted in the Forums

Don’t forget to visit our jobs and forums section on FashionCapital.co.uk https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/jobs-forum new posts are being added as we speak – the latest job to go up comes from a neighbouring production unit – The Albion Knitting Company. They are looking for Textile Workers with experience in: electronic and domestic knitting, hand sewing, mending, pressing, linking and QC inspection. Visit the jobs / forum section to find out further contact details.



ASOS.com Assistant Buyers to Visit The Factory

Continuing professional development (CPD) is essential to career advancement on many levels in terms of broadening skills, knowledge and practical applications. At The Factory many companies within the fashion sector along with fashion students come in for a first-hand look at the garment lifecycle and real life production.asos small

The Fashion Enter Factory tour and agenda is regularly utilized by the fashion-forward e-tailer ASOS.com. This November The Factory will be welcoming ASOS.com again and their latest team of assistant buyers.

The two-hour visit will comprise of a tour of the factory, an overview of production, a tour of the Stitching Academy and a review of apprenticeships along with services provided by FashionCapital.co.uk and will finish with a Q&A session. The group will be privy to production practices, which will in turn assist them when it comes to dealing with factories and production deadlines throughout their buying careers.

Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter comments: “As one of England’s leading training providers in apprenticeships and vocational qualifications we really welcome the buying team from ASOS.com. This is just how industry should be working together! Sharing best practices and working as a team!” 

Wendy Coley head of education at Fashion Enter adds: “ASOS.com are great believers in training the next generation to fulfil the widening skills gap in the UK manufacturing industry. They understand the positive gains to be made by investing in training and skills development. We are really excited to have the team here to see the other side of the pre-production cycle.”

If you would like to visit Fashion Enter’s manufacturing and learning facilities in North London as part of an educational or CPD programme then please contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk



Special FashionCapital.co.uk Advertising Offer

To celebrate the official launch of FashionCaptial.co.uk this month, we are offering 20% off all advertising opportunities. 

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For full information and price-lists please check out our advertising options here: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/industry/advertise or email zoe@fashioncapital.co.uk



Apprenticeship Qualifications Explained

Fashion Enter, sister company to FashionCapital.co.uk, is England’s leading provider for the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme offering Level 2 Apparel Apprenticeship, Level 3 Diploma in Apparel Footwear, Leather or Production and Certificate in Apparel Manufacturing Technology, and Level 4 Technical Textiles – Product Sourcing and Development. If you are interesting in undertaking an apprenticeship and would like to view what each level entails please click this link: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/apprenticeship/the-qualifications



New Openings at the Stitching Academy

For those at the very beginning of their fashion journey the Stitching Academy is a great place to start. The 6-week course is taught by industry experts based at the Factory and caters for beginners who can then progress to higher qualifications, apprenticeships and job outcomes. The Stitching Academy is an ABC Showcase centre and is also Tick accredited by Creative Skillset, the government body responsible for skills and training in the UK creative industries. We are now enrolling for the next 6-week block to find out more please e-mail: stitching.academy@fashioncapital.co.uk   

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Further Education Opportunities at our new Fashion Technology Academy

Further courses that now include new qualifications to incorporate pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching will also be available from January 2015 at our new Fashion Technology Academy.

To find out more contact: FTA@fashioncapital.co.uk



Did you see our Apprentices in WWB?

The article included a selection of FashionEnter’s in-house apprentices alongside those that have gone through our recruitment process and on to secure roles with the likes of Marks & Spencer are featured in this month’s issue of WomensWearBuyer, under a piece exploring ‘The Apprentices.’

The article focuses on apprentices effectively helping to grow a business and the support and funding around taking on an apprentice within the fashion industry. Journalist Christina William’s speaks to Alice Burkitt of Creative Skillset to find out about the benefits of taking on an apprentice within a small company.

“Apprenticeships are an effective, sustainable way of growing your business and at the moment there is financial support to do so.” 

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On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week…

The main story this week is the sad loss of Oscar de la Renta, the long-established fashion designer passed away on Monday night (20/10/14). With a career spanning an impressive six decades and plenty of awards to his name Oscar de la Renta will no doubt continue to inspire and influence fashion’s future generations – he may be gone but he certainly won’t be forgotten. Our resident trend reporter Kate Farley heads East to Tokyo to report on the latest SS15 shows. And Fashion Enter was honoured to receive an ABC Awards Showcase Centre plaque from ABC Chief Executive, Paul Eeles.



Boutique Pick of the Week22 oct boutique pick

As we make the transition from summer to winter now is the time to start investing in key layering pieces, vests become thermal layers and our favourite summer dresses become pinafores. 

For this week’s Boutique Pick of the Week, we’re all about this grey t-shirt jersey dress by OTHER/.  Made from 100% cotton, the relaxed mid-length is the ideal piece to layer over a crisp white shirt or opaques.

Manufactured at The Fashion Studio, this Made in Britain dress has been produced in a limited run of only 20 pieces worldwide.

You can get your hands on it here: http://www.other-shop.com/other-woman-ellie-dress.html




And Finally…Charity Event: Penguin Waddle

15 oct penguin waddleThe FashionCapital.co.uk and Fashion Enter team will be joining the next Penguin Waddle to raise funds for the Richard House charity. The challenge is on for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins to waddle round the 2km course in the amazing surroundings of the Scoop in Central London (the area near to Tower Bridge and City Hall).

We now have a charity page at http://www.justgiving.com/fashionenter

And would really appreciate donations for Richard House, 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. Its team of nurses and care staff make the time children spend at the house fun, active and therapeutic.

The waddle will take place on the 12th November 2014.

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x



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